Video is at the leading edge of the largest digital transformation opportunity. On June 8 2020, Orion Innovation acquired Zodiac Systems, a pioneer in the video service delivery space, bringing Orion a unique set of proprietary intellectual property (IP) and deep engineering expertise. These capabilities will help to meet the increasing demand for next generation telecoms and global media services.

The video service provider industry has changed dramatically over the years. From delivering live video channels, to adding video on demand, to today’s world of watching what you want, when you want, on the device you want, whether it be a TV, tablet or mobile device. 

Extend and enhance the lifespan of legacy set-top boxes

The capabilities of today’s next-generation set-top boxes far exceeds the early boxes. Legacy set-top boxes allow channel changing from a grid of live TV choices and on demand content. In contrast, today’s newer boxes are powerful machines with advanced features such as amazing graphic capabilities, user interfaces, content discovery, and OTT content choices.  As much as video service providers wish for all subscribers to experience the most advanced features, it is cost-prohibitive for operators to replace millions of legacy boxes in customers’ homes. Zodiac bridges the gap between legacy and next generation devices by bringing the advanced features to legacy boxes with its cloud and device software, Zodiac Matrix and Zodiac Stack.  

Unify the user experience nationwide | Support multiple back-end systems

The cable landscape has seen its fair share of consolidation over the last decade with headline-grabbing news, such as Altice purchasing Cablevision and Suddenlink, Charter acquiring Time Warner Cable and BrightHouse, and AT&T acquiring DirecTV. With this trend of global consolidation across the industry, video service providers find themselves supporting multiple user interfaces and multiple set-top box hardware manufacturers, not to mention multiple back-office systems which operate monthly subscriber billing, content management systems, advertising serving, and viewership data.  Zodiac’s unique software, Zodiac Stack and Zodiac Matrix, allows global Tier 1 operators to unify the user experience across the operator’s expanded footprint. Operators with 2 disparate systems gained through acquisition, can provide a unified look, feel and user experience to the entire combined footprint, regardless of the age, make or model of the set-top box in the home. In the same vein, Zodiac’s software is pre-integrated with most back-office systems and can support unlimited combinations of these systems, removing the considerable capital expense of standardizing back-office systems and set-top boxes in the home, which future-proofs the system for years to come. 

IP Video Transformation: Migrate, Transform and Future-Proof

With no end in sight to the popularity of IP delivered over-the-top (OTT) video services, such as Netflix, Prime Video and YouTube, many operators are migrating to a managed internet protocol (IP) video service to remain competitive. Android TV, for example, offers a fully IP-delivered video service with pre-certified OTT apps.

As an operator begins the journey from legacy video to IP video services, Zodiac’s software and services enable a smooth migration of its back-office systems. Zodiac allows the legacy and the new platform to run in parallel while the migration is orchestrated region by region or down to the subscriber level, with no customer disruption. 

As video technology continues to mature and evolve, Zodiac’s platform is the bridge connecting the video service providers’ systems to the future. Find out more about Zodiac Systems at https://www.zodiacsystems.com.

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