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24i partners with Swisscom Broadcast to strengthen its TV as a Service offering in Europe

Agreement coincides with the launch of FokusOnTV, 24i’s new cloud-based TV as a service solution that enables Pay TV operators to reduce their on-site infrastructure and hosting burden. Swisscom Broadcast premium video infrastructure and extensive range o

Amsterdam, Netherlands(31 Aug 2022)

24i, the video streaming expert, today announced a new partnership with Swisscom Broadcast and the launch of FokusOnTV, 24i’s new TV as a Service (TVaaS) streaming offering that enables Pay TV operators to improve their time to market and reduce their on-site infrastructure and operational complexity. 

The end-to-end, fully cloud-based FokusOnTV solution is a managed service built on 24i’s proven middleware. It will be offered as a pre-integrated solution with Swisscom Broadcast’s premium headend infrastructure. This gives operators in the region access to over 600 national and international TV channels. They will also enjoy peace of mind as the service comes with 24/7 monitoring from a dedicated European Network Operations Centre (NOC).

Configurable, off-the-shelf FokusOnTV consumer applications are available for leading web browsers and mobile devices running iOS or Android as well as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TVs, Chromecast, and a choice of set-top boxes. These apps give consumers the ability to pause, resume or restart live TV channels on any of their devices. They can also record and replay up to 1,000 hours of their favorite content in the cloud via the network PVR facility. 

The service also comes with an optional, pre-integrated launcher for Android TV, enabling operators to enjoy rapid time-to-market with a managed set-top device that aggregates content from other streaming service providers as well as their own. This solution will be demonstrated at IBC 2022 (Hall 5, Stand G38) on Amigo 7x Android TV set-top boxes from 24i’s sister company, Amino. The Amigo 7x devices can be supplied as part of the end-to-end TVaaS solution if required, but FokusOnTV is also compatible with both Linux and RDK devices. 

“At 24i, our mantra is ‘streaming made simple’ and Pay TV doesn’t get much simpler than FokusOnTV. We offer access to a fantastic range of TV content and network PVR functionality as part of this fully hosted, end-to-end solution. It’s a cost effective and hassle-free way for Pay TV operators to bring a superior streaming service to consumers on a wide range of devices and to scale for their future growth” said Dr Neale Foster, CEO at 24i. 

“We have been working with the team at 24i for many years now, so we are very familiar and impressed with the stability and reliability of their middleware and applications. We are delighted to be part of this hosted TV as a Service solution that gives operators a fast, flexible and high quality next-generation streaming service without having to invest in their own infrastructure,” said Dominik Müller, CEO at Swisscom Broadcast.

About 24i

24i offers a fast, cost-effective route to video streaming success on all consumer devices including Smart TVs, Roku, Apple TV, STBs and phones.

Its end-to-end software solutions and expertise enable OTT services, broadcasters and Pay TV operators to launch elegant video streaming services, operate efficiently and grow their brands and revenue.

Founded in 2009, 24i is part of the UK-based group Aferian plc (AIM: AFRN). 24i is  headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Bath, Brno, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Madrid, Burlingame and Buenos Aires. 24i serves 250+ customers in 100 countries.

24i embodies the Dutch spirit: we work hard, innovate, and explore. For more, please visit www.24i.com

About Swisscom Broadcast

Swisscom Broadcast is a company within the Swisscom Group with many years of experience in information and communication solutions. We build, run and maintain dedicated radio networks: broadcasting networks for the radio industry as well as security and professional radio networks, notably for the police, other emergency services, transport companies and electrical utilities.

Swisscom Broadcast also offers services in the video sector, providing sophisticated video surveillance solutions, including video analytics, as well as IPTV and web TV platforms.

As media and events specialists, we provide comprehensive support to our customers through a range of telecommunications, IT, streaming-media, content-delivery and event-management services.