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Aiming to give the content strategy for its expanding TV bouquet TV a boost, global telco Orange is making OCast available as Open Source.

orangecontent 12july2017OCast is designed to allow viewers to use a smartphone to play videos on devices including TV set-top boxes (STBs), TV sticks or TVs, and control playback of the video with commands such as pause, fast forward and rewind. With the software, users can browse and explore their content libraries via their preferred interface, either the screen on their smartphone or tablet. Moreover, it means that with a single application they can watch content on a mobile or tablet outside or on their TV at home. Beyond video, OCast can also play and control slideshows, playlists and web apps.

Orange says that all telco-based operators which offer TV access will be able to offer their customers a range of mobile applications to cast videos to their TV, by including OCast in their STBs. This, it asserted, was “very easy” and required no specific development. Developers of mobile applications that incorporate long videos would also, it said, be able to offer their customers, VOD and SVOD content providers, greater comfort, that of big screen TV. Operators would also retain control over the applications authorised to operate on their STBs, enabling them to maintain and increase the content value chain.

“The release of OCast as open source software is a milestone in Orange’s technical strategy by enabling it to accelerate the development of the services available via its set-top boxes, and by creating a virtuous circle with other operators to create a new video services ecosystem,” remarked Thierry Souche, senior vice president Orange Labs Services and group CIO at Orange.

Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that it will be one of the first to adopt the new software, and to boost deployment Orange is joining forces with its subsidiary Viaccess-Orca, specialised in content management, distribution and security solutions, which will integrate this technology into its range of solutions for TV operators.

“We are delighted to support our TV operator clients in the implementation of this new technology by providing our content protection solutions (DRM) and, more generally, our security expertise. We will enable them to extend the availability of their TV services offers to all screens, with an extremely quick turnaround time,” added Viaccess-Orca CEO Paul Molinier.