ADB graphyne2 brings Android TV into the Pay TV Operator Arena

This year, at IBC, ADB announced that Android TVTM is now part of graphyne2TM Family. Android TV brings to the consumer global reach and open access to the OTT content directly from the studios and multiple content aggregators. Consumers often look elsewhere for an alternative to current pay TV offerings from incumbent operators, but it doesn’t need to  be that way anymore.

From now on, the pay TV operators, can also provide access to GoogleTM TV Services like YouTubeTM, ChromecastTM and Google Play StoreTM, whilst keeping all the benefits of ADBs’ graphyne2 Suite, including the multiscreen, pay TV and OTT hybrid video delivery, personal recommendations, the customization and branding dashboard, the remote management, analytics and A/B testing capability and other beyond video plugins. Quite simply, the best of all worlds.

“I have heard pay TV operators commenting that finally, seeing the ADB’s graphyne2 launcher nicely blending the operator and OTT worlds into one keeping the operator’s identity, we can think of introducing the Android TV into our pay TV offer”, said Jacek Galik, SVP Sales Eastern Europe.

graphyne2 Android, as part of graphyne2 Family, provides consistent user experience over legacy and latest generation set-top boxes, mobile and PC applications as well as Android TV devices.

“Thanks to graphyne2, I can improve my current service and add premium decoders, which will bring number of OTT content applications from Google Play Store”, said one of conference delegates vising ADB’s booth. “I can also run graphyne2 application on existing smart TVs or let the user watch the video on his tablet, all this running from one backend platform and customized by the same dashboard”, he continued.

Thanks to over 20 years of experience with pay TV middleware and hardware, ADB supports the secured broadcast delivery through tuners, as well as bringing DVB metadata into the Android TV world in a smooth way, making it available to any third part application.

“Our stand was very busy this year”, commented Frank Kessaratos, EVP Head of the WW Sales, “we are really happy to see the interest from our current and prospect customers. We have responded to their demand for agility in a changing TV environment, and we started a number of interesting conversations, which shortly should convert into real deals”, he continued.

graphyne2 has been already selected by two operators in Europe and is being trailed by two more, including one in multi-tenant mode. More information on graphyne2 can be found at http://www.adbglobal.com/graphyne2.

 

Android TV, YouTube, Chromecast, Google Play Store, and Android are trademarks of Google LLC.
graphyne2 is a trademark of ADB SA.

 

About ADB

ADB is an innovative provider of solutions and hardware for personal and business TV, broadband, and Internet of Things (IOT).

The company’s connected solutions bring together its proven expertise and over 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling customers to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences that consumers expect in a digital world. ADB has been empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators since it was founded in 1995.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has Sales, Research & Design offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

ADB announces achieving the significant milestone of deploying 1 million IP STB’s in North America

Broomfield, Colorado – September 14, 2017: ADB, a premier provider of end-to-end TV solutions for Broadcast and Broadband, announces achieving the momentous milestone of deploying 1 million IP STB’s in the North American market.

“Accomplishing this significant milestone shows that ADB is the partner of choice and the company who shares the journey with our customers. ADB’s Hardware & Connected Solutions bring together extensive expertise and technology know-how, empowering our customers to build effective business models to deliver exciting user experiences. The close and enhanced cooperation with our distribution partners addressing the Tier 2 and Tier 3 market place enabled  the achievement of this important landmark” said Frank Kessaratos, EVP Sales and Marketing.

 

About ADB

ADB is an innovative provider of solutions and hardware for personal and business TV, broadband, and Internet of Things (IOT).

The company’s connected solutions bring together its proven expertise and over 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling customers to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences that consumers expect in a digital world. ADB has been empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators since it was founded in 1995.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has Sales, Research & Design offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

The Operator’s Dilemma: How to address Millennials and still satisfy the traditional couch TV viewer

While the broadcast operators, being satellite platform or cable networks, are preparing for the battle with online over-the top streaming services, they face an important dilemma: how to improve their service and add new OTT features to address the needs of their customers potentially considering to churn, without making the platform too complicated for more traditional viewers and risk losing them instead.

