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Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, 2009/09/30 - YOU Multiplex Digital Cable offering debuts with 3,000 hours of movies and TV shows - SeaChange Software and video servers to support more than two million subscribers - YOUTele.com.
One of India’s largest ISPs YOU Telecom has debuted its digital cable television service featuring world-class on-demand offerings based on software and servers from SeaChange International (Nasdaq: SEAC). Dubbed YOU Multiplex, the on-demand entertainment service is available to YOU SCOD18 subscribers in Mumbai and will be introduced in Bangalore and Vizag later this year, ultimately reaching more than two million viewers across the world’s third-highest concentration of cable television subscribers and one of the fastest growing digital television markets.
Consisting of 3,000 hours of domestic and international action, romance, drama, comedy and classic movie titles, YOU Multiplex leverages the Scheduled TV content management platform from SeaChange, the company responsible for delivering billions of on-demand streams annually for cable and IPTV operators across Asia Pacific and the world.
“We wanted our cable television venture to come out of the gate with services that easily matched or eclipsed the incumbent offering and SeaChange afforded us the strategic ability to compete for consumers’ on-demand desires,” said E.V.S. Chakravarthy, CEO, YOU Telecom. “Not only are we launching a unique service with YOU Multiplex, but the scalability of the SeaChange platform is allowing us to do so market by market in a controlled manner. YOU Multiplex introduces a high-quality experience for consumers and give the stakeholders a secure and profitable venue for their content.”
“SeaChange is pleased that YOU Telecom is joining the growing ranks of cable and IPTV operators in Asia Pacific who are switching on VOD,” said Lincoln Owens, director of broadband, Asia Pacific, SeaChange. “India in particular is a massive television market that is ultra-competitive and highly fragmented, making on-demand a powerful differentiator in the battle to attract subscribers and reduce churn.”
Television companies have been on-air with SeaChange solutions for more than 10 years in India. The company is dedicated to supporting the special requirements for traditional television operations and applying its unique resources towards developing IPTV, on-demand and other emergent forms of television in the market. SeaChange’s India team has offices in Mumbai and Delhi and leverages SeaChange support and product development facilities across Asia.
About YOU Telecom
YOU Telecom (youtele.com) is a category ‘A’ ISP and India’s first ISO accredited broadband service provider. One of the leading independent ISPs in India, YOU offers high speed Internet, voice and video services through cable modem platform to residential, SME and corporate customers in 11 cities. As a part of its growth plans, YOU is rapidly expanding its presence in other cities across the country.
YOU Telecom forayed into digital cable business in early 2008 and its services are available in Mumbai, Bangalore, Vizag and Dharwad. In Mumbai, YOU formed a JV with a consortium of cable distributors called SCOD 18. YOU-SCOD18, the new entity is a multi service operator (MSO), which consolidated cable operators in the metropolis. YOU currently offers video services to a large number of homes in the four operational cities.
About SeaChange International
SeaChange International, Inc. is a world leader in digital video systems, spanning broadcast and broadband. Its powerful server and software systems enable television operators to provide new On Demand services and to gain greater efficiencies in advertising and content delivery. With its Emmy-winning MediaCluster® technology, thousands of SeaChange systems are helping broadband, broadcast and satellite television companies to streamline operations, expand services and increase revenues. SeaChange is headquartered in Acton, Massachusetts and has product development, support and sales offices throughout the world.