Published May 3rd, 2017
RTÉ today announced its plans to develop the next generation RTÉ Player, Ireland’s number one broadcaster video-on-demand service. It is expected that the new service will be launched before the end of the year.
The redeveloped RTÉ Player will be RTÉ’s multi-channel television and video platform, designed and re-imagined for how Irish audiences watch television and video content online. It will be a world-class online television and video destination that seamlessly blends the audience content needs across live and on-demand with a curated, personalised service, with new features and functionality.
The new RTÉ Player experience will be a gateway into a world of great content, from box-sets and curated on-demand libraries across 10 genres, to exciting new original RTÉ Player shorts, as well as the ability to enjoy RTÉ’s live channels on any screen.
Delivering a multi-platform experience, the redeveloped RTÉ Player will be available across web, iOS, Android, connected TVs and OTT services, including Saorview, Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV.
RTÉ’s lead partner for the delivery of the project is Fincons Group. The global IT Business Consulting company has over 30 years’ experience as a broadband and broadcast service partner and has worked with many leading companies including Sky and the largest Italian commercial broadcaster, Mediaset, as consultant and integration partner for their video solutions and OTT platform rollouts.
RTÉ and Fincons Group will also work with the Dutch-based TV app development company 24i, an internet TV app company, which powers apps for leading brands like Viacom, Fuse media and Sinclair. Discovery and personalisation provider ContentWise will integrate its content personalisation solution.
RTÉ Player will benefit from the combination of Fincons Group’s design and integration, 24i’s unified UI front-end expertise and ContentWise’s user experience automation capabilities.
Múirne Laffan, RTÉ’s Chief Digital Officer, said: “The delivery of the next generation RTÉ Player is hugely important for RTÉ’s future. It is a sophisticated proposition that will position us to meet evolving audience expectations and compete within a highly competitive, globalised media environment.”
Aoife Byrne, Director of Content & Products for RTÉ’s digital division, said: “In order to meet the changing needs of our audiences, we are transforming RTÉ Player from being a pure catch-up TV service to being a world-class live and on-demand online TV and video platform. Irish audiences will continue to be able to catch up on their favourite show, but with the next-generation RTÉ Player we will soon be offering so much more: on-demand libraries with hundreds of great titles from across the genres; great box-sets to binge on, and brand new short-form content, exclusive to RTÉ Player. Audiences will also be able to enjoy RTÉ’s television channels live, on any screen.”
“As well as delivering on our audience’s content needs, we want next-generation RTÉ Player to deliver a superb streaming experience. To achieve this, we are working with our delivery partners Fincons Group, 24i and ContentWise who are hugely experienced in delivering world-class online TV and video platforms. We are rebuilding the product from the ground up to ensure technical reliability, and we will also be adding some great new features and functionality such as live restart and autoplay to make watching great TV and video even better” added Aoife Byrne.
Michele Moretti, CEO at Fincons Group, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing our tailored solutions and wealth of experience to support such a key strategic project for a national media like RTÉ,designing and integrating a future-proof OTT solution which will efficiently provide a seamless and compelling multiscreen user experience. Building on our extensive experience working with the major international players, this project further confirms our footprint in the media and broadcast sector.”
For reference, please contact:
Marika MacCarvill, Communications Manager, RTÉ Digital
Tel: 00 353 1 208 4665 / 00 353 86 171 2568
About RTÉ Player:
RTÉ Player is Ireland’s number-one broadcaster video-on-demand service, continuing to attract record-level audiences. Last month (March 2017) was the strongest month ever for RTÉ Player, attracting its highest level of viewers for any month to date, serving over 5.3 million streams and attracting over 2.1 million unique browsers. January and February this year were also the strongest on record for their respective months.
In 2016, RTÉ Player attracted its highest level of audiences, serving over 50 million streams, which represents an additional 10 million streams or 26% increase on 2015. In 2016, the popular online service delivered an average of 4.2 million streams per month, and an average of 1.7 million unique browsers per month, with both figures up 30% on the previous year.
Signifying changing viewing habits, live viewing on RTÉ Player was up by 74% on 2015 volumes, with 20% of monthly streams being live in 2016. Of the 2 million streams served for Euro 2016, 1.5 million streams were live.
RTÉ Player’s offering continued to evolve in 2016, moving away from being a purely catch-up service, with the commissioning of more online-exclusive content and extra content around some the most popular RTÉ Television series and events of the year, as well as the addition of new permanent content hubs, including Doc Hub, Food Hub and Arts Hub. Together the online extras and exclusive shorts on RTÉ Player attracted over 3 million streams.
Apr 05, 2017
We are pleased to share the latest news from 24i with you, announcing that Brynhild Vinskei is joining the executive board of the leading TV app specialist, 24i. More details in the press release below.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, February 16th 2017 – 24i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, today announced the appointment of former Xstream executive, Brynhild Vinskei, as Chief Markets Officer. In her new role, she will head the global Sales and Marketing activities for the company and play an instrumental role in the strategic development, expansion and growth of the company globally.
"We are delighted to welcome Brynhild as Chief Markets Officer at 24i.” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i. “Brynhild brings extraordinary business expertise and marketing leadership, and is recognized in the industry for developing and executing strategies that have accelerated growth and created significant brand value.Her insight and industry knowledge will help us elevate the 24i brand, enable us to respond to the increasing demand for our services globally, and drive revenue growth across our entire product portfolio.” Hans Disch, 24i’s CSO, adds to that: “Brynhild is the personification of the new phase 24i has reached in successfully executing its global growth strategy. Martijn and I look forward to work with Brynhild and our executive management team, as we continue our enterprise, focused on our joint ambition of changing the future of TV – and realize it."
In her most recent position as Chief Marketing Officer at Xstream, she helped establish the company as a leader in OTT solutions. In a career that spans 17 years, Brynhild has held senior positions managing all aspects of sales, marketing, partner management, communication, events, product marketing, strategic planning and business development. Under her leadership, 24i will continue to drive a stronger global market presence and strengthen strategic partnerships with customers and partners.
Speaking of her new appointment, Brynhild Vinskei says "I am thrilled to be joining the 24i team at such a pivotal time in the company’s history. 24i has been growing extensively over the past few years and is well poised for its continued growth ambitions, helping customers to create highly flexible, personalized and cost-effective TV app solutions across all devices. The consistent 50% yearly growth in sales, achieved through its innovative product stack, validates its commitment and passion to offer their customers future proof, best-in-breed technology. I look forward to applying my expertise to leverage industry trends and drive revenue growth, while being a part of an incredibly innovative, ambitious and close team."
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, 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, Madrid and Brno.
Mar 28, 2018
The companies’ combined capabilities will create greater value for customers and set the pace in a fast-evolving industry
May 09, 2018