Portugal’s NOS takes a big step into hybrid IP video services

NOS, Portugal’s primary cable operator with over 1.5 million video households, is rolling out Espial’s next-gen hybrid IP Video service, Europe’s first deployment of the RDK 2.1 environment and featuring capabilities including 4K resolution, advanced voice control, and personalization.

The service will be powered by the Espial G4 STB Client.

Like most incumbent operators, NOS is facing strong competition from OTT service providers, in addition to other local traditional service providers. NOS says the new deployment, which integrates live, on-demand, OTT, catch-up, and cloud DVR content with a fast and immersive user experience will help hold off the competition.

“We saw our true competition was emerging from the Internet,” said Pedro Bandeira, dead of development for the operator. He said the Espial G4 STB Client, based on RDK, is “the foundation of our new, game-changing service.”
The solution includes the 4K Hybrid IP ARRIS ZD4500 set-top; a state-of-the-art Broadcom BCM7251S chipset; NAGRA anyCAST CONNECT content protection; and, Nuance Dragon TV Voice Recognition, along with the NOS back-office.

The big question? Can it really hold off the expansion of Internet TV?

Stay tuned.

Jim O’Neill is Editor of Videomind and Principal Analyst at Brightcove. You can follow him on Twitter @JimONeillMedia and on LinkedIn