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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 2018-01-31, 02:57 PM Thread Starter
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Ericsson's MediaFirst TV Platform coming to Fibe TV

Ericsson and Bell Canada sign landmark TV deal
Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform solution will enable Bell to offer an enhanced, personalized and converged multiscreen TV experience to its more than 1.5 million Fibe TV and Alt TV subscribers in Canada.

The multi-year deal expands on the companies’ long-term relationship, which dates back to the 2010 launch of Bell’s Fibe TV service and deployment of Mediaroom, the world’s leading IPTV platform. When integrated with Mediaroom, MediaFirst will deliver an agile, next generation TV platform with the necessary flexibility to easily incorporate third party apps....

Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform is a software-defined, media-optimized cloud-based TV platform. It provides a converged multiscreen experience including Pay TV in-home, TV Everywhere and OTT services and embraces all content sources and delivery networks.
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Can someone decode this into layman's terms?
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Question MediaFirst is now MediaKind

Is this still happening? Over one year later and nothing...

Perhaps the rebranding to MediaKind and Ericsson's divestment of its MediaKind business to One Equity Partners has thrown a wrench into Bell's plans?
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What makes you think it hasn't happened already?
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Because the haven't deployed the new boxes or migrated to the new UI. It looks like Bell will be using the Arris VIP6102w receiver.
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@Deanoyyz I think Bell is already using parts of the MediaFirst platform. They started advertising that you could watch your recordings anywhere in the world around the same time this multi-year contract was announced, so I think it uses the MediaFirst cloud technology.

In the full press release, Bell says "We look forward to taking the game-changing Fibe TV and Alt TV even further, enabling next generation services across a wider range of devices by leveraging the innovative IPTV technologies of Ericsson MediaFirst." Since then they've added support for Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Android TV (Sony Android TV, nVIDIA Shield, Xiaomi Mi Box.)

When Ericsson spun MediaKind off as a separate company, it retained 49% ownership. The spinoff also included the Mediaroom platform that serves as the foundation for Fibe TV, Telus Optik TV and about 40 million STBs worldwide.
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@Deanoyyz I took a look at that old YouTube video and I see what you're saying about the integration of a MediaFirst-powered STB. Here is a press release issued by Arris in Feb. 2018.

ARRIS Next-Generation Set-Top to Power Tomorrow's TV for Bell Canada
ARRIS is enabling Bell, Canada's leading TV provider and largest communications company, to offer its Fibe TV customers an even more rich and personalized next-generation television experience with ARRIS set-top technology.

Bell's deployment of Ericsson's MediaFirst platform will deliver a lifelike 4K HDR experience with unmatched sharpness and clarity. MediaFirst delivers personalized Multiscreen, TV Everywhere, IPTV and Pay TV services and ARRIS set-top technology is at the heart of this next-generation system, featuring the latest 4K HDR capabilities, fast 802.11ac and 4x4 Wi-Fi.

"ARRIS is a trusted Bell partner in supporting our delivery of the future of TV," said Rizwan Jamal, President of Bell Residential Services and Small Business. "Fibe TV became Canada's #1 TV service by offering an outstanding viewing experience that's both personalized and on-demand. Together with ARRIS, we look forward to taking Fibe TV to the next level as we deliver the latest 4K experience to our customers."

"We are proud to be the launch partner for Bell's implementation of MediaFirst for Fibe TV, a fast-growing IPTV service with more than 1.5 million customers in Canada," said Larry Robinson, President of ARRIS CPE. "This deployment further demonstrates that ARRIS is the leading technology provider when it comes to enabling ground-breaking television services."

The ARRIS Global Services team will provide integration services and customization for the user experience.
This STB project could still be underway - they take time. For example, it took Rogers about 18 months from the time they announced the Comcast decision to the live rollout. By that time the software had been well-proven at Comcast and at Shaw Cable in western Canada. I'm not sure how mature the MediaFirst STB software is and how many large TV providers are using it.
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