Consumers, which were already exposed to online video services, are used to the personalized offer, binge-watching and a rich user interface, which presents the pre-selected content offer via catalogues and recommendations.

On the other hand, the more traditional “couch potato”, which is a good customer, who subscribes to a number of premium packages and pays regularly, prefers channel zapping and browsing the EPG for the events, which are available on familiar channels.

The difficulty is how to address both, so that they feel that the operator cares about their needs and is able to adapt to their changing habits.

 

Alternative Services

The important ability of ADB’s graphyne2 Hybrid pay TV solution, appreciated by the operators, is to run parallel services from the same platform. This means that the operator can run e.g. a cable service including some over-the top VOD for its traditional market, while providing a pure OTT service with a “young” brand and a different business model from the same graphyne2 service delivery platform.

This ability gives the pay TV operators a freedom to experiment while limiting the risk of jeopardizing the main business. A capability, which otherwise would require a high investment in a parallel platform – in both equipment and personnel.

Additionally, the operator may trial with A/B testing groups and decide which features to retain in the main operation and what to drop due lack of interest or inadequate business justification. Analytic tools track the behaviour of users indicating which functionality is used and appreciated.

 

Customizable User Experience

With graphyne2, ADB gives the operator tools to configure the service for each individual or for a demographical group. There are several functionalities, which may be desired by one customer profile, while deemed unattractive or even confusing for another.

graphyne2 dashboard allows the operator’s team to create a specific configuration, including selection of features, arrangement of home screen, richness of the user interface and then target it for a specific demography. A/B test groups and analytic tools measure the response and usage patterns of the users.

For example, for more traditional users, home screen sections like “Now On TV”, “This Evening” and “Tomorrow” are clear and provide enough interaction. While for a sophisticated user, the operator may enable automatic recommendation sections like “Because You Like XYZ” or “What You Missed” plus personalized search.

Customization functionality is not only available in graphyne2 Multiscreen and its Android TV version, that are dedicated for two-way operations, but also in graphyne2 Hybrid, which supports one-way and hybrid environments.

The effort ADB puts in the development of graphyne2 products, is aimed at helping the operator address the demand of current and future customers to easily shift between the broadband and broadcast worlds, while addressing a fast changing business and technical environment.

graphyne2 and other solutions for pay TV operators will be presented at IBC 2017 (Hall5-b60) http://www.adbglobal.com/graphyne2.

 

About ADB

ADB provides advanced innovative solutions for personal TV, business TV, broadband and for Internet of Things (IOT). The dynamically evolving “Connected Age” is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services, which ADB solutions address.

The company has extensive proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling operators to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers demand. ADB empowers some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electric, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Telenor, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

ADB Brand Recognition Spreading Industrywide

 

  • Hoteliers flocked to ADB at HITEC Toronto looking for a more modern in-room entertainment platform
  • vuTyme’s Streamcasting, Emergency Alert Messaging, and ‘Lite’ version for economy hotels peaked interest across all segments

August 1, 2017 – Denver, Colo. – Coming on the heels of a successful HITEC show in Toronto, in-room entertainment (IRE) provider ADB needs a new slogan. The “biggest hotel interactive TV solutions player hoteliers never heard of” is no longer valid, now that ADB and its vuTyme in-room entertainment platform is on the minds of hoteliers from coast to coast. After sponsoring the event’s opening party for a second consecutive year, displaying vuTyme in multiple partner booths, and embarking on aggressive public relations and advertising campaign, ADB’s brand recognition is at its peak. The company is making such a name for itself that some of hospitality’s biggest hotel brands and independent hotel owners, from Miami to Beverly Hills, sought out ADB in their efforts to find a more modern in-room entertainment platform.

“ADB has been one of hospitality’s best-kept secrets,” said Chris Dinallo, General Manager of ADB vuTyme Business Unit. “Our technology is installed in more than 250,000 U.S. guestrooms within the industry’s top brands. Although we’re one of the fastest-growing hospitality iTV technology providers in the world, and the 2nd most deployed platform in the U.S. hotel market, hoteliers didn’t know us by name because vuTyme is deployed through the national cable providers via their branding and not direct to hotels.

