Espial, Harmonic team to sell TVaaS to MVPDs

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Espial and Harmonic are uniting their SaaS offerings into one product. (BlackJack3D / iStockPhoto)

Espial is teaming up with Harmonic to combine their software offerings into product MVPDs can use to launch new IP and OTT services.

Espial’s Elevate SaaS video platform will fully integrate Harmonic’s VOS360 media processing SaaS to offer MVPDs control, processing, and delivery of video content and services set-top boxes, media players like Roku and Apple TV, smart TVs and mobile devices.

“Both Harmonic and Espial have been offering next-gen IPTV and OTT services for years, and together we have an extensive list of customers who are powering millions of active subscribers and devices. Working together, we are now able to offer operators a fully-integrated solution that is proven at scale, and can help operators quickly launch next-gen video services,” said Eric Armstrong, vice president of SaaS Solutions at Harmonic, in a statement.

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“MVPDs need to address the needs of various subscriber segments—from millennials and premium subscribers, to traditional users, and more—in order to remain relevant and competitive. The ability to price, package, segment and analyze their various offerings is critical to avoid churn, retain subscribers and grow revenues. Getting to market quickly and risk-free, using TVaaS solutions, allows operators to focus their resources on selling, improving business metrics through data, and optimizing their services offerings,” said Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial, in a statement.

"Consumers today demand the ability to view content on any device, from anywhere. Espial’s Elevate SaaS video platform, together with Harmonic’s VOS360 solution, addresses some important requirements of our members, who need to reduce cost, risk, and time to market on new IPTV and app-based TV services. Espial and Harmonic continue to provide innovative and valuable solutions for our service provider members, helping them to retain and grow their subscriber base in an increasingly competitive industry,” said Rich Fickle, CEO of NCTC, in a statement.