Alticast and Videotron Collaborate to Provide the Next Generation in Interactive TV
BROOMFIELD, Colo. and SEOUL, South Korea, March 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Alticast, the leader in Interactive TV and Blu-ray™ solutions, is proud to have helped Videotron, one of the largest providers of telecommunications in Canada, to develop an all new interactive TV solution: illico TV new generation. Alticast has been the primary supplier and developer of applications and the user experiences, and is the primary integrator for Videotron on this unique project.
Based on Alticast's tru2way® software, this innovative solution will provide Videotron subscribers with exciting applications including: Digital Video Recorder (DVR) functionality, Video-on-Demand, Electronic Program Guide, Pay-Per-View, Caller ID, Weather and the ability for the subscriber to choose their own entertainment package. The platform also provides the capability to add additional capabilities as they become available.
"The deployment of this innovative interactive TV product was a collaborative effort of Videotron, Alticast and set-top box suppliers to bring the most advanced cable product in North America to Videotron subscribers," said David Housman CEO of Alticast, Inc. "Along with the leadership of Videotron, we are working on additional advanced applications that will provide Videotron subscribers with an unparalleled experience."
"The rollout of our new advanced services platform provides our subscribers with an incomparable user experience. Alticast's efforts in assisting Videotron in this project have been invaluable in the development of the platform and we look forward this partnership as we add features and capabilities to the platform," said Pierre Roy, Vice President, Engineering, Research and Development, Videotron.
Alticast's tru2way software solution is based on open standards and provides Videotron with the flexibility and capability to add additional set-top box manufacturers and applications from a multitude of developers.
Alticast's history in the field of Interactive TV Software and Solutions has seen the company grow since its inception in 1999. Over the last decade, Alticast has successfully deployed a variety of products into the growing Digital TV Market; User Interfaces, Applications, iTV Server Systems, Set-Top Boxes and iDTV Hybrid middleware. It has also deployed a host of complementary products around broadcaster and network operators' needs for better analytics, the new Multi-Screen environments, as well as Social Networking and Interactive Advertising across Cable, Satellite, IPTV, and Terrestrial. Alticast offers a complete eco-system based on its next generation service delivery platform to meet the ever-changing market requirements. The latest OTT deployments and "TV everywhere" see Alticast adding new products in the field of browsers, Android and HTML5. Alticast is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea with offices in Denver-USA, Kronberg-Germany, Taipei-Taiwan and Shenzen-China.
Videotron, a wholly owned subsidiary of Quebecor Media Inc., is an integrated communications company engaged in cable television, interactive multimedia development, and Internet access, cable telephone and mobile telephone services. Videotron is a leader in new technologies with its interactive Digital TV service and its broadband network, which supports high-speed cable Internet access, analog and digital cable television, and other services. As of September 30, 2011, Videotron was serving 1,844,200 cable television customers, including 1,348,100 subscribers to its digital service. Videotron is also the Quebec leader in high-speed Internet access, with 1,306,400 subscribers to its cable service as of September 30, 2011. As of the same date, Videotron had 258,100 subscriber connections to its mobile telephone service and was providing cable telephone service to 1,179,400 Quebec households and organizations. For the seventh consecutive year, Videotron was named Quebec's most respected telecommunications company by Les Affaires magazine, based on a Leger Marketing survey.