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Nov 09, 2018

News

24I MEDIA NAMED ONE OF THE 101 COMPANIES THAT MATTER THE MOST IN ONLINE VIDEO

24i Media is super excited and proud to join the prestigious list of 101 companies that matter the most in online video.   The annual Streaming Media 101 list is recognized as a key benchmark of the most innovative and influential companies in the online video space. The publication focused on companies who provide technologies to enable content publishing, and those listed were chosen as having the greatest influence in the streaming media industry. From an initial list of all the companies they were aware of, under consideration, the judges selected the top 101 by the current contributions these companies are making to the online video industry. The final list helps show where the industry is headed and who is driving that movement. At 24i Media, we’re proud to be recognized by Streaming Media’s panel of industry experts as one of those making a genuine impact in the marketplace. We are honoured to share the space on this prestigious list with heavyweights such as Amazon Web Services, Nagra, Sky, Akamai, Google and many more. This recognition acknowledges 24i’s position as one of the leading companies within the streaming media industry and confirms our relentless dedication and commitment to providing best-in-class technology framework for delivery of flexible, personalized and scalable video streaming applications on all devices to our customer across the world. Review the list of the 101 companies that matter the most in online video here.
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Nov 06, 2018

News

You are invited! OTT Day in Los Angeles, nov 15th (free-to-attend)

The streaming video industry is transforming the way content is created and consumed. Digital media consumers across generations are increasingly in the driver’s seat—and their expectations to content, quality and user experience, are at an all-time high. Some major shifts are now occurring. What are the implications for technology, media, and telecommunications companies? Join us at the free-to-attend OTT Day in Los Angeles on November 15th, 8:30am-1:30pm at the W Hotel West Beverly Hills, where we look further into this and also at Innovations in TV, what does the future of Internet TV services look like? The OTT Day will feature a series of keynotes from industry thought leaders who will address key issues facing the industry today and in the future, challenges and opportunities, new markets and technologies and much more. Register today The event brings together networks, digital media publishers, distributors and technology executives representing a 360 view of the OTT ecosystem. Presentations will cover topics ranging from business models and devices to streaming media technologies that will define and shape TV today and into the future. What to expect: Be inspired by a wide range of presentations from highly respected, industry thought leaders Get updated on the latest trends and future of streaming media  Strengthen and enhance your network with industry peers in an exclusive and relaxed setting Share experiences, best practices, and know-how A fabulous networking lunch & delicious coffee breaks Secure your ticket to the OTT Day in Los Angeles today and gain a 360 degree view of the OTT ecosystem. Proudly hosted by
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Nov 02, 2018

Blog

Sports drive global live TV streaming to 54% YoY growth

Research by Conviva has revealed what the company calls ‘staggering’ growth in global TV streaming. According to the Conviva State of the Streaming TV Industry Report for Q3 2018, viewers are increasingly demanding a seamless streaming experience, and publishers are rising to the challenge to deliver higher overall quality of experience. It showed that there has been a 52% jump in plays and 63% growth in total viewing hours recorded year-over-year (YoY), including a major increase in traffic during the World Cup football tournament. As viewers become more demanding, they were less tolerant of a poor experience, and were seen to be shifting to platforms and devices that offer a better experience, trading PC viewing in favor of connected TVs and individual publisher apps for virtual multichannel video programming distributor (MVPDs) with bundled offerings. Virtual MVPDs are becoming more attractive, with 292% more plays and 212% more viewing hours YoY in the U.S., drawing significant share away from publisher apps by offering bundled content with better quality delivery, resulting in higher engagement. The measurement shows that connected TVs now form more than 50% of global viewing and virtual MVPDs make up 75% of all US viewing. mobile growth has slowed in favor of connected TVs, which experienced a 145% growth in plays and a 103% growth in viewing hours. The report also showed that live sports streaming has surged, as viewer confidence in streaming TV grows and providers deliver improved quality. NFL streaming in September alone accounted for roughly 3% of total streaming plays and viewing hours in the US, as more fans than ever elected to stream NFL games. Download the full report here
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Oct 26, 2018

Blog

Report: AVOD spend to double in next 5 years.

Ad-funded VOD (AVOD) is outpacing other paid media with spend set to double to $47 billion (€41.2bn) by 2023 worldwide, according to WARC’s latest Global Ad Trends report.

More broadly, both consumer and advertiser investment in OTT platforms is rising: globally, spend is projected to reach $129.3 billion in the next five years.

As a medium, AVOD is still young, though notable examples of Hulu, HBO Now, and Sony’s Crackle, as well as reported interest from Amazon, hint at its future power.

Compared to other paid media in WARC’s International Ad Forecast, AVoD is growing faster. The expected $23.8 billion in brand investment that AVoD will receive this year equates to a 5.2 per cent share of global adspend, but spend has increased year-on-year. As a percentage of total OTT spend (estimated by Digital TV Research at $68.7 billion this year – up 29 per cent from 2017), AVoD will account for 34.7 per cent.

“Consumers’ voracious appetite for video content anywhere, on any device, has been propelled by SVoD services such as Netflix. But it is AVoD platforms which present the opportunity for advertisers to marry rich consumer data with pinpoint targeting during engaging content,” says James McDonald, Data Editor, WARC. “This is why AT&T and Amazon are exploring moves into the AVOD sector next year, with the ultimate aim of taking the lion’s share of a market expected to be worth $47 billion by 2023.”

At the strategic level, consumers’ appetite for cross-device streaming is creating an impact. A full 81 per cent of consumers now say it is important that they can watch TV programmes whenever they want.

The wide array of publisher specs, insufficient lead time required to track down all creative assets and a lack of standardised measurement when buying cross-channel audience-based inventory are cited as major concerns by practitioners.

As a result, OTT is not currently front of mind when building media strategies; just a quarter (26 per cent) of US CMOs regard OTT as either very or extremely important to their plans. This despite evidence showing integrated campaigns are 31 per cent more effective at brand building.

Source: Report: AVOD spend to double in next 5 years

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Oct 03, 2018

Blog

Global subscriptions to grow by 505 million

Global pay TV and SVOD subscriptions will reach 1,877 million by 2023. This total is up by 505 million (37%) from 1,372 million at end-2017. The global OTT juggernaut is rolling on and over the next five years will be boosted by a spike in business across emerging markets, especially in China, according to Digital TV Research SVOD subscriptions will more than double between 2017 and 2023, but traditional pay TV will only add 94 million subscribers. The US will have 289 million subscriptions by 2023; up from 222 million at end- 2017. Due to cord-cutting, traditional pay TV subscriptions will fall by 10 million to 80 million. However, multiple subscriptions will push the SVOD total from 132 million to 208 million. Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, said: “China is the brightest star by adding 171 million subscriptions during this period to take its total to 610 million. Its pay TV total will “only” grow by 32 million to 375 million, but SVOD will rocket by 138 million to 235 million subscriptions. India will add a further 49 million pay TV and SVOD subscriptions to take its total to 210 million in 2023.” Subscription revenues will only increase by 11% ($25.2 billion) to total $251 billion between 2017 and 2023. Traditional pay TV revenues will drop by $18.5 billion to $183 billion. However, SVOD revenues will climb by $43.7 billion to $69 billion. SVOD’s share of the total will increase from 11% in 2017 to 27% in 2023. The currently burgeoning subscription video-on-demand arena shows no signs of slowing down and the analyst notes that after taking over the lion’s share of revenues in the sector in 2016, SVOD’s share of total business will increase to 53% in 2023, a six-percentage point growth in six years. This would mean that SVOD revenues would have rocketed climb by nearly $44 billion between 2017 and 2023 to reach $69 billion. The US will remain the subscription revenue leader despite its total falling from $108 billion in 2017 to $105 billion in 2023. Pay TV subscription revenues will drop by $20 billion, with SVOD additions not quite high enough to make up the shortfall. It is important to note that these figures are gross subscriptions. One household can have more than one subscription. For example, a household subscribing to pay satellite TV and Netflix would be counted as two subscriptions. Some homes pay for more than one SVOD platform Source: Digital TV Research
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Sep 11, 2018

Blog

Getting the most out of your Big Screen OTT experience

Televisions are often the big center piece of a living room. Chairs are faced towards the device, usually a table for drinks in front of it, and nice speakers attached for the best home-cinema experience. Which means it would be a shame if you are not present on the big screen. How can you compete with the likes of Netflix, HBO GO and Amazon Prime Video, when it comes to bringing video into the living room -- if you don’t actually have a SmartTV app?

Blog post by Matthijs Langendijk, Software Developer at 24i
The thing with SmartTV applications, what people often forget, is that televisions are actually not that smart. They are big, immobile devices taking up a big space in your room. You’re forced to point a small remote to it, which often does not work all that well. And last, they are often just terribly slow. Unless you are willing to pay big bucks for the latest high-end model, of course. So how do you develop applications for such a peculiar device? What are some of the pitfalls and which kind of elements do you use most. In short: how do you provide the best experience to your users? Down below we will go over some of these pitfalls and elements. It should give you a pretty clear idea how you can get the most out of your big screen OTT experience. Simplicity Let’s face it. Everybody looks at Netflix. They are simply the biggest out there, and have the biggest budget to spend. That also means that Netflix is typically on the cutting edge when it comes to user experiences. They do a lot of A/B testing, and gain a lot of user insight very quick (due to their massive user base). This allows Netflix to respond to what works and what does not, at an amazing pace. Any party can however learn from this. We can learn from the experience that has proven to be working, and adapt it to provide our own OTT experience. Copying does not always mean it is bad. What Netflix does really well on the big screen, is actually quite simple. They do as little as possible. Through a lot of tests, it has become clear that users find navigating on televisions rather clunky. Providing a simple to use navigation flow, allows users to quickly find content that matters to them. Users spend less and less time navigating to content, and more time actually watching it. This means: don’t provide the user with overly complex user interfaces. Stick with simple carousels, hero displays and video cards. Simplicity in SmartTV apps, is by all means, key. Showing the right content Now that you have an easy to use interface, you still have to interest users in actually watching something. Providing carefully selected amounts of content is really important here. You wouldn’t spend much time in an app if all that was visible was Hello Kitty videos. Then again, who am I to question your preference. What I’m trying to say is quite simple: tailor the experience towards individual users or user groups. You want to spark interest of the user by showing content similar to what has been used already. If a user has watched a lot of sports, you will want to show more sports related content. This would translate to one or more recommended content rows. Typically shown as soon as the user enters the application. It often leads to a shorter time-to-watch. Next to related content, there are obviously more ways to spark a users’ interest. You will obviously want to show them content that they have not finished watching yet. A so-called ‘continue watching’ row is usually one of the starting points for users. Lastly, you can use rows or even hero displays to showcase content that is specifically important to you. Things like newly added items, very popular content and even things like live channels. As long as they are tailored for specific users, they do justice. If they are just ‘thrown’ onto the page, users often skip the row quickly and resort to content closer to their liking. In short: know your audience. Interconnectivity People watch content everywhere. Whether they are at home in bed on their laptop, in the train on a smartphone or in the living room with a big-ass television -- your content is (and should be) available everywhere. This opens up for some most user-friendly experiences. SmartTVs are characterised as big and clunky, and uneasy to use. So why don’t we try to solve that with a device that is much more user friendly? This is where interconnectivity comes into place. From a user perspective, it is really nice to start watching on my phone from the kitchen. Perhaps while cooking dinner. At some point, dinner will be ready and I am making my way to the living room (who eats dinner without television nowadays). This is when I will want to continue watching on my big screen. It should remember position, and seamlessly transfer from smartphone to television. By allowing this, you are leveraging your platforms to their maximum potential. They are completing each other and make the experience that much better. Another interconnectivity aspect is really important -- especially when it comes to dealing with SmartTV. We can solve one of the most annoying pitfalls that SmartTV offers: navigation. Have you ever tried to enter your full email address or password with a tv-remote? It can take hours! Let alone you have to register for a new account, entering your residential details and what-not. Moving these to the easier-to-use devices, will improve the SmartTV experience a lot. It means introducing things like connect-code features, which allows users to connect to a TV through their smartphone or personal computer. This allows you to remove some of the nasty SmartTV experiences, and replace them with a much nicer experience. Summing up There are a lot of sides to making a big screen application work well. Keeping a simplistic user interface, showing the specific content users will like, and improving the user experience across devices are just some of those sides. And I have only gone over them at a very high level -- there are a lot more details that make your big screen application a success. But this should be a good start to get you going. Meet with 24i at IBC Would you like to know what 24i can do to help you get the most out of your OTT experience? We are at IBC this weekend from September 13th to September 18th. You can meet us at booth 14.A39. And who knows, perhaps together we can lift your OTT experience to a whole new level. Schedule a meeting with us at IBC
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Aug 27, 2018

Blog

Myths and realities of the OTT Business

Today’s rapidly evolving streaming video ecosystem continues to change and evolve at a breakneck pace. This has intensified now that the platform and tech giants are part of the competition, investing billions in content. The most significant impact to consumers and creators alike is that we have evolved from a world of limited options to one of almost infinite choice. And with this overwhelming amount of choice, consumers now gravitate not only toward the most resonant content, but also the most engaging experiences. At the Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen on September 27th, Ben Keen, Advisor and Analyst, Technology, Media and Telecoms, will offer insights into some if the myths and realities of the OTT business. Insight that will guide and help companies to stay relevant in this dynamic industry and build a competitive advantage. To succeed in the future that’s taking shape, companies must revisit every aspect of what they do and how they do it. They must look identify realities vs myths to go ‘above and beyond’ in how they envision their business, generate revenues, create and organise their capabilities and build and retain trust from the consumer. And given the pace and scale of change under way, speed is vital. Standing still is not an option. Nordic TV Summit we’ll take a look at the trends, technologies, consumer habits and innovations shaping the internet TV industry in the Nordics and beyond. With a phenomenal speaker line-up, featuring a stellar line-up of C-level speakers from the likes of iflix, TV2 Denmark, Altibox, Viaplay, AMC Networks, Endemol Shine Group, Filmstruck, and many more. Nordic TV Summit is recognized by industry professionals as one of the most important events in the OTT Calendar. Nordic TV Summit 2018 will inspire, excite, entertain and provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and network to take your business to the next level. You’ll meet industry disruptors, be inspired by the leading minds and thinkers in the industry and gain unique industry insight. Don’t miss out- Secure your ticket today at www.nordictvsummit.com [embed]https://vimeo.com/237538772[/embed]
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Aug 23, 2018

Blog

AMC Networks: Reinventing and launching new brands for emerging platforms

The media and entertainment industry are undergoing a significant transformation driven by rapid advancements in technology, changing consumer habits, the rise of new competitors and different business models. The ability to adapt and innovate is crucial for media and entertainment companies if they are to win in this new environment. At the Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen on September 27th,  Marco Frazier, SVP, International Distribution – Digital & New Platforms, AMC Networks International will offer insights into how to reinvent entertainment brands and launch entirely new services to under-served audiences. The session will explore the importance of harnessing expert curators, embracing fan communities and developing compelling content to appeal to a wide range of audiences in today’s competitive landscape. Marco Frazier is Senior Vice President, International Distribution – Digital and New Platforms, AMC Networks International (AMCNI).  In this position, Frazier oversees worldwide distribution of AMC Networks International’s linear channels with new and digital media platforms. At the annual Nordic TV Summit we’ll take a look at the trends, technologies, consumer habits and innovations shaping the internet TV industry in the Nordics and beyond. With a phenomenal speaker line-up, featuring a stellar line-up of C-level speakers from the likes of iflix, TV2 Denmark, Altibox, Viaplay, AMC Networks, Endemol Shine Group, Filmstruck, and many more. Nordic TV Summit is recognized by industry professionals as one of the most important events in the OTT Calendar. Nordic TV Summit 2018 will inspire, excite, entertain and provide you with the knowledge, inspiration and network to take your business to the next level. You’ll meet industry disruptors, be inspired by the leading minds and thinkers in the industry and gain unique industry insight. Don’t miss out- Secure your ticket today at www.nordictvsummit.com - powered by 24i
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Jul 19, 2018

Events

Meet 24i Media at IBC 2018

  Looking to boost the value of your premium video content? Meet with 24i at IBC, booth 14.A39 and learn how you can amplify the value of your video content by creating stunning, personalized, interactive experiences that connect with your audience on every screen across every network. In addition to experiencing first-hand how you can leverage our technology and in-depth experience of creating stunning, personalized Internet TV apps across all devices, here are some more reasons why you should meet with 24i at IBC: Flexible and Powerful technology: Come see live how the world’s largest brands use our products and technology to create stunning, personalized internet TV Apps for all devices. Be inspired by some of our deployed customer solutions, including Fox Sports, NPO, Videoland, Nordisk Film, RTL, Pathe and others, and discover how we’ve helped leading brands across the world deliver state-of-the-art OTT apps. Cutting- edge CMS designed to empower 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 recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. Discover more. A solution tailored to your needs, whether you’re looking for an off-the-shelf template solution or fully customized solution, we got you covered Awesome People, we very proud to have an amazing team of extremely talented and fun people at 24i, pop by our booth for a coffee and chat and see for yourself.   To schedule a meeting, send us an email at marketing@24i.com or fill out the form here. Turn viewers into fans! Just about all aspects of the OTT industry are being massively restructured. Rapid changes in technology, user behavior, and business models have created a gap between how consumers want to experience and pay for entertainment & media and how companies produce and distribute their offerings. Visit 24i at IBC, booth 14.A39 & discover first-hand how our proven technology and in-depth expertise can help you reduce the gap and turn viewers into fans, empowering you to increase efficiency, reduce cost and set your business up to deliver a richer, personalized, TV experience across all devices and platforms. Stop by our booth to meet with the team and see live demonstrations of services powered by 24i including NPO, Fuse Media, Globo, Fox Sports, Pathe, Nordisk Film, Videoland and many more! Join us for Drinks! 24i and Comcast Technology Solutions are delighted to invite you to join us for delicious Mojito or a tasty Gin & Tonic, handcrafted by the fabulous shaker boys while networking and talking about all things video! When & Where Sunday, Sept. 16th 4:00pm-6:00pm Booth 14.A49, IBC, Amsterdam For media request, demo and analyst briefings book a meeting with our Chief Marketing Officer, Brynhild Vinskei Attend IBC on us! Register for IBC in Amsterdam free of charge using our guest code 19732   
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May 30, 2018

