Piksel has helped to deliver an online video service for customers of UPC Slovakia, a subsidiary of Liberty Global in Slovakia, which enables its Horizon Go subscribers to watch content on the move. Now Liberty Global customers in ten affiliate countries can watch programmes across multiple devices and operating systems, made possible by Piksel’s extension of the OESP platform that underpins the Horizon Go app.
Research from Adobe has found that mobile video has reached record numbers, with TV Everywhere viewing increasing 246 per cent over the last year. Piksel’s continued hosting and management of backend services allows Liberty Global to further the reach of its content to its audience base, through a more mobile service, and evolve its online video business in line with consumer behavioirs.
Key benefits from the platform extension include a new intuitive and interactive user interface, the ability for phone users to use their device as a remote control for the main Horizon box, and the ability to use a ‘Push to TV’ function within the app. Additionally, improvements to the DRM means that the app now supports PlayReady and Widevine in parallel.
Additional advantages of the recently rebranded Horizon Go include:
Content streamlined into a single app (combining previous Horizon TV Remote and Horizon TV apps); personal TV guide with individualised channel order and sorting; and the ability to watch TV programmes and films on up to three mobile devices simultaneously (depending on country-specific content rights).
“The personal viewing habits of audiences are quickly changing as technology advances to support video on connected devices, especially tablets and smartphones,” commented Mark Christie, chief technology officer, Piksel. “By mobilising its content, Liberty Global makes a huge leap in addressing consumer viewing habits, which have become increasingly fragmented as people own more mobile devices and use them for a wider variety of things. This is a shining example of how Piksel is helping its customers to leverage the value of their content through enabling new OTT service launches.”