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February 19, 2019

Canal Digital Adopts Agile Development And SAFe To Delight Subscribers With New OnePlace Features Enabled By 3SS


Canal Digital AS, the Nordic region’s largest DTH TV provider, is reaping company-wide benefits through new agile software and product development practices, introduced by 3SS

Cutting-edge principles including SAFe (Scaled Agile Framework) are transforming Canal Digital’s ability to deliver the services consumers crave

OnePlace subscribers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland are enjoying enhanced user experiences on their PVRs thanks to ongoing service innovation

Stuttgart, Germany – 19 February, 2019 – 3 Screen Solutions (3SS), leading provider of software solutions for set-tox box (STB) and multiscreen digital entertainment, announces that it has helped Canal Digital AS to transform its business by introducing agile software and product development methodologies.

Launched in February 2018, Canal Digital’s OnePlace service delivers next-generation UHD entertainment on STBs and PVRs, based on Android TV, via satellite and OTT to viewers in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland. As part of the deployment, 3SS delivered a custom launcher for a powerful, engaging Android TV user experience.

New UI features

Now Netflix-integrated, OnePlace is deploying a raft of new features to meet the expectations of viewers. Recent enhancements include:

  • Start-over for additional viewing convenience
  • “Coming soon” teaser promotions to highlight future content assets which subscribers will be able to view when available
  • Display of already-subscribed services, so the user knows at a glance whether an item of content or service is already a component of his or her package

Advanced analytics, more commercialization opportunities, better management control

With the help of 3SS, Canal Digital has also enhanced the business potential and attractiveness of OnePlace by deploying “MixPanel,” a proven analytics tool which enables Canal Digital to capture and analyze user behavior across devices. As a result, marketing teams can offer OnePlace subscribers new cross-platform promotional offers closely aligned with individual viewing patterns and preferences. The interface between content management systems and subscriber management is also much improved, ensuring Canal Digital’s in-house commercial teams have up-to-the-minute and accurate billing and payment data.

Adoption of SAFe is enabling speedier enhancement rollouts

Furthermore, Canal Digital has transformed its internal product development processes by embracing the latest principles of agile development, introduced to the company by 3SS.

At the core of today’s truly agile development is “SAFe” (Scaled Agile Framework) the practical experience-based software development framework designed to accelerate and optimize system deployments. Regular workshops, concurrent work streams, and rigorously organized project update sessions help inform and motivate all stakeholders in a project – all parties know the status of objectives and where they are in the progress of a detailed roadmap of deliverables.

Henke Erichsen, Canal Digital CTO & CIO, said: “The scaled agile development methodology (SAFe) has been a revelation, and it has ignited a revolution in the way we approach product- and technology development at company level. With SAFe, we now have a much more transparent, predictable and efficient development process, and our subscribers are reaping the benefits.”

“OnePlace continues to go from strength to strength,” Kai-Christian Borchers, Managing Director at 3SS, commented. “Canal Digital has delivered even more innovation, and we are proud that 3SS contributions, from introducing SAFe to further unlocking the potential of Android TV, are enhancing the experiences of subscribers.”

3SS is widely acknowledged as the go-to experts for Android TV based STB and multiscreen satellite, IPTV/OTT and cable platforms. 3SS delivered the world’s first major Android based TV platform (AOSP) for Swisscom in 2014 and has since designed and engineered Android TV offerings for customers worldwide.

About Canal Digital

Canal Digital was established in 1997, its primary purpose being distribution of television programs, and conducting activities related to broadcast and entertainment. Canal Digital proposes a rich content offer to customers, with over 140 TV channels to choose from. Close to 800,000 DTH households across the Nordics choose Canal Digital as their entertainment platform. Canal Digital has a strong HD position, and presented 3D content as early as 2010. Through the Canal Digital streaming service, we offer video on demand (VOD) and Web TV.

About 3 Screen Solutions (3SS)

3SS delivers world-class software solutions to service providers and technology innovators to bring video to any screen. 3SS designs and engineers bespoke front end and back end solutions for TV & Video. The ground-breaking 3READY Android STB + Multiscreen Solution solves broadcasters’ and operators’ challenges while elevating audience engagement, and transforming the economics of multiscreen digital entertainment. With 3READY, branded and custom services can be deployed faster, accelerating revenue flow. 3SS is an acknowledged leader in system integration, app development, UI/UX design innovation and solution architecture. Customers include major satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT and mobile TV operators, including Swisscom, Canal Digital, Com Hem, Vodafone Kabel Deutschland, Liberty Global (UPC, Unitymedia), SES, Eutelsat, and O2/Telefonica. Broadcast customers include ProSiebenSat.1, n-tv and Viacom, among others.

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