Cisco wins first European order for Videoscape Unity

US networking equipment vendor Cisco has won its first European order for the Videoscape Unity video services delivery platform it launched last January at CES, from Norwegian cable operator GET.

The new video service from GET will enable flexible TV viewing in the home and on the go, with unified broadband and TV experiences, including personalised and synchronised TV across multiple devices.

Upon the launch of the new service, subscribers will be able to view content on multiple screens, with access to an extensive lineup of linear channels – complemented by on-demand content and digital video recorder (DVR) functionality.

Under the terms of the deal, Cisco will provide GET with a unified infrastructure for the management of video content and applications delivered over cable, IP and over-the-top (OTT) to multiple devices, along with its VideoGuard content protection technology and Snowflake user interface.

“We want to deliver our customers access to entertainment and information services at the touch of a button, seamless across any device,” said Gunnar Evensen, CEO of GET.

“Through the project with Cisco we will fulfil this vision and provide GET customers with the most rich information and entertainment in the easiest and most convenient way. We will again change the way people consume digital entertainment.”

In addition to the deal with GET, Cisco has also confirmed that Belgian cable operator Telenet has selected its Videoscape Snowflake User Interface (UI) to provide advanced navigation of its content and services across their platform.

As part of Telenet’s enhanced ‘Yelo TV’ service, Cisco Videoscape Snowflake will provide a streamlined user interface across multiple devices, fulfilling the operator’s vision to enable subscribers to watch what they want, when they want and where they want – with an uninterrupted experience between devices.

“With more content choice, our aim is to provide a simplified, feature-rich experience to complement our premium content offering,” said Jan Vorstermans, COO of Telenet.

“With Videoscape Snowflake and the support of Cisco, we are confident that we will have an experience that supersedes anything else in the market. It was very important for us to bring this experience to our existing customerbase by using Videoscape Snowflake on our current platform through our collaboration with our local software partners.”

Cisco’s new Videoscape Unity platform comprises a set of cloud, network and client-based components, all connected by open interfaces, and integrates a number of assets from UK firm NDS (which Cisco acquired last year for US$ 5bn) such as the Snowflake user interface design model and NDS Media Highway multiplatform clients.