Spark New Zealand selects Xstream's Cloud-based OTT/TV Platform

Spark New Zealand (formerly Telecom NZ) has selected Xstream MediaMaker™, a cloud-based OTT/TV video management platform for its new OTT video service, Lightbox. Lightbox is a cross platform New Zealand-made subscription video on demand service (SVOD) that can be used across multiple devices, including laptop, desktop, iPad and Airplay on Apple TV.

Xstream MediaMaker's in built device management allows Lightbox to set up rules on the devices registered to each Lightbox account as well as control concurrent streams, a service that enables Lightbox customers to use one account to watch different content on different devices.

According to Xstream, the Xstream MediaMaker™ powered OTT solution comes with core features which includes advanced voucher integration and functionality, advanced parental control where the entire frontend has a dimension that's controlled by parental guidelines enabling parents to filter out content playback according to rating. Xstream powers the Lightbox service with a host of solutions from its other partners including IPPayments, Mandril for e-mails, Amazon for hosting, Akamai for CDN, Gracenote and Technicolor and Accedo for frontend apps.

We're thrilled to be working with one of the worlds most innovative Telcos on creating and deploying their OTT solution. Xstream MediaMaker™ is designed to work in parallel with legacy TV systems, leveraging existing infrastructure investments while, at the same time, be flexible to integrate with any other third party solution and to enable customers to deploy complete end-to-end OTT solutions like Lightbox."

-        Frank Thorup, CEO at Xstream

"Xstream comes with a proven technical strength, an impressive track record of managing high-end, customized OTT and TV Everywhere services and a software that truly sets the company apart from others, enabling us to take our service to the next level today and tomorrow,"  "Xstream has met all our rigorous demands for high-quality and flexibility. Their cloud based video management system, Xstream MediaMaker™, is one of the most complete and flexible OTT platforms we've seen in the market, including everything one need to create and manage a complete OTT solution."

-         Mike McMahon, CTO at Spark New Zealand's OTT service, Lightbox

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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