The German affiliate of Eutelsat Communications and Rovi Corporation are combining their skills for the launch of a video on demand (VOD) service on KabelKiosk’s platform of TV channels. KabelKiosk is digital channel and service platform for European cable networks, operated by Eutelsat.

An agreement between Rovi and Eutelsat Germany to integrate Rovi’s Nowtilus entertainment delivery platform into KabelKiosk was announced during the ANGA Cable fair in Cologne.

The collaboration covers the deployment of Rovi’s Nowtilus entertainment delivery platform to power a comprehensive VOD offer via KabelKiosk interaktiv, the interactive option to be available in the KabelKiosk service. In addition, Rovi will supply technical and editorial services, digitization of content and support to operate the hybrid application. KabelKiosk interaktiv will be available on HbbTV receivers and TV screens. The commercial launch of the service is planned for third quarter 2011 for the networks of KabelKiosk partners.

KabelKiosk interaktiv has been developed by Eutelsat Germany to allow a smart connection of TV and Internet for a smooth transition from the linear KabelKiosk TV-offering to non-linear content. Red button applications support on-demand information and video clips to complement the linear TV channels. The distribution of individual content by network operators is an additional feature for recent news and network-specific offerings. Network operators will be able to deploy their own design and marketing to brand the hybrid service.

The completely revised layout of KabelKiosk interaktiv offers a range of new features and optimized navigation. An intuitive user navigation facilitates quick selection of content.

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