News

Join us at Nordic TV Summit 2018

Nordic TV Summit, taking place in Copenhagen, September 27, is the leading event focused on the Internet TV ecosystem in the Nordic region and beyond. It is where the industry meets & greets, shares experiences and gets inspired. You will learn from expert speakers, marketers, broadcasters, publishers and leaders moving the needle in the OTT ecosystem. At Nordic TV Summit 2018 we explore the future of TV, the future of content, distribution and aggregation – and how the industry can adjust to new realities and thrive in the era of hyper-competition. Join industry thought-leaders for a timely look at how the industry needs to adapt and evolve to turn their viewers into loyal fans and attract new fans. So, don't miss your chance to rub elbows with some of the most influential people in the OTT industry- Register today for the 2018 Nordic TV Summit. "Each year, there is no conference I look forward to more. It has a unique character with an original line-up of thought-provoking speakers. But, above all, it is great fun!" Ben Keen, Analyst & Advisor, Technology, Media & Telecoms [embed]https://vimeo.com/237538772[/embed] Unlike some other industry events, Nordic TV Summit is carefully designed to encourage networking. No sales pitches. The Summit is dedicated to bring together the people who really matter to meet in a lively yet intimate environment that allows access and privacy to build and grow relationships and partnerships. Oh, and not to forget— you get to join what is being recognized as the industry’s best party. Nordic TV Summit is an international one-day conference that promise to inspire, educate, motive and give profound insight into the use of Internet TV in Scandinavia & globally, showcase of OTT and TV Everywhere solutions, innovative technology, impact of new technology, the new subscriber, Internet TV monetizing and much more. Consider Being a Sponsor!? Planning is well underway, registrations are open, some awesome speakers are confirmed, and now we’re delighted to invite sponsors to join. Sponsorship opportunities are limited and will go fast, so contact us soon to receive the sponsor packages or schedule a call to get more information: contact us at nordictvsummit@24i.com Keep up with us on Twitter @NordicTVSummit, or make sure to visit the official Nordic TV Summit website, and stay tuned for more information about Nordic TV Summit 2018, the Internet TV event you cannot afford to miss! We're looking forward to seeing you in Copenhagen for the annual Nordic TV Summit, September 27th!
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May 09, 2018

Press

24i Media acquires Mautilus

Amsterdam, May 9th, 2018 - 24i Media, the leading internet TV app technology provider for the world’s top media companies, today announces the acquisition of Mautilus, the Czech TV app agency specializing in HbbTV and applications for multiple devices. The acquisition strengthens 24i’s technology framework with new products and features, and increases its production capacity with Mautilus’ highly-skilled engineers. The acquisition of Mautilus is the next step in 24i’s ambition to deliver the most innovative, modular, flexible and scalable video streaming application technology. “Mautilus shares our vision and recognizes the importance of delivering flawless and immersive experiences for our clients and their end-users. Its solutions strongly complement the broader 24i portfolio, and allows us to continue building a global internet TV app powerhouse with the best talent in the industry,” said Martijn van Horssen, CEO and Co-Founder of 24i. “We are excited to be adding a tremendously talented team to contribute to our competitive edge. Sharing our values, our culture and our ongoing commitment to bringing state-of-the-art solutions to the new TV industry will allow 24i to bring even more powerful solutions to market. As one company, we will provide customers with truly innovative solutions enabled by cutting-edge technologies.” 24i continues to grow and expand its position in today’s evolving video landscape. While 2017 was a year of record growth, this trend is continuing into 2018. In fact, Mautilus is 24i’s second acquisition in 2018; the company acquired multiscreen video platform provider Vigour in March. “Innovation, agility and the ability to scale are crucial ingredients to surf the impressive waves caused by the TV industry’s fundamental changes. We’ve been able to accelerate our growth by picking partners that strengthen our strategic positioning. We always strive to attract great media professionals, whether individually or by teaming up with highly valued peers like Mautilus. Based on our successful integration with the former Siemens CVC front-end team in 2016, we are convinced of the value creation and cross-pollination of our teams in Brno,” added 24i’s Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Hans Disch. Mautilus develops TV apps for multiple platforms, including smart TVs, mobile, HbbTV, as well as for games consoles, set-top-boxes, and much more. Its customers include HBO, T-Mobile, iFlix and Showmax. “Joining forces with 24i will allow us to better serve our customers by offering an innovative approach to streaming video technology,” said Rehor Vykoupil, CEO of Mautilus. “The combination will allow us to provide the best solutions to our customers, and will be a great home for our technology and team. With our unique blend of multi-platform experience, specific HbbTV expertise and knowledge of addressable TV, we can strengthen and accelerate 24i’s ambition of becoming the most recognized technology provider for developing cutting-edge video applications across all devices. Petr Mazanec, Ivan Bradac and myself, as founders of Mautilus, are really proud to marry our team into the 24i family.” Having experienced rapid growth in 2018, as well as announcing the launch of the Tennis Channel app for Sinclair Broadcasting Group last month, 24i will continue to expand its market position in the coming months.
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Apr 07, 2018

News

24i to Showcase cutting-edge OTT apps at NAB 2018

At our booth #SU9301CM at NAB, we will demonstrate our technology innovations and we welcome visitors to get a wide-ranging demo of our turnkey Internet TV app products and experience services powered by 24i including; NPO, Fuse Media, the Tennis Channel, HiDive, Edge TV, Globo, and many more! Schedule a meeting with us today or stop by our booth to learn more. At NAB we will showcase our comprehensive suite of innovative products, including: SmartOTT Backstage 24i’s 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 recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. SmartOTT 24i’s off-the-shelf white- label product empowering customers to remove complexity from their IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables customers to simplify syndication and deliver their live and on-demand TV & video content to any screen. Learn more SmartOperator 24i’s TV Anywhere front-end solution for TV operators. It is an off-the-shelf product that offers an innovative and uniform user experience across a range of devices. Learn more SmartTemplate For partners who need a standardized front-end solution at the lowest cost but with maximum quality, stability and innovation. This build- once, deploy-everywhere Internet TV app template offers your clients easy access to the OTT market space. Learn more SmartApp a product customized completely to 24i’s customer needs by supporting each client’s specific TV and OTT strategy, requirements, brand and technology integrations. Our in-depth knowledge and expertise with creating and deploying internet TV Apps, streaming video and interactive TV enables us to develop tailor-made solutions with cutting edge functionalities, realizing truly competitive advantages and strategic value for their customers. Learn more. MARK YOUR CALENDAR!! Don’t miss our CEO’s presentations on best practices in OTT Maximizing the Value of Content Across All Platforms. When: Monday April 9th, 11:00am-11:30am Where: CMIP Presentation Theater SU13205CM Add to your NABShow planner CM|IP Debate: How Do We Build a Compelling User Experience? When: Monday April 9th, 1:00pm-1:45pm Where: CMIP Presentation Theater SU13205CM Add to your NABShow planner           We are delighted to invite you to kick off NAB with industry peers in one of the finest suites in Vegas.  The event is free to attend. Just sign up here to request your ticket. Where & When Penthouse Suite at Nobu hotel at Caesars Palace Sunday April 8th, from 5pm-8pm. 24i Media’s turnkey solution to build and launch OTT Apps comes with a wealth of features and innovations. Designed to accelerate time to market, reduce cost, simplify deployment and optimize personalization and monetization across all devices and brands. 24i enables operators, content owners and broadcasters to expand, scale and grow their Internet TV offerings with flexible and powerful OTT Apps. Moreover, with the newly announced acquisition of Vigour, a leading multiscreen video platform provider, 24i is speeding up its focus on innovation and growth.
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Mar 28, 2018

Press

24i acquires Vigour to accelerate innovation and growth in OTT multiscreen solutions

The companies’ combined capabilities will create greater value for customers and set the pace in a fast-evolving industry

  Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 28, 2018: 24i Media, an industry-leading streaming applications developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced that it has acquired Vigour, a leading multiscreen video platform provider. The acquisition further enhances 24i’s leadership position globally and accelerates its innovation and growth, with its technology platform at the heart of its ambitions. Dutch video technology providers 24i and Vigour have joined forces to build a powerful, innovation driven partnership within the global market that will develop foundational multiscreen solutions to meet the evolving needs of today’s digital subscribers. With the acquisition of Vigour, 24i executes on its vision to drive innovation for video application technology, grow its international market share and build the most talented team in the industry. For Vigour, the acquisition provides an opportunity to expand the reach of its unique multiscreen vision across a much larger network, within an environment that provides the optimal operational conditions for the execution of a shared vision. “Reaching consumers regardless of the devices they use is crucial in securing their long-term business. The more devices they use, the more hours of content they will consume, and the more value they will gain from their subscription. In pursuit of these goals, the rate of innovation has accelerated considerably over the last few years,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “Our acquisition of Vigour strengthens our ability to lead this innovation curve and provide attractive, cutting edge applications that empower our customers to deliver immersive experiences for their subscribers across any device.” [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=54_KRdlfVd8&feature=youtu.be[/embed] 24i’s module-based technology framework allows broadcasters, operators and media companies to create and launch personalized streaming services on all screens, tailored to their needs. “Our platform is like a giant box of Lego, where customers can build their own apps with our state-of-the-art components, or they can purchase a fully completed package,” Martijn commented. “This is a tremendous step forward for 24i and our growth as a company. Bringing together our two companies ties directly to 24i’s strategy to deliver valuable outcomes to our customers and to extend our leadership in the rapidly expanding market for personalized cloud TV and video app technology. Together, our strong engineering talent, leading technology and deep video app expertise will unlock incredible innovation, choice and value for customers around the world. We warmly welcome the Vigour team and its leading technology expertise to 24i.” Martijn added. "At Vigour we have always worked from vision and content," said Ramon Duivenvoorden, CEO at Vigour Duivenvoorden. "We are enormously driven by innovation to push the boundaries in the way we deal with technology and media in our daily lives. The acquisition by 24i offers us the opportunity to pursue this shared vision together with much more power, resources and scope." The acquisition will result in a unique combination of Vigour’s innovation, design, and engineering expertise with 24i’s industry knowledge, platform and full range of solutions and technology. The combination will enable the creation of an integrated set of flexible products for creating cross-screen, personalized Internet TV applications, better positioning 24i to help companies rapidly develop OTT business models and capture new revenue streams in the high-growth and fast evolving market. Together with newly acquired Vigour, 24i will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, booth SU9301CM, April 9-12. Visitors are welcome to drop by the booth or book a meeting to discover how they can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from competitors and capitalize on 24i’s flexible and proven solutions.
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Mar 28, 2018

Press

24i Media realizes strong growth globally

Revenue grows 70% in 2017, profitably topping $5M Amsterdam (The Netherlands), March 15th, 2017 – 24i Media, an industry-leading Internet TV app developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced yet another year of record growth. The success in 2017 has been driven by signing up more than 20 new customers, including leading brands such as Tennis Channel, Entel, EdgeTV and RTÉ 2017 was a strong year for 24i Media, both in terms of growth in new customers and new partners, but also in staff and revenue, with a whopping 70% growth. This powerful momentum will continue in 2018, as the company is taking new strategic initiatives to bolster its technology innovation and global growth. “The acquisition of the Siemens CVC front-end team to support the increasing demands for our services is a big success and saw its full value in 2017. The team is now fully integrated into 24i and we’re looking forward to significantly expand our team in 2018,” said Hans Disch, Chief Strategy Officer at 24i. “With the new strategic initiatives and opportunities that we’re working on, we’ll continue to combine our very strong autonomous growth with targeted acquisitions, to be better equipped than ever to take the front-seat in technology innovation in the OTT industry.” Underscoring demand for its flexible and proven technology, Amsterdam based 24i has witnessed a 282% revenue growth over the last three years. In 2017 the company grew with about 70%. With this growth 24i also secured a spot on the prestigious Inc.5000 list of the fastest growing companies in EMEA in 2017. The list, seen as a ‘celebration of innovation’ and a distinguished ‘network of entrepreneurial leaders’, honors private companies that have achieved significant overall staff and revenue growth over a three-year period. “Making the Inc.5000 list is a testament to 24i’s ability to innovate and introduce new solutions to a market that is constantly evolving at an unbelievable pace. I am thrilled and proud of the 24i Team which has grown in leaps and bounds in talent and has continued to provide unparalleled service to our ever-increasing number of forward-thinking clients across the globe," said Martijn Van Horssen, 24i’s Chief Executive Officer. “We feel great about our set up for 2018 and our ability to continue delivering record-setting results and our plans and ambitions to keep surprising the industry with technology innovation.” The company also significantly expanded its client base across both broadcasters, media companies and operators, including signing recognized corporates and brands, such as Sinclair Broadcasting Group, NPO, RTE, Entel, Globo and the Tennis Channel. 24i strengthened its position in all geographic markets, especially EMEA, North America and Latin America. 24i Media’s growth continues to be fueled by strong market demand for their proven technology framework for the development and deployment of leading Internet TV app solutions. Meet 24i Media at NAB, booth SU9301CM
24i Media will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, booth SU9301CM, April 9-12 and welcomes visitors to drop by their booth or book a meeting to discover how they can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from competitors and capitalize on 24i’s flexible and proven solutions.
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Feb 21, 2018

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US SVoD to reach 125mi subscribers in 2018

The overall US video and Pay-TV market continues its healthy overall growth and is set to reach $140 billion by the end of 2018, according to Futuresource Consulting. Whilst the US is a global leader in digital adoption, it continues to have a well-balanced market overall, with an array of formats, platforms, services and business models that is unsurpassed globally. 2017 was characterized by many notable announcements and initiatives in the video and related media space; the introduction of Movies Anywhere increased the availability of 4K UHD content and renewed discussion surrounding digital movie release dates provide an intriguing backdrop for the market in 2018. In addition, the renewed push on direct-to consumer-services, media industry acquisitions and consolidation and regularity impact (e.g. Net Neutrality), will ensure that the landscape in 2018 will continue to evolve. Pay-TV, largely through increased ARPU rather than subscriber growth, is contributing the most to overall growth in wider video consumer spend, SVoD continues to provide an increasingly significant contribution. “The SVoD culture continues to strengthen, Futuresource estimates that there are now 125 million SVoD subscriptions in the USA,” said David Sidebottom, Principal Analyst at Futuresource Consulting. Although, consumer spending is still just 10% of the total Pay-TV market. Further growth is expected in 2018, driven by continued steady growth in established services and the quick expansion of a plethora of less established services, with platforms such as Amazon Channels helping drive this momentum. The Pay-TV sector remains immense at over $100 billion in 2017, although it remains challenged. The much-discussed cord-cutting phenomenon has been apparent in 2017 to a small extent, with subscriptions expected to fall by 1% once more in 2018. In the midst of cord-cutting, key Multiple-Service Operators (MSOs) in the market have developed Pay-TV lite services, combining the extended reach of SVoD with the scheduled component of Pay-TV. Broadband TV news
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Feb 13, 2018

Events

OTT Days in New York, Match 7 at the Yotel Hotel

We’re delighted to invite you to join the OTT Days in New York- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT taking place on March 7th from 1:00pm- 4:30pm at the Yotel Hotel. Be inspired by industry thought leaders including; 24i Media, Cleeng, Fincons Group and Comcast Technology Solutions.

Across a half day, the OTT Days event inNew York 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 New York is dedicated to exploring the OTT Ecosystem, providing attendees with a 360-degree insight into the entire OTT Ecosystem. The OTT Days event in New York imust-attendtend 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 New York is hosted by 24i Media, Cleeng Fincons Group and Comcast Technology Solutions. For more information about the OTT Days in New York and to register for free tickets, please visit www.ottdays.com
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Jan 25, 2018

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Online VR and kids’ VOD big in 2018

