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As part of its delivery strategy to unify product operations and accelerate time-to-market, Charter Communications has used ActiveVideo’s CloudTV solution to make its Spectrum Guide available on millions of set-tops, as deployment continues to nearly all of its new Spectrum TV subscribers nationwide.
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The plan will see Charter use virtualisation techniques to enable what it calls seamless deployment across the US to next-gen IP set-tops. The on-screen guide features enhanced customisations and functionality, video previews, engaging graphics and more intuitive navigation. The solution is said to provide a user experience that makes it easy for subscribers to search and discover programming in Spectrum’s expanding library of live and on-demand TV shows, movies, sporting events and other video content.

“Spectrum Guide has been deployed to millions of set-top boxes across our footprint providing a reliable, modern navigation experience, and virtualisation has been key to that success,” said Jake Perlman, SVP of software development at Charter. “Working with ActiveVideo allowed us to realise the promises of virtualisation, deploy a world-class, next-generation TV service at scale and have a flexible platform that supports new features and services.”

The CloudTV HTML5 cloud browser platform virtualises set-top box functions and enables the guide to be delivered from the cloud to any set-top without dependency on its memory capacity or CPU speed. ActiveVideo said that even the latest generation of the company’s WorldBox hybrid IP set-tops benefits from this combination of set-top resource independence and cloud delivery, allowing Charter to rapidly scale deployment of the guide across its nationwide footprint.

“Charter has a well-deserved reputation for innovation and their use of virtualisation to drive Spectrum TV demonstrates how they are continuing to advance state-of-the-art content delivery to their subscribers,” added ActiveVideo CEO Jeff Miller. “Charter’s success also proves that virtualisation is ready for prime time. It can enable large operators to quickly deliver new services and improved user experiences at scale.”