Thankfully, our anonymity is changing, and we are becoming well known for delivering a complete set of in-room services including live TV with customizable channel line-up (no blank channels), video on demand, pay-per-view, concierge, local channels, digital signage, and targeted advertisements through vuTyme. This robust, cloud-based solution also provides a searchable interactive Program guide direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR code, pause/rewind/fast-forward live TV, and other guest-friendly and in-demand features that we debuted last month at HITEC Toronto.”

Here are five top reasons why hoteliers are looking seriously at vuTyme by ADB:

  1. Streamcasting is becoming commonplace. vuCaster™, a vuTyme add-on, streams or “casts” personalized programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen without the guest having to provide their account login credentials or download a mobile app. This feature is of major importance to hoteliers.

 

  1. Offering a detailed “Emergency Alert Messaging” service via the guestroom TV has been long over-due in the hospitality market. With today’s climate of ever-increasing bodily threats, whether it be natural or human-derived, guests are entitled to have the best technology and systems looking after their safety, informing them and instructing them on what to do and where to go. ADB’s new “Emergency Alert Messaging” service informs guests if they should exit or stay in their rooms to keep them safe and out of harm’s way. This eliminates the need for guests to call the front desk which may or may not have staff answering the phones; in fact, phones may not even be operational.

 

  1. Until now, economy properties have been caught in the middle, having to purchase more than their guests need or alternatively choosing a basic free-to-air subpar service reducing guest satisfaction. ADB’s vuTyme-Lite offers a scaled-back version of vuTyme that has total cost of ownership to the hotelier as a much as 40 percent less. vuTyme Lite operates in the cloud requiring no hotel head-end equipment, just a compact set-back-box discretely mounted behind the TV.

 

  1. Hoteliers want consistency with the in-room entertainment platform across their properties nationwide. VuTyme delivers consistency to operators and convenience to guests, all while being hosted in the cloud by ADB. Services available at one property can be made available to all properties.

 

  1. vuTyme is easily obtainable today from the hotel’s current content provider as well as ADB directly. If you have COX, Charter, or a few others (to name just a few), you have access to vuTyme by ADB. It’s that simple.

“Last year, few HITEC attendees knew our name; this year, they can’t escape it,” Dinallo said. “When the tradeshow doors opened, people immediately began seeking us out. We were overrun and short-staffed. Hoteliers in the midscale and luxury segments were asking to demo vuTyme, while economy operators were eager to see vuTyme Lite. HITEC Toronto was a tremendously successful show for us, and we can’t thank HFTP enough for making the Opening Reception sponsorship so worthwhile. If there is one take-away from this event, it’s that ADB is an established IRE solution provider.”

For more information, visit www.vutyme.com.

ADB Helps Pay-TV to evolve

People throughout the world are watching more video than ever before, while the market is saturating with a wide range of content to watch on our mobiles, TVs or tablets. The question is: where does it place the traditional pay-TV operators? And, is there a future in the midst of the fragmentation of the video market?

Pay television operators must evolve to survive. Quite recently, you could still characterize “satellite” pay-TV operators, “cable” television and “IPTV” operators as completely different entities, with different strategies, competing with each other. Now days those classifications are obscure. The DTH operators are launching IP services. The Telcos don’t deliver voice services anymore, and not only migrate their network to data and video, but also use satellite delivery to penetrate new markets. Cable became quad play and seldom uses coax.

Knowing that the modern operators require agility and fast answers to changing environment, ADB extended its graphyne2 pay-TV suite to help shifting the cursor between broadband and broadcast based delivery methodologies. Starting from this year, graphyne2 includes a complete family of solutions that is software suite designed for pay-tv in online, hybrid and broadcast scenarios. It builds on the ADB’s renowned graphyne2 Multiscreen end-to-end solution for two-way Cable, IPTV and OTT and is now applicable for satellite, terrestrial and more traditional cable as graphyne2 Hybrid. In addition, it is available for the Android TV ecosystem as graphyne2 Android.

