Budapest-based telecommunications service-provider Antenna Hungária has successfully launched the world’s most advanced digital terrestrial television service. Completed in partnership with UK industry pioneer Dr Arjang Zadeh and the Azdio mediaClass product division, the new service has been introduced across Hungary.
Social distancing restrictions introduced during 2020 have resulted in dramatic changes to television viewing demands. Antenna Hungária’s new service will address these changes. All programmes on the new platform will be available via DTT broadcast and IP linear TV with catch up and re-start, alongside VOD and SVOD services. Viewers can watch whatever they want, whenever they want, on TV, PC, iOS and Android devices.
The new platform also offers a unique advanced multi-tenant functionality. Tenants such as independent broadcasters will be able to connect to the Antenna Hungária platform with their own billing systems and any other functionality they choose to offer. The mediaClass OTT solution supports TV Platform as a Service (PaaS) operation, setting a new bar in advanced DTT services.
Advanced dynamic user interface generation on all devices is included, based on mediaClass’ Content and Operational Management system. mediaClass provides all elements of a TV platform including an advanced packager, multi-DRM, OTT backend, CDN and apps for devices and TV Web portal.
“The On Demand side of the services is one of the biggest shifts in our customer experience to date,” comments Antenna Hungária’s Commercial Director, Gyöngyvér Gerlei. “The mediaClass platform will allow us to deliver an ever increasing set of services, capture new revenue streams and support new tenants with seamless multi-billing.”
“We set out a strategic vision to transform Antenna Hungaria into a highly flexible TV service provider offering rich DTT service to Hungarian population,” adds Antenna Hungária CEO Zsolt Sárecz. “With this launch we have taken the first major step in delivering our strategic vision. Azdio has provided strong support through its products as well as its world class engineering and system integration services, all within a tight timescale.”
“Our focus for every project is on defining the goals in terms of business outcomes,” says Azdio CEO Dr Arjang Zadeh. “We are pleased to have helped create the new revenue opportunities Antenna Hungária can now access through this new platform. We are also pleased that Hungarians can now have access to the most compelling DTT service in the world.”
About Antenna Hungária
Antenna Hungária (www.ahrt.he) has been a key player in the Hungarian telecommunications sector for decades. Its main areas of activity are national terrestrial television and radio broadcasting, as well as wireless business telecommunications. As one of the most successful Hungarian-owned information technology companies, AH has been able to show continuous growth in recent years, expanding its programme production and event technology businesses and joining the explosive growth of the OTT and IOT industries.
A product division of Azdio Limited UK, mediaClass (www.mediaclass.tv) offers TV service providers and broadcasters the opportunity to implement full IPTV/OTT multi-screen infrastructure designed for any size deployment. mediaClass platforms feature multi-DRM, easy OSS/BSS integration, advanced CMS, content provisioning, VOD management, DVR and full multi-tenant capabilities. Client software includes superfast IP and hybrid STB software based on Linux and Android, as well as mobile clients for iOS and Android devices. mediaClass also offers full IPTV integrated services for new and legacy multicast-based systems. Highly efficient implementation reduces server power. Tested to ensure over 20 million client devices can be supported. mediaClass systems are already deployed operational in five countries and 10 languages.