Orange announces the Open Source release of its OCast software technology

Randolph Nikutta of Deutsche Telekom

OCast is a software technology that allows you to use a smartphone to play videos on devices including TV set-top boxes, TV Sticks or TVs and control playback of the video (pause, fast forward and rewind, for example). Beyond video, OCast can also play and control slideshows, playlists and web apps.

The end user can browse and explore their content libraries via their preferred interface, either the screen on their smartphone or on their tablet. They can also watch their video content in the most convenient way – on their TV.

With a single application they can watch content on a mobile or tablet outside or on their TV at home – the best of both worlds.

All operators that offer TV access will be able to offer their customers a range of mobile applications to cast videos to their TV by including OCast in their set-top boxes. This is very easy and requires no specific development.

Developers of mobile applications that incorporate long videos will offer their customers, as well as VOD and SVOD content providers will be able to provide viewing greater comfort like that of the big screen TV.

Thierry Souche, senior vice president Orange Labs Services and Group CIO at Orange, said: “The release of OCast as open source software is a milestone in Orange’s technical strategy, enabling us to accelerate the development of these services available via the set-top box, as well as creating a virtuous circle with other operators to create a new video services ecosystem.”

This technology is now available as open source. The code is published without licence fees and with easy integration in operators’ set-top boxes and equipment, as well as in the applications of video service providers.

The operator retains control over the applications authorised to operate on their set-top box, which enables them to maintain and increase the content value chain.

Other operators have already started with the technology, starting with Deutsche Telekom, which has “tested the OCast technology already in the early stages and was convinced of its maturity and value proposition for the consumer,” according to Randolph Nikutta, Interactive High End Media leader at Deutsche Telekom Innovation Laboratories.

Paul Molinier

Orange is joining forces with its subsidiary Viaccess-Orca, specialising in content management, distribution and security solutions, which will integrate this technology in its range of solutions for TV operators.

“We are delighted to support our TV operator clients in the implementation of this new technology by providing our content protection solutions (DRM) and more generally, our security expertise. We will enable them to extend the availability of their TV services offers to all screens, with an extremely quick turnaround time,” says Paul Molinier, chief executive of Viaccess-Orca.

Orange is proud to announce the Open Source release of its OCast software technology to give all operators and mobile application developers the opportunity to take advantage of these TV service and content developments.

Orange’s renewed collaboration with its subsidiary, Viaccess-Orca, is an important step for everyone involved in content security and protection.

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