The online hybrid and broadcast solutions have consistent user experience (UX/UI) and are managed by a single graphyne2 service delivery platform (SDP) and application server. With one setup, the operator can run all these services in parallel or start with one delivery methodology and extend or shift to other, while offering to consumers a smooth, flexible and personalized migration path between broadcast to the online world, as consumers evolve.

graphyne2 UX is designed to be independent from the hardware and middleware, however, it is pre-integrated with various modern ADB set-top boxes and ADB middleware, RDK and Android TV, for quick and easy introduction of the solution into new and existing networks. ADB offers IP/OTT, Cable hybrid, Satellite hybrid and Terrestrial hybrid set-top boxes in HD and Ultra-HD versions.

graphyne2 architecture and 20+ years of ADB’s competence in STB hardware and software, present strong proposition for STB deployment. The same UX can be launched on existing legacy hardware and middleware. Therefore, the operator can upgrade the legacy devices and maintain consistent UX/UI across the whole base while avoiding huge expenses on set-top boxes, marketing, customer education and customer care.

The graphyne2 suite can pre-integrate with pay-TV operators’ existing video head-end, and can also shield the internal APIs from external use. Third party services are integrated on the head-end side, which enables extensions with no need to modify the device software. Additionally, the ADB service delivery platform is available from the cloud as a multi-tenant service.

Pre-integration with third party services like Netflix or YouTube and app store with a vast choice of third party OTT services is what operators are looking for. ADB has accumulated a number of such integrations, which are now part of the overall solution. Content reconciliation is also an important feature, which allows merging different content sources into a consistent offer for the end user.

Apart from the key video elements, the graphyne2 platform also offers a set of crucial “beyond video” customer relation features which improve the viewing experience:

  • Personal content recommendations to discover and serve relevant content
  • Marketing automation for communicating with consumers based on their behavioral and demographic profiles
  • Advertising management for live and on-demand video content
  • Audience measurement in real time and with 1 minute accuracy for optimal marketing and content acquisition
  • Content management system proven in field operations
  • Online consumer relationship management (CRM) with personalized product catalogue.

All functions, including video and metadata delivery, recommendations, marketing management and analytics, are available from the cloud with no need to install any hardware at the operator’s premises.

All this effort, which ADB puts in the development of graphyne2 products, is aimed at helping the operator to answer the demand of current and future customers and to easily shift between the broadband and broadcast worlds while addressing changing business and technical environment.

graphyne2 and other solutions for pay-TV operators will be presented at IBC 2017 (Hall5-b60) https://www.adbglobal.com/graphyne2  

Furthermore, we are as well very pleased to announce that ADB graphyne2 software suite is shortlisted for the ‘Best interactive TV technology or application ‘in the CSI Awards 2017! http://www.csimagazine.com/awards/shortlist17.php

 

ADB announces supplying next generation gateway to leading integrated provider in Italy: Optima Italia SpA

July 18, 2017 – Geneva, Switzerland: ADB, a leading provider of hardware and software solutions for broadband announces its commercial relationship with Optima Italia SpA, the leading integrated telecommunication, light and gas service provider in Italy. ADB is proud to supply to Optima its next generation gateway for the commercial offering “TUTTO-IN-UNO’’, residential and, small and medium businesses (SMB).

This strategic cooperation with Optima started in July 2016 with ADB activities in this segment beginning many years earlier. ADB used its broad experience on broadband residential and SMB markets to create a complete product portfolio tailored for the specific market. Thanks to this cooperation, ADB confirms its leadership in broadband access for Residential and SMB markets.

Marco Storto, ADB Product Management Director commented “Optima and ADB share the same vision on how to address the evolving requirements of broadband and SMB specific applications. Our common goal is to create innovative solutions that provide users with cost effective and advanced functionalities”.

“Optima is really pleased to use the ADB innovative integrated gateway product. It provides customers with cutting edge technology and benefits, a VDSL broadband service with multi-line voice service and with a High performance embedded software” said Antonio Zullo, Head of Public Affairs & Regulatory of Optima Italia SpA.

