Broadband Technology Report | October 2, 2017
Evolution Digital has launched an app-based streaming video service, eVUE-NOW!, for cable and telecommunications operators across the United States. It’s designed to deliver a skinny package of local broadcast and cable channels to consumer-owned streaming devices. The service also provides access to free IP video on demand (VOD) content provided by the operator.
The initial version of eVUE-NOW! Is designed to deliver operator-branded apps to iOS, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Android mobile devices. Customers will be able to sign up for service through a web-based portal with automatic credit card billing managed by Evolution Digital.
Other features include record, pause and fast-forward capabilities. The service allows viewers to automatically record a select number of programs per week, including TV shows, movies and events, which are stored in the cloud. Customers can then watch those recorded programs later with trick play modes. Viewers can select up to 20 programs to record and store that content for up to one week. After one week, the system automatically replaces the stored program with the next available episode of that series or event.
“We are proud to launch this innovative new service that gives providers a new tool to compete with other streaming apps,” said Chris Egan, CEO and co-founder at Evolution Digital. “Using our app-based service streamlines deployments and helps providers capture back a market that has steered towards virtual MVPD subscriptions. Furthermore, eVUE-NOW! is an inherently better product than competitors’ as it features universal search across all content, as well as video on demand and all local broadcast channels. eVUE-NOW!, bundled with the operator’s broadband offering, can be delivered at a better price point to both the operator and the consumer while supplying the viewer with the content and functionalities that they want in a video service.”
The new IP streaming service is part of Evolution Digital’s eVUE-TV IP video platform, which provides IP VOD, IP linear and network DVR services to traditional cable set-top boxes.