Technology
1.Voice technology won’t replace UI yet  Content discovery remains one of the most difficult tasks for service providers and their developments teams. While voice-based UI promises to provide the answers to this issue, it won’t replace visual UI in the near future, as serendipitous discovery is still a common journey for the majority of users. Key point: Although voice was one of the major themes for the broadcast industry in the 2017 and is increasingly becoming integrated into more video products, it’s still in its early years, and remains more of a special feature. In 2018, as more devices with voice capabilities enter the fore, it will become increasingly commonplace, but won’t fully replace visual UI. 2. Web VR will open VR to the masses 2017 saw another massive spike in the Virtual Reality (VR) hype machine. However, with the basic VR setup for Oculus and Vive still costing hundreds of pounds, the technology remains inaccessible for most consumers. There is also yet to be a compelling use case outside of gaming and education. Sony’s PlayStationVR (PSVR) did sell units in significant numbers in 2017. Web VR opens the door to VR content for the masses. Content through this platform can be accessed from channels where audiences already spend their time; slipping a phone into Google cardboard is a low barrier for audiences wanting to try out a VR experience. Web VR headsets are now becoming more and more affordable, which is set to further drive adoption in 2018. Key point: Web VR will allow for affordable experimentation with VR until the mass market decides it’s ready for full VR experiences 3. Blockchain will change distribution models Blockchain is now as much discussed, and hyped, as VR. As momentum builds, 2018 could be the year where blockchain really adds value to VoD services. Netflix, Amazon and other large video services are currently the main gatekeepers for video distribution and monetisation. Sites like Vimeo and YouTube may enable easy distribution of content, but don’t allow content creators to control their content and track how it is being used. Blockchain, with its secure, decentralised network, will allow creators to track and monetise their content, while building a direct relationship with their audience. Key point: Although it is still an emerging technology looking for its place in industry, video providers should be keeping an eye on blockchain to see how it might impact their business. The value of blockchain in VoD will emerge in how it can powerfully manage and track the rights of content. Content – delivery 4 VoD will continue to need to be part of a wider experience VoD services can no longer just present a bucket of stand-alone videos to entice audiences. Today’s viewers discover content in various places and they expect to do this on their own terms. Providing assets that can promote your content in the appropriate way on the right platform is paramount. For example, when publicising Blue Planet, the BBC created a huge range of supporting content that allowed consumers to begin to engage with the programme as they wished. As well as GIFs, memes and Snapchat stories, the BBC produced small ‘snackable’ versions of the narratives that were used on social networks to advertise the programme. An increasing number of content owners are adopting similar strategies. They are looking to support content early, and are recognising the impact trailers and imagery can have on the overall viewing experience. Key point: In 2018, we expect this trend to continue, as consumer expectations evolve.  Promoting a programme will require supporting content for specific platforms that allows viewers to learn about a programme on their own terms, at the right time. Video on demand providers will need to think about: what works on different platforms and devices? How can trailers and imagery be used more effectively on these platforms? What supporting content can be created early on that will allow consumers to interact with, and learn about, a show or a programme in their own terms? 5 Live sports rights will continue to reduce the need for live TV packages Sports have long been considered the last bastion for live TV, but audience behaviours have changed and many viewers are moving away from large cable packages where they’re forced to pay for channels they simply don’t watch. Social media networks and tech giants like Amazon are only fuelling this further by disrupting an already fragmenting sports broadcasting arena, purchasing the rights to several major live sporting events. Even Netflix Founder Reed Hastings refuses to rule out bringing live sport to the OTT platform. With this in mind, it remains to be seen what future live TV packages might look like. Key point: As we move into 2018, audiences will continue to demand content delivered in a package that works for them. This leaves the traditional expensive aggregators of TV in a vulnerable position, especially with younger audiences. 6 Kids’ TV will be a focus for most major VoD players Younger audiences are now consuming most of their video content on demand, with Netflix and YouTube serving as their main interaction point for video instead of traditional TV. This presents a huge opportunity for VoD service providers to build potentially long-lasting relationships early as the BBC did with previous generations, becoming the household name for broadcast and video content. While Netflix and YouTube are partly playing this role for younger people, both companies still have work to do to ensure they continue to foster relationships with younger viewers. There is still the opportunity for other VoD platforms to capitalise. In 2018, we’ll see more and more providers moving into kids’ TV and focusing on content aimed at children and young adults. Key point: VoD products aimed at kids are often overlooked by providers, and instead are bolted onto adult products. Younger audiences will demand experiences that engage them specifically in return for their loyalty and children’s products will be designed with this in mind. Content – creation 7 Object-oriented TV will gain traction ‘Object-oriented TV’ involves a show being broken into separate parts – the video, audio track, music, and even subtitles – and then being put back together to form shows tailored for each individual viewer. For example, a programme could extend or reduce scenes based on a viewer’s personal preferences. There is also great potential to optimise the delivery of video, reducing the need for multiple video assets for language or localisation. Video components can be compiled on the fly according to a user’s needs. While this concept isn’t yet mainstream, the idea of spin-offs and extensions to stories is, and audiences will continue to demand more of this type of content. The BBC has been experimenting with this idea. With their hit show Peaky Blinders, for example, they produce brief, spin-off stories to keep audiences engaged between shows. Taking this idea into the ‘on demand’ world will open up many new possibilities in 2018. Key point: Consumers follow shows for different reasons, they crave more from the characters they love and want to delve into the various aspects that make programming exciting for them. As a result of this, we’ll see more providers experiment in object-oriented TV over the course of 2018. There is no longer one linear story with optional add-ons. Instead, individual viewers are presented with the story that best suits their personal preferences. 8 Studios will continue to go direct to consumer Disney’s recent removal of all their content from Netflix is one of the earliest warning signs for VoD platforms that the industry has changed. Netflix has evolved their business by completely winning over the audiences of content producers and has now become a media powerhouse that challenges those content producers directly. Consumers view Netflix as both an easy way to view a range of content online, and as a producer of premium content. It is a platform that is easily accessed, offers value for money and contains exciting, unique content all in one place. This has, and will, further force content producers to consider how they can build the same brand affinity with their material, while also providing a convenient access points for consumers. Key point: As we slowly break away from the traditional broadcast model, audiences now demand content on their own terms and want to build relationships with the platforms that provide the content they want. Those in the middle between content producers and VoD platforms will increasingly have to decide where their place is in the market. Audiences 9 Personalisation isn’t the magic bullet Unfortunately, people don’t always know what they want. This is the issue the industry has consistently experienced when it comes to personalisation of services in 2017. Often providing users with tools to personalise a product doesn’t mean they will use them. Netflix is the market leader and its business model is attractive to other companies. However, don’t underestimate the investment and resources Netflix has dedicated to personalisation. The OTT giant has centred its whole platform on this concept and was the first to bet big on it. While having features that keep pace with competitors’ is obviously important, most providers neither have the necessary resources nor the content catalogue size to justify personalisation features that match Netflix’s. Key point: Next year, we’ll see more companies move away from trying to create the Netflix model and realise that focusing on the features that work for their own product and business will be the key to success in a crowded VOD market. Netflix uses personalisation to solve a unique problem to its business but it isn’t a problem every business faces, neither is it the only solution to the problem of content discovery. 10 eSports will become more mainstream ‘eSports’ continues to reach new heights, as more people start hearing the potential behind it. Last year’s Dota International tournament had a prize pot of $10 million for the winning team, showing that eSports is now serious business. But how will this impact broadcasters in 2018? With declining live sport viewers, particulars among the younger demographic, many will turn their attention to eSports in an effort to boost engagement. Key point: eSports will be a significant genre in the brave new world of broadcast in 2018, that will open up a plethora of opportunities for new content to be produced and viewed by audiences.
Source: Advanced Television
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Jan 18, 2018

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Roku introduces new measurement tools for OTT advertising

The new suite of metrics will allow marketers to quantify unique campaign reach by demographic segments across linear TV, OTT, desktop and mobile; TV networks and content owners to measure the effectiveness of content promotions they run across linear TV, OTT, desktop and mobile; marketers to target and measure campaigns delivered to Roku users who don’t have traditional pay TV subscriptions; and marketers to gather real-time feedback and demographic insights with short on-device surveys. “With our rich first-party data, robust OS and relationships with our consumers we are in a unique position to continue to make meaningful advances in OTT measurement,” said Scott Rosenberg, GM of Platform Business at Roku, in a statement. “Our investment in new measurement tools reflects our strong commitment to helping brands fully leverage the benefits of OTT advertising.” “We are increasingly looking for ways to quantify the ROI from our OTT ad campaigns,” said Marissa Jimenez, president of GroupM’s Modi Media, in a statement. “Roku’s new measurement tools allow us to better understand how OTT ads perform compared to other platforms, which in turn can influence media spend. This is a valuable resource to Modi and our clients.” Roku's new ad measurements only measure the ads and promotional content that is viewed on the Roku platform. The new metrics from Roku come after the streaming video platform and device company integrated Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings and began offering audience guarantees based on age and gender. Roku also works with other research providers including Experian, Kantar Millward Brown, Oracle Data Cloud and Placed. Source: Fierce cable
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Jan 05, 2018

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Global OTT Streaming Video Viewing Doubled – Study

Viewing was done on more than 2.4 billion devices, up 9%, said Conviva, which provides measurement and analytics for seven of the top 10 U.S. subscription video-on-demand providers, according to the company. The U.S. accounts for 58% of OTT viewing, followed by Europe with 21%, Asia with 19% and the rest of the world with 2%. “Conviva has seen the viewing hour growth rate accelerate over the past several years as more consumers move their TV-watching from traditional linear pay TV services to a very wide variety of OTT services offered by both pure-play OTT publishers and MVPDs as well as pay TV providers diversifying their service offerings,” the company said in its Streaming Market Year in Review. “Conviva expects to see continued accelerated growth over the course of 2018 across both existing and new customers.” The number of view plays initiated in 2017 rose 74% to 38.8 billion, with 54% of those coming in the U.S. By December, the 64% of traffic on Conviva’s platform came through video apps, compared to 36% from watching video through browsers. That’s the opposite of a year ago. Video app activity grew 160%, while browser video rose 23%. In the U.S. there are 1.04 billion unique streaming apps on devices, with 2.2 apps per devices and 2.9 devices per person. Conviva said the peak in concurrent video connections was 9.75 million. There were spikes in both live sports and original content. In-home devices, such as Xbox and Roku, showed the highest completion rate for video programming at 46%, with a 71% growth in viewing time per device, Conviva said. Streaming video programming was more likely to be interrupted when viewed on a mobile device. In terms of quality of OTT video, Conviva said that of the 47.1 billion attempts to start watching a video, 38.8 billion were successful. It took on average 4.84 seconds for a video to start, a 23% improvement from the previous year. Buffering issues improved slightly. While watching a half-hour show, the average viewer spent 0.95% of their time, or less than 18 seconds, waiting for a video to rebuffer. “The OTT market continues to see explosive growth not only in the number of viewers, but the amount of time spent viewing as well,” Conviva said. While the data in the report is based only on Conviva customers, Conviva says its customer base covers close to 60% of the internet population and measures seven out of the top 10 SVOD providers in the US, as well as many other OTT providers globally. Source: Broadcasting cable
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Dec 11, 2017

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What’s working, and what’s not with OTT video experience

Adaptive bitrate streaming Gary Hammer, SVP Sales and Business Development at SmartLabs, focused on one of the fundamental buildings blocks of the OTT video revolution: “Adaptive bitrates have revolutionized viewing on multiscreen devices. We’ve certainly seen greater customers satisfaction with the quality of the video. It’s much better than just high, medium, and low, and you’re stuck with whichever one you chose.” Virtual channels Barney Withers Green, Sales Director, Media & Entertainment Solutions EMEA at Verizon Digital Media, zeroed in on the oldest form of video distribution, the linear channel. However, the way these channels are being put together online is undergoing a quiet revolution: “The concept of virtual linear, or pop-up channels. Gone are days when you can just deliver a prescribed channel. Whatever your content, you can create an engaging, customized channel. Our customizers have seen a huge amount of success with this.” Data delivers hidden truths Data is one area that is receiving a huge amount of focus in the media industry. Henrik Eklund, CEO at Newstag, is seeing a lot of user data since his news video service launched. Moreover, aspects of the aggregate data have surprised him: “What surprised us the most is when we launched this concept of crowd curation and looked at the aggregate data, we assumed it would be really narrow and be about the Kardashians and Trump. But that’s not really the fact.” Recommendations One of the areas where user data is applied most frequently is in the area of content recommendations. Mr. Hammer does not believe recommendations are necessarily helpful to everyone, especially pay TV operators. “I’m going to be controversial and say recommendations. In a service provider environment, the experience is disappointing. They are not typically drawing from an infinite source of content. They have different relationships with different content providers, and the quality of the metadata is often different. The quality of the recommendations is disappointing.” Mr. Eklund also thinks recommendations have been a disappointment. However, he thinks his company, Newstag, may have the answer: “We have a really fast-moving environment, and 50,000 stories with all of them being consumed all the time. We have data that would be interesting to translate into a long-form experience. If this data can be translated to my mood, I think they can be valid again.” Balance between latency and buffering One way to fix latency, a measure of how far a live stream is behind the original event, is to reduce the amount of video that is buffered by the client device. However, a smaller client buffer means the video playback is more vulnerable to freezes. Mr. Withers thinks many haven’t got the balance right yet: “Latency is the big thing we are seeing lately. People are trying to get the most out of HLS, trying to balance buffer ratio and latency. There’s a lot of people that are trying to get the balance between the two and some of them aren’t getting it quite right.” Why it matters Not every idea is a good one when trying to improve the streaming media experience. Adaptive bitrate streaming, virtual channels, and lots of user data seem to be working. Recommendations and latency reduction techniques are not. Source: N Screen Media
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Dec 06, 2017

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More than half of OTT-homes take multiple services

Of these multi-OTT households, 81% use Netflix plus some other service or combination of services, typically Amazon or Hulu. “Not only are more households subscribing to OTT video services than ever before, but also the average number of subscriptions per household is increasing as well. The OTT video pie getting bigger, and it is getting deeper as well,” said Brett Sappington, senior director of research, Parks Associates. “What we are seeing is consumers adding to the number of sources that they use to access interesting content. This growth is critical. It means that video services do not necessarily have to displace a Netflix or other large service in order to gain market share. Services can potentially find success as a complementary offering as well.” “A common assumption is that consumers who pay for multiple subscription OTT video services would not need to, or have time to, use free OTT video service options. Yet, we find the opposite to be the case. Only 30% of households subscribing to one subscription service use at least one free, ad-supported online video service,” Sappington said. “That number jumps to 47% of households subscribing to three subscription services and 63% if a household subscribes to five or more services.” Parks Associates’ OTT Video Market Tracker has research services for North America and Europe to track the content offerings, business strategies, and subscription numbers for OTT services in these regions. Additional data from these services include: with the exception of Netflix and Amazon Prime, OTT services are experiencing churn rates exceeding 50% of their subscriber base. 69% of US broadband households subscribe to at least one OTT video service (3Q 2017). More than 50% of US broadband households that use OTT services subscribe to multiple OTT video services, compared to 20% in 2014. Source: Broadband TV News
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Nov 30, 2017

News

24i Media Named in Streaming Media’s 101 Companies that Matter Most in Online Video

The annual streaming media industry is recognized in Streaming Media Europe’s list of 101 companies that matter most in online video are emphasizing on companies who provide technologies to enable content publishing, and those listed were chosen as having the greatest influence in the streaming media industry. The annual Streaming Media 101 list is recognized as a key benchmark of the most interesting, important, innovative and influential companies in the online video space. At 24i Media, we’re proud to be recognized by Streaming Media’s panel of industry experts as one of those making a genuine impact in the marketplace. We are honoured to share the space on this prestigious list with heavyweights such as Amazon Web Services, Nagra, Sky, Akamai, Google and many more. This recognition acknowledges 24i’s position as one of the leading companies within the streaming media industry and confirms our relentless dedication and commitment to providing best-in-class technology for delivery of flexible, personalized and scalable Internet TV applications to our customer across the world. The selection process consists of a list of hundreds of companies that are presented to the publication’s editorial and publishing staff, asking them to rank each one. The final list — the 101 companies that ranked highest — comprises companies that are either based in Europe or have their roots there. Review the list of the 101 companies that matter the most in online video here.
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Nov 22, 2017

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Study: OTT Overtakes Set-Top Box As Source For Favorite Shows

The survey was conducted in October and included more than 2,200 households that have broadband and watch at least five hours of TV content per week. Hub has run the study every year since 2014, focusing on consumer video and entertainment trends. In 2014, 64% of respondents said they watch their favorite show on a TV set-top box, compared to 31% for an online video source. This year, for the first time, online video has overtaken the set-top box, with 52% of respondents saying they watch their favorite show on an online service, compared to 48% who watch on the traditional platform. One major reason for the shift is that online streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon are aggressively investing in original content. “These findings suggest that the aggressive investment SVODs are making in original and exclusive content is paying big dividends,” said Peter Fondulas, co-author of the study and principal at Hub, in a statement. “In this research and other recent studies, we see clear evidence that high-profile online exclusives generate buzz that draws consumers to these platforms, which not only helps attract brand-new subscribers but also builds loyalty among current customers.” All told, 29% of respondents said their favorite show was on Netflix, compared to 14% in 2014. Likewise, live viewership is trending down, with 31% of respondents saying they watch their favorite show live, compared to 45% three years ago. Source: Mediapost
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Nov 14, 2017

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US OTT market heats up

 

It may be no surprise to see Netflix, Amazon and Hulu maintain their position as the top guns in the US over-the-top (OTT) market, but research from Parks Associates has revealed that bubbling under the crucial three are now a number of interesting players.

Based on subscriber numbers, the researcher found that the top ten comprised Netflix, Amazon Video (Amazon Prime), Hulu (SVOD), MLB.TV, HBO Now, Starz, YouTube Red, Showtime, CBS All Access and Sling TV. Of most note is the velocity that the skinny bundles have gained in a short space of time. In addition, the HBO Now service has made particular progress.

Parks also noted that YouTube Red entered the top ten list during the past year, and the OTT services for premium channels Showtime and Starz moved up or entered the list. Skinny service Sling TV has maintained its strong growth from 2016, and MLB and WWE continue to lead in sports-related subscription OTT video services, with WWE sitting just outside the top ten. “While the top three are no surprise, the big story over the past year has been the rapid subscriber growth for OTT video services from HBO, Showtime, and Starz,” said the Subscription Over-The-Top (OTT) Video Services In The US Market report author and Parks Associates senior director of research, Brett Sappington. “The combination of recognised brands and popular original content is driving demand for their offerings. Services such as Sling TV and Crunchyroll are still enjoying strong growth, but other services have simply grown at a faster rate over the past year.” The research also found that online pay-TV services were also growing quickly, fueled by advertising campaigns across the US. “YouTube TV's advertising and sponsorship deal with MLB during the recent World Series is just one example of the marketing dollars behind these service offerings,” Sappington added. “While more online pay-TV services could enter the top ten within the next year, those services that comprise the top ten are recognised brands that are aggressively working to expand their subscriber bases. Displacing them will be a difficult task." Looking to future trends Parks Associates noted that operators and OTT video services were working together in promotions, OTT service distribution and bundling, integration into the set-top box, zero-rating of video in data services and billing. OTT services were also partnering with each other for distribution and bundling, service promotion, improved brand awareness and content licensing. “Consumers have a variety of choices and are increasingly self-aggregating multiple OTT video services,” the analyst concluded. “As a result, partnerships within the OTT space are becoming more common, as operators, content owners, and OTT service providers all look to gain an edge in attracting subscribers and generating buzz for their offerings.”

