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Cogeco Connexion selects MediaKind end-to-end IPTV solution to drive next generation media experiences to viewers in Canada

MediaKind, a global media technology leader, today announces it has been selected by Cogeco Connexion, the second largest cable operator in Ontario and Quebec, to deliver immersive consumer experiences through the deployment of its next generation end-to-end IPTV solution. The new rollout of the end-to-end MediaKind solution will include MediaFirst TV Platform with Android Google Mobile Services, Encoding On-Demand, Video Storage and Processing Platform (VSPP), Content Management System (CMS) and Professional Services.

“At Cogeco Connexion, we always make our customers’ needs central to our priorities and decision- making process,” stated Ken Smithard, President of Cogeco Connexion. “Trends in TV viewing clearly show that operators must always innovate in order to offer a rich and customized customer experience. After careful consideration, we are confident that the MediaFirst IPTV platform is the best vehicle to fulfill our promise to Canadian viewers by offering a cutting-edge technology with personalization features and greater ease of use for the kind of viewing experience our customers want and deserve.”

Through this partnership, Cogeco Connexion will become the first cable operator customer in North America to deploy the MediaFirst end-to-end solution, demonstrating the flexibility and potential of the platform to unlock new media experiences for a broad range of customers.

Angel Ruiz, CEO, MediaKind said: “Consumers are always looking for more captivating and personalized ways to experience the media they know and love – and they expect to find it whenever and wherever they choose to watch it. We are excited to partner with Cogeco Connexion and enable the delivery of a competitive, next generation TV service with capabilities that meet viewer demands for ever-more immersive content. For MediaKind this marks a major step, showing how our MediaFirst TV Platform has broader applications and can be used to power cable operator services to help these companies compete in a shifting media landscape.”

MediaFirst TV is a media-optimized cloud-based TV platform. By virtualizing managed and OTT services, MediaFirst TV affords Pay TV providers the economics, agility and innovation of web-services. MediaFirst TV provides a converged multi-screen experience including Pay TV in-home, TV Everywhere and OTT services.

The MediaKind Encoding On-Demand solution is a fast, high performance file-based transcoding application. It is fine-tuned for compelling premium services, such as video-on-demand (VOD) and catch-up TV for delivery to a full range of consumer devices. MediaKind’s VSPP solution powers a unified solution for Cloud DVR, On-Demand, and time/place-shifted TV services offering better performance, reduced latency, and much lower CAPEX and TCO.

The deal also includes MediaKind’s CMS and consultancy from the company’s world-class media technology experts on strategy and operations.

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