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Expanded IPTV services enter Planet 9’s orbit

Telekom Slovenia’s multimedia and services integration subsidiary Planet 9 has made strategic investment in specialised video servers as a key component of its plans to scale and expand its IPTV services.

The parent claims to be its nation’s leading IPTV provider with more than 120,000 subscribers, with Planet 9 providing multimedia, content and systems integration expertise  to deliver platforms such as SIOL iO. This is said to be a unique service representing the first convergence video service linking TV, Internet and mobile, and enabling the viewing of broadcast content, as well as VOD and user-generated video content.

Planet 9 provides services and content for mobile, TV and web and has key activity areas in IPTV, online video, mobile solutions and their convergence;  web services; portals;  social networks; and other communication solutions. Planet 9 also owns, manages and provides entertainment and informative multimedia content and services for web portal siol.net which boasts 500,000 visitors monthly and is one of the most visited websites in Slovenia.

To facilitate the expansion, Planet 9 invested in technology from distributed delivery systems provider Edgeware. Explained Planet 9’s deputy manager Tomaž Pernovšek: “Our main goal when choosing a delivery platform was scalability. We were interested specifically in the robustness and the hardware infrastructure.  We also found that the Edgeware solution integrated smoothly with both of our VOD delivery models of progressive download and streaming as well as offering us support for future service capabilities such as catch-up TV and network PVR.  As a final point, the [new] servers offer very cost effective performance.”

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