Quickplay platform to power Singtel’s Hooq
By Digital News Asia April 13, 2015
- Multi-year managed services agreement, includes DRM features
- Evergent feature allows Hooq to use Singtel’s telco billing relationships
TORONTO-headquartered Quickplay has announced that its managed video platform is powering Hooq, the new over-the-top (OTT) service from Singapore Telecommunications (Singtel), Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Entertainment.
Hooq, now launched in the Philippines, delivers Hollywood blockbusters and television series, as well as popular local movies and programmes, to customers anytime, anywhere by enabling viewers to stream and download their favourite shows to their device of choice.
Hooq will start off by rolling out progressively in the Singtel Group’s Asian footprint, including the Philippines, Indonesia, India and Thailand, Quickplay said in a statement.
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“This is the largest OTT deployment of its kind in Asia – this level of scale and complexity is unmatched and is a service that Quickplay is uniquely positioned to deliver on,” said Quickplay founder and chief executive officer Wayne Purboo.
“The Hooq vision of securely bringing premium global and local content to Asian viewers – in the home or on the go – is truly disruptive and well aligned to Quickplay’s goal of enabling superior viewing experiences and providing the greatest choice of premium content to the most viewers, anytime, anywhere,” he added.
Quickplay said it is providing Hooq with a comprehensive multi-partner turnkey solution that enables service and content providers to deliver a superior unified viewing experience in the home and on the go.
Hooq will also make use of Quickplay’s virtual head-end, cloud economics and decade of experience in providing complex, multiscreen services for leading providers such as AT&T, Bell, and Verizon, the latter declared.
In addition, Quickplay’s managed services include DRM (digital rights management) solutions by Microsoft PlayReady and Verimatrix, managed user entitlements by Evergent Technologies, and content from premium content providers from North America (Hollywood) and Asia.
Quickplay, in partnership with Evergent, is providing a distinct feature that enables Hooq to leverage Singtel Group’s extensive telco billing relationships across Asia, enabling consumers to employ a range of payments including mobile postpaid contracts and prepaid credits.
In emerging markets where credit card ownership is limited, this feature is a critical enabler to overall adoption and accessibility, Quickplay said.
“Quickplay was a clear choice for Hooq when you are building a business that needs to scale up to a footprint covering over a billion people,” said Hooq chief executive officer Peter G. Bithos (pic).
“Its proven market leadership and experience in powering premium video allows us to provide quality viewing experiences and seamless integration, especially when working across emerging markets and multiple partners,” he added.
With facilities and experts in Toronto, San Diego, Singapore, Chennai, and Frankfurt, Quickplay enables 700 million people around the globe to fast forward to a next generation of TV with over 700 live channels, 4,000 live events each year, and two million securely managed premium content assets.
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