SaskTel, the leading Information and Communications Technology provider in Saskatchewan, Canada, has selected Ericsson to power its next generation IPTV service.
SaskTel will start to implement the Ericsson MediaFirst solution suite this year, with plans to commercially launch its enhanced and expanded IPTV service in Saskatchewan in early 2018.
Ericsson MediaFirst will offer SaskTel subscribers a raft of new features over a new Pay TV in-home and TV everywhere product. Many of these new features - including a highly personalized interface across all screens and the ability to watch live TV and access content on demand on any device - will also be made available to existing maxTV subscribers.
Ericsson's end-to-end MediaFirst solution suite includes Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform, Video Processing, Video Delivery and Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP).
Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform is a software-defined, media-optimized cloud-based TV platform. MediaFirst TV Platform provides a converged multiscreen experience including Pay TV in-home, TV Everywhere and OTT services. It embraces all content sources and delivery networks.
The platform provides advanced analytics tools which enable operators to target relevant content and promotions to viewers, increasing revenue opportunities and reducing churn.
MediaFirst Video Processing offers virtualization in content exchange, distribution and software-defined live UHD encoding. MediaFirst Video Delivery provides a comprehensive solution that addresses every stage of the media delivery chain - including Ericsson VSPP - which is ideal for time-shifted services including cloud DVR.