Focus on Erstream

Broadband TV News speaks with Ugur Kalaba, the CEO of the internet video technology and service company Erstream.

Can you give us some background on Erstream? How did it come about and what have been some of the milestones in its development?

We are a leading internet video technology and service company in our market with more than 14 years of experience. We are delivering scalable end-to-end OTT services including downlink, cloud encoding, content management, CDN and client application development. We are delivering innovative tailor-made turnkey solutions at a very competitive cost. We collaborate with Turkey’s and the world’s established content owners and broadcasters. Erstream has encoding and downlink services in six different data centers in Germany, Spain, London and Turkey by which we serve over 400 live channels around the world. We started as a software development company and as time passed evolved to a service and video delivery company.

What are Erstream’s main products?

We deliver both products and services. The products are: Encoder; Content management system; and CDN software. The services are: downlink and encoding service; CDN service; advanced watermarking (Erstream CDN services is the first CDN integrated with Civolution/NexGuard); player and application development; and professional services.

Who are Erstream’s main clients and which of its products do they use?

The main clients and products they use are Digiturk (live &VOD encoding, content management, CDN); ATV (live & VOD encoding, CDN); TV8 (live & VOD encoding, CDN); Filmbox SPI (live & VOD encoding, content management, CDN); and Abu Dhabi Media (live & VOD encoding, CDN).

Does Erstream plan to expand its activities beyond the MENA region?

Sure, we are definitely planning to expand our activities beyond the MENA region.

Looking to the future, how do you see Erstream developing over the next 3-5 years?

We will be a global company. We have technology and expertise. We are also a financially healthy company. We are enlarging our team. We are going to integrate our services with the right partners.

What do you think will be the main challenges and opportunities for the company?

The main challenge is reaching international markets. We are very successful in our local market. We have to bring this success to international.
The main opportunity is the growth rate. Internet video is growing rapidly and we are delivering high quality contents in low bitrates.