Canada’s Videotron said it will tap Comcast’s X1 platform to power a new IPTV service.
Videotron, the Montreal-based MSO with 1.65 million cable TV subs (and 1.59 million subs on its digital TV platform), didn’t announce when it plans to roll out the new IPTV product. The MSO has been asked for further comment.
Update: Videotron said the IPTV solution is currently in development and presently is not commenting on anticipated timing of its launch.
With Videotron on board, Comcast adds another major cable operator to the list of those that have licensed/syndicated its X1 platform. Cox Communications and Canada’s Shaw Communications have already rolled out new X1-powered video services, and Rogers Communications, also of Canada, has plans to launch an X1-based IPTV product in early 2018.
Videotron also has not announced its X1-facing product roadmap, but Comcast’s platform supports a cloud-based guide for set-tops and mobile devices, a remote with voice navigation, and cloud DVR services. Comcast has also integrated its X1 platform for set-tops with OTT services/apps from Netflix and Pandora, and has plans underway to do the same with Sling TV and YouTube.
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“We are very pleased with our decision to choose this state-of-the-art platform,” Manon Brouillette, Videotron’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “Combined with the power of Videotron’s network and its rich array of content, it will enable us to continue offering our customers the best possible experience and will strengthen our technology leadership.”
“XFINITY X1 continues to be a game-changer, allowing millions of people to search and navigate live TV, on demand movies and shows, web video, apps and more in a simple, fast and intuitive way,” added Tony Werner, president of technology and product for Comcast Cable. “The platform has changed the experience of watching video and our partnership with Videotron will extend X1’s reach to even more users.”
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