NSN Crosses Its IPTV Streams
Ubiquity Multiscreen TV, being unveiled at this week's International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam, should help put NSN on closer TVE footing with competitive platforms such as Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) Mediaroom.
It's also the first NSN IPTV client devoid of middleware code from Myrio, which NSN acquired about five years ago. In place of the Java-based Myrio client, NSN used one based on the Nokia Qt open-source cross-platform application and user interface framework. (See Siemens Snaps Up Myrio.)
Ubiquity Multiscreen TV follows NSN's launch of a centralized multi-screen IPTV back-office system at the IPTV World Forum in London.
With this launch, NSN can offer partners a unique client that can run on set-tops, PCs, Macs, and Symbian- and Android-based mobile devices, says Brook Longdon, head of NSN's Media and Entertainment Solutions unit. NSN, he adds, has developed a separate proprietary client for Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads.
Longdon also says the new platform will help carriers fend off over-the-top video services by enabling "Web-augmented TV" applications such as social networking and sports tracking, and by giving carriers access to an apps platform that doesn't require a costly developers kit.
NSN isn't saying when the new client will make it into the wild, but Longdon says deployment activity is underway, focused on the IPTV client base that NSN already has.
Its largest three IPTV customers are Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) of Belgium, KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) in the Netherlands, and T-Com of Croatia. Consolidated Communications Inc. is NSN's largest US-based IPTV customer.
NSN has traditionally gone after the telcos with its IPTV platform but sees cable as a future target as MSOs start to cobble together IP video transition plans. "We're on an intercept course with those guys as well," Longdon says. (See Buckeye Tunes Up BigBand for IPTV Trial and Cable's Long Path to IPTV Nirvana.)
NSN has already completed IPTV client integrations with two set-top suppliers that are common in cable circles: Motorola Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO). Others include Entone Inc. , Amino Communications Ltd. , Albis Technologies Ltd. , and China-based Sunniwell Broadband Digital Science & Technology Ltd.
— Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable