US telecommunications service provider Hotwire Communications has chosen Swiss OTT and IPTV pioneer ZATTOO and the ZATTOO end-to-end platform to introduce their new service to several hundreds of thousands of customers.
Florida based Hotwire Communications offers ISP services under their Fision brand to a large and growing number of communities and customers in Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and states along the eastern seaboard.
The TV Everywhere Service will be launched in Q4 2017. In the initial phase, focus will be on mobile devices with iOS, Android and Windows 10 operating systems, as well as on a browser player for PC & Mac. Soon afterwards the service will be extended to include streaming on various other devices. Along with linear Live TV and Video on Demand in SD, HD and UHD quality, the service will offer state-of-the-art interactive functionality such as instant restart, time shift, catchup TV, network DVR.
In Europe, ZATTOO has been providing their fully hosted & managed end-to-end solution to telcos, cable and mobile network operators for several years with great success. The ZATTOO platform covers the entire TV service from ingest all the way to the applications including content protection for efficient monetization. With this scalable platform - the ZATTOO “TV Hub” - the operator does not have to invest in any hardware or software for its own TV service.
For the market entry in the US, ZATTOO will now deploy a central “TV Hub” in the US as well. It will be hosted in Hotwire Communications’ co-location facility in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The scalability of ZATTOO’s proprietary technology and Hotwire Communications’ state-of-the-art video headend and datacenter facilities with excellent connectivity make the newly established TV Hub the ideal basis to serve additional operators in the Americas.
“I’m very happy that our cooperation with ZATTOO gives us freedom and flexibility to support the specific requirements arising from our business model of serving a large number and wide variety of different communities. Among all the solutions we looked at, ZATTOO stood out with their experience and scale serving their millions of TV customers in Europe, as well as with the support of a wide range of devices. A key deciding factor was the rich feature set that ZATTOO’s TV-as-a-Service platform supports out of the box.” said Emanuele Jones, Vice President of Engineering for Hotwire Communications
Gernot Jaeger, Chief Officer of B2B TV Solutions at ZATTOO adds: “We are excited that Hotwire Communications is the first US service provider to count on ZATTOO. The entry into the US market is a crucial step for ZATTOO in our global expansion strategy and roadmap.”
With several millions of TV users every month, ZATTOO has established as the leading IPTV & OTT TV provider in Europe over the last ten years. ZATTOO’s customers benefit from a partner, which on one hand knows the needs of TV consumers first hand, and on the other hand, guarantees maximum operating stability with its platform.