Jun
15

BCi’s VoD & IPTV Testing Services

Defining a new approach to VoD & IPTV Testing

VoD & IPTV testing is notoriously difficult to undertake without the considerable expense of building your own test facilities. Testing is also the task in any VoD or IPTV systems integration where corners are most likely to be cut and testing not as rigorous as it needs to be. All this results in problems occurring just where and when you don’t need them – at launch and in the live environment where they are hard to track down and fix.

Using their purpose built VoD & IPTV testing facility in Southampton, BCi have developed a range of VoD & IPTV Testing Services that allow operators to have robust test programmes without the expense of procuring their own test environment.

As well as the VoD & IPTV testing facilities, BCi has developed a testing methodology where components or entire systems are tested against a pre defined list of scenarios -  designed to show how the system will behave in the live environment. BCi’s VoD & IPTV testing service provides clients with peace of mind that tests will be applied in a representative VoD or IPTV environment using a ‘load stressed’ platform and monitoring of real set top boxes.

Clients with their own VoD or IPTV testing labs can also benefit from BCi’s VoD & IPTV testing solutions as they can be installed in a rack on the client’s site – enhancing and complementing existing testing facilities.

BCi’s Director of Operations Mark Hooper commented:

“As you would expect from BCi, our VoD & IPTV testing solutions have been designed with low cost and fast set up times in mind. You’ll get a more comprehensive testing solution at a price considerably less than doing it yourself or using a large systems integrator or consultancy”

To find out more about BCi’s VoD & IPTV Testing Solutions contact BCi here.

Jun
9

IPTV Consulting business continues to grow

BCi’s IPTV Consulting business grows despite recession

Mark Hooper BCi’s Director of Operations said today that BCi had seen continued growth in their IPTV Consulting business despite the pressures of the downturn.

Mark Hooper commented:

“The timing of the downturn co-incided with the emergence of IPTV technologies in the living room and on our computers and mobile devices.

Back in 2001 when the so called ‘dot com crash’ hit – it had the effect of halting all new developments. A lot of bad ideas and  poorly performing businesses went under but so did some good ideas and innovations.

This time Operators are reacting differently – although we are seeing them cut back on spend – they seem to be continuing with IPTV product developments but spending their money more carefully – they are looking for smarter and more cost effective ways of delivering IPTV.

BCi’s IPTV Consultancy business has benefited directly from this trend . Being purely focused on VoD and IPTV systems integration we are able to offer Operators the in depth IPTV expertise they need to ensure a successful deployment – but at a fraction of the cost of the big consultancies and system integrators.”

About BCi’s IPTV Consulting Business

BCi’s IPTV Consulting business helps Operators and Vendors throughout Europe safely enter the new and complex area of IPTV. BCi’s consulting team provide the expertise to allow operators to deploy IPTV products and services quickly and effectively without the cost overruns and technical complexities normally associated with the early implementations of new technologies like IPTV .

BCi’s IPTV consulting team help clients by offering the following IPTV Consultancy services:

  • Developing an IPTV market entry criteria
  • IPTV system Requirements capture
  • Identifying best of breed IPTV technology options
  • IPTV Architecture Design
  • Vendor selection
  • IPTV System Integration
  • IPTV Testing – Test strategy, planning, execution and reporting
  • IPTV Vendor management
  • IPTV Platform documentation
  • IPTV Project & Programme Management

Jun
8

IPTV Consultants BCi join Marlin Partner Program

PRESS RELEASE – IPTV Consultants BCi join the Marlin Partner Program

IPTV consultants BCi announced today that they are to join the Marlin Partner Program (MPP).

The Marlin DRM platform is an interoperable and open digital content sharing platform which provides a solution to protecting and sharing content across multiple media devices. The Marlin Partner Program is a market development and technology program available to leading technology solutions providers, System Integrators, VoD & IPTV consultancies and content management firms to help them promote the Marlin DRM solution.

BCi’s IPTV consultants will integrate the Marlin solution into their IPTV test lab in Southampton, UK as part of BCi’s continued investment in the latest IPTV and VoD infrastructure.

Mark Hooper, BCi’s Operations Director said:

“As leading VoD & IPTV Consultants and System Integrators it is imperative that BCi continue to grow our expertise with important leading edge technology in our market. The Marlin platform will be a very welcome addition to our Southampton IPTV test lab and our VoD & IPTV consultants and engineers will be able to develop considerable expertise in the Marlin solution.

BCi supports the use of open technology, such as Marlin, as it brings considerable benefits to the consumer and the wider community. Open standards invariably bring additional innovations, lower entry and ongoing costs and the option to introduce or remove technologies with greater efficiency”

BCi are privately owned VoD and IPTV consultants and systems integrators based in Southampton, England and established in 1997. BCi’s customers include the BBC, Sky Digital, Microsoft, Tandberg, Telenet, Siemens Business Services and Red Bee Media.

Marlin is an open DRM solution provider owned by Intertrust, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony. The five manufacturers joined together in 2005 to develop specifications for next generation content and rights management technology.

