Alticast’s Windmill Breezes into IBC Debut
Alticast to Demonstrate Its Windmill Suite of Solutions at IBC 2012, Delivering the Next Generation in Interactive TV Services
September 4, 2012- Frankfurt, Germany— Alticast, a worldwide leader in interactive television, will showcase Windmill, its breakthrough suite of solutions, at IBC 2012 (Hall 1. F36). Designed with a modular approach, Windmill is a complete product ecosystem that allows operators and device manufacturers to distribute content freely and securely in a multiple screen environment. Windmill offers components that can combine to create an intuitive, true multiscreen experience and supports HTML5 and Android, which are quickly gaining popularity in the broadcast space. Windmill is available for cable, satellite, DTT, IPTV, OTT, Cloud-based delivery and hybrid environments.
Windmill encompasses a range of solutions:
<!- AltiView™ provides Windmill with a rich, robust user interface allowing for easy content discovery across broadcast and OTT content, content recommendations and an integrated social experience to engage consumers on a deeper level. It has an innovative User Interface/ User Experience (UI/UX) design for richer consumer experiences
<!- AltiPlatform™, a high performance middleware core, draws on Alticast’s heritage as a first-class global middleware provider. It includes modular support for HTML5, Android, GEM, HbbTV, and Blu-ray and provides easy access to standards-based TV functionality and innovative web and mobile services
<!- AltiProtect™ provides flexible and cost-effective CAS and DRM management solutions that empower operators to distribute content freely and securely
<!- A ltiAd™ is an advertising platform that helps operators to generate revenue in the multiscreen environment
<!- AltiMetrics™ provides insight into audience response for programs and interactive services.
Positioned as a complete ecosystem, Windmill is future-proofed allowing operators to add services or tweak later as required. It can also be easily integrated with third party solutions where necessary and eliminates compatibility issues to give a consistent user experience across different devices through its open-standard approach. Windmill has been carefully designed to support both legacy set-top boxes that have already been deployed, as well as new and future set-tops.
“We’re looking forward to showing operators and device manufacturers attending IBC just how flexible Windmill is,” said Thomas Jung, CMO, Alticast. “Our modular approach means that our customers can pick and choose which of our solutions they want according to their requirements and bring exciting, rich digital TV services to their viewers. As the market shifts towards interactive TV becoming the norm, it’s important that operators and device manufacturers can make the transition without incurring excessive costs or having to disregard old infrastructures. Windmill does all this and is based on open industry standards making it flexible and therefore cost-effective, including support for Android and HTML5.”
Alticast is currently working with KT, Korea’s largest IPTV service provider, to develop a next generation set-top-box for KT’s satellite and IPTV hybrid service, which will provide subscribers with a seamless entertainment experience which combines the stability of broadcast with the richness of broadband in an easy to navigate user interface. Alticast is also working with one of Korea’s largest cable MSOs to deliver next generation digital TV services by the close of 2012.
Alticast’s history in the field of Interactive TV Software and Solutions has seen the company grow since its inception in 1999. Over the last decade, Alticast has successfully deployed a variety of products into the growing Digital TV Market; User Interfaces, Applications, iTV server systems, set-top boxes and iDTV Hybrid middleware. It has also deployed a host of complementary products around broadcaster and network operator’s needs for better analytics, the new multi-screen environments, as well as Social Networking and Interactive Advertising across Cable, Satellite, IPTV, and Terrestrial. Alticast offers a complete eco-system based on its next generation service delivery platform to meet the ever-changing market requirements. The latest OTT deployments and “TV everywhere” see Alticast adding new products in the field of browsers, Android and HTML5. Alticast is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea with offices in Denver-USA, and Kronberg-Germany.