As pay TV service providers look to the user experience and aggregation of multiple third-party apps to differentiate their services from competitors, the ability to present and personalise content dynamically is becoming more important.
The rise of streaming platforms has not only changed the environment in which pay TV providers operate, introducing a new source of competition for viewers’ time and money, but has also intensified competition between established players.
Pay TV providers have responded to the streaming explosion by aggregating third-party apps and differentiating their offerings through a superior user experience that includes delivering the service seamlessly across multiple devices. That user experience – and multiscreen availability – is increasingly key to keeping consumers engaged with the service. As personalisation of the interface – meaning surfacing content that is relevant to the user – is an important part of this, an interface that can be changed quickly and flexibly in line with user preferences is crucial in keeping subscribers engaged.
Personalisation of the homepage
The service homepage plays a vital role as the first window on the service that subscribers see, and it is important to be able to use it to maximum advantage.
Alpha Networks, which provides the back-end software for TV operators via its tucano platform, has introduced Content Animation as a new module within its platform to enable service provider personnel to configure the way video content is displayed for the end users on their devices.
Operators can design the homepage of the TV application in the tucanoRED back-end, creating content selections and choosing from a range of design options including poster, square, circle, cover or totem.
Content is then displayed in line with the design option chosen in the front end of the application using rails of pictorial content.
Meryem says that Content Animation, managed in the tucano back-end, is an “ideal tool to configure the editorial homepage of the application and have the content dynamically displayed right on the front-end” by enabling editorial and marketing team to search through a content library and create tailor-made, personalised home pages with a design that best meets their needs.
Content Animation sits alongside and complements Content Hub, another key module within tucano that manages content by obtaining metadata, images and videos from multiple sources and handles integration with external systems to prepare it for distribution.
tucano allows service providers to manage and presented to end users no matter what device they are using and ensures that non-playable content is not displayed.
In addition to being deployed for multiple devices, these capabilities can be deployed quickly: Alpha Networks has successfully deployed projects within three months of starting.
The company’s acquisition of front-end specialist Hubee was “an important step” in developing this capability, enabling the technology company to deploy video platforms with a line-up of white label applications and the capabilities of Content Animation in a few weeks, she says.
Tucano is also fully modular and service providers can deploy each module individually or together to build a complete ecosystem.
The next goal for Alpha Networks is to capitalise on the revenue-generating potential of the home page of the service by introducing real-time dynamic decision-making on content based on user analytics.
The “cherry on the cake” is that the module is now a fully collaborative tool, enabling a number of different people in a team to access, edit and share digital libraries simultaneously.T