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Apr 18, 2017

Press

24i unveils cutting-edge CMS for VOD, SmartOTT Backstage

24i unveils cutting-edge CMS for VOD, SmartOTT Backstage   Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 13th 201724i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, today announced the launch of SmartOTT Backstage, a powerful Content Management system (CMS) designed to empower content owners, broadcasters and operators to unlock the potential of premium video with a service that allows them to enrich and organize their content metadata, offers social interaction, smarter personalized recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. SmartOTT Backstage is a cloud-based and modular system that sits between the clients’ video backend system and their front- end applications, a robust and flexible solution comprised of three core functionalities, an intuitive CMS, a metadata & data-source component and a robust API which enrich and organizes content. Attached to flexible integration points, SmartOTT Backstage handles curated content collections, recommended feeds, scheduling, data-sourcing and metadata whilst providing customers with the opportunity to set up and brand their front-end apps by selection from a rich variety of layout elements and branding options. “We’re super excited to announce the launch of our leading-edge SmartOTT Backstage,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “We wanted to empower our customers to take full control over their content and curation, with a comprehensive toolbox to manage data for each piece of content, enabling them to meet the demands from their viewers for a personalized service. Our newly launched SmartOTT Backstage enables our customers to leverage the power of metadata and third-party integrations to create a more personalized experience across all devices.” SmartOTT Backstage enables customers to take complete control of their product and content experience, including key features such as:

Seamless integrations; The solution further offers a comprehensive suite of connectors that integrate seamlessly with existing systems and partners, allowing customers to enable/disable a range of integrations. For example analytics (Adobe Analytics, Google Analytics) or advertisement (FreeWheel, Google DFP), recommendation, etc.

Powerful and robust API: The flexible API is designed as an independent component, which is integrated with the SmartOTT Backstage Metadata/Data-source component. It can also connect to any source containing metadata, app configurations, etc.

An optimized unified point of access for all applications to retrieve app configurations, metadata and additional services not provided by the OVP, such as recommendations powered by Microsoft Azure.

Metadata enrichment system; a tool to import the metadata from the OVP into the system allowing clients to improve and differentiate their content data

Data-source and import/export tool for all application related configurations, including but not limited to; Template, Menu, Pages, Sections, Playlists, third party integration configurations.

Personalization – combining user preferences and rich metadata for customized content recommendations.

Content and metadata orchestration; a query builder & collection editor allowing customers to create curated playlists, meaningful content collections and schedule publishing- for smarter planning and scheduling of content workflows.

App configuration tool; allowing clients to select the modules & content they want to show on each page of their front-end apps, on any device.

Intuitive branding tool; enabling customers to incorporate their brand & look across all their apps, on any device, from uploading their logo to posting a promotional message.

Advanced user & role management; offering possibilities to customize the roles within an application with granular permissions.

Easily create application pages through a defined set of page blueprints (browse, search, settings), gives customers the freedom to arrange, schedule, order and publish their content as they wish.

The SmartOTT Backstage will be demoed at the 2017 NAB Show (Booth #SU11702CM), April 24 – 27, 2017, in Las Vegas. To learn more about the SmartOTT Backstage or to schedule a meeting with a 24i Media representative at the NAB Show, please visit: http://www.24i.com/meet-us-nab-2017/ About 24i Media (www.24i.com) 24i is a leading vendor in Smart TV apps for all devices including mobile, Smart TV, Set-top-boxes, Pc/ Mac , game consoles etc., empowering broadcasters, content owners and operators with future-proof and flexible tools to create and monetize personalized TV apps, while accelerating time-to-market and reducing cost. 24i’s technology framework powers the digital experience for leading brands around the world, including RTL, Fox Sports, Viacom Media Networks, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Televisa, Fuse Media and many more, delivering state-of-the-art OTT apps, designed to maximize ROI, create seamless consumer experiences and build personalized engagements across all platforms. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Madrid and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.
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May 16, 2017

Events

OTT Days in Singapore, May 24 at the Pan Pacific Hotel

We’re delighted to invite you to join the OTT Days in Singapore- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT taking place during BroadcastAsia on May 24th from 3:00pm- 6:30pm at the Pan Pacific Hotel. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo.

Across a half day, the OTT Days event in Singapore offers a free-to-attend summit that informs, inspires and connects members of the video, media and technology community with a combination of unique networking features and a high-level speaker program.  Join us as we discuss how video distribution is changing, how to meet the demands of the highly empowered viewers, how content will be funded, how to optimize technology to meet the growing industry demands. You will hear from the people who are pioneering new strategies and partnerships and exploiting new market opportunities. OTT Day Singapore is dedicated to exploring the OTT Ecosystem, providing attendees with a 360-degree insight into the entire OTT Ecosystem. The OTT Days event in Singapore is a must attend event for everyone working in the OTT Ecosystem, Entertainment, technology and IT professionals, content owners, media executives, analysts, investors and venture capitalists, broadcasters, operators, MSOs etc. The OTT Days event in Singapore is hosted by Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo. For more information about the OTT Days in Singapore and to register for free tickets, please visit www.ottdays.com Networking Drinks reception We wrap up the OTT Days event in Singapore with a networking drinks reception at the Pan Pacific hotel. Network with c-level executives from the media and entertainment industry in the APAC region in a relaxed environment.
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May 16, 2017

News

Top trends shaping the APAC’s Pay-TV landscape in 2017

Consumer habits will continue to evolve with rapid advances in technology. In an increasingly fragmented market across Asia Pacific, innovation driven by consumer needs will be a key tool in the arsenal of pay-TV operators, both big and small. Operators who can offer their customers greater choice and value will flourish in 2017 and beyond.