Source: Rapid TV News

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Nov 09, 2017

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You’re invited! OTT Day Los Angeles, 16. Nov. (free-to-attend)

We're delighted to invite you to OTT Day in Los Angeles on Thursday, November 16th from 8:30am – 1:30pm at Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel. This free-to-attend, half-day event features an array of industry thought leaders from 24i Media, Fincons Group, MPP Global, Horowitz Research and Contentwise, who will share their unique perspectives on key issues facing OTT today. The Summit brings together media and technology executives to share ideas, develop new business opportunities and network with industry friends and peers. OTT Day in Los Angeles is a high-level, future-focused Summit providing insights into the challenges and complexities of the rapidly changing Internet TV ecosystem. The event offers attendees unique perspectives from industry thought-leaders on the impact of new video devices, technologies, viewing experiences, business models, consumer expectations and more. Register today! Speaker line-up The OTT Day in Los Angeles brings together some of the brightest minds in the industry, providing attendees with a 360 degree view into the technology and business opportunities in the OTT ecosystem. View all speakers. Power packed agenda The agenda features a profound insight into the technical challenges and complexity in OTT, evolving technologies and changing consumer habits - a sneak peak into the future of the OTT ecosystem. View the agenda. When & Where Day: Thursday, November 16th 2017 Time: 8:30am -1:30pm including a network lunch from 12:30pm-1:30pm Location: Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel Register today! If you’re craving more knowledge or simply want to network, OTT Day in Los Angeles is an ideal event for TV industry executives and experts alike. There is limited space available so please register today . Proudly hosted by:
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Nov 09, 2017

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VOD viewing set to equal linear TV by 2020

According to the latest edition of Ericsson ConsumerLab and Media studies, the average time spent watching TV and video content has reached an all-time high of 30 hours a week, including active viewing of scheduled linear TV, live and on-demand Internet services, downloaded and recorded content, as well as DVD, and Blu-ray. Ericsson found that all forms of TV and video viewing are on the rise, but how, when and where we watch content is changing. However, it noted that almost three-fifths of viewers now prefer on-demand viewing over scheduled linear TV viewing, an increase of around 50% since 2010. Mobile viewing through tablets, smartphones and laptops, is by 2020 projected to enjoy an increase of 85% since 2010. Smartphones alone are expected to account for almost a quarter of viewing, an increase of nearly 160% over a ten-year period. Approximately 70% of consumers now watch videos on a smartphone – double the amount from 2012 – making up a fifth of total TV and video viewing. 16-19-year-olds watch the most content each week (33 hours), an increase of almost ten hours a week since 2010. However, more than half of this demographic spend their time watching content on-demand, with more than 60% of their TV and video viewing hours. The survey showed that the average number of used on-demand services has increased from 1.6 in 2012 to 3.8 services in 2017 per person and that two-fifths of consumers already pay for on-demand TV and video services today. Nearly a third say they will increase their on-demand spending in the next six to 12 months. Portability is also becoming an increasingly important factor, with more than a third of consumers wanting access to content when abroad. The growth of on-demand viewing is set to continue to soar through to 2020 so that by then on-demand will make up almost half of total viewing. Yet despite this growth, Ericsson cautioned that the findings also show that while consumers have more access to TV and video services than ever before, the average time spent on searching for content has increased to almost one hour per day, an increase of 13% since last year. In fact, an eighth of consumers believe that they will get lost in the vast amount of available content in the future. With the user experience becoming ever more fragmented, three-fifths of consumers now rank content discovery as ‘very important’ when subscribing to a new service, while 70% want ‘universal search for all TV and video’. “We can see that consumers are not only watching more video but also changing how and when they do so,” said Ericsson ConsumerLab senior advisor Anders Erlandsson. “This is also shown through the continued growth of mobile viewing, which has been a booming trend since 2010.” The 2017 ConsumerLab TV and Media report also marked the first time that Ericsson explored the level of consumer interest in virtual reality (VR) in conjunction with media consumption, and the company said that the findings have been ‘fascinating’. A third of consumers is projected to be VR users by 2020, and Ericsson notes that the technology is expected to play an essential role in the future of TV and video. Yet it warns that if consumer interest in VR is to increase, several things will need to change. Close to 55% of consumers planning to get VR devices would prefer it if the headsets were cheaper, and almost half think there should be more immersive content available. A third said that they would be more interested in VR if they could get a VR bundle from their TV and video provider. Erlandsson added: “VR has the potential to bring together people from all over the world and create deeper, more personalised, and more complementary media experiences. As consumer expectations for on-demand, mobile and immersive viewing continues to increase, the TV and media industry must focus on delivering highly personalised services in the very best possible quality available.” Source: Ericsson
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Oct 13, 2017

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Over the next five years, OTT TV and film revs to reach $83bn

According to a study from Digital TV Research, online TV episode and movie revenues for the leading 138 countries are going to hit $83 billion in 2022, which is more than twice of the $37 billion recorded in 2016. The new Global OTT TV & Video Forecasts report also suggests that Over the Top (OTT) revenues will exceed $1 billion in 14 countries by 2022, twice that at the end of 2017.Two-thirds of global revenues will go to the top 5 nations. $9 billion will be added in 2017 alone. US will continue to be the leading territory for online TV and video revenues by some margin. US share of the global market is set to fall from 51% in 2016 to 40% in 2022. China will add a further $7.6 billion, with its total revenues hitting $12 billion in 2022. According to the report, Subscription Video on Demand (SVOD) became the largest source of OTT revenue in 2013. Half of OTT revenues by 2022 are estimated to be generated by 2022. $24 billion in revenues will be added between 2016 and 2022. AVOD revenues are up by $17 billion and its revenues will amount to $29 billion by 2022, up from $12 billion in 2016. Revenues and SVOD subscribers to increase two-fold by 2022 Speaking at the Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen, September 28th, Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, also showcased how the number of subscription video on demand (SVOD) services is expected to reach 546 million by 2022. In other words - expected to double the 263 million by end of 2016. It covers 621 platforms in 138 countries which means SVoD revenues are expected to get to twice the number in the period hitting $US 41 billion in 2022 as opposed to 17 billion in 2016. Subscriptions in the Asia Pacific region are all set to overtake North America from next year. Asia Pacific will account for 43% of global SVOD subscribers by 2022. North America will provide 31%, up from 35% in 2016 respectively. Netflix’s global dominance overall is decreasing to one fourth by 2022, from a third last year. 28 million subs are being added between 2017 and 2022. Netflix’s global SVoD revenue share will fall to 40% by 2022 from 45% in 2017.   Source: Digital TV Research (www.digitaltvresearch.com)  
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Oct 10, 2017

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Thank you for a great Nordic TV Summit!

On behalf of Nordic TV Summit and 24i, we want to thank you for attending this year’s Summit on September 28th in Copenhagen. It was an honour to host you. What an event it was; more attendees than ever, 171 representing 18 nations from around the globe and 101 different companies.

Nordic TV Summit 2017 rocked with phenomenal speakers, some of the best minds, innovators, stimulating debates and fantastic networking. It was a day that inspired, motivated, enlightened and educated. We hope you gained some valuable insight, information and networking at the Summit, and that you found it worthwhile.

Thank you all for sharing your knowledge, ideas and energy via sessions and networking. If you missed the event, check out the after-movie for highlights.

Nordic TV Summit brought together senior figures to engage with the many challenges and opportunities this evolving and dynamic industry faces. As technical change continues to disrupt conservative business models, the conference facilitated showcases, discussions and idea-sharing between key decision-makers from both the evolving established players and the latest innovative entrants and technologies.

We've gathered some of the pictures from the Summit, good memories and clear evidence of high-level networking, check out the pictures. Also, check out the video resume from Nordic TV Summit.

Another round of heartfelt thanks goes to our Summit sponsors,  24i,  ADB,  Akamai,  ContentWise, and IBM– Nordic TV Summit was made possible because of you! Big thanks also to our media partners who have helped us promote the event! At 24i we are very proud to host such an inspiring event in Copenhagen, where the industry in the Nordics and beyond come together to meet and greet and share their experiences and knowledge! We wish to extend a huge THANK YOU to all delegates, speakers, partners and sponsors for participating in making Nordic TV Summit 2017 such an enlighteninginspiring and valuable event. We hope you'll be back in Copenhagen next year for the annual Nordic TV Summit, September 27th 2018! (ps. we're working on something awesome!)
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Sep 13, 2017

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24i to Showcase its cutting-edge OTT Apps at IBC 2017

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, September 6th, 2017, 24i Media will showcase their turnkey OTT Apps with a wealth of features and innovations to accelerate time to market, reduce cost, simplify deployment and optimize personalization and monetization across all devices and brands, enabling operators, content owners and broadcasters to expand, scale and grow their Internet TV offerings with flexible and powerful OTT Apps. ”We’re very excited about the news and innovations we’ll share at IBC this year” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. ”With nearly a decade of experience and a proven track record in delivering flexible, personalized, cost efficient and fast-to-market OTT TV Apps for brands across the globe, 24i deliver leading-edge technologies to help our customers gain an edge in the battle that is shaping the TV industry. At IBC2017, we will demonstrate how our OTT TV app products optimize personalization, accelerate time to market, reduce cost and complexity of multiplatform delivery, and in turn simplify monetization across all devices and brands. At IBC 24i will showcase their comprehensive suite of innovative products, including: SmartOTT Backstage: 24i’s 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 recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions.   SmartOTT: 24i’s off-the-shelf white- label product empowering customers to remove complexity from their IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables customers to simplify syndication and deliver their live and on-demand TV & video content to any screen.   SmartOperator: 24i’s TV Anywhere front-end solution for TV operators. It is an off-the-shelf product that offers an innovative and uniform user experience across a range of devices.   SmartTemplate: For partners who need a standardized front-end solution at the lowest cost but with maximum quality, stability and innovation. This build- once, deploy-everywhere Internet TV app template offers your clients easy access to the OTT market space.   SmartApp: a product customized completely to 24i’s customers needs by supporting each client’s specific TV and OTT strategy, requirements, brand and technology integrations. Our in-depth knowledge and expertise with creating and deploying internet TV Apps, streaming video and interactive TV enables us to develop tailor-made solutions with cutting edge functionalities, realizing truly competitive advantages and strategic value for their customers. Learn more.   24i Media will demonstrate its technology innovations at IBC 2017, booth 14.D30, Sept. 15-19 in Amsterdam and welcomes visitors to their booth to get a wide-ranging live demo of their turnkey OTT TV app products and live demonstrations of services powered by 24i including; NPO, Fuse Media, Globo, Fox, Pathe, Nordisk Film, Videoland and many more! Further information about 24i Media and the company’s products is available at www.24i.com About 24i Media 24i is an industry-leading global internet TV app developer with award-winning technology that helps customers develop and deploy apps faster and more efficiently on all devices, screens and platforms. 24i empower 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, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Globo, RTE, NPO, 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, turning viewers into fans. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Copenhagen and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.
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Sep 01, 2017

Events

Nordic TV Summit 2017

Copenhagen, Denmark, (Aug 28th, 2017) – Nordic TV Summit 2017 - taking place in Copenhagen September 28- today unveiled a phenomenal speaking lineup that includes some of the OTT industries foremost experts and thought leaders. Nordic TV Summit has announced a lineup of impressive keynote speakers chosen from a wide variety of key Internet TV industry areas. The announced speakers include Casey Wilms, Head of Products & Design, Content Platforms at Netflix, Stuart Clary, Head of Business Development at Amazon Video, Bjarne Myklebust, Head of Delivery at NRK, Mark Hollett, Director, Business Development EMEA, Pay TV at Roku, Casper Hald, CEO at Blockbuster, Ben Miller, VP Digital Product at Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Daniel Kafer, Facebook, Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, Marie Nilsson, CEO at Mediavision, Daniel Punt, Managing Director at FTI Consulting and many more. “We are very excited to offer this outstanding group of dynamic, leading-edge speakers at Nordic TV Summit this year,” stated Martijn Van Horssen, Founder and CEO at 24i Media. “This year’s line-up will showcase the best of the industry, demonstrating the Internet TV industry’s ability to innovate and remain competitive, while learning from thought leaders that are pushing the industry forward” Speakers will offer their insights and experience, as well as trends and actionable solutions on the most important issues facing the Internet TV industry in the Nordics and globally today, including monetization, personalization, addressable TV, new content distribution platforms, audience engagement and more. The annual Nordic TV Summit 2017 will inspire, excite, entertain and provide delegates with the knowledge, inspiration and network to take their business to the next level. Attendees will meet industry disruptors, be inspired by the leading minds and thinkers in the industry and gain unique industry insight. The list of speakers, attendees and sponsors is constantly growing — all contributing to making Nordic TV Summit the can’t-miss event of the fall season. For updates on speakers, the agenda, and to register for the event — which has limited seating — visit www.nordictvsummit.com Nordic TV Summit 2017 Additional Resources Early bird registration (Ends September 1, limited passes left!) https://www.nordictvsummit.com/sign-up See who’s signed up, speakers, the agenda and much more at https://www.nordictvsummit.com/sign-up Nordic TV Summit 2017 event information, https://www.nordictvsummit.com/event-info View the influential group of speakers includes Netflix, Amazon Video, Facebook, NRK, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and many more, https://www.nordictvsummit.com/speakers Be inspired by a power packed agenda with thought leaders from the industry in the Nordics and Europe. View agenda here: https://www.nordictvsummit.com/agenda Join the vibrant champagne reception where delegates will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with many of the most influential figures shaping the OTT industry. Boat Cruise in the beautiful Copenhagen Canals Nordic TV Summit Networking Dinner at the Grill Academy, a 3 course gourmet dinner with wine menu, prepared by the award winning chefs at the Grill Academy Nordic TV Summit after party (known to be one of the best parties in the industry)   About Nordic TV Summit Nordic TV Summit is one of the worlds’ premium events for the OTT and TV Everywhere industry. This is where the industry meets & greets, shares experiences, learns and gets inspired. At Nordic TV Summit, we carefully curate one full day of debate, discussion, education and prime networking opportunities our delegates can't get anywhere else—all of which are aimed at driving business forward. The Summit attracts a veritable "who's who" of the OTT, interactive TV, MVPD, Media, advertising and broadcasting industries across Europe.   For more information about the event, please contact Brynhild Vinskei Event manager for Nordic TV Summit Mob: +45 29 66 64 20 Brynhild.vinskei!@24i.com  
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Sep 01, 2017

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Meet 24i Media at IBC 2017

  Looking to boost the value of your premium video content? Meet with 24i at IBC, booth 14.D30 and learn how you can amplify the value of your video content by creating stunning, personalized, interactive experiences that connect with your audience on every screen across every network. In addition to experiencing first-hand how you can leverage our technology and in-depth experience of creating stunning, personalized Internet TV apps across all devices, here are some more reasons why you should meet with 24i at IBC:

Flexible and Powerful technology: Come see live how the world’s largest brands use our products and technology to create stunning, personalized internet TV Apps for all devices.

Be inspired by some of our deployed customer solutions, including Fox, NPO, Videoland, Nordisk Film, RTL, Pathe and others, and discover how we’ve helped leading brands across the world deliver state-of-the-art OTT apps.

Cutting- edge CMS designed to empower 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 recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. Discover more.

A solution tailored to your needs, whether you’re looking for an off-the-shelf template solution or fully customized solution, we got you covered

Awesome People, we very proud to have an amazing team of extremely talented and fun people at 24i, pop by our booth for a coffee and chat and see for yourself.

  To schedule a meeting, send us an email at marketing@24i.com or fill out the form here. Turn viewers into fans! Just about all aspects of the OTT industry are being massively restructured. Rapid changes in technology, user behavior, and business models have created a gap between how consumers want to experience and pay for entertainment & media and how companies produce and distribute their offerings. Visit 24i at IBC, booth 14.D30 & discover first-hand how our proven technology and in-depth expertise can help you reduce the gap and turn viewers into fans, empowering you to increase efficiency, reduce cost and set your business up to deliver a richer, personalized, TV experience across all devices and platforms. Stop by our booth to meet with the team and see live demonstrations of services powered by 24i including NPO, Fuse Media, Globo, Fox, Pathe, Nordisk Film, Videoland and many more! Join us for Drinks! 24i and Comcast Technology Solutions are delighted to invite you to join us for drinks and snacks to celebrate our joint customer, RTÉ, the public broadcaster in Ireland. Enjoy a delicious Mojito or a tasty Gin & Tonic, handcrafted by the fabulous shaker boys while networking and talking about all things video! When & Where Sunday, Sept. 17th 4:00pm-6:00pm Booth 14.D30, IBC, Amsterdam For media request, demo and analyst briefings book a meeting with our Chief Markets Officer, Brynhild Vinskei Attend IBC on us! Register for IBC in Amsterdam free of charge using our guest code 19732  
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Aug 31, 2017

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Visit 24i Media at IBC 2017

  Looking to boost the value of your premium video content? Meet with 24i at IBC, booth 14.D30 and learn how you can amplify the value of your video content by creating stunning, personalized, interactive experiences that connect with your audience on every screen across every network. In addition to experiencing first-hand how you can leverage our technology and in-depth experience of creating stunning, personalized Internet TV apps across all devices, here are some more reasons why you should meet with 24i at IBC:

Flexible and Powerful technology: Come see live how the world’s largest brands use our products and technology to create stunning, personalized internet TV Apps for all devices.

Be inspired by some of our deployed customer solutions, including Fox, NPO, Videoland, Nordisk Film, RTL, Pathe and others, and discover how we’ve helped leading brands across the world deliver state-of-the-art OTT apps.

Cutting- edge CMS designed to empower 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 recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. Discover more.

A solution tailored to your needs, whether you’re looking for an off-the-shelf template solution or fully customized solution, we got you covered

Awesome People, we very proud to have an amazing team of extremely talented and fun people at 24i, pop by our booth for a coffee and chat and see for yourself.

  To schedule a meeting, send us an email at marketing@24i.com or fill out the form here. Turn viewers into fans! Just about all aspects of the OTT industry are being massively restructured. Rapid changes in technology, user behavior, and business models have created a gap between how consumers want to experience and pay for entertainment & media and how companies produce and distribute their offerings. Visit 24i at IBC, booth 14.D30 & discover first-hand how our proven technology and in-depth expertise can help you reduce the gap and turn viewers into fans, empowering you to increase efficiency, reduce cost and set your business up to deliver a richer, personalized, TV experience across all devices and platforms. Stop by our booth to meet with the team and see live demonstrations of services powered by 24i including NPO, Fuse Media, Globo, Fox, Pathe, Nordisk Film, Videoland and many more! Join us for Drinks! 24i and Comcast Technology Solutions are delighted to invite you to join us for drinks and snacks to celebrate our joint customer, RTÉ, the public broadcaster in Ireland. Enjoy a delicious Mojito or a tasty Gin & Tonic, handcrafted by the fabulous shaker boys while networking and talking about all things video! When & Where Sunday, Sept. 17th 4:00pm-6:00pm Booth 14.D30, IBC, Amsterdam For media request, demo and analyst briefings book a meeting with our Chief Markets Officer, Brynhild Vinskei Attend IBC on us! Register for IBC in Amsterdam free of charge using our guest code 19732  
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Aug 28, 2017

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Nordic TV Summit 2017 Announces Speaker Lineup Featuring Netflix, Amazon Video, NRK, Facebook, Roku, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and more..

