24i MEDIA AND CONAX POWER NUEVO SIGLO’S OTT SERVICE

Published September 18th, 2015


Amsterdam/Oslo/Montevideo: September 18, 2015 – 24i Media has launch Uruguayan cable operator Nuevo Siglo ‘NS Now’ Over-The-Top (OTT) service for Smart TVs at IBC 2015 – a highly innovative TV app based on the Smart Operator solution of Amsterdam-based TV app developer 24i Media.

Nuevo Siglo already provides OTT content on hybrid set-top-boxes, tablets and mobile devices secured by advanced content protection technology and DRM solutions from Conax. The leading Uruguayan operator is now partnering with 24i to include connected TV screens in their TV Everywhere offering which will be protected and enabled by the Conax Contego™ security backend.

24i Media offers the Smart Operator solution as a TV Everywhere front-end that enables operators to deliver an enriched TV experience to any screen. This ensures that the user enjoys a uniform experience on all devices. 24i’s Smart Operator facilitates an OTT delivery of a rich and interactive TV experience to all connected devices, including Smart TVs, game consoles and even set-top boxes. It optimizes the familiar experience of live TV and video-on-demand, and extends it with many features, including Pause & Restart TV, personalized user profiles & recommendations, Cloud PVR, and Social TV.

“It is very important for us to work with experienced regional partners, says Mario Oliveira, CTO, Nuevo Siglo. 24i is providing high quality service and valuable expertise in rolling out the new solution. Conax continues to offer Nuevo Siglo both a robust, flexible and proven eco-system and the freedom to choose additional OTT components and services as our business grows. Thus, we are very satisfied with the combination of technologies and partners in providing our operations with the ability to easily deploy the new Smart Operator app for further enhancing our consumer offering moving into new generations of content consumption.”

Eduardo Mandia del Castillo, Sales & Programming Director of Nuevo Siglo, comments: “To serve our customers with the most complete offering, it was vital for us to extend the reach of ‘NS Now’ to include Smart TVs. While doing this, we wanted to keep the same interface that users recognize from their tablet and mobile. 24i’s track record ensured that they are more than capable of delivering on this goal. And they proved that in an efficient and effective implementation process.”

Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, says: “Our Smart Operator is suitable for this project because it’s a platform-agnostic product that fits to any back-end system. It can be integrated with Nuevo Siglo’s current technology framework without adjustments from their side. We are excited to work on this project with Nuevo Siglo, one of our first Latin-American clients.”

Nuevo Siglo implemented the Conax Contego platform in 2014 which provides content protection and DRM solutions for their pay-TV operations enabling live and on demand content consumption across hybrid set-top-boxes and multiscreen devices.

“Conax’ partnership with 24i is an indication of the Conax Contego platforms flexibility to adopt new solutions from partners to enable operators like Nuevo Siglo to take their secure pay-TV offerings to new devices and at the same time have complete control of the user experience”, stated Rohit Mehra, SVP Americas, Conax. “Conax is very pleased with our cooperation with 24i and applaud Nuevo Siglo’s forward thinking and aggressive moves into finding new ways to offer their customers access to their on demand library.”

About 24i Media
24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains high value TV apps for all internet-connected screens: Smart TVs, set-top boxes, gaming consoles, tablets and mobiles. With more than 35 media professionals, 24i services world-leading broadcasters, operators and content-owners, like RTL, SBS, FOX, KPN and NGSN, enabling them to gain a massive competitive advantage in the media industry with innovative and break-through TV apps, enabling new monetization strategies by establishing interactive and personalized relationships with TV content consumers. As a highly focused and skilled front-end specialist, 24i is a true network organization and works in strategic partnerships with TV platform manufacturers, technology solutions providers, OVPs and other suppliers in the TV chain. 24i is founded in 2009 and headquartered in Amsterdam (The Netherlands) with offices in Madrid, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles.

About Conax
A part of the Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD:S), Conax is a leading global specialist in total service protection for digital TV and entertainment services via broadcast, broadband and connected devices. The Conax Contego™ unified security hub provides telcos, cable, satellite, IP, mobile, terrestrial and broadband operations with an innovative portfolio of flexible and cost-efficient solutions to deliver premium content securely. Conax’ future-ready technology offers modular, fast-time-to-market solutions that enable easy entry into a world of secure multiscreen, multi-DRM content delivery. Headquartered in Oslo, Norway, ISO 9001 & 27001 certified Conax technology enables secure content revenues for 400 operators in 85 countries globally. For more information, please visit www.conax.com.

For more information please contact:

24i Media
Chantal Favre
Executive Assistant
chantal.favre@24i.com
+31 20 820 20 25

Conax
Leslie Johnsen
Head of Public Relations and Communications
leslie.johnsen@conax.com
+47 414 58 043

Nuevo Siglo
Valeria Alvarez
Marketing Manager
valvarez@nuevosiglo.com.uy
Skype +59821715

AN IMPRESSION OF IBC2015

Time flies! It’s been over a week since we exhibited at IBC (International Broadcasting Convention), our second time at this most influential annual event for media professionals, worldwide. The endless RAI Conference Center halls seemed even bigger than last year and attracted many different attendants from all over the world, well over 55,000. As for us, we’ve had an amazing time at IBC 2015, meeting old friends and greeting many new, interesting people at our booth, showing them our latest TV apps and OTT innovations. At our booth we introduced, among others: - ‘NS Now’ – the OTT service for Uruguayan operator Nuevo Siglo on Smart TVs with advanced content protection technology (together with our partner Conax) - Our set-top box-less operator solution on Philips Smart TVs - Smart Operator on Entone set-top boxes and other RDK compliant devices - The first Dutch interactive HbbTV app for TV advertisers - The brand new app for Next Generation Sports Network on Roku - RTL’s Videoland as the first of its kind 4K/UHD premium video app in the European Smart TV market Furthermore, we were honored to be the host to many booth tours organized for professionals in the broadcast industry as well as for a growing number of booth tours specifically catered to advertisers and media buying agencies. Again this year, we enjoyed our daily ‘Happy Hour’ with cold beers and the traditional Dutch delights called ‘bitterballs’ while, of course, welcoming great guests. The IBC would not be the same without our colleagues from Los Angeles, Buenos Aires and Madrid, so we flew them in to join us and to join their respective clients and partners attending IBC 2015. In addition to our busy appointment schedules at the booth, we were also invited to speak as TV app thought leaders at two occasions. Our CSO, Hans Disch, spoke at the conference session 'Media Innovators from the Low Lands’, while our CEO Martijn van Horssen and CTO Pieter Siekerman shared their insights on the latest developments in the OTT landscape and highlighted how this changes the game for TV content distribution. Last, but not least, we are proud to be a founding member of the Dutch Media Innovators network, launched at IBC 2015: a collaboration of Dutch media companies & the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (Dutch government) with the goal to foster business activities in California, USA. IBC 2015 has been fantastic! We’d like to thank everyone who helped us making this event so successful and we’re already looking forward to IBC 2016 in our hometown Amsterdam!