Trio of European service providers use Envivio to launch TV Everywhere plays

Video-over-IP delivery solutions provider Envivio, which last year said it had reached profitability, announced during IBC that it has added several new customers to its 4Caster C4 encoder platform.

European service providers Belgacom, Orange France and Stofa Denmark all launched multi-screen TV services for their subscribers using the encoding platform to offer an array of services.

Belgacom's TV Everywhere service, launched in July, uses Nokia Siemens Networks' Ubiquity Multiscreen TV solution and Envivio 4Caster C4 encoders, along with the 4Manager network management solution. The service includes up to 180 channels, free Belgian football, a TV guide, a recording function (PVR) and an extensive on-demand catalog. Belgacom said it eventually plans to allow customers to watch content on a TV set, tablet, smartphone or computer.

France Telecom subsidiary Globecast, which provides content management and worldwide transmission services, used the platform to help create a new multi-screen TV service to support Orange France in offering more than 100 live TV channels to subscribers' mobile devices, tablets and PCs.

The companies deployed a new convergence headend that streamlines operations with a single encoding platform delivering each channel in 13 profiles to support viewing by all target devices and eliminates the need to manage, power and maintain multiple concurrent platform-specific headends.

Danish cable TV operator Stofa, meanwhile, selected Envivio's 4Caster C4 encoders and 4Manager network management to help it expand into additional markets with a new 70-channel over the top TV service. The new WebTV service from Stofa gives subscribers free access to watch their favorite channels on Apple's (NASDAQ: AAPL) iOS, Google's (Nasdaq: GOOG) Android and PC devices over their broadband connections.

"Envivio's ability to deliver TV without Boundaries not only refers to the choices in services available to TV viewers, but also the options operators have in creating those services," said Envivio CEO Julien Signès. "We are gaining significant success with operators worldwide who are choosing 4Caster C4 because of its flexible platform that meets today's demands, while enabling the scalability to grow with future needs, including new screens, new platforms and entirely new types of services."

Envivio earlier this year announced plans for a $69 million IPO. The company in June postponed the offering, blaming adverse market conditions. So far, the San Francisco-based company hasn't indicated when, or if, it would reschedule the IPO.

Last week, the company said it reached profitability during the second quarter, driven by the accelerated demand for multi-screen television services from Tier-1 service providers worldwide.

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