Copenhagen, Denmark, (Aug 28th, 2017) – Nordic TV Summit 2017 - taking place in Copenhagen September 28- today unveiled a phenomenal speaking lineup that includes some of the OTT industries foremost experts and thought leaders. Nordic TV Summit has announced a lineup of impressive keynote speakers chosen from a wide variety of key Internet TV industry areas. The announced speakers include Casey Wilms, Head of Products & Design, Content Platforms at Netflix, Stuart Clary, Head of Business Development at Amazon Video, Bjarne Myklebust, Head of Delivery at NRK, Mark Hollett, Director, Business Development EMEA, Pay TV at Roku, Casper Hald, CEO at Blockbuster, Ben Miller, VP Digital Product at Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Daniel Kafer, Facebook, Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, Marie Nilsson, CEO at Mediavision, Daniel Punt, Managing Director at FTI Consulting and many more. “We are very excited to offer this outstanding group of dynamic, leading-edge speakers at Nordic TV Summit this year,” stated Martijn Van Horssen, Founder and CEO at 24i Media. “This year’s line-up will showcase the best of the industry, demonstrating the Internet TV industry’s ability to innovate and remain competitive, while learning from thought leaders that are pushing the industry forward” Speakers will offer their insights and experience, as well as trends and actionable solutions on the most important issues facing the Internet TV industry in the Nordics and globally today, including monetization, personalization, addressable TV, new content distribution platforms, audience engagement and more. The annual Nordic TV Summit 2017 will inspire, excite, entertain and provide delegates with the knowledge, inspiration and network to take their business to the next level. Attendees will meet industry disruptors, be inspired by the leading minds and thinkers in the industry and gain unique industry insight. The list of speakers, attendees and sponsors is constantly growing — all contributing to making Nordic TV Summit the can’t-miss event of the fall season. For updates on speakers, the agenda, and to register for the event — which has limited seating — visit www.nordictvsummit.com Nordic TV Summit 2017 Additional Resources Early bird registration (Ends September 1, limited passes left!) https://www.nordictvsummit.com/sign-up See who’s signed up, speakers, the agenda and much more at https://www.nordictvsummit.com/sign-up Nordic TV Summit 2017 event information, https://www.nordictvsummit.com/event-info View the influential group of speakers includes Netflix, Amazon Video, Facebook, NRK, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and many more, https://www.nordictvsummit.com/speakers Be inspired by a power packed agenda with thought leaders from the industry in the Nordics and Europe. View agenda here: https://www.nordictvsummit.com/agenda Join the vibrant champagne reception where delegates will have the opportunity to rub shoulders with many of the most influential figures shaping the OTT industry. Boat Cruise in the beautiful Copenhagen Canals Nordic TV Summit Networking Dinner at the Grill Academy, a 3 course gourmet dinner with wine menu, prepared by the award winning chefs at the Grill Academy Nordic TV Summit after party (known to be one of the best parties in the industry)   About Nordic TV Summit Nordic TV Summit is one of the worlds’ premium events for the OTT and TV Everywhere industry. This is where the industry meets & greets, shares experiences, learns and gets inspired. At Nordic TV Summit, we carefully curate one full day of debate, discussion, education and prime networking opportunities our delegates can't get anywhere else—all of which are aimed at driving business forward. The Summit attracts a veritable "who's who" of the OTT, interactive TV, MVPD, Media, advertising and broadcasting industries across Europe.   For more information about the event, please contact Brynhild Vinskei Event manager for Nordic TV Summit Mob: +45 29 66 64 20 Brynhild.vinskei!@24i.com  
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Aug 28, 2017

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Roku’s share of Streaming market on the rise

The number of homes where Roku devices are used is increasing as it becomes a more popular way to consume TV programming as per a new report from Parks Associates. New consumer research from Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com/) reveals Roku (www.roku.com) is increasing its lead in the streaming media player landscape. As of Q1 2017, 37% of streaming media players owned by U.S. broadband households are Roku devices, up from one-third in Q1 2016. The firm’s latest industry report Reinventing CE: Transforming Devices to Service Platforms shows this increase in share of installed base puts Roku further ahead of its main competitors Amazon, Google, and Apple. “Roku emerged early as a U.S. market leader for streaming media players, and the company has held firmly to that position,” said Glenn Hower (http://www.parksassociates.com/staff/glenn-hower), Senior Analyst, Parks Associates. “Higher-priced devices, such as the Apple TV, have not been able to keep up with low-priced and readily available Roku devices, which can be found at Walmart for as low as $29.99.” According to Parks Associates (http://www.parksassociates.com/), of the other major players in this market, only Amazon’s Fire TV had an increase in its share of installed base during the same timeframe. Amazon increased its share from 16% to 24% of streaming media players owned by U.S. broadband households, which moved the e-tailer ahead of Google for second place in streaming media player adoption. Google’s Chromecast now holds an 18% share of installed base, while Apple’s share fell to 15%. “One-third of U.S. broadband households own a streaming media player,” Hower said. “The growth of the U.S. OTT market provided consumers with unprecedented ease of access to video content. These streaming media devices make for quick and easy access to the top OTT libraries.” Reinventing CE: Transforming Devices to Service Platforms (http://www.parksassociates.com/report/reinventing-ce) examines how the CE industry has migrated from producing and distributing hardware to distributing OTT content and leveraging advertising models. It discusses the impact of the shift on the industry as well as industry progress in benefiting from the new business models. It also assesses the transition from hardware to software as more content is streamed from the cloud and the impact on CE devices such as streaming media players and gaming consoles.   Roku to speak at Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen, September 28th 2017 Mark Hollett, Director, Business Development EMEA, Pay TV at Roku will be speaking at the annual Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen on September 28th sharing his insight in the world of streaming devices and the future of devices in the multiscreen battleground. Nordic TV Summit offers a unique opportunity for high- and mid-level TV executives to efficiently tackle big issues facing this industry—all while sharing information and learning from each others’ real world experiences as the OTT and TV business transforms before our eyes. Join us (https://www.nordictvsummit.com/sign-up) for this must-attend event that brings together TV distributors, programmers and vendors to discuss the latest trends and challenges surrounding the TV business. More information on www.nordictvsummit.com Additional research the report (http://www.parksassociates.com/report/reinventing-ce) shows: 45% of U.S. broadband households own a smart TV. Parks Associates estimates 15.6 million smart speakers with personal digital assistants were sold in the U.S. in 2016. Nearly one-half of all U.S. broadband households own a gaming console Source: Parks Associate
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Aug 16, 2017

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24i named Finalist in the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

Industry leading Internet TV app leader honored to be amongst the finalist in the industry recognized Streaming Media Readers Choice award 2017. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, August 16th, 2017, 24i Media, an industry-leading global TV app developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced that it has been named Finalist in the category “Best Multiscreen Solution” in the Streaming Media Readers Choice Award 2017. Nominated by fans and peers alike, 24i and our turnkey, world class TV app solution, SmartOTT, has been named Finalist in the 2017 Streaming Media Readers Choice Award,  in the category for “Best Multiscreen solution”, a category covering Over-the-top and "catch-up" solutions for delivering television content online to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets, and more. Big thanks to everyone who voted for us! “Streaming Media readers are sophisticated users of technology and we’re thrilled by the fact that they’ve noticed our products and casted their vote on us,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “We’re proud of our broad range of internet TV apps offerings we have, enabling our customers to create flexible and personalized apps across all devices.” Powerful and flexible, SmartOTT, is a turnkey TV app solution for all devices, empowering leading operators, broadcasters, media companies and content owners across the world to seamlessly create, manage, distribute and monetize their premium content across all networks and devices. Powered by 24i’s proven AppCore production framework, the template-based SmartOTT solution ensures fast time-to-market and proven UI & UX. Learn more about SmartOTT. Meet 24i Media at IBC, booth 14.D30 24i Media will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications including SmartOTT and SmartOTT Backstage at IBC, booth 14.D30 in Amsterdam, Sept 15-19. Drop by our stand or book a meeting to discover how you can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from your competitors and capitalize on our flexible and proven solutions and take your Internet TV ambitions to the next level. About 24i Media (www.24i.com) 24i is an industry-leading global TV app developer with award-winning technology that helps customers develop and deploy apps faster and more efficiently on all devices, screens and platforms. 24i empower 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, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Globo, RTE, NPO, 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, turning viewers into fans. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Copenhagen and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.      
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Aug 15, 2017

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Binge Viewing is Pervasive, Though Age Plays a Key Role in Frequency

86 Percent of Adult Broadband Users Binge View at Least Occasionally, With 58 Percent of 18-34s Binging Daily

According to new research from The Diffusion Group (TDG),  binge viewing — that is, viewing more than one episode of a TV series back to back — is rapidly becoming universal, with nearly nine-in-ten ABUs binging at least occasionally. But the frequency of binge viewing skews strongly in favor of younger adults.

TDG's new analysis, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot, identifies and profiles three groups of adult broadband users in terms of their binge viewing habits.

Heavy Bingers (binge daily, comprise 14 percent of ABUs),

Medium Bingers (binge monthly but not daily, comprise 51 percent of ABUs), and

Light/Non-Bingers (21 percent of ABUs that binge less than once a month, 14 percent that do not binge at all).

Importantly, TDG analysts found that the frequency of binging is strongly correlated with the viewer's age. For example, 58 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34, while 56 percent of Light/Non-Bingers are age 45 and older.

"The fact that 31 percent of Heavy Bingers are between the ages of 18 and 34 further illustrates just how different millennial viewing habits are from those of older generations," notes Michael Greeson, President and Principal Analyst at TDG. "For more than a decade, TDG has predicted and observed a structural transformation in what it means to 'watch TV,' with viewing behavior slowly changing from an activity defined by flipping between different live shows on different networks, to one characterized by on-demand binging of individual series."

As these consumers age and younger generations steeped in quantum habits follow behind them, Greeson argues that this behavior will only become more prominent, further impacting programming and distribution strategies.

View TDG's latest analysis of contemporary viewing behavior, Binge Viewing - A Consumer Snapshot for an insight into the different segments of binge viewers — who they are, how they behave, and what drives their decisions and preferences.

Source: TDG Research 

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Jul 31, 2017

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Broadcasters Investigate OTT Opportunities

Consumers who have dropped their cable or satellite subscriptions in favor of over-the-top access to their content can use an antenna to get their local over-the-air content for free. But that’s not enough in today’s environment. For those broadcasters who want to follow the consumer to OTT, the technology is easily available, but the business models are still evolving. “It appears that the industry is trying to bring local broadcasts to the internet, given the change to viewing habits of today’s TV content consumer,” said Jim DeFilippis, CEO of TMS Consulting, Inc., in Los Angeles. However, some content may still need to be tailored for the right audience. “For mobile viewing, shorter content—such as news clips—is more acceptable to the mobile viewer,” he added. While the traditional model of “if you build it they will come” may still hold true, viewers are heading towards OTT even if there is still building to be done.
“A lot of viewers are moving to OTT and they’re not waiting for content providers to go there,” said Louis Gump CEO of NewsOn, an Atlanta-based company that provides local newscasts on OTT and mobile platforms. “The question is, are you there in a way that’s relevant to those viewers. And if you are, then you either retain and grow your user base and if you aren’t then it isn’t going to be quite as relevant to those viewers. We see it as strategically essential for a large portion of the media companies that produce long-form video, to be there, and maybe for all.” IP EVERYWHERE Disney Media Networks recently announced that it had signed on more than 160 stations for its landmark “Clearinghouse” initiative that could jumpstart digital distribution options for its affiliates. This will mean that ABC-owned stations—which are part of the Disney/ABC Television Group—could soon offer live programming via the ABC app, MVPDs and OTT access points to 90 percent of U.S. TV households.
“Disney/ABC has been delivering stable live local/national programming streams almost identical to OTA and MVPD feeds—to desktop, mobile and connected TVs for the last several years,” said John Rouse, executive vice president, affiliate relations at ABC in Los Angeles. “We are also in the process of transitioning our linear broadcast operation to IP so our team is both broadcast-centric and fully versed in IP, which gives us the ability to really re-think and re-invent a consumer experience that is stable for OTT platforms. We want local programming to be available to as many people in as many ways as possible.” Across the board the industry is adapting to these changing viewing habits, and addressing the continued move by many to OTT platforms. Richard Brandon, CMO of Edgeware, says the U.K.-based company’s customers include traditional broadcast and cable operators, as well telcos who “operate like traditional broadcasters.” With so many different players there has been fragmentation in the delivery of content, Brandon added. As a result people are opting to pay for smaller bundles where possible and even ditching what were traditional delivery methods entirely. LIVE FROM NEW YORK (AND ANYWHERE ELSE) With Hulu’s recent launch of its $40 per month live TV service, it appears that the biggest change with OTT this year—the ability to handle that live content—has been overcome. This allows streaming companies to begin to operate more like the telcos and even the cable providers—not to mention the broadcasters. “Many OTT operators in general either have started or are planning to start live streaming channels in the near future,” said Alex Holtz, director of market development for news and content delivery at Grass Valley. “Basically it is going to be a very competitive managed service that is similar to the cable and ITV businesses.” Just as cable struck deals for the carriage of local content, so too could OTT offer that content. “It is a natural transition,” added Holtz. “And it will in turn change the content, notably with the 24/7 news cycle. Breaking news is going to Twitter Periscope, Facebook Live and even YouTube. There is already a tremendous outreach to ‘cord cutters’ and ‘cord nevers.’ And over time you’ll see local carriage going to pure-play OTT providers.” To accommodate local audiences, U.S. broadcasters may need to work with MVPDs and virtual MVPDs to provide an OTT-ready version of the live, linear feeds; and the MPVDs can package these channels into their OTT offerings. “U.S. local broadcasters want and have to provide their linear channels over-the-top so that they can reach mobile viewers, but there are two main difficulties,” said Jean Macher, director of market development at Harmonic in San Jose, Calif. “From a technology standpoint, local broadcasters are too small to tackle the complexity of setting up an OTT service. From a content standpoint, local broadcasters can stream the content they produce but for content that is aired and not owned—i.e., network programming, syndication, even some ads—the rights to the content are often for over-the-air only. Thus, they cannot take their existing 24/7 linear channel and make it available over-the-top.” Already many local broadcasters are connecting with their respective audiences in other ways, and this includes streaming live to websites and mobile apps. “For the consumer they get alerts on their devices and that takes them to a mobile player,” said Holtz. “You click on a news story and go straight to the stream.” REVENUE STREAMING OTT has advantages for content providers to reach an audience even as fragmentation continues, but exactly what it means for traditional revenue streams is still being determined. “We are seeing behavioral changes and how OTT can accommodate it,” said Ian Young, product manager at Snell Advanced Media. “What is important to note is that when a broadcaster gets into OTT, revenue may not be the primary motivator… there are new costs involved.” These costs can include the need for IT staff, as well as different architecture and equipment. “It is sort of an inefficient way to do this as it requires different equipment, so as a company we recognize this and want to empower operational staff to keep the usual broadcast efficiency,” Young said. At the same time, revenue streams from advertising could prove to be more effective as ad content can be more tailored to the audience. Referring to the earlier days of streaming. “even when content was sent over the internet everyone got the same ad,” said Edgeware’s Brandon. “But now streams can be unique, and this means ads can be much more targeted to the individual. However, it takes a number of factors to get it to line up and it is more complicated than it looks at first sight.” Metadata is an important part of the equation. “OTT provides better monetization of content through improved targeting driven by better utilization of customer metadata,” said Yuval Fisher of Imagine Communications in Dallas. “This is part of the sophisticated targeting of content that happens online, and it is now starting to happen in targeted forms of broadcast video.” This could also provide a needed opportunity for broadcasters to get back revenue that they had been losing to online platforms, but it will require culling data from various sources. “Today your local food chain [grocery store] may know more about you than the broadcasters,” added Brandon. “Broadcasters need to understand their audience so that they can better target the ads that streaming can provide.” As this evolves, OTT could become another entry point for viewers to access a robust national as well a local programming experience. “The platform we are building for delivery to OTT platforms has a great deal more functionality, including the ability to replace content in real time, dynamically insert ads, and add markers and triggers for things like cloud DVR or instant VOD,” said ABC’s Rouse. Source: TV Technology
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Jul 26, 2017

Press

24i Media Named Finalist in IBC’s CSI Awards 2017

Industry leading Internet TV app leader honored to be shortlisted for prestigious award at IBC 2017. Amsterdam, The Netherlands, July 26th, 2017, 24i Media, an industry-leading global TV app developer for the world’s top media companies, today announced that it has been shortlisted in the category “Best TV Everywhere on multi-screen video” in the CSI Awards 2017. 24i is shortlisted for their SmartOTT Backstage solution, part of their off-the-shelf customizable template product, SmartOTT. SmartOTT Backstage is 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. “We are honored and delighted to have been shortlisted in the prestigious CSI awards,” said Martijn Van Horssen, CEO, 24i Media. “TV is changing at lightning speed and the always-connected consumer is driving cultural changes in content consumption that impact how companies connect with and engage consumers. In close partnership with our customers, we’re dedicated to the innovations shaping the future of TV and to helping our customers turn viewers into fans through flexible and personalized viewing experiences across all devices.” The awards, which recognize innovation and excellence across several media platforms, are considered to be one of the most prestigious and competitive technology awards in the industry. Being shortlisted for best TV Everywhere solution is a strong proof of our technological leadership in the industry. We’re honored to be amongst the shortlisted companies. The winners will be determined by an independent judging panel and will be announced on Friday 15 September 2017 at IBC in Amsterdam. The full list of finalists and further details about attending the awards ceremony are available here. Meet 24i Media at IBC, booth 14.D30 24i Media will be showcasing their feature rich set of TV applications including SmartOTT and SmartOTT Backstage at IBC, booth 14.D30 in Amsterdam, Sept 15-19. Drop by their stand or book a meeting to discover how you can leverage 24i’s next generation tools and technologies to stand out from your competitors and capitalize on their flexible and proven solutions and take your Internet TV ambitions to the next level. About the CSI Awards The CSI Awards, which are celebrating their 15th year, recognize excellence in the broadcast, video, OTT and IoT sectors and are organized by CSI Magazine (Cable and Satellite International Magazine). Established in 2003 the CSI awards are among the most prestigious and competitive technology awards in the industry, designed to recognize and reward innovation and excellence in the cable, satellite, broadcast, IPTV, telco, broadband/OTT video, mobile TV and associated sectors. The CSI Awards ceremony will be held on Friday September 15th during the IBC Conference from 6pm to 7.30pm. About 24i Media 24i is an industry-leading global TV app developer with award-winning technology that helps customers develop and deploy apps faster and more efficiently on all devices, screens and platforms. 24i empower 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, Sinclair Broadcasting Group, Globo, RTE, NPO, 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, turning viewers into fans. 24i Media is headquartered in Amsterdam, with offices in Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Copenhagen and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com.
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Jul 25, 2017

Blog

Millennials have a Netflix account. Gen Z is playing video games.

More Americans are using more devices, regardless of age. Which age group is most keen on what varies and could have a profound effect on the future of devices.

In general, smartphones are the most pervasive technology measured among all age groups, according to new data from measurement company Nielsen, which tracks American households that have TVs.

