By Evan DeSimone
OTT and streaming technology provider Kaltura has announced a partnership with Vodafone Spain to power the telecom giant’s forthcoming VOD and catch-up services on Vodafone TV.
The new platform, which will operate via TiVo’s set-top-boxes, will offer subscribers access to both on demand content as well as limited catch-up. The entire endeavor will be powered by Kaltura’s back-end OTT software, meaning that users will have access to Kaltura’s standard suite of personalization features, including content discovery, recommendations, favorites and watch lists.
Kaltura has been accelerating its global partnerships since last year when the company took in $47 million to amp up its international presence. Back in January the company announced that it would power Moviepilot.de, the digital movie hub established by German media tech firm Webedia.
The mainstreaming of online video and OTT streaming has driven demand for out-of-the-box services like those offered by Kaltura and competitors like Muvi. To stay competitive, Kaltura has been accelerating its technology offerings as well as its partnerships. Among recent technology projects is a collaboration with YuMe and Weather Nation to deliver a seamless ad stitching application for OTT clients.
The move is also significant for Vodafone Spain, which has been increasingly aggressive on digital video in recent months. Just two weeks ago the broadcaster became the first pay TV outlet to welcome Netflix in Spain.