 

About Optima

Optima was founded in 1999 with the aim of optimizing the provision of telephone services for the B2B market. Over the years Optima has diversified its offerings by adding the supply of electricity, gas, and most recently mobile to the bundle. It has also spread – since 2013 – to the B2C market.

Today Optima is a reality in full development, solid, dynamic and characterized by a steady growth in employment and turnover with over 200,000 customers in households and companies. The strong point is in its team of over 300 young professionals built with a constant search for talented young people with the desire to emerge and prove their worth. The success and the experience gained in recent years have led the press to define Optima as the ‘Google of Southern Italy’.

 

About ADB

ADB provides advanced innovative solutions for personal TV, business TV, broadband and for Internet of Things (IOT). The dynamically evolving “Connected Age” is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost effective connectivity and services, which ADB solutions address.

The company has extensive proven expertise and 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling operators to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences consumers demand. ADB empowers some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators including A1 Telekom Austria, Border States Electric, Canal Digital, Cox, Graybar, NC+, Swisscom, Telecom Italia, Telefonica, Telenet, Telenor, Time Warner and Vodafone.

ADB has a dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

ADB and Power & Tel Announce Master Distribution Agreement for the Americas

Broomfield, Colorado – July 06, 2017 – ADB, a premier provider of end-to-end TV solutions, and Power & Tel, a leading distributor of communications products and provider of supply chain management and logistics services, recently signed a master distribution agreement for the Americas.

The agreement is ADB’s first master distribution deal for the Americas and is part of the company’s strategy to expand and provide increased resources, market coverage and expertise to achieve business growth for IPTV. The distribution agreement will significantly benefit ADB partners, resellers and customers with greater efficiencies with local warehouses in USA, Canada, and Mexico.

Power & Tel will initially be focused on ADB’s IPTV portfolio in the United States, Canada, Caribbean & LATAM, with additional joint business opportunities on the horizon that will help fuel a very powerful engine for growth for both companies.

“We are very excited to be working directly with Power & Tel, as the company has a strong track record for implementing best processes and systems to support the delivery of ADB products in the Americas,” said Frank Kessaratos, Global Head of Sales, ADB. “Power & Tel has the specific, in-depth knowledge of the market landscape that makes them an ideal master distributor of our products.”

“The goal of both companies it to ensure product availability for immediate deployment.
To excel in ICT, our customers deserve a partner that they can rely on for the right material at the right place at the right time – every time.” said Jennifer Sims, CEO, Power & Tel.

The master agreement with Power & Tel allows ADB to greatly increase their distribution capabilities in the Americas, while continuing to support their current distribution partners in the US.

 

About ADB

ADB is an innovative provider of solutions and hardware for personal and business TV, broadband, and Internet of Things (IOT).

The company’s connected solutions bring together its proven expertise and over 20 years of award-winning industry firsts, enabling customers to build successful businesses and deliver the connected experiences that consumers expect in a digital world. ADB has been empowering some of the world’s leading content distributors, pay TV and broadband operators since it was founded in 1995.

ADB has a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team. The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and has offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America.

For more information, visit www.adbglobal.com

 

About Power & Tel

Founded in 1963, Power & Tel’s extensive distribution system provides service providers and contractors an effective way to get the wide-range of products needed to build and maintain communication networks. As a value-add partner, the company also offers efficient solutions for the management of material and transactions; asset visibility; and maximizing resource & facility capacity. Company headquarters are located in Memphis, TN, with branch offices and distribution centers throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Brazil. Power & Tel’s inventory, experience and technologies can help reduce the costs within your supply chain and allow you to reach your profit objectives. To learn more visit www.ptsupply.com or call 800-238-7514.