Seventy-three percent of people aged 2 to 20, known as Generation Z, have video game consoles, 7 percentage points more than the next-most-likely gamers, millennials. Generation Z is also fondest of tablets, with 78 percent having one in their homes. But as Gen Z is still so young, it’s possible they’ll lessen their video game and tablet habits as they grow up. People between 2 and 20 account for 26 percent of Americans and is the most racially diverse age group.

Millennials (age 21-37) are the most likely to have access to video-on-demand services like Netflix. Relatedly, they’re most likely to own multimedia devices — technology like Chromecast or Apple TV that streams online content onto TVs.

PCs are most popular among Generation X (age 38-52), 85 percent of whom have one in their homes.

The only device measured that saw substantial declines among all age groups was, unsurprisingly, DVD players. Still, DVD players are available in 62 percent (millennials) to 81 percent (boomers, age 53-70) of households.

Smart TVs and multimedia devices are the least pervasive gadgets among all age groups, but they’re still relatively new. They also have very high growth rates (24 percent to 31 percent year over year).

Source: Recode
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Jul 25, 2017

Blog

How To Launch An OTT App

Over the top (OTT) television is changing the way people watch video. Whereas television screens were once used almost exclusively for linear TV, today’s viewers use may connected devices, media adaptors and Internet TV apps to consume digital content. The average American, per eMarketer, watches more than 12 hours of OTT content each week. That figure is expected to grow to nearly 19 hours by 2020. From a consumer perspective, this growth shouldn’t come as a surprise. OTT is a convenient medium, one highly immersive and tailored to the viewer’s tastes in terms of content and advertising. Broadcasters and content owners can no longer reach their audiences solely through traditional channels. They need OTT offerings that enable viewers to access their preferred content on any device, anytime. Unfortunately, building a good OTT app can be easier said than done. Throughout the development process, video publishers must navigate a number of key choices that will ultimately make or break their execution. 1. Be Where Your Target Audience Is The always-connected consumer is driving cultural changes in content consumption that impact how companies connect with and engage consumers. Chances are, your audience watches OTT content across a massive number of mobile devices, smart TVs, consoles and media adapters. To be successful, you need one app for each device. The right digital agency can provide a future-proof template solution that allows you to quickly get to market with personalized apps for a variety of digital environments. Once you’re up and running, this technology lets you seamlessly launch new channels across multiple devices, as well as \publish and monetize content with a tailored template. 2. Personalization Is The Key To Engagement A critical ingredient to OTT success is establishing a one-to-one relationship with consumers that turns viewers into enthusiastic “fans,” those more passionate than your average loyal subscriber. By creating a user profile for every viewer, you can deliver personalized recommendations that guide customers through a potentially overwhelming content library. These users return to your properties every day, creating a cycle that allows you to learn more about your customers and deliver highly personalized experiences. This means monetizing your service more effectively and broadly. 3. Each Screen Has Its Own Unique User Environment In OTT, every screen you stream presents the user with a unique viewing experience. For instance, the relatively large size of TV screens creates a much more immersive environment for users, making these devices perfect for long-form content and binge watching. Tablets and smartphone devices allow content providers to take advantage of interactive features not found on the big screen. Mobile devices are also a great place to stream short-form content tailored to the individual user. Each device is likely to have different kinds of people watching. For instance, kids and Millennials watch video almost exclusively on tablets and smartphones. Tailor accordingly. 4. Help Audiences Find Your Content Even if you have quality content and a great user experience, your app won’t be worth much if no one knows it exists. Buy promoted placements on the homepages of OTT platforms like Roku. This gets your app in front of viewers at the precise moment they’re deciding what to watch next. It’s also important to open additional lines of communication beyond the OTT channels. By establishing email contact, you can drive repeat viewership by letting people know when you’ve added new content to the app. 5. The Way To Measure Success Consumers are extremely sophisticated about the quality of the video services they use. With access to more video than ever before on any device, people expect a more personalized service and a flawless viewing experience. If you fail to meet these expectations, viewers won’t return. It’s important to measure how many people are watching your content, how long they’re engaging for, and how smoothly they’re receiving your video feed. If users encounter buffering every time they try to stream your content, they’re not going to stick around. OTT is a fast-moving space where content owners need to remain flexible in order to keep up with the latest innovations and consumer trends.
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Jul 14, 2017

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U.S. cord cutters watch more Netflix than Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube combined

Netflix is continuing to dominate streaming services in the U.S., not only in terms of penetration in cord cutters’ homes, as reported in April, but also in time spent watching. According to data from comScore, cord cutters are watching more Netflix each month than YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video combined. But Hulu users are more engaged with the service on a daily basis, the study indicates. The data from comScore was cited by MarketingCharts in its own report released this morning, and follows on earlier findings that the user base for subscription video services has now topped the cable TV audience, indicating a shift in how people in the U.S. are today watching television. Netflix in April accounted for 40 percent of over-the-top viewing hours, compared with 18 percent for YouTube, 14 percent for Hulu, and 7 percent for Amazon Video. It also has the most monthly viewing days per household at 12.3 days. But when you look at viewing behavior on a day-by-day basis, Hulu is far ahead of the pack. On average, U.S. cord cutters are watching 2.9 hours of Hulu per day, which is ahead of Netflix (2.2 hours), YouTube (2.1 hours), and Amazon Video (2 hours). Though MarketingCharts’ report didn’t delve deeply into why that’s the case, the primary reason is simply due to the fact that Netflix has higher penetration in the U.S. However, the new figures may point to key differences in how consumers watch the different streaming services, too. Netflix, for example, likely encourages more binge watching sessions, because of how it drops entire seasons of shows at once – like the recent release of Season 5 of “Orange is the New Black,” where a single event – a prison riot – is told across 13 episodes. The entire season feels like one, long story, not a dozen or so separate ones. Meanwhile, Hulu’s partnerships enable streaming access to network and cable TV programming, which in turn has people tuning into its service on a more regular basis to see if new episodes of their favorite shows are available. Or, in other words, Hulu is taking the place of traditional TV in the cord-cutting era, while Netflix has become associated with an entirely different style of viewing. In fact, Netflix has been credited with the invention of this new storytelling “art form” – something that sits in between being a TV show but isn’t quite a film, either. Storytellers have adapted their content to cater to binge watchers, too, by telling these longer stories, and sometimes even crafting entire first seasons that function as the “pilot,” instead of just the first episode. Plus, these TV stories don’t have to rely as much on things like manipulative cliff-hangers – a holdover from the network TV era where shows needed a hook to pull people back next week. Now, storytellers can instead count more on Netflix’s auto-play feature, which loads up the next episode immediately after the current one ends. On Netflix, it takes more effort to stop watching than to keep bingeing. The new data doesn’t definitively prove that these factors have contributed to why Netflix is capturing more viewing hours, but they likely play a role. Source: Techcrunch
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Jul 11, 2017

News

24i is nominated for the Streaming Media Readers’ Choice Awards 2017

We’re delighted to have been nominated for the best multiscreen solution in the 2017 Streaming Media Europe Readers Choice Award. The award is an annual industry competition hosted by Streaming Media Magazine, which lets readers choose their favourite streaming technology. 24i and our turnkey, world class TV app solution, SmartOTT, has been nominated in the category for best Multiscreen solution. A category covering Over-the-top and "catch-up" solutions for delivering television content online to multiple devices, including set-top boxes, smart TVs, mobile phones, tablets, and more. Cast your vote here today!
24i’s front-end solution for Over-The-Top TV distributors is an off-the-shelf, customizable template product that enables customers to remove complexity from their IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables you to simplify syndication and deliver your live and on-demand TV and video content, from one to hundreds of TV channels, to any screen. With this cost -efficient, turn-key solution operators can quickly expand their reach among the next generation of TV viewers, worldwide. This nimble and ever-evolving product offers a best-in-class user experience that drives engagement, turning viewers into fans and increases revenue.
Powerful and flexible, SmartOTT, is a turnkey TV app solution for all devices, empowering leading operators, broadcasters, media companies and content owners across the world to seamlessly create, manage, distribute and monetize their premium content across all networks and devices. Powered by 24i’s proven AppCore production framework, the template-based SmartOTT solution ensures fast time-to-market and proven UI & UX. Learn more about SmartOTT!    Your vote is highly appreciated! We’re naturally pretty pleased with being nominated for this prestigious award. Your vote would be highly appreciated. Voting closes on August 1st so cast your vote today! 
We’re also delighted to see that so many of our awesome partners are amongst the nominees. Congrats – you’ve got our vote! Thank you! We appreciate your support!
Cast your vote here today! 
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Jul 10, 2017

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European OTT / VOD Providers Leverage Population Diversity and Changing Subscriber Preferences to Expand Installed Base

There is a high level of activity in the European over-the-top (OTT) / Video-on-Demand (VOD) services market in terms of financial investments, new features, and service launches. The fragmented ecosystem, with over 450+ unique video on demand service providers in the region, is transforming as partnerships between various stakeholders in the value chain increase to capture market share. About EUR150 million was invested in 2016 in content and technology firms to drive expansion of connected video services. However, intense competition, price sensitivity among consumers, regulatory uncertainty due to Brexit policies, and the digital single market strategy of the European commission, are some of the challenges that could restrain the growth of the market in the near term. Content personalization and customization strategies are crucial for growth, finds Frost & Sullivan's Digital Transformation team "Various events in the media industry in 2016 and early 2017 reflect that the OTT video industry in Europe is undergoing major transformation," states Frost & Sullivan Digital Transformation Analysts Vidya S Nath and Swetha R K. "Despite being a highly fragmented market, there have been several new launches with innovative features and services." "Despite intense competition, a fragmented structure and regulatory pressure, the diversity of the population and changing subscriber preferences ensures that there is still space for everyone," notes Swetha R K. "Strong content strategy and technological innovation will be the key to differentiation." Key factors fuelling growth in the European OTT market include: • OTT/ VOD services being offered by the entire ecosystem of media companies including, Pay TV providers, broadcast  networks, OTT portals, and social media companies • Expanding Internet penetration levels and demand for travel-friendly options to watch TV that promote online multimedia consumption; • Innovation in the form of several advanced value-added features and novel business models; • Diverse international and local content and attractive bundling offers from TV providers that fuel OTT service adoption among a tech-savvy population; • Low penetration in Central and Eastern Europe, where demand for local content is booming; and • Need for an assortment of service providers for different requirements of an OTT video operator, including compression, streaming, real-time video analytics, user experience, and payment options. "While the next 12 months hold a promising market outlook for OTT growth, the key to survival and sustenance of growth will depend on how various service providers are able to drive personalization and customization while differentiating their service value proposition, " reveals Nath. Nordic TV Summit – exploring Content personalization and customization strategies According to the new research from Frost & Sullivan, content personalization and customization strategies are crucial for growth. At the annual Nordic TV Summit in Copenhagen, Sept. 28th, we’ll talk more about the need for content personalization and customization strategies, get insight from industry pioneers, share best practice and much more. Visit www.nordictvsummit.com for more details about this must attend event. Source: Newswire
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Jun 29, 2017

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Smart TVs to drive internet-connected TV growth

By the end of 2020 there are forecast to be 260 million installed devices attached to the Internet and able to deliver apps to TVs, according to the latest NPD Connected Intelligence forecast. This represents 31% growth in TV-connected devices over the forecast period, led by smart TVs and streaming media players. In fact, smart TVs will drive nearly half (48%) of installed Internet-connected TV device growth through 2020, while streaming media players will contribute 31 percent of ownership growth. The TV-Connected Device Forecast looks to shed light on how new generation smart TVs and evolved streaming media boxes and sticks will shape home entertainment. According to the forecast, by 2018, and through the end of the forecast period, household penetration of smart TVs will achieve relative parity with streaming media players as platforms delivering apps to TVs. “Sales of smart TVs and continued growth in streaming video will contribute to the increase of installed internet-connected TVs,” said John Buffone, executive director, industry analyst, NPD Connected Intelligence. “Additionally, 4K mass market adoption plays an important role, as nearly all 4K TVs are internet capable.” The rate of attaching connectable-TV devices to the internet is projected to increase from 73% in 2016 to 81% of installed units by 2020. This will eventually lead consumers to choose a preferred device and result in a diminished use of other devices. From January 2013 through January 2017, usage of installed internet capable TVs to access online content increased from 30 to 55%, demonstrating growing consumer interest in streaming video. As such, streaming media player original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including Google, Roku and Amazon, continue to partner with TV OEMs to integrate their operating systems directly into displays. “All trends point to smart TVs and streaming media players driving the majority of growth in TV-connected devices. When you compound the increased usage for streaming video, it points to further dominance of these platforms, as they provide the premium content and ease of use consumers demand,” noted Buffone. Source: BroadbandTV News 
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Jun 27, 2017

Events

24i to speak at TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco

24i to speak at TV of Tomorrow show in San Francisco 24i will attend and speak at the 11th TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) taking place in San Francisco June 28-29th at the Golden Gate Club, The Presidio. TVOT SF 2017 will feature networking/business development opportunities for attendees, innovative and effective branding options for sponsors and exhibitors, close to 200 World-Class speakers and panellists, hands-on workshops and Master Classes, the presentation of the 14th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television, and much more. More details here http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com At TVOT SF, 24i's VP of Business development, Linda Abrams, will be joining the panel "Understanding the OTT Content Ecosystem: SVOD, Skinny Bundles and Beyond" in the Hawthorn Room on Thursday, June 29th at 3:30 pm. This session will explore the contours of the OTT content ecosystem (including subscription- and ad-supported VOD services, skinny bundles, niche programming offerings and more) and debate its likely future trajectory and its potential impact on the TV industry as a whole. Topics for discussion will include: How are OTT programming services being marketed to consumers, and what is being done to address their high rates of churn? How will issues with the delivery infrastructure on which they rely--such as ISP data caps and the FCC's plans to reverse Title II net neutrality--impact their development? What will be the impact on the space of social-media/video giants such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat rolling out new programming services? To what extent are OTT programming services' user experiences and business models restricted by the expectations and established business practices of their content providers? How much progress have they made in innovating the presentation and discoverability of content through personalization and other methods--are they, as one prominent commentator recently put it, still "hamstrung by the legacy of broadcast TV"? If one of the major strengths of OTT programming services is their ability to generate granular data on viewer behaviour, how well have they been leveraging this advantage to date? How will the accountability enabled by new cross-platform audience measurement methodologies impact the space? The panellist include: Howard Horowitz, President, Horowitz Research (Moderator) Linda Abrams, VP Business development, 24i Ed Lee, VP of Content Acquisition, Roku Arlen Marmel, General Manager, VRV, Ellation Colin Petrie-Norris, CEO, Xumo If you're attending the TV of Tomorrow Show, let us know. We'd love to catch up for a coffee and chat about the future of TV. Book a meeting with us below.
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Jun 26, 2017

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AR and VR to merge with reality

Seven out of 10 consumers believe that virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) will become mainstream in media, education, work, social interaction, tourism and retail, according to Ericsson’s latest ConsumerLab report. It adds that media is already being transformed and consumers expect virtual screens to start replacing TVs and theatres in less than a year. The report, entitled Merged Reality insights into how consumers expect VR and AR to merge with physical reality, and that 5G will be a key technology for such experiences to become mainstream. It also says that when boundaries between people’s perception of physical and virtual reality start to blur, this could result in a drastic impact on lives and society. The way people live, work, and consume information and media will fundamentally change. However, realities will not merge if the user is tethered to a computer or cut off from physical reality. Early adopters of VR/AR expect next-generation networks like 5G to play a central role. Thirty-six percent have expectations on 5G to provide VR/AR mobility through a stable, fast and high-bandwidth network, while 30% of early adopters also expect 5G to enable tethered headsets to become wireless. The qualitative research in the report included an innovative focus group discussion series completely in VR with participants from North America and Europe, as well as traditional focus groups with current users of VR from Japan and South Korea. A series of qualitative VR tests with 20 Ericsson employees were also done to understand how lag in VR can trigger nausea. In the quantitative part of the study, the report presents insights from a survey of 9,200 consumers in France, Germany, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Spain, the UK and the US, aged between 15-69. with awareness of the concept of VR. Source: Broadband TV News
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Jun 23, 2017

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Futuresource: Smart TVs the top way to tune into Netflix

Smart TVs are the preferred way for customers to access content provided by a streaming service as revealed by FutureSource Consulting. According to a Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, smart TV was the leader in six markets that it had studied. Presenting data at the Futuresource New Content Horizons event in London, Futuresource senior market analyst, Jack Wetherill, said that the smart TV led in each of the six markets it had analysed. Spain led with 49% of Netflix users opting to watch via smart TV, followed by Italy at 42%, the UK at 35%, Germany at 32%, the US at 30% and France at 28%. Streaming media devices like Google Chromecast were the second-highest favoured option for accessing Netflix in four of the six countries, with PC or laptop viewing proving second most popular in Spain and Italy. Viewing Netflix via a set-top box did not rank among the top five viewing methods in any of the six markets – apart from France, where it came in fifth place with 8% of viewers saying they liked to view the SVOD service this way. Despite this, set-top box ownership in Western Europe climbed by 39% between 2012 and 2016 to have a presence in 111 million households, according to Futuresource. Smart TV ownership climbed by a larger 163% over the four-year period but only appeared in 79 million homes in the region in 2016, while digital media adaptor ownership grew by a massive 458% to appear in 22 million Western European homes. Wetherill said Futuresource expects 20 million set-top boxes – excluding free-to-air boxes – to be shipped in Western Europe this year, down just 1% year-on-year. This compares to 19 million smart TVs, up 6% year-on-year, and 13 million digital media adapters, up 16% year-on-year. “There’s a range of different devices there for consumers to be enjoying OTT content – it’s a complex landscape out there,” said Wetherill. “We know that the move from broadcast to IP is an irreversible trend, but for some of the reasons I’ve outlined, it will take time to move from a) to b) – in fact many years. The set-top box will remain part of that landscape for some years to come. “As somebody once described it, and it will no doubt be described again, the set-top box is kind of like the cockroach in a nuclear winter. It will be one of the things that survives this whirlwind of development in content and hardware. Source: Digital TV Europe  
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Jun 07, 2017

Press

SBS launches a new form of interactive television advertising together with Chio, 24i, Isobar and Carat

The Netherlands, June 8th – 24i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, announced today that they have joined forces with Isobar and Carat to create and implement addressable TV for SBS Broadcasting. The first campaign for SBS broadcasting is of the brand Chio Heartbreakers started with HbbTV which is  supported by all SBS stations.

