In a statement, 24i, the video streaming company, announced a new partnership with Swisscom Broadcast and the launch of FokusOnTV, 24i’s new TV as a Service (TVaaS) streaming offering that enables Pay TV operators to improve their time to market and reduce their on-site infrastructure and operational complexity.

The end-to-end, fully cloud-based FokusOnTV solution is a managed service built on 24i’s proven middleware, the company said. It will be offered as a pre-integrated solution with Swisscom Broadcast’s premium headend infrastructure. “This gives operators in the region access to over 600 national and international TV channels,” said the statement. “They will also enjoy peace of mind as the service comes with 24/7 monitoring from a dedicated European Network Operations Centre (NOC).”

Configurable, off-the-shelf FokusOnTV consumer applications are available for leading web browsers and mobile devices running iOS or Android as well as Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Android TVs, Chromecast, and a choice of set-top boxes, said 24i. These apps give consumers the ability to pause, resume or restart live TV channels on any of their devices, the company said. 24i also said consumers can also record and replay up to 1,000 hours of their favorite content in the cloud via the network PVR facility. The service also comes with an optional, pre-integrated launcher for Android TV, enabling operators to enjoy rapid time-to-market with a managed set-top device that aggregates content from other streaming service providers as well as their own.

This tool will be demonstrated at IBC 2022 (Hall 5, Stand G38) on Amigo 7x Android TV set-top boxes from 24i’s sister company, Amino. The Amigo 7x devices can be supplied as part of the end-to-end TVaaS solution if required, but FokusOnTV is also compatible with both Linux and RDK devices, according to 24i.

“At 24i, our mantra is ‘streaming made simple’ and Pay TV doesn’t get much simpler than FokusOnTV. We offer access to a fantastic range of TV content and network PVR functionality as part of this fully hosted, end-to-end solution. It’s a cost effective and hassle-free way for Pay TV operators to bring a superior streaming service to consumers on a wide range of devices and to scale for their future growth” said Dr. Neale Foster, CEO at 24i.

“We have been working with the team at 24i for many years now, so we are very familiar and impressed with the stability and reliability of their middleware and applications. We are delighted to be part of this hosted TV as a Service solution that gives operators a fast, flexible and high quality next-generation streaming service without having to invest in their own infrastructure,” said Dominik Müller, CEO at Swisscom Broadcast.