Power & Tel Press Contact: Mary Stratton, Director of Marketing, mary.stratton@ptsupply.com

 

ADB Debuts Guest Safety Feature Via vuTyme at HITEC

  • Nationally deployed with cable operators, vuTyme 4.4 is now equipped with Emergency Alert Messaging to dramatically improve hotel guests and staff safety
  • Emergency Alert Messaging enables hoteliers to broadcast to guests via vuTyme specific alert messages such as “FIRE ON FLOOR 10, EXIT YOUR ROOM” or “PLEASE REMAIN IN YOUR ROOM PER THE POLICE AUTHORITIES”
  • Visit ADB in at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

June 27, 2017 – Toronto – Today at HITEC Toronto, ADB is unveiling a new and potentially life-saving feature of its popular vuTyme in-room entertainment solution that will inform guests via in-room TV of on-premise threats and the specific emergency action they should take to keep them safe. No longer will guests just hear an audible alarm without knowing specifically what the emergency is, where it is, and what they need to do. Instead, they will be informed in detail via vuTyme without having to make calls to the front desk — which may or may not have staff answering the phones; in fact, phones may not even be operational. ADB’s new Emergency Alert Messaging system will notify guests if they should exit or stay to keep them out of harm’s way.

vuTyme by ADB and its Emergency Alert Messaging system will be on display in Booth #337 at HITEC, June 27 to 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“vuTyme’s Emergency Alert Messaging capability is something that is long over-due in this market,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB Chief Technology Officer and General Manager, Americas Business TV. “With today’s climate of ever-increasing bodily threats, whether it be natural or man-derived, guests are entitled to have the best technology and systems looking out for their safety, informing them and instructing them what to do. I’m proud that vuTyme is setting the bar high in providing a safer environment for all of us.”

 

Longevity + Experience

For 20+ years, ADB has been offering the best and most useful interactive TV features for its customers. As the provider of 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for hotels.

vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, local channel, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also provides Searchable Interactive Program Guide, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features.

For more information on vuTyme Emergency Messaging service, visit ADB in Booth #337 at HITEC.

 

About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,

ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 250,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands.

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team.

 

ADB Reveals vuTyme ‘Lite’ for Economy Hotels at HITEC

  • ADB’s popular vuTyme in-room entertainment solution is now available in a “Lite” version for economy properties where a lower TCO is a must
  • Visit ADB in at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

June 27, 2017 – Toronto – Today at HITEC Toronto, ADB is launching an interactive TV solution for in-room entertainment that enables economy hotel owners to offer their guests the rich viewing experience they expect, but without the robust concierge services built in. vuTyme Lite – a scaled-back version of its popular vuTyme 4.4 in-room IRE solution – offers an All-IP digital platform (ADB 1640W set-back box) that reduces the cost of the in-room device. With reduced software features, no third-party licensees, and the new low-cost ADB 1640 in-room device, total cost of ownership to the hotelier is as a much as 40 percent less.

vuTyme Lite will be on display at HITEC Toronto in ADB Booth #337, June 27 to 29th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

“vuTyme Lite was designed to address hotel market segments that have been neglected by higher-end solution developers,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB chief technology officer and general manager, Americas Business TV.  “Until now, economy properties have been caught in the middle, having to purchase more than their guests’ need or alternatively choosing a basic free-to-air subpar service reducing guests’ satisfaction. This stops today with the introduction of vuTyme Lite.

“Hoteliers looking for an iTV solution that is high quality, easy to use, and offers a frictionless experience should visit ADB at HITEC,” Dinallo said. “Like our 4th generation solution vuTyme, vuTyme Lite operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment – just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV.”

 

Longevity + Experience

For 20+ years, ADB has been offering the best and most useful interactive TV features for its customers. As the provider of 100 million at-home television set-top boxes and broadband gateway systems around the world, ADB is intimately familiar with what guests have, what they use, how they use it, and what they want. This gives ADB the technical and behavioral experience that no other supplier has when designing, developing and deploying the next generation of iTV for hotels.

vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, local channel, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also provides Searchable Interactive Program Guide, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features.

For more information on vuTyme Lite, visit ADB in Booth #337 at HITEC.

 

About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,

ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 250,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands.

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team.

