3 Screen Solutions (3SS), provider of software solutions FOR STBs and multiscreen entertainment, and SDMC, a professional Google-certified company for Android TV smart STBs, together announced that Uruguayan cable and OTT service provider TCC has gone live with its next-generation hybrid TV platform, based on Android TV OS Operator Tier.
The new service is enabled by SDMC’s DV8545-C STB and powered by the 3READY Product Framework, 3SS front end and UI solution for all devices featuring an operator-tailored Android TV Custom Launcher. TCC’S offer provides pay-TV services in Montevideo, including cable (146 DVB-C channels) and OTT via its TCC VIVO platform along with 3SS-engineered apps for Android and iOS mobile devices. The new next-gen hybrid+multiscreen TCC VIVO service is now available with customized 3SS-designed launcher on the SDMC STB, offering access through a single device to all Live and VOD content in an experience that integrates all TCC’s content sources and networks.
Furthermore, TCC is offering the new hybrid Android TV-based software platform as a B2B SaaS under the ‘ZetaTV’ brand to the pay-TV industry in Latin America, for DVB-C, OTT or both, using a licensing business model. As a result, TCC is extending its technology, 3READY-enriched UX and quality standards to its operator-customers in Uruguay and elsewhere in the region for their own next-gen Android TV projects.
TCC-enabled deployments for neighbouring providers, together with its own direct domestic subscriber base, currently total over 200 thousand subscribing homes, located in Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. In November 2019, TCC appointed 3SS as prime integrator for the project. TCC decided to build its next-gen service on increasingly popular Android TV OS Operator Tier. This is Google’s game-changing proposition for operators aiming to deliver TV products featuring the array of attractive apps in the Google Play Store, with Google Assistant and Chromecast pre-integrated, all within an advanced operator-branded experience.
‘We are really excited to be working with 3SS and SDMC as we know both share our core value of customer-centricity, and our drive to provide real value to TV viewers with a compelling, easy-to-use all-in-one entertainment experience. We are delighted to be bringing a new, world class TV offering to our subscribers and to the wider marketplace’, reported Javier Ruete, CEO at TCC.
Laurence Yan, SVP of Worldwide Sales, SDMC, reported that in the company they are ‘honoured to have been selected by TCC to help enable this pioneering and ambitious TV service, and to be working in close partnership alongside our fellow innovators at 3SS. We are very proud that our advanced STB is now delivering next-generation entertainment to consumers in Uruguay and beyond’, the executive ended.
Among TCC VIVO’s/ZetaTV’s new key features is the ability to have multiple profiles per household, including kids profiles with advanced parental control. Additionally, there is a dedicated Sports Zone and Kids Zone; these include aggregated genre-specific viewing menus and easy selecting of sports- and kids-centric content with all relevant channels grouped in the same location. TCC VIVO and ZetaTV also provide many of today’s advanced service functions including 7-day backwards EPG, mini-EPG, Catchup and Startover.