BCi Limited
Southampton, United Kingdom
8th June 2009

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For more information please contact:

Mark Hooper
Director of Operations
BCi Limited
+44 (0) 2380 988606
mark.hooper@bci.eu.com
www.bci.eu.com

Jun
6

IPTV Integrator BCi partners with Endurance Technology

PRESS RELEASE – IPTV Integrator BCi teams up with IPTV hardware experts Endurance Technology

BCi, Europe’s leading IPTV integrator announced today that it is to partner with interactive digital TV systems specialist Endurance Technology.

BCi are experts in VoD and IPTV integration having delivered some of the largest and most complex VoD and IPTV integrations for telecoms operators, broadcasters and cable TV companies across Europe, since the company was formed in 1997.

Endurance Technology specialise in the design, development, integration and test of interactive and enhanced digital television infrastructure including the development and testing of embedded software in VoD and IPTV hardware.

The partnership will see the resources of an experienced VoD and IPTV integrator combined with the equipment, embedded software and testing expertise of an interactive TV hardware specialist and will allow BCi to offer a unique range of end to end solutions to VoD and IPTV operators and broadcasters.

Talking about the partnership BCi’s Director of Operations, Mark Hooper said:

We are very pleased to have agreed this partnership with Endurance Technology.

Over the years BCi have developed significant expertise in the delivery of complex VoD and IPTV integration programmes for Europe’s network operators and broadcasters.

Endurance Technology have a unique focus on the hardware and embedded software inside some of the VoD and IPTV technology we implement in these integration programmes. In particular they are experts in the field of VoD and IPTV set top box design, development and testing and so this partnership will allow BCi to broaden the range of services that we provide to Europe’s VoD and IPTV operators and broadcasters.

BCi already have a reputation for providing in depth VoD and IPTV technical expertise at prices significantly less than the traditional systems integrators and big consultancies. This partnership allows us to offer a broader range of  VoD and IPTV integration services – encompassing customer equipment, operator networks and our homeland of complex VoD and IPTV digital content delivery systems integration”

BCi is a privately owned VoD and IPTV integrator based in Southampton, England and established in 1997. BCi’s customers include the BBC, Sky Digital, Microsoft, Tandberg, Telenet, Siemens Business Services and Red Bee Media.

Endurance Technology is a privately owned interactive Digital TV systems specialist based in Bognor Regis, England. Endurance Technology provide services to the digital TV and broadband industries with customers in the UK, Europe, North America and Asia Pacific.

BCi Limited
Southampton, United Kingdom
5th June 2009

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For more information please contact:

Mark Hooper
Director of Operations
BCi Limited
+44 (0) 2380 988606
mark.hooper@bci.eu.com
www.bci.eu.com

Jun
5

IPTV Systems Integrator BCi announces partnership

PRESS RELEASE – IPTV Systems Integrator BCi announces partnership with Flomatik

BCi, Europe’s leading IPTV systems integrator, has today announced it is to partner with next generation networks specialist Flomatik.

BCi has unrivalled expertise in IPTV systems integration having undertaken some of Europe’s largest VoD and IPTV Systems integrations for telecoms operators, cable tv companies, internet service providers and broadcasters across Europe, since the company was formed in 1997.

Flomatik specialise in helping IT, telecoms, broadcast and broadband operators exploit their next generation networks through a broad range of professional services including technical consulting, project delivery and outsourcing.

The partnership will see the resources of a niche IPTV systems integrator combined with a next generation networks specialist and will allow the partnership to offer Europe’s operators and broadcasters a wide range of cost effective solutions that encompass both the operator’s network and the integration of the complex systems that deliver content over those networks.

BCi’s Director of Operations, Mark Hooper commented:

Flomatik and BCi operate in the same industry sectors and geographies both in the UK and across Northern Europe and our expertise and skills are complementary.

BCi’s track record in VoD and IPTV systems integrations and Flomatik’s expertise in next generation network solutions will allow us to offer operators and broadcasters a broad range of solutions delivered by industry experts at cost effective prices. This will give operators and broadcasters a real viable alternative to using the big systems integrators and consultancies – very important in these cash strapped times.

Flomatik and BCi will be able to offer operators solutions across their next generation networks and into the complex systems integrations required to deliver digital content over those networks”

BCi is a privately owned, vendor independent VoD and IPTV systems integrator based in Southampton, England.  Established in 1997, BCi’s customers include Sky Digital, Microsoft, Tandberg, Telenet, Siemens Business Services, Red Bee Media and the BBC.

Flomatik is a vendor independent professional services company specialising in next generation networksFlomatik is a wholly owned subsidiary of Finish broadband network equipment manufacturer Teleste and their customers include Virgin Media, Arqiva, Unity Media, Com Hem and Kabel Duetschland.

BCi Limited
Southampton, United Kingdom
3rd June 2009

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For more information please contact:

Mark Hooper
Director of Operations
BCi Limited
+44 (0) 2380 988606
www.bci.eu.com
mark.hooper@bci.eu.com