Netgem tapped for Monaco Telecom's hybrid TV service

Monaco Telecom is using Paris-based set-top box maker Netgem's middleware and STB technologies to launch its next-gen, connected TV experience, blending broadcast and broadband content with multi-platform, interactive services.

The service combines digital cable-delivered broadcast HDTV and pay-TV channels with over-the-top TV services into one, branded user experience. OTT services provided by Netgem include VOD films from Netgem's sister company Video Future and an interactive Monaco Telecom channel that aggregates its existing online weather, traffic and news services, updating content updated in real time.

Netgem's set-top box acts as a high-capacity media center that allows customers to manage their entertainment across multiple devices throughout their homes, and also allows them to use an iPhone as a remote control.

Monaco Telecom said Netgem's smart hybrid solution was cost effective since it allowed MT to integrate it into its existing infrastructure. "Netgem's open platform ensures our technology will remain future proofed since we can easily add in new and exciting broadcast and over the top broadband services to customers as required," said Martin Péronnet, Monaco Telecom's managing director.

Packaged with other Monaco Telecom services at a price of €8 per month, the TV service includes a personal video recorder with permanent time-shift functionality; together with a multi-language VOD service.

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