In close partnership with Chio, 24i, Isobar and Carat- SBS Broadcasting in the Netherlands just made their first steps into the battle of ad revenue by implementing addressable TV. With its partners, SBS has developed a standardized solution to offer additional content for consumers, on one hand, and addressed opportunities for the advertiser on the other.

Dorine van Mullem-Ale, Director of Business Intelligence & Strategy at SBS: "Our ambition as a broadcaster is to develop addressable TV in the Netherlands. This implies content enrichment for the consumer and relevant contact moments for the advertiser. I would like to take an example of countries like Germany and England who made some very successful steps in the new TV shows. We have complete confidence in Carat, Isobar and 24i to make addressable TV a success. The first step as part of a comprehensive data strategy is taken together with a standardized solution that we can provide to all advertisers. "

400,000 Dutch people are able to receive the HbbTV signal. During the Chio Heartbreakers campaign, they are presented with layers appearing during the program produced by Talpa; “Should we play a game”?  By doing it this way, online activations are offered within the linear channel. The interactive message from Chio is shown during the “snack” moments on the SBS6 program. In addition, the Chio interaction moments will be deployed in the coming weeks within the commercial breaks for additional range. SBS has now developed a standardized solution to offer additional content for consumers, on one hand, and addressed opportunities for the advertiser on the other.

Ronnie van Briemen, Head of AV Media at Carat: "From the partnership perspective we are able to continue to offer our advertisers added value in a highly evolving television market. Talking about HbbTV is one side but actually doing it, requires entrepreneurship. Together with our partners SBS, 24i and our sister agency Isobar, we make this happen for Chio. Our vision is that television will remain of great value for all kinds of brands. "

Addressable TV has become a way to make advertisers’ messages more relevant to viewers by better targeting according to their viewing habits and household profiles. This type of relevancy often leads to greater attention, engagement, and sales. Through its partnership with Carat and Isobar, 24i is underlining its focus on the forward-looking and innovative direction of its product portfolio and its commitment to their customers’ success across all platforms, devices, business models and regions.

“Through our partnership with Carat and Isobar, we are able to deliver superior results to advertisers by leveraging advancements in data and technology,” said Madelon Olsthoorn, VP Global Partnerships at 24i. “Bringing addressable capabilities to television will not only personalize the viewing experience across platforms and help enhance sales efforts with data-driven insights and automation, it will also enable advertisers to gain new insights into audiences to optimize their media buy. We are delighted to work with SBS Broadcasting on this project.”

HbbTV combines linear broadcast techniques with the Internet. Through HbbTV, various online consumer services (content enrichment like behind the scenes, interviews, games and e-commerce functionality) and advertisers (enhanced targeting options to facilitate the desired shift from contextual ads to one-to-one ads) can be offered.

About 24i Media (www.24i.com)

24i is a leading vendor in Internet 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, Madrid and Brno. 

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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 

You are invited!

We’re delighted to invite you to join us at the OTT Days in Singapore- a thought-leadership event for the future of OTT. You will hear from the people who are pioneering new strategies and partnerships and exploiting new market opportunities.

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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May 08, 2017

Blog

What Does ‘Watching TV’ Really Mean Anymore?

A new report suggests that Gen Z is a native digital video generation that overwhelmingly equates “watching TV” with an online source. Analysis of the survey from Tremor says they also may be the first to fully embrace digital video advertising by seeing ads as indistinguishable from actual TV shows, and they will lean heavily toward connected TVs. The study is based on an online survey administered to 1,020 respondents ages 14-50 in March of this year by the Center for Generational Kinetics. At The Center for Generational Kinetics, we call the generation after Millennials "Gen Z or iGen.” This corresponds within their research defining them as cloud natives rather than digital natives; their world is “iEverything,” with a lowercase “i.” Other popular names for this fast-emerging generation are Generation Z and Centennials The study suggests the term “watching TV” now holds a different meaning for many people with 84 percent of adults aged 14-50 surveyed equating “watching TV” with devices such as an Apple TV or PlayStation. Specifically, 70 percent of Gen Z consider watching TV through an online source, whereas 74 percent of Gen X consider watching TV to be through traditional cable or satellite services. “The transition of television programming to a digital, streaming-first culture has been happening at a rapid pace,” Karen Ring, senior director, insights and analytics at Tremor Video, observes. “Gen Z, who in two years will make up 20 percent of the workplace, is in a prime position to create an inflexion point in favor of online consumption.” The data suggests Gen Z respondents are 40 percent more likely to watch multiple episodes of TV in solid, focused chunks, much like reading chapters in a novel. More than half of those surveyed said they prefer to stick to a single show until they finish the series, rather than intermix shows. Additionally, a majority (54 percent) of Gen Z respondents said that they either don’t mind or enjoy watching ads, compared to smaller portions by Millennials (45 percent) and Gen X (43 percent). While the youngest generation claims to watch less TV than their parents do, they still have a low tolerance for a heavy ad load.   Source: CED Magazine 
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May 03, 2017

Press

RTÉ announces plans to develop the next generation RTÉ Player

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.” ENDS 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.
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May 02, 2017

Blog

US Adults Now Spend 12 Hours 7 Minutes a Day Consuming Media

US adults will spend more than half the day with major media

In an annual contest at Coney Island, participants vie to see who can eat the most hot dogs in 10 minutes. It has seemed in recent years that US adults bring a similar spirit to their consumption of media, cramming as much as possible into an average day.

Thanks to multitasking (and our method of accounting for it, explained in a moment), US adults’ average daily time spent with major media will slightly exceed 12 hours this year, according to eMarketer’s latest report, “US Time Spent with Media: eMarketer’s Updated Estimates and Forecast for 2014-2019”.

But while our reports early in the decade told a story of robust gains—with increases in digital usage more than compensating for declines in time spent with nondigital media—growth has been petering out. Of course, media multitasking is what has made so much usage possible. Like a Coney Island contestant stuffing hot dogs into his mouth with both hands, people are often using multiple media at the same time. That is how the figure for time spent can add up to 12 hours a day. And note our method of accounting for simultaneous usage: If someone spends an hour watching TV (for example) and uses a smartphone to surf the web during the same hour, we count this as an hour of usage for each medium, and hence as 2 hours of total media time. One might have thought average time spent with smartphones by users would decline as the smartphone population broadened far beyond early adopters and technophiles. Instead, average time spent among users has steadily increased. eMarketer estimates that nonvoice time spent per day by smartphone users will have risen from 2 hours 18 minutes in 2014 to 2 hours 42 minutes by 2019. The proliferation of apps is clearly a factor in this increase. More and more of the digital universe is designed to cater to smartphones, and this often takes the form of apps. For users of smartphones—and, to a slightly lesser extent, users of tablets—time spent using those devices mostly means time spent using apps. And the preeminence of apps vs. the mobile web grows year by year. Time spent with the mobile web via smartphones is expected to decline throughout the forecast period, while time spent with it via tablets ticks up just slightly. During those same years, in-app time on both devices is expected to grow strongly—though the rate of increase slows in the later years. eMarketer estimates that in-app smartphone time will have increased by 42 minutes per day between 2014 and 2019.   Source:  Emarketer
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Apr 22, 2017

Blog

The latest in TV technology – Q1 2017

It's been a while since the last overview of what's happening in the world of TV technology, so it's high time for another update. As always, the year kicked off with CES in Las Vegas, where each of the large TV brands (Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, Philips, etc) presented its plans for 2017. Same as last year, the focus in display technology was on HDR, which is becoming the new normal. While in the past LG was the only company known for OLED technology, many others announced OLED screens as well, although most of these will probably be rebranded LG displays. Another trend was a move towards extremely thin screens, with the logic, HDMI ports, offloaded to a separate module which can be hidden discretely. Old non-sensical hypes like 3D TV or curved TVs are going away. In the area of software, there were relatively few changes. There were the usual updates to webOS, Tizen, etc, but no major shifts. The only problematic case appears to be Firefox OS, which runs on some Panasonic TVs, for which the development team inside Mozilla was scrapped. In the console space, Sony is stronger than ever with its PlayStation 4. It has sold a massive 53 million consoles, dwarfing Microsoft's Xbox One sales, which are roughly half. Meanwhile, both Sony and Microsoft are steadily working on improving the software on their consoles. The next big step will be Microsoft's introduction of its Project Scorpio Xbox at E3 in June. The big news in the console space was the launch of Nintendo's new Switch console, which is basically a handheld which can also be docked to a TV. While very interesting, Nintendo has chosen to focus exclusively on gaming for now. Video streaming capabilities are expected to be added later on, but none are present on the device right now. With regards to set-top boxes, Apple appears to finally be working on a 4K and HDR version of its Apple TV. Currently, it's the only major TV platform which hasn't got that capability yet. NVIDIA pushed out a new version of its SHIELD TV at CES">CES, where Amazon">Amazon announced that it is licensing its Fire TV OS to Smart TV brands, similar to how Roku TV and Android TV work. Amazon also significantly overhauled the user interface of its Fire TV software. Roku is finally deprecating its old legacy SDK in favour of the much more versatile and pretty SceneGraph SDK. Outside of the major players, Caavo announced a set-top box to connect them all, although the price is very high at $400. Meanwhile, the shift in political power in the US has resulted in a new FCC which is unlikely to force any changes to the operator set-top box landscape in the US.
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Apr 21, 2017

Press

24i integrates with Microsoft Azure for smarter personalized discovery and user experience

24i integrates with Microsoft Azure for smarter personalized discovery and user experience Amsterdam, The Netherlands, April 21st 201724i Media, a leading provider of multi-screen TV apps, announced today that they have integrated the cloud-based Microsoft Cognitive Services Recommendations API to enable their customers to easily build a smarter recommendation engine. The Recommendations API is pre-integrated in 24i’s recently launched CMS, SmartOTT Backstage. “The hottest driver for Over-the-Top (OTT) growth is customized, user-specific discovery algorithms – the ability to wow consumers with a stunning personalized user experience.” said Martijn Van Horssen. “By integrating Microsoft Cognitive Services Recommendations API, we empower our customers to take personalization to the next level and significantly reduce customer churn and increase revenue growth.” Today’s viewers expect you to really know them and personalize your recommendations to help them through the search and discovery process. They also expect a service that is personalized and delightful at every stage of the experience from sign-up to discovery and viewing to renewals. With the Microsoft Cognitive Services Recommendations API, using cognitive computing to deliver a number of algorithm-derived results, such as Frequently Bought Together (FBT) products, item-to-item recommendations, and customer-to-item flows, 24i enables their customers to generate higher consumption, customer satisfaction and increased revenues with a smarter recommendation engine. “24i Media underscores our commitment to provide our customers with state-of-the-art innovation in cloud technology. ,” said Tony Emerson, Managing Director, Worldwide Media & Cable at Microsoft Corp. “By integrating Recommendations API, part of Microsoft Cognitive Services, 24i allows their clients to customize what’s being fed based on the user history so their customers end up with higher engagement and lower churn – both key metrics for successful OTT services today. Key features in the integrated recommendation API from Microsoft Azure: Recommendations; Viewers activity in the OTT service is used to recommend items and to improve conversion.
Automated workflow; The integrated recommendation engine automatically prepares an environment for an OTT provider to upload their catalogue and usage data to.
Reuse previous experience to make informed recommendations to viewers.
Use knowledge of customer interest to show related content.
Training; The recommendation engine can be trained by uploading data about past customer activity or by collecting data directly from your OTT service. When the viewer returns to your store you will be able to feature recommended items from your content catalogue that may increase your conversion rate.
Increase the discoverability of their OTT service, across devices and regions. present content to viewers that they haven’t seen before, better discoverability brings more satisfied users who watch more content, which has a positive monetization effects for the operators.
Meet 24i at NAB Show 2017, booth #SU11702CM 24i will be exhibiting at the NAB Show in Vegas, April 24- 27, booth #SU11702CM where they will be showcasing their innovative stack of services and product offerings for broadcasters, networks and content owners. To learn more about the Microsoft Azure integration, the newly launched CMS, 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 Internet 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, Madrid and Brno. For more information, please visit www.24i.com. For more information, please contact: Brynhild Vinskei Brynhild.vinskei@24i.com Mob: + 45 29 66 64 20
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Apr 21, 2017

Blog

The Nordics lead the SVOD market in Europe

According to the recent data from Dataxis research, the Nordic region comprising Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland leads the SVOD market in Europe. According to the report, Nordic region represented 20 percent of all SVOD subscriptions in Europe in Q4 2016 and in the same quarter number of SVOD subscriptions in Nordic region were equivalent to the number of subscriptions in Germany and Italy. The average revenue per user (ARPU) for each SVOD offer in Nordic is higher than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max 2014 Dame Dataxis estimates that the ARPU per offer in Nordic was around $10.6 in Q4 16 and this is explained by the fact that SVOD offers in Nordic cost relatively higher than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max 90 Honeycomb Heren For example, the standard offer of Netflix costs 89 DKK ($12.7) in Denmark versus 9.99 EUR ($10.7) in France. Consequently, there is a higher SVOD spending per person in Nordic than in the rest of Europe. Nike Air Max Heren According to Dataxis, the total customer spending on SVOD in Nordic reached almost 800M EUR ($848.2M) in 2016. There are four main SVOD actors in the Nordics: Viaplay, HBO Nordic, C More and Netflix, with the later accounting for almost half of the market. Nike Darwin Goedkoop • Netflix: Launched in Q4 2012 in Nordic. With its early launch, Netflix has immediately dominated the Nordic SVOD market offering local and international content in the language of each country. • Viaplay: Launched in 2011, it’s the historical actor in Nordic. It expanded in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania in July 2016. Air Max 2015 Heren Goedkoop • HBO Nordic: Launched just after Netflix in Q3 2012. HBO offers SVOD only in Nordic but faced some constraints at the beginning to get subscribers because the offer was not aligned on Viaplay and Netflix: no free trial and 12 months’ mandatory commitment. • C More: C More, a pay TV actor, launched Filmnet in October 2012 in Sweden and in 2013 in Denmark, Finland and Norway. In 2015, Filmnet moved to C More website.An interesting move in term of monetization is the launch of SF Kids Play (an SVOD offer for kids) in Nordic in February 2016. SF Kids Play is the first SVOD offer of the giant TVOD actor in Nordic, SF Anytime (Bonnier AB Group). The launch of Amazon Prime Video in December 2016 in more than 200 countries including all the Nordic countries is going to intensify the competition and could change the top 4 in 2017.
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Apr 21, 2017

News

Current VR Experiences Lack Context Required for Real Engagement

The Virtual Reality industry will surpass $10Bn in revenues globally by 2022. Nike AIR Max 2017 Dames Zwart Wit This growth will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allow the user to Experience, Preview, and Escape reality. Nike Free TR Fit Goedkoop While the virtual reality (VR) market is poised to grow tremendously over the next several years, a recent study from the User Experience Strategies (UXS) service discovered that current VR experiences lack the type of context required for real engagement with the medium. Nike Air Max Thea Print Heren The research further adds that the growth in VR market will be driven by the creation of compelling experiences that allows users to experience, preview, and escape the reality. Early adopters of VR are the predominant gamers who are driven to the medium with the promise of ‘being there’. Nike Air Max 2017 Dame Goedkoop However, the biggest risks for the VR market are lack of context, lack of social capabilities and the hard-wired headset restricting player movement. Nike Air Max 90 Bloemeny Heren&Dame “There are a number of ways that VR can be made more compelling: design content from the ground-up for VR to make use of its immersive properties; contextualize VR experiences to provide real emotional engagement with the content; and ensure sensory engagement with VR content through the ability to touch, see, and hear what’s happening in virtual spaces.” Commented Mathew Alton, Research Analyst and report author.
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Apr 18, 2017

News

End-to-end delivery of OTT Products and the Business Opportunities

Join us as we discuss OTT products and the business opportunities with our customer Sinclair Broadcasting Group and partner, Verizon Digital Media Services in a panel at NAB.

The way consumers enjoy media is constantly evolving, creating opportunities and challenges for both new entrants and established players. In 2017, the rate of change only seems to be accelerating and morphing to match modern tastes. To succeed, TV networks and broadcasters are re-imagining their businesses to meet viewers' modern expectations.

This panel will provide attendees with actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms.

During this panel, several key questions will be explored, including:

-       What are the main technical and operational challenges for going OTT?

-       Capitalizing on technology, business models and devices for scalability and OTT Success

-       How hard is it to integrate broadcast and OTT workflows?

-       How to successfully deliver OTT products across multiple brands

-       Multiplatform viewing: mobile, connected device, and smart TV

Panellists

Ben Miller, VP digital products at Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Joseph Hopkins, CRO at Verizon Digital Media Services

Martijn Van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media

Moderator: Glenn Hower, Senior Analyst, Parks Associate 

When & Where

Wednesday April 26th 2:30PM - 3:00 PM | CM|IP Pavilion in South Upper Hall

 

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Apr 18, 2017

News

Redefine the way TV is consumed! Meet 24i Media at NAB 2017

Book a meeting and live demo with us at NAB booth #SU11702CM & discover first hand how our in-depth expertise and proven technology can help you turn viewers into fans, empowering you to increase efficiency, reduce cost and set your business up to deliver a richer, future proof, TV experience across all devices and platforms. At NAB we’ll showcase our comprehensive suite of innovative products, including:

SmartOTT Backstage: Our 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 recommendations, personalization, recommendations, continued viewing and superb curated content collections- instantly responsive across devices and regions. Discover more.

SmartOTT: 24i’s off-the-shelf white- label product empowering you to remove complexity from your IPTV and OTT strategy. It’s a cohesive suite that enables you to simplify syndication and deliver your live and on-demand TV & video content to any screen. Learn more.

SmartOperator: Our TV Anywhere front-end solution for TV operators. It is an off-the-shelf product that offers an innovative and uniform user experience across a range of devices. Learn more.

SmartTemplate: For partners who need a standardized front-end solution at the lowest cost but with maximum quality, stability and innovation. This build- once, deploy-everywhere Internet TV app template offers your clients easy access to the OTT market space. Learn more.

SmartApp: a product customized completely to your needs by supporting each client’s specific TV and OTT strategy, requirements, brand and technology integrations. Our in-depth knowledge and expertise with streaming video and interactive TV enables us to develop tailor-made solutions with cutting edge functionalities, realizing truly competitive advantages and strategic value for your company. Learn more.

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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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Apr 16, 2017

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24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

We’re delighted to welcome Brynhild Vinskei to our team. In the role as Chief Markets Officer she will head the global Sales and Marketing activities at 24i Media 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, partner and Chief Strategy Officer at 24i, 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.
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Apr 05, 2017

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24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

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.

