SmartLabs Announces Launch of Rostelecom´s End-to-End Interactive TV Service
06/02/2012

SmartLabs, a leader in the development of solutions for interactive digital television, advanced client applications, user interfaces and next generation set-top boxes, today announced successful launch of an end-to-end Interactive TV service in Rostelecom.

Online PR News – 02-June-2012 – Moscow, Russia – Subscribers of the new Interactive TV service will access the service from their set-top boxes connected to the Rostelecom´s network, from their Web-enabed PCs and, in the future, from Apple iPad apps.

SmartLabs´ SmartTUBE SDP Service Delivery Platform is at the core of the new Rostelecom´s cloud solution for Interactive TV services. This platform provisions the services, manages subscribers, integrates Rostelecom´s billing systems with all the partner cloud components, and enables creation and development of the STB user interface and video playback on PCs. Also, a key solution component is the Smartabs´ SmartMEDIA content distribution platform that provides for publishing, storing, recording and distributing of video content throughout Russia, particularly, enabling the On-Demand services including Pause Live TV, Time Shift TV, video recording and more.

Also, the end-to-end solution installed at Rostelecom includes DRM systems based on Verimatrix and Google Widevine, SmartSPY - a system for collecting, storing and analyzing statistics, and set-top boxes made by SmartLabs or third-party manufacturers. The operator is using four different types of set-top boxes, including SmartLabs SML-282 Base STBs. All the STBs, without any exception, run SmartLabs´ SmartTUBE UI software.

The cloud platform consists of the head-end located in Moscow, 7 macro-regional and 77 regional nodes delivering content to all the Rostelecom´s Interactive TV customers.

By connecting to the Rostelecom´s uniform IPTV service, the subscribers gain access to a wide variety of state-of-the-art interactive media entertainment services, i.e. terrestrial digital television, Video on Demand (VoD), Time Shift TV, Pause Live TV, Zabava.ru media portal, social networks and OTT services. A special gift has been prepared for the owners of iPad devices: on their tablets, they can enjoy the same services available on TVs with set-top boxes.

"With the end-to-end Interactive TV service from Rostelecom, all Russian people will rediscover the world of interactive television. Such a service is unprecedented in Russia," says Mikhail Grachev, SmartLabs CEO. "On our part, we have put every effort to create a solution that allows the operator to effectively market and deliver content so that the subscribers quickly and easily purchase the content and enjoy all the operator´s interactive services. Moreover, we are developing a cloud platform meeting Rostelecom´s approved plans. We believe that the cloud platform will deliver many new services and nice features to Rostelecom´s subscribers".

About SmartLabs

SmartLabs is a Russian company and a leader in the development of service delivery platforms for interactive digital television (IPTV, OTTtv, hybrid IPTV/DVB), advanced client applications and user interfaces, next generation set-top boxes, and other innovative solutions for service providers and corporations. For details please contact pr@smartlabs.tv.

About Rostelecom

Rostelecom (www.rt.ru) is the Russian national telecommunications company, which is the largest telecom company in Russia. The company got this status in April 2011, when the CenterTelecom, North-West Telecom, South Telecom Company, Volga Telecom, Ural Telecom, Siberia Telecom, Far East Telecom and Dagsvyazinform interregional communications companies were merged with the Rostelecom national long-distance communications company.