VNova is collaborating with over-the-top (OTT) company Simplestream to roll out a new pan-African streaming service – Movies, Video, Music, Opportunity (MVMO) – later this year.
The service is at the moment in trial in several locations, the platform has collaborated with major content providers including Times Multimedia TMM for news. MVMO will also offer a platform for independent producers in Africa to publish and monetize their content.
The service will combine the high-efficiency V-Nova P+ codec-agnostic enhancement and easily deployed Simplestream streaming platform to deliver a wide range of content to viewers. MVMO will be one of the first platforms to deploy the MPEG-5 Part 2 LCEVC compression standard, supported by P+.
The CEO of Times Multimedia and Chief Content Officer of MVMO, Sandra Iyawa, stated, “The combination of Simplestream and V-Nova technologies has provided us with a versatile and highly-efficient streaming platform that allows us to reach a vast untapped audience across any mobile network. We will be launching MVMO at the international CAX weekend event in Kigali, Rwanda in December and look forward to welcoming our first viewers to this unique new platform.”
The investment in Africa’s mobile infrastructure is ongoing with some 5G networks imminent, many people still only have access to 2G or 3G communications. Offering robust video quality at very low bitrates when required is therefore critical for customers.
On the other hand, the CEO and co-founder of VNova, Guido Meardi, declared, “Simplestream’s remarkable platform has revolutionized content distribution and continues to break new ground in the initiation of new streaming services. Our P+ software library is fundamental to the feasibility of this service as it allows people to enjoy video even on 2G networks with a bit rate of only 100 Kbps but also enables high quality full HD at just 1Mbps. Integrating P+ into Simplestream’s platform will open up opportunities worldwide.”
The Chief Commercial Officer of Simplestream, Dan Finch, concluded, “We are very pleased to be partnering with MVMO and V-Nova on the development and introduction of this hugely exciting new service. We see a lot of potential for V-Nova’s P+ technology to enable a larger reach to consumers and an improved quality of service in territories such as Africa that are particularly dependent on mobile networks.”
The MVMO platform has been established in collaboration with the Creative Africa Exchange, a marketplace for the continent’s creative and cultural industry, funded by Afreximbank.
Source: Rapid TV News