Over the last few years, technology has transformed the consumption of television. As a result, the pay-TV industry is undergoing a period of change and development with intensifying competition and business model disruption. In Asia Pacific, the industry is projected to grow at a 5.8 per cent average annual rate from 2016 to 2021. However, traditional pay-TV platforms are being threatened by the rise of video on demand (VOD) and over-the-top (OTT) services. 2016 saw the entrance of Netflix in markets across Asia. Other OTT players in the region such as iFlix, Hooq and Viu are also vying for a share of the market.

Although the markets in Asia Pacific are at varying stages of change and evolution, given the differences in economic conditions, demographics, penetration of broadband and pay-TV, and content preferences, there is no doubt that pay-TV providers across the region must develop viable new offerings to retain and grow their customer base.

On every front, at every step in the OTT workflow and ecosystem, evolving technologies and changing consumer habits are driving the industry and impacting the way content is created, delivered, viewed and monetized. Keeping pace in an increasingly fragmented market driven by consumer needs is challenging. Join us at the OTT Days event in Singapore we look into the myriad of technical and business decisions faced when launching an OTT solution.

Here we take a look at some of the top trends that are expected to shape the pay-TV landscape in 2017:

Moving from analog to digital: In order to provide enhanced services to customers and meet regulatory requirements on analog switch-off, pay-TV providers across the region are expected to continue the move to digital broadcasting. This will be seen across countries such as Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam as they work towards switching off analog broadcasting entirely. Customers will benefit from more programming options and higher quality images and sound.

Greater collaboration between pay-TV and OTT providers: The evolving consumer appetite for more on-demand and multiscreen viewing is transforming the TV market. As per the Pay-TV Innovation Forum, a research programme launched by NAGRA in partnership with MTM, Asia Pacific’s OTT video industry is developing rapidly, with around 100 million people subscribing to online video services in 2015. As such, pay-TV providers will have to further embrace all things OTT, including enhancing their core TV service with OTT partner offerings or integrating OTT into their hardware and infrastructure. The increased OTT investments will broaden content options, resulting in happier subscribers, who will have more viewing choices.

TV User Experience (UX): Modern consumers are looking for a seamless, easy-to-use TV experience combining linear and on-demand viewing across all screens. Pay-TV providers will have to rise to the challenge to remain competitive. This includes providing a better integration of the technology ecosystem into a rich UX that delivers the same services on all screens.

More flexibility with personalisation of pay-TV packages and pricing offers: Contract obligations for large channel bundles are losing traction, and one-size-fits-all business models are no longer going to cut it. By leveraging OTT, pay-TV providers are adjusting their business models with new offers, including skinny bundles and a-la-carte options. This also includes more app-based services, stand-alone OTT and TV Everywhere offerings to connect consumers to the content they love.

Diversification into adjacent services: Service providers looking to strengthen their offerings will explore diversification into adjacent offerings, including dynamic data-driven advertising and smart home solutions (such as in-home security and automation). These new services will be driven by large telcos and service providers. In particular, for pay-TV providers that own broadband networks, data is just too big of an opportunity to not be explored. Further investments should be expected from advanced providers looking at leveraging their own network infrastructure to develop new monetization engines.

Taking a broader view on content protection: The growing trend of streaming premium live TV channels and 4K content over the internet is forcing pay-TV operators and content owners to revisit their content security policies. Simply securing content distribution over managed networks is not enough anymore. Controlling piracy with a holistic approach is the new normal. For service providers, this will mean expanding beyond protecting distributed content over any network to incorporating cyber-security media services and forensic watermarking into their portfolio. This will be a necessity to meet content owner requirements and sustain revenues.

Local and regional programming: While the market for global content remains strong, quality local and regional content will become increasingly important for providers and will serve as a key differentiator in an increasingly competitive market. The Pay-TV Innovation Forum research by NAGRA and MTM found that Asia Pacific is characterised by very high levels of cultural and linguistic diversity, with many consumers having a strong preference for content in a local language. As such, providers will be tasked with building a strategy that incorporates both local and global content in order to cater to the diverse customer base in Asia Pacific.

Source: Digital Market 

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Across a half day, the OTT Days event in Singapore offers a free-to-attend summit that informs, inspires and connects members of the video, media and technology community with a combination of unique networking features and a high-level speaker program. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; Vindicia, 24i Media, AWS Elemental, Diagnal and TiVo.

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