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In order to gain a differentiator in a highly competitive Dutch market with the first Android TV service,  Youfone TV  has deployed an end-to-end solution using the 24i Video Experience Platform and devices from Amino.
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Youfone, whose TV service was initially launched in 2017, refreshed its service on 3 August, is designed to offer a next-generation converged OTT, VOD and live TV experience on TVs and mobile devices. The Dutch MVNO says using the new solution has allowed it to completely refresh its user experience and expand the reach of the TV service. Rather than the traditional 12–18-month engineering project, Youfone refreshed its user experience and consumer offering and reduced CAPEX and OPEX in a five-month project. It says the speed to market was enabled by the end-to-end 24i and Amino solution.

“The unique power, flexibility and breadth of the integrated 24i and Amino solution meant that Youfone launched the Netherland’s first Android TV service in just five months, rather than embarking on a major engineering project of a year or more if we had followed another path,” explained Youfone CEO Valentijn Rensing. “A key advantage of the 24i and Amino solution is that it is truly end-to-end: covering all the functions we need from content ingest, encoding and transcoding, management, customer care, content distribution, all the software required from front-end to back end and even the set-top boxes serving our TV viewing customers.”

The Youfone project is the first joint deployment announced since 24i became an Amino Technologies group company in July 2019. Key functionality delivered to Youfone includes transcoding, middleware, CDN, and front-end applications for Android, iOS phones, and tablets; enabling live TV, catch-up, restart and nPVR for approximately 100 channels.

The solution is a hybrid cloud deployment taking advantage of on-premise private cloud services for 24/7 headend services that minimise infrastructure cost and public cloud services to maximise flexibility. It is said to provide Youfone with nimble, modular operational services, ranging from content ingest, infrastructure, capacity, load, API and front-end monitoring, to change management and third party support.

“Traditionally, launching an advanced modern converged OTT, VOD and Live TV service would take a year or more and would be technically demanding,” added Donald McGarva, Amino Group chief executive officer. “Before the 24i Video Experience Platform, companies such as Youfone were faced with the choice between over-engineered single vendor systems, smaller single-vendor solutions with gaps in functionality, or the complications and delays associated in dealing with multiple vendors.”