TalkTalk TV to Deliver New TV Experience with Ascendon
ENGLEWOOD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CSG Systems International, Inc. (NASDAQ: CSGS), the trusted global partner to launch and monetize digital services, today announced that its Ascendon™ digital services platform will power new ways for TalkTalk TV customers to view, browse, rent or buy a wide range of video content, whether at home or on-the-go.
TalkTalk is a quad-play communications service provider (CSP), offering pay television, voice, broadband, and mobile services to businesses and consumers in the United Kingdom. TalkTalk chose Ascendon to further elevate its TV offering as a competitive digital service, aligned with consumer demand for access to video content anytime, anywhere, across devices.
Ascendon will provide an intuitive app-based storefront and other services that will allow consumers to access titles from TalkTalk TV’s video product catalog through the set-top box or mobile devices.
Aleks Habdank, Managing Director of TalkTalk TV, said, “This is an exciting new partnership for TalkTalk TV and one that will enable us to accelerate our mobile viewing offering. The integration of the Ascendon platform complements a number of recent innovations aimed at delivering a faster, more intuitive and seamless TV experience. We led the market by being the first provider to roll out the Next Generation YouView upgrade, which over 50 percent of our customers are already enjoying, and earlier this month, TalkTalk was named TV Provider of the Year in a public vote. We’re looking forward to customers being able to enjoy even more of the entertainment they love, whenever and wherever they want, both in and out of the home.”
TalkTalk TV’s new approach to its video services will leverage the Ascendon platform to create recurring revenue streams through merchandising models such as season passes and box sets. The platform allows for future growth to deliver a unified quad-play experience to the end customer by uniting previously siloed service lines. In addition, the platform will integrate with TalkTalk TV’s existing infrastructure to complete fulfilment and provisioning of services.
“For CSPs, Ascendon can bring new, digital services to market quickly, while moving their operations purposefully toward a business model that dramatically reduces operational expenses, fully digitizes front and back offices, and unites a portfolio of services into a single customer relationship,” said Kent Steffen, president of global OTT business at CSG International.
The addition of Ascendon marks the latest step in TalkTalk’s ten-year partnership with CSG that spans billing, data mediation, interconnect and other services. TalkTalk’s purchase of Ascendon includes the Internet TV category of solutions, which will streamline the TalkTalk TV viewing experience both on the set-top box and through a new, optimized mobile app offering.
Ascendon is a cloud-based digital commerce platform that allows service providers to across users, channels and devices. Purposefully built as a unified suite, Ascendon inteorder and activation, to revenue management and partner settlement. Ascendon is delivered through flexible delivery models, including cloud and managed services. With no investment in new infrastructure, and virtually limitless scalability, service providers can fulfill digital services that consumers are demanding now and in the future.
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