The dongle is the new STB, according to Digisoft.tv CEO Fearghal Kelly (pictured) as he unveiled the company’s new white label CastOS framework. The company is encouraging telcos to embrace the move towards smaller dongle form factors and OTT delivery methods. “CastOS is a way for telcos to do next generation TV fast without the CAPEX currently associated with IPTV,” explained Kelly.
“We are taking an OTT approach to doing IPTV. We’ve condensed the STB into this dongle, which runs carrier grade video chips designed for 1080p at 60fps and consumers will end up using this dongle more than they will use their Roku, for example,” added Kelly.
The framework takes advantage of existing consumer electronics by coupling them with the operator’s smartphones. It allows service providers to ‘cast’ without worrying about the underlying protocols on the target connected devices, delivering a carrier grade
linear TV replacement with VoD and cloud DVR across multiple devices.