 

ADB to Showcase Streamcasting Technology at HITEC

  • vuCaster by ADB enables hotel guests to use their smartphones, tablets, laptops and other portable devices to project their OTT (over the top) content to the in-room TV
  • vuTyme by ADB provides an in-room viewing experience equal to or better than home – with searchable Interactive Programming Guide, Over-the-Top services and more
  • Visit ADB at HITEC June 26 to 29 in Booth #337 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre

June 20, 2017 – Denver, Colo. – Next week at HITEC Toronto, ADB will showcase an interactive TV solution for in-room entertainment that enables guests to stream content directly from their mobile devices to the guestroom TV. An essential part of its vuTyme in-room entertainment platform, vuCaster streams or “casts” personalized programming from YouTube, Netflix, Pandora and other premium content providers onto the bigger in-room screen to deliver a frictionless customer experience without the guest having to provide their account login credentials.

vuCaster will be on display in Booth #337 at HITEC, June 27 to 29 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Join ADB Monday, June 26, at 6:30 p.m., as they sponsor the HITEC Opening Night Party at the Toronto Event Centre / Beach Paris.

“Guests expect the hotel TV experience to be as good as – if not better than – what they have at home,” said Chris Dinallo, ADB chief technology officer and general manager, Americas Business TV. “Both vuCaster and vuTyme are designed to remove friction in the guestroom by enabling an entertainment experience that mirrors what users are already familiar with at home. When it comes to in-room entertainment, travelers would ‘prefer’ to watch content that they bring with them using the room TV because ‘most hotels don’t have any good channels or any way to know what channel is what.’ We created vuCaster to make the streaming process as easy as possible.

“To stream content from smartphones, tablets, portable computers and other mobile devices to the TV, guests simply use the vuTyme on-screen menu to activate vuCaster,” he said. “It’s not necessary for guests to enter their account credentials for Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Hulu and others. Once activated, guests launch the vuCaster app on their mobile device. By pressing the Cast icon, content is instantly streamed to the TV. It’s frictionless. And, when content is being viewed on the TV, it frees up guests’ mobile devices for other activities.”

vuCaster is powered by Google Cast™ (a registered trademark of Google Inc). It is available on all new vuTyme deployments and can be retrofitted to existing installations.

vuTyme delivers a complete set of in-room services, including live TV, Video on Demand, Pay-per-view, concierge, local channel, digital signage and targeted advertisements. It also provides Searchable Interactive Program Guide, direct-to-guest messaging through the TV, local attractions map with QR Code, Pause/Rewind/Fast-Forward Live TV, and other guest-friendly features.

“Hoteliers who are looking for an iTV solution that is high quality, easy to use, and offers a frictionless experience should visit ADB at HITEC in Booth #337,” Dinallo said. “vuTyme operates in the cloud, requiring no hotel head-end equipment – just a compact set-back box discretely mounted behind the TV. If streamcasting is on your hotel’s wish-list for 2017, then it’s time to experience vuCaster and vuTyme.”

For more information on vuTyme and vuCaster, visit ADB in Booth #337 at HITEC.

 

About ADB Business TV

ADB’s Business TV solutions are built on 20 years of continuous development and innovation, delivering advanced TV solutions for businesses across cable, satellite, IPTV and now over-the-top (OTT) services. We provide solutions that meet today’s complex hospitality TV demands, marrying global TV, interactive media, and IP connectivity to enable a better in-room customer experience,

ADB’s hospitality solution is one of the top five most deployed hospitality interactive TV solutions globally and the second most deployed platform in the US.  Our technologies power TV content and services delivery in over 250,000 US guestrooms, across the industry’s leading brands.

ADB is Connecting Lives and Connecting Worlds with innovative software solutions and managed services for business TV, personal TV, broadband and the Internet of Things (IoT). We understand how multimedia convergence is changing consumer consumption and driving demand for powerful, flexible and cost-effective connectivity and services.

Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, with offices throughout Europe, Asia and North America, ADB has deployed more than 100 million devices worldwide. We have a passionate and dedicated team of over 550 people, including a 400-strong engineering team.