About Canal Digital

Canal Digital has a rich content offering, with over 100 TV channels available from all over the world. Close to 840 000 thousands satellite TV households across the Nordics choose Canal Digital as their entertainment platform. Through our streaming services we offer live TV, a weekly archive, and 28 000 titles from video on demand.

Canal Digital holds offices in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark. We’re a wholly owned subsidiary of Telenor, with headquarters at Fornebu, Oslo. The Canal Digital Brand is used by both our Nordic satellite TV operations and by Telenor’s cable TV operations in Norway.

Project Goal

With Canal Digital we started the cooperation with a MVP (Minimum Viable Product) project for tablets only. When it appeared to have a promising value Canal Digital decided to expand the product to different platforms what resulted in expanding our partnership.

The project began in 2013. The product that was delivered back then is now the base of current application. We have also optimized Chrome Cast for Set Top Box solutions.

Roles in the Project

Canal Digital – End Client, Product Owner, Project Management, Product Management

Better Software Group – Mobile app development, Solution Provider, Consultancy

             

General Problem

In the next step Canal Digital wanted to make a proof of concept (PoC)/MVP for mobile app.  This business decision aimed to identify business opportunities and market demand. After receiving positive feedback, Better Software Group was engaged in the development of a fully functional mobile app Canal Digital Go for both Android and iOS.

Problems Solved in the Project

  • New devices that come out can be challenging, for example when 3rd generation of Chromecast came out the 1st generation didn’t work so well because of DRMs. It was crucial to take this into account when developing the solution
  • It’s always important to minimize the technical debt whenever new technology comes out. This is why BSG always pays extra attention to stay up-to-date and strives for constant improvement when delivering solutions, especially when working on long-term projects.

What We Have Learnt

  • Working with such large company we have learnt how to effectively communicate when working in large teams
  • We learnt about SAFe and implemented it. The project team took part in especially dedicated training and passed the certification
  • Continuously pursuing most ergonomic solutions for streaming and monetization

Solution

We delivered a fully functional mobile streaming app for iOS and Android. The app includes features like live TV, VOD (movies and series), download option to watch content offline, kids mode, EPG, remote recording from wherever you want, AirPlay and Chromecast.