TIS17: Espial Launches Turnkey IPTV Service

Espial has introduced Elevate IPTV, a turnkey, cloud-based video platform for MVPDs that has been pre-integrated with Arris’s portfolio of video set-tops and gateways.

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Espial claimed that the new software-as-a-service offering enables partners to turn up new live, VOD, OTT and whole-home DVR services in as quickly as 90 days while also supporting an operator’s legacy QAM video platform and delivering an experience that can be unified across both sides.

The debut of Elevate IPTV comes about a year after Espial closed its acquisition of Arris’s Whole Home Solution platform, which originated from Arris’s $20 million acquisition of the Digeo set-top and software business from Paul Allen in 2009.

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At the time, Arris and Espial also announced that they’d collaborate on integration and co-marketing activities, and were creating a reseller agreement. Arris was also named Espial’s preferred partner for gateways, though Espial is free to work with other hardware partners.

Espial introduced Elevate IPTV in tandem with The Independent Show, being held this week in Indianapolis.

 “Elevate IPTV provides an elegant solution to access the ever growing choice of video content and consumer viewing devices” Mick McCluskey, VP of product management at Espial, said in a statement. “With content providers engaging consumers directly, Elevate IPTV provides operators with a powerful platform that allows operators to compete with scale.”

“In today’s increasingly competitive environment, we're enabling operators to deliver immersive new viewing experiences that seamlessly combine advanced TV, OTT, and operator-specific services,” added Rob Folk, VP of product management at Arris. “Operators are uniquely positioned to create these next-generation services quickly and efficiently, empowered by ARRIS technology and advanced platforms like Elevate IPTV."