Arqiva launches video-on-demand technology solution

 Arqiva, the communications infrastructure and media services company,  announced that it will begin licensing to third parties the VOD technology that powers its SeeSaw online TV service. The online video aggregation platform will be offered internationally as a bespoke solution configured to meet customers’ specific requirements, or as a more standard product closely aligned with SeeSaw’s functionality.

Arqiva’s VOD solution is the result of significant investment by both Arqiva and the original Project Kangaroo partners BBC Worldwide, ITV and Channel 4, combined with the considerable technical experience of ioko, the media and telecoms IP specialist. ioko has developed the technology solutions behind 90% of all TV viewed on the internet in the UK.

The broadcast-grade VOD solution supports advertising-funded, pay-per-view and subscription-revenue models with the ability to monetise both automated catch-up TV and a deep archive service. It will benefit from an experienced team with multiple VOD deployments behind them. The solution will suit large-scale national broadcasters and media companies wishing to adopt sophisticated IP-based delivery for their film and television content.

Rob Hamlin, Strategic Development Director for Arqiva Terrestrial Broadcast, said: “Arqiva is serious about providing infrastructure for television online. The recent launch of SeeSaw has attracted significant worldwide interest and resulted in numerous enquiries about the technology platform. Arqiva’s new VOD solution is designed by broadcasters for broadcasters and meets clear demand for a proven, scalable and robust platform for aggregated IP-delivered video content.”
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