Evolution Digital's eSTREAM 4K, powered by Android TV, is deploying at Midco. Midco plans to deploy its new IP video services in early 2020 on Evolution Digital's managed all-IP streaming box, offering an integrated streaming-based video solution on the Android TV Operator Tier. Midco serves more than 385,000 residential and business customers in more than 400 communities in South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Wisconsin.
Evolution Digital's eSTREAM 4K is designed to launch directly to Midco's app-based TV service, while also providing customers with access to third-party apps through the Google Play Store.
The eSTREAM 4K offers a UI and back-office-agnostic platform, enabling Midco's integration between Evolution Digital's IP streaming box and the TiVo user experience. Midco will also use Evolution Digital's Device Manager (eDM), a software platform designed to provide management, control, monitoring and analytics of devices, as well as the ability to deploy device-specific software, firmware and security updates to the operator's chosen user experience.
"We are thrilled to continue our long-standing relationship with Midco as they embark on deploying its next-generation IPTV platform on Android TV," said Marc Cohen, EVP of sales and marketing. "As Android TV is becoming pay TV providers' chosen ecosystem, Evolution Digital provides the necessary ongoing elements that come with building, certifying and maintaining Android TV in-production, while helping operators, like Midco, build a strong foundation for current and future innovation to outcompete in the market for many years to come."
"After reviewing the many options available in the industry, we turned to our trusted partner, Evolution Digital, as our Android TV platform provider for their cutting-edge and world-class technology," said Bill Chatwell, Midco's director of video systems. "As we begin to make a major migration to cloud-based video, we trust Evolution Digital's expertise to help lead us in to the future of streaming, providing our customers an unparalleled TV service at scale."
Other eSTREAM 4K features include:
- Certified with latest Android TV operating software (Pie, 9.0)
- Delivery of 4K HDR UltraHD content
- Integrated WiFi 2x2 802.11 b/g/n/ac
- Remote control with voice command
- Operator-branded leased-box business model
- Bluetooth pairing capabilities (BLE 5.0)
- Bandwidth-saving by utilizing HEVC/H.265 and VP9