IBC 2017: ActiveVideo, Zodiac Team to Bring Fresh UIs to Older Boxes

Zodiac Interactive and ActiveVideo are pitching a joint solution that, they claim, can help pay TV of all sizes bring a next-gen interface/experience to any installed set-top box.

They said the joint offering builds on prior customer-specific ActiveVideo-Zodiac collaborations. Notably, Charter Communications’s Spectrum Guide for legacy set-tops as well as newer ones with IP connectivity use both ActiveVideo and Zodiac technologies. ActiveVideo operates as a joint venture of  Charter and Arris.

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The joint solution being introduced this week and timed with the IBC show in Amsterdam, combines the cloud virtualization capabilities of ActiveVideo’s CloudTV platform with Zodiac’s PowerUp Stack software and AMS cloud platform.

Cable Bahamas, which delivers service to about 250,000 set-top boxes, is on board to rollout the new joint solution in the second quarter of 2018, and will include a mosaic guide that displays live content from multiple channels, and unify an experience across multiple devices.

“Using the integrated solution, small or large pay-TV operators around the world can deliver the industry’s most advanced services to every subscriber in a matter of months,” Zodiac CEO Brandon Brown said in a statement.