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Secure Player with Support for Watch Party



Live sports streaming is a competitive market, and it is critical for service providers to stay on top of emerging trends to drive better viewer engagement and reduce subscriber churn. To that end, the Viaccess-Orca (VO) Secure Player now supports Watch Party, allowing sports fans to watch live or on-demand matches on their PCs or mobile devices while simultaneously interacting with a group through video chat. The result is a much more engaging and immersive viewing experience.

With the Watch Party feature, video and audio are perfectly synchronized in real time across all devices in the group, and users can control both the volume of the content and the volume of their conversations. The technology breakthrough enables TV viewers to watch live or on-demand content together and talk about it in real time with no lag, almost as if they were in the same room.

VO Secure Player with support for Watch Party allows low-latency, unified viewing across OTT devices. The multiplatform video player uses the same software across all platforms, solving multiscreen fragmentation across all connected screens and featuring offline support for Mac and PC. It also ensures an immersive audio experience by supporting AAC 5.1 output on Android TV-compatible devices. Subscribers can download and store streaming content locally for later playback, in compliance with the content owner’s security requirements.

The one-stop-shop VO Secure Player works across multiple platforms and operating systems, including mobiles, desktops, the web, Android, iOS, Microsoft Windows, and macOS. By supporting all of the latest streaming standards, it ensures that streaming service providers can deliver real-time live OTT experiences, fast zapping time, and responsive scrubbing while deploying ad insertion.

VO Secure Player with support for Watch Party enables service providers to offer the following benefits to their subscribers:
• Coverage of all connected devices so that subscribers can join a party anywhere, anytime, on any device
• Accurate, real-time synchronization of live video across connected devices
• Smooth, high-performance playback of both premium content and the live video streams users might be generating as part of the group interaction
• Optimized bandwidth allocation of premium content
• Echo-free audio and the ability to adjust the volume of the media content separately from the user-generated video stream

The VO Secure Player is used by leading service providers around the world, including PCCW Media’s Now TV, the media entertainment arm of telecom giant Hong Kong Telecom and the country’s leading pay-TV service provider. In June, Now TV launched Watch Party during the Euro 2020 football matches with the support of VO Secure Player.

VO Secure Player deserves to win this award for supporting an innovative new feature to the video streaming market, improving viewer engagement during live sports events, and enabling a seamless Watch Party viewing experience across all connected devices.