AirTies Wireless Networks, a supplier of wireless and OTT/IPTV technologies, has integrated Netflix with an IPTV service for Danish fibre broadband service provider Waoo! The supplier has AirTies has developed a set-top box to allow subscribers to view Netflix’s subscription-based video streaming services alongside IPTV services, including both broadcast/Flow TV and on-demand HD TV.
Waoo! chose AirTies to integrate the dual software stacks to allow both services to run on the IPTV set-top box, using a single user interface to navigate between the two services. The AirTies team faced the challenge of incoporating both the IPTV multicast software stack and the Netflix unicast stack onto a set-top box with just 512MB of memory. There was a;so the difficulty of integrating the Verimatrix DRM for the Waoo! IPTV service with the PlayReady DRM used by Netflix, meeting the certification requirements set by Netflix to protect the content.
“The addition of Netflix content to our IPTV service will significantly enhance our business,” said Waoo! CEO, Joergen Stensgaard. “The total user experience provided by our team and AirTies is outstanding. AirTies has played a significant role in enabling us to continue to meet the growing demand for on-demand video streaming services and we have been very impressed with the customer reaction following the deployment.”
Bulent Celebi (pictured), chairman and co-founder of AirTies added: “We are proud to be the first company to integrate Netflix and an IPTV service into a single STB. Our goal is always to offer solutions that provide operators with new ways of differentiating their services.”