Korean Telecom (KT) is using Alticast’s Media Cloud Platform to enable its new satellite-based on-demand service. The vendor characterized this as the world's first large-scale deployment of a cloud-based personal video recorder (PVR) service.
SkyLife's olleh TV SkyLife service – which combines direct-to-home (DTH) television programming with KT's video on demand (VOD) services – was launched in August 2009 and today offers multiscreen TV Everywhere services.
SkyLife decided to expand its TV service with the on-demand service, called SkyLife on Demand (SOD), enabling each subscriber to record multiple channels simultaneously using Cloud storage.
"Our new Cloud-based SOD service is the most recent example of our commitment to providing subscribers the very latest broadband video and data services delivered with the outstanding quality and reliability they have come to expect from our services," said Ji-Woong Kim, leader of SkyLife's new business development team. "To deploy this new service, we turned to our trusted partner Alticast, which supported our initial launch of interactive TV and is following it up with the software solutions and expertise we need for this important new project."
At the heart of SkyLife's SOD service is the Alticast Media Cloud Platform, which is comprised of four major components: a Cloud content ingest/delivery system, a Cloud service system, a Cloud media storage system and a Cloud streaming system. Each component is optional and interoperable with any existing pieces of a service provider's Cloud-based PVR system.
SkyLife is also using the Alticast AltiProtect DRM solution to ensure content protection by encrypting content when it is recorded.
Complementing its SOD service, SkyLife already offers an existing catch-up service, which utilizes local USB storage to optimize network bandwidth. When content rights do not allow for programs to be stored in the Cloud, they are instead recorded at the customer premise using USB storage. Subscribers locate recorded content via the STB UI and then seamlessly play the programs regardless of location. Cloud-stored content allows viewing flexibility as these videos can be played back on approved mobile devices.