Icareus HbbTV Carousel Streamer to Open Beyond

Helsinki, 08.09.2020, Open Beyond, a Greek commercial free-to-air TV channel, has acquired Icareus Playout Carousel platform to provide hybrid broadcast and broadband (HbbTV) interactive TV services in Greece. The delivery was done by the Icareus’ local distributor Epeegee.

Open Beyond is using Icareus Playout HbbTV Carousel server to offer interactive HbbTV service signalling and management services to its customers with the highest quality.

The delivered 100% uptime solution offers a long list of features including HbbTV DSM-CC object and data carousel support, AIT management for both broadcast and broadband applications, accurate synchronization of hybrid TV applications with the broadcast signal via stream events, flexible descriptor management, and many more.

The Icareus Playout system provides Open Beyond with the most flexible and modular platform for hybrid HbbTV services.

Icareus Playout was selected firstly to meet today’s needs, but also to offer a future proof roadmap and complementary HbbTV services offered by Icareus.

Epeegee’s CEO Mr Stathis Michail comments the selection of Icareus EPG: “Icareus Playout platform has shown its capabilities with the biggest players in the market. It has a huge amount of option to fit any broadcaster needs, but also Icareus provides complementary services and solutions to have a turnkey HbbTV start.”.

Icareus’ Director Mr. Mikko Karppinen comments the delivery “Icareus and Epeegee opened the Greek TV market with the delivery to national broadcaster ERT in last autumn. We are happy now to start working with the commercial side also. Open Beyond is one of the leading channels in Greece, so we are enthusiastic to work with them.

Icareus Playout is highly robust and future-proof DVB broadcast service management platform used by the world-leading TV operators and broadcasters like Arabsat, SES (Luxemburg), ERT (Greece), Freesat (UK), Cyfrowy Polsat (Poland), RAI (Italy) and Mediaset (Italy). The modular platform grows with business requirements and together with Icareus partners, our customers enjoy high-quality service broadcast-grade 100% uptime.

The tested integrations to multiplexes, network management systems and Icareus Suite enable quick deployment and high reliability. Icareus global reseller and systems integrator partners offer high service levels and peace-of-mind to our customers. Icareus Playout has been in production since 2004 and is trusted by leading operators and broadcasters serving customers in 50 countries

Icareus Playout product family includes Icareus Playout EP PSI/SI and EPG server, Icareus CS DSM-CC Carousel server for HbbTV and other Interactive TV standards, Icareus Playout DVB SSU server for over-the-air updates and Icareus Playout Compact Lab solution for research, development and testing TV services.   For more information about solution visit: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/

Open Beyond is a Greek free-to-air television station that belongs to Radio-television S.A. Group. The channel’s popular programs are e.g. X Factor Greece, Greek national team’s football matches and International TV series like Criminal Minds and NCIS. The channel is distributed via Terrestrial, Satellite, IPTV and Internet. For more information: https://www.tvopen.gr/

Epeegee represents in Greece several leading manufacturers and software houses specializing in developing applications for Broadcasters, Media Houses and Production Companies. Epeegee holds a unique know-how on Application development for multiscreen, OTT, DRM, NFC, software development methodology and media consultancy. For more information, visit https://epeegee.com/.

Icareus Ltd is established 2001 and has a headquarters in Helsinki, Finland. Combining online and broadcast technologies have been the core of our activities over a decade, true pioneers some say. We’ve been making the change from linear TV to today’s multi-screen experience. Icareus’ customizable end-user apps provide unique TV experience with economical service launch and maintenance on any device. Icareus solutions are enjoyed by millions of consumers via our broadcaster, operator, OTT and OVP customers in over 60 countries.

Icareus provides cloud solutions for TV and video services and trusted broadcast EPG, Carousel, OTA and Lab head-end products. Our platforms support solutions for HbbTV, ATSC 3.0, OTT, TV Everywhere, Addressable TV advertising and Audience Measurement. For more information: https://www.icareus.com

Keywords HbbTV, HbbTV Carousel, HbbTV Inserter, HbbTV Streamer, AIT Generator, DSM-CC, HbbTV Datacasting, TV Open Beyond

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Jessica Glad

Marketing and communication
Icareus Ltd
Email: jessica.glad[at]icareus.com
Puhelin: +358 (0)9 2289 0801

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