“Be tv called upon Atos Origin’s IT services to offer”

Zaventem (Belgium), 14 April 2005

Unique solution on Belgian French speaking television market Be tv, the French speaking pay television operator in Belgium, and Atos Origin, an international IT services company, are proud to announce their collaboration on the development in record time of the new “Be à la séance” service, the pay-per-view offer from Be tv. Atos Origin managed the complete integration process for this project.

“Be à la séance” is: a cinema at your fingertips recently introduced to the public by Be tv. Eleven channels for eleven films that can be viewed at any time day or night. To access the service, the subscriber selects the film of his choice, dials the telephone number for the service, identifies himself, encodes his choice and confirms payment. The film is unlocked and ready to be viewed.

The implementation of this project was a real challenge for the teams from Be tv and Atos Origin, especially because of the very short deadline of six months. The project consists of different modules covering the complete pay-per-view process, from the user's order to the delivery of the requested film. Be tv used specific expertise of external providers to complete this project in partnership with its existing IT team, and entrusted the integration process to Atos Origin. Atos Origin's responsibilities essentially concerned the analysis and development of three key modules:

  • The Product Referential module manages the commercial signage for products sold in pay-per-view mode as well as technical data on access criteria for films (e.g. price, broadcasting dates, mode, purchase code).
  • The Order Processing module oversees orders and the granting of gratuitie and includes verifying the user data, encoding and attributing a session during which the film may be viewed.
  • The Access Criteria Processing module consists in matching and enriching playlists with information relating to pay-per-view.

”We wanted a reliable partner who would meet our objectives and be sufficiently sizeable to be reactive and flexible enough with regard to our requirements”, explained Francis Bodson, deputy managing director at Be tv. “Moreover, we are one of Atos Origin's long-standing clients, which enabled us to develop a relationship built on mutual trust with the existing team. The work of the various providers is outstanding given that a project of this kind generally takes two years. And the results are also in line with expectations: since the "Be à la séance” offer was launched on 27 December 2004, we have already registered more than 30,000 orders.”

“The main challenge was the extremely condensed timeframe,” concluded Philippe De Raedemacker, project manager at Atos Origin. “We had to respect very tight deadlines while developing these modules in close cooperation with the technical and IT teams from Be tv and other suppliers. The end result is a good illustration of Atos Origin's ability to invest in an extremely precise project, to integrate into an existing IT set-up and to respond to clearly defined objectives by the client.”

About Atos Origin
Atos Origin is an international information technology services company. Its business is turning client vision into results through the application of consulting, systems integration and managed operations. The company's annual revenues are more than EUR 5 billion and it employs over 46,000 people in 40 countries. Atos Origin is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic Games and has a client base of international blue-chip companies across all sectors. Atos Origin is quoted on the Paris Eurolist Market and trades as Atos Origin, AtosEuronext, Atos Worldline and Atos Consulting.

For more information, please contact:
Christelle Colin
+32 2 (0) 712 26 04
Email : christelle.colin@atosorigin.com