Digital Alert Systems announced an unprecedented achievement. Following a joint integration, the Kaltura TV Platform is the first cloud TV service to support Digital Alert Systems’ EAS-NET™ communications protocol, allowing joint customers to comply with Emergency Alert System (EAS)/Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) regulations by providing critical emergency messages within their Cloud TV deployments.
North American operators and media companies are required to provide emergency alerts to viewers via their TV service. With the increasing shift from traditional broadcast to IP video services, Kaltura customers are now assured their Cloud TV solutions comply as well.
Gideon Gilboa, Kaltura senior vice president of product and marketing, Media and Telecom, said, “Kaltura’s Cloud TV Platform combines the best of pay TV and OTT. We are in the business of helping our customers transform their legacy TV services into next-generation cloud and IP-based TV experiences. This includes all of the benefits of OTT — not only personalization, multiscreen apps, and improved TCO and agility, but also the ‘nuts and bolts’ of traditional pay TV, such as EAS alerts.”
To support EAS-NET, Kaltura enhanced its existing push notification and in-app messaging capabilities. With the new integration, the Kaltura TV Platform receives alert information over EAS-Net and dispatches the alerts in real time to relevant Cloud TV client applications, including mobile devices, managed STBs, and unmanaged STBs. Viewers see the emergency messages as push notifications on their connected screens when watching content or even when browsing within the application.
“We’re constantly striving to enhance emergency communications across a number of platforms, and finding the right partners, like Kaltura, who are able to leverage EAS-Net continues to showcase our evolution in the Cloud TV era,” said Bill Robertson, vice president of business development at Digital Alerts Systems. “As the means of TV consumption is rapidly changing, our customers can continue to count on us to help ensure compliance and their overall success.”