24i appoints Brynhild Vinskei as CMO to accelerate growth

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.

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Apr 04, 2017

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Internet advertising expenditure to exceed US $200bn this year

Global internet advertising expenditure will grow 13% to reach US$205bn in 2017, according to Zenith’s new Advertising Expenditure Forecasts.This will be the first year in which more money will be spent on internet advertising than advertising on traditional television (which will total US$192bn).
  The sheer scale of internet advertising means its growth rate is slowing. Internet ad spend grew 17% in 2016, down from 20% in 2015, and the report expects growth to slow to 13% in 2017, 12% in 2018 and 10% by 2019 (though it will continue to add US$23bn-US$24bn a year). In this environment, it is vital that platforms and publishers address advertisers’ valid concerns about viewability and brand safety to secure sustainable growth. As the market matures, advertisers need to know for certain that their ads are being actively viewed by real people in appropriate environments. “Internet advertising has contributed all of the growth in global ad spend since the beginning of the decade, and has stimulated much of the innovation we’ve seen in the market,” said Vittorio Bonori, Global Brand President. “Innovation is proceeding as fast as ever, and we believe that this is what will continue to drive brand growth for advertisers.” The global ad market has grown at a steady pace of 4%-5% a year since the beginning of the decade, and Zenith expects it to continue to do so through to 2019. The forecast for 2017 is for 4.4% growth (unchanged since the last forecasts in December), down slightly from 4.6% growth in 2016. There also should be another 4.4% growth in 2018, followed by 4.2% in 2019. These rates are slightly below the growth rates that the IMF forecasts for nominal GDP.
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Mar 30, 2017

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Decline in North American pay-TV subs

According to a new study from Digital TV Research, the number of pay-TV subs in North America is predicted to fall by 10 million by 2022. Digital TV Research says the 9% decline to 102 million subscriptions does not indicate a massive cord-cutting problem. However, the number of non-pay homes will climb from 20.69 million to 41.56 million over the same period [the number of total households will increase by 11 million. This includes non-TV households]. To put it another way, pay TV penetration will drop from the peak of 87.4% in 2013 to 75.2% by 2022. The number of pay-TV subscribers declined by 2 million in both 2015 and in 2016. However, the rate of decline will slow from now on, although the 2022 total will be 5 million lower than the end-2016 total, according to the North America Pay TV Forecasts report. Simon Murray, Principal Analyst at Digital TV Research, explained: “Where are the lost subscribers in the decade to 2022 going? Some analog cable subscribers will give up paying for TV services rather than convert to an often more expensive digital platform.” He continued: “Cord-cutting is also a factor. It has been somewhat exacerbated by the traditional pay TV operators starting their own OTT platforms: satellite TV platform Dish provides Sling TV and DirecTV Now has recently started. Other distractions include Hulu, HBO Now and, of course, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.” Cable has been losing subscribers since 2011. This is partly due to the fact that not all of the 18 million analog cable subscribers at end-2010 will convert to digital cable TV platforms – or any digital pay TV platform for that matter. The free-to-air DTT household total will climb by 10 million between 2016 and 2022 to 31 million – presumably many of these sets will gather dust as these homes will have limited channel choice. The digital cable TV total will remain flat at about 57 million subs from 2015. Satellite TV will also stay flat at about 36 million from 2015. However, IPTV will lose subscribers. Much of the IPTV loss is attributable to AT&T encouraging its U-Verse subscribers to its DirecTV satellite platform. In Canada, Bell is doing the opposite: encouraging its satellite TV subs to convert to its IPTV platform. Pay TV revenues [subscriptions and PPV] in North America peaked in 2015 at $108.58 billion. Revenues will fall by 12.7% - or by $13.76 billion - to $94.82 billion in 2022. Cable revenues will decline by $12.13 billion - $2.19 billion less from analog cable and $9.94 billion lower for digital cable. Satellite TV will grow by $1.93 billion, but IPTV will fall by $3.55 billion – or by a massive 32.5%.   Source: Digital TV Research 
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Mar 27, 2017

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US now a “binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation”

American consumers' status as a binge watching, streaming, multitasking nation enters 2017 with strong momentum according to Deloitte's 11th "Digital Democracy Survey." Nearly three-quarters (73%) of US consumers and nearly 90% of millennials have watched binged video content, according to the findings in the new report. With 84 percent of Americans on social networks – social media has evolved well beyond "socializing" and is being used to discover new content, get news and resolve customer service issues. "American consumers continued to stream, binge watch and demand more media in 2016. As the growing forces of social media and over-the-top services continue to accelerate, particularly among millennials and Generation Z, the consumer rules," said Kevin Westcott, vice chairman and U.S. media and entertainment leader, Deloitte LLP. "The shift to streaming, mobile, on-demand services and personalization are significant opportunities in 2017. Brands can bring new value, services and incredibly entertaining content to the empowered consumers across all age groups in a manner that can be monetized." Among the key findings from Deloitte's Digital Democracy survey include: Streaming, pay TV, binge watching - full speed ahead Almost half (49 percent) of U.S. consumers and nearly 60 percent of generation Z (Gen Z), millennials a nd Generation X (Gen X) subscribe to at least one paid streaming video service. However, the survey notes that despite the growth of paid streaming services, U.S. consumers spend more time streaming video via free services (40 percent) than paid streaming subscriptions (35 percent). Seventy-four percent of consumers across U.S. households still subscribe to pay TV such as cable or satellite, but 66 percent of subscribers say they keep their pay TV because it is bundled with their internet. Nearly three quarters (73 percent) of U.S. consumers (up 3 percent from 2015) and nearly 90 percent of millennials and Gen Z have binge watched video content; almost 40 percent of millennial and Gen Z binge watchers do so weekly. Millennial and Gen Z binge watchers report watching an average of six episodes, or five hours of content, in a single sitting. The device of choice for key demographics remains split; Gen Z and millennials spend about half their time watching television shows and movies on devices other than a TV. Additionally, Gen X favors the TV by over 60 percent and Baby Boomers watch over 80 percent of programming on the TV. Nearly all (99 percent) millennials and Gen Z are multitasking while watching TV, averaging four additional activities, such as texting, browsing the web, using social networks, reading email and online shopping. Advertising – big opportunities for mobile and online in 2017 Sixty-seven percent of consumers, and over 70 percent of Gen Z and millennials, find mobile ads on their phone to be irrelevant; however, 37 percent of consumers find it valuable to receive location-based ads on their smartphone and use them regularly. More than 80 percent of consumers will skip an online video ad if allowed. Almost half (46 percent) of consumers said they pay more attention to an ad they can skip versus an ad they cannot skip. Forty-five percent of millennials use ad-blocking software, with 89 percent of the group saying their primary reason is to avoid all advertising. In fact, 40 percent of them also noted use of ad-blocking software on their smartphones. Online recommendations on social media (27 percent) are more influential than TV ads (18 percent) for Gen Z in influencing buying decisions. The Social Network is the Network Eighty-four percent of all consumers and over 90 percent of Gen Z and millennials are on social networks. Over 50 percent of Gen Z and millennials use social networks to learn about new TV shows, citing it to be more useful than TV commercials. Thirty-three percent of millennials and Gen Z get their news primarily from social media, with 21 percent saying that TV is still their most popular news platform. Over 70 percent of millennials have used social media to interact with corporate customer service in the last year; 71 percent of those that have used social media to resolve customer service issues believe they will get a better company response because it's public. Source: Deloitte
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Mar 23, 2017

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MILLENNIALS ON MILLENNIALS: A LOOK AT VIEWING BEHAVIOR, DISTRACTION AND SOCIAL MEDIA STARS

It’s hard enough to hold one person’s attention, let alone an entire generation’s. Millennials have grown alongside advancements in technology and media platforms, they engage in media like no one else and they’re “grown up” and have money to spend, placing them in intriguing territory with regard to media habits. When it comes to television, their eyes are glued to the screen. With commercials, they’re still tuned in—but their eyes are on their cell phones. Nielsen’s Millennials on Millennials report offers critical insight into the evolving media habits of this highly digital demographic, and it was produced by a team of Nielsen Millennial associates keen to help clients engage and reach a generation that every modern marketer is seeking a connection with. As marketers and advertisers look for the best opportunities to reach this demographic, they need precise insight into the evolving viewing and consumption habits of Millennials, which are closely watched and coveted. A new report from Nielsen, the Millennials on Millennials report, reveals three things you might not have known about Millennials. 1. MILLENNIALS LOVE TV-CONNECTED DEVICES TV still constitutes the majority of video consumption, but every other screen is much more valuable to Millennials. TV-connected devices compose four times the percentage of Millennials’ total video minutes than adults 35 and older: TV-connected devices account for 23% of Millennials’ total time with video, compared with just 6% for consumers 35 and older. And as a result, Millennials spend about 27% less time watching traditional TV (89% among 35+ vs. 66% among Millennials). 2.MILLENNIALS ARE A DISTRACTED AUDIENCE The report looked at a handful of popular, primetime programs to understand the dynamics of multi-tasking and attention among Millennials compared with other generations. During premiere episodes of various primetime programs in the fall of 2015, Millennials were least likely to change the channel during commercial breaks. Less than 2% of 18-34-year-olds changed the channel during commercials, compared with 5.5% of 35-54-year-olds and more than 8% of viewers 55 and older. Given their engagement with other devices, however, Millennials had the lowest program engagement and lowest ad memorability scores during the studied shows. Knowing that audiences, including Millennials, may opt to skip advertising if given the choice, content providers often disable ad-skipping features in their VOD content. In terms of openness to advertising, however, Millennials are quite open to viewing ads as long as the content they are viewing is free on their mobile devices. As a result, marketers and advertisers have a notable opportunity to present their value propositions to young viewers who are tapping into the realm of content available via their connected devices. 3.SOCIAL MEDIA STARS ARE “CELEBRITIES” Among Millennials, social media stars are becoming synonymous with the word “celebrity.” In a write-in section of the Nielsen report, numerous respondents named several social media stars multiple times when asked: “Please list your current top five favorite celebrities.” When tested against mainstream stars, social media stars hold their own in terms of celebrity status. For example, according to Nielsen’s N-Score, a measure of a celebrity’s marketability, male Millennials have a higher opinion of trending social media stars than they do for sports stars, pop stars, actors and actresses Source: Nielsen, http://www.nielsen.com/us/en/insights/news/2017/millennials-on-millennials-a-look-at-viewing-behavior-distraction-social-media-stars.html
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Mar 22, 2017

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A New Survey Finds Original Content Investment Paying off for Netflix and Amazon Video

New Survey Finds Original Content Investment Paying off for Netflix and Amazon Video Great news for the exploding SVOD arena – a greater number of consumers are paying for multiple OTT products. According to a new research by 451 Research, 19% of streaming subscribers are paying for three or more services – up 4 points over the previous year. These streaming enthusiasts are creating their own bundles of video services, starting with Netflix (95%) and Amazon Video (82%) then adding a combination of subscription and a-la-carte platforms including Hulu, HBO Now and iTunes. The firm’s latest Voice of the Connected User Landscape study, based on a survey of 1,270 people in North America, said that increased adoption speaks to the rise of consumer self-bundling, led by Netflix and Amazon Video, with additions of services like Hulu and HBO Now. Among all respondents who pay for a streaming service, 79% say they subscribe to Netflix and 53% to Amazon Video and continues to be the growth story, up 5 points over the past year. Access to movies (50%) remains the top reason why consumers pay for streaming video services; viewing complete seasons of TV shows (45%) is a close second and has increased 6 points in just six months.  Importantly, 33% of streaming subscribers chose their service for its original content, up 8 points year over year. Original content has always been a major differentiator forHBO Now and Showtime, but the VoCUL survey highlights a growing importance of original content among Netflix users (36%; up 9 points over a year) and Amazon Video users (36%; up 14 points over a year).  While both Netflix and Amazon Video users in the VoCUL survey have shifted towards watching more original content over the past two years, there is an even faster increase among Amazon Video users (from 7% to 31%) who say original content is their most watched type of video content, compared to Netflix users (from 20 to 32%).  “Netflix and Amazon Video have spent billions creating exclusive original content to differentiate themselves within a competitive streaming TV market, and our latest surveys show that it’s resonating with customers. Viewing original content has become a much more important factor over the past year in choosing streaming services, and the data shows consumers are simply watching more of it.” said Andy Golub, managing director of 451 Research's Voice of the Connected User Landscape end-user surveys and research. The study found that 41% of those who own an OTT device have a Roku streaming player or streaming stick, followed by an Apple TV device (35%), a Google Chromecast adapter (26%), Amazon Fire TV Stick (13%) or an Amazon Fire TV box (10%). Access the complete report here: https://451research.com/report-long?icid=4213?&utm_campaign=2017_press&utm_source=press_release&utm_medium=press&utm_content=apply_for_trial&utm_term=q1_2017_vocul_4213_pr
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Mar 20, 2017

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NAB 2017 IN LAS VEGAS

Venue This year we are visiting The NAB Show in Las Vegas from April 22-27, 2017 and we are located in the South Upper hall, booth #11702. Attend the NAB on us, simply use the guest pass code LV8529 when you register here: https://goo.gl/JyhOue  What can you expect? Our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will join a Panel Debate: "End to End Delivery of OTT Products and the Business Opportunities". This panel will actionable insights into delivering end-to-end OTT products and the business opportunities it offers with key insight and learnings from one of the largest and most diversified television broadcasting companies in America, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc., and the steps to driving revenue and engage consumers on multiple platforms. Date: Wednesday April 23rd Time: 2:30 - 3:00 pm Location: CMIP Debate Theater | Connected Media | IP Pavilion Also, he will attend a Penal debate presentation; "TV innovation and future trends: a 2020 vision", where the future trends will be discussed. Date: Wednesday April 23rd Time: 4:00 - 4:45 pm Location: CMIP Debate Theater | Connected Media | IP Pavilion Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! We are looking forward seeing you there! About NAB NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It takes place in April at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show's tagline is "Where Content Comes to Life".
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Feb 20, 2017

Events

BVE 2017 IN LONDON

This year our CEO, Martijn van Horssen will be speaking at the BVE, Connected Media in London - "Target and grow your audience by launching a TV App successfully". Connected Media Europe is being launched at BVE 2017 – a signature destination to explore the technologies that enable audiences to receive, discover and interact with content across any device, anywhere. Connected Media Europe will be perfectly placed within the main BVE 2017 event to demonstrate and discuss IP-focused technology including IPTV, OTT, mobile, social, and cloud. We are visiting UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event from February 28th until the 2nd of March 2017. Members of our team will be available to meet you there, including our CMO, Brynhild Vinskei and Partner Manager Madelon Olsthoorn. Schedule a meeting today to learn how 24i’s solutions can bring you OTT success! To schedule a meeting with one of our representatives please send an email to: chantal.favre@24i.com We are looking forward seeing you there! Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media And follow us on Instagram: About BVE BVE is the UK’s leading Entertainment and Media Tech event, with a 20-year history dedicated to the broadcast, production and post-production sectors. In recent years, the show has evolved into an all-encompassing event that also covers the Connected Media, AV Systems Integration, Live Production, VR and creative sectors. It attracts more than 15,000 visitors who attend to discover and learn about the latest products, services and trends from more than 300 leading manufacturers and distributors.
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Oct 31, 2016

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 2016

It's been a while since my last "the latest in TV technology" post, so I'm happy to once again give an overview of the most relevant news of the last few months. With the holidays coming up, many of the major platforms in the TV technology landscape announced and released updates to their hardware and software lineup. Consoles Both Microsoft and Sony presented slimmer versions of their current consoles. Microsoft announced the Xbox One S and that it is working on a major upgrade called Project Scorpio, while at the same time releasing a major overhaul of its Xbox One operating system to move it completely to a Windows 10 base. Sony presented a slimmer version of the PlayStation 4, without changing the name and added the PlayStation 4 Pro to its lineup, while also releasing a big software update. Nintendo It is Nintendo where things are really interesting. While its current generation Nintendo Wii U is hardly selling, therefore Nintendo recently announced the new Nintendo Switch, which is to launch in March of 2017. The concept is quite different from the Xbox One or PlayStation 4, with a focus on being able to use the console with your TV and on the move. For those with nostalgia, it also released a mini rebuild of its old Nintendo Entertainment System. 4k option Also hoping to do well during the holiday season, Roku completely renewed its hardware lineup, which now ranges from $29 all the way up to $130. That undercuts Google's $35 Chromecast, even though it has a slow device. Google instead moved to more pricey heights, with its new Chromecast Ultra with 4K support. That leaves Apple TV as the only platform which does not offer a 4K option. Finally, Amazon only renewed its streaming stick and is planning a UI overhaul. Smart TV In the Smart TV space, Vizio was acquired by a Chinese company calledLeEco, which itself just announced a few Android TV devices for the US market. That old VCR you probably have connected to some old TV somewhere might become extinct. The last company that produced VCRs has officially ended production. Careers We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page http://24i.com/careers if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To stay up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog: http://technology.siekerman.nl. Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media
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Mar 12, 2016

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AT THE ‘CORE’ OF TV INNOVATION

Last week the fourth season of popular Netflix series House of Cards became available to subscribers, quickly trending on Twitter in this relevant US presidential election year. If you are one of the estimated 5 million people who will view the series, then the idea of ‘binge-watching’ as many episodes as you wish is now just the new normal. But when Season One was launched in February 2013, the notion of releasing an entire season at once and giving consumers choice over when to watch each episode was a new and innovative approach. The traditional model of content viewership has been fundamentally disrupted. Studios, content owners and producers simply do not have the same control over when and how people consume their content. Netflix has been an important part of this trend, but the company can’t take all the credit. There is no shortage of innovations giving content consumers greater choice and power. ‘Democratization’ of video content has in many ways been a good thing, but it has also put many industry players under a lot of pressure. At 24i we see our mission as helping content owners, operators and broadcasters keep a piece of the $500 billion TV industry pie they once controlled, and we do that by allowing them to adapt to the cutting edge technologies and ways of thinking that have caused the disruption in the first place. Our company’s history stretches back to the days of very first internet-connected TVs in 2009. At that time, we were one of the first to experiment with the development of TV apps. But because the industry was – and is – so fragmented now, we had to rebuild each application over and over again for different TV brands and platforms. That is why we have built the innovative AppCore, which allows apps to be developed that seamlessly integrate with various devices and platforms, including connected TVs, Set Top Box boxes, mobile devices, tablets and game consoles. Among a number of products in our 24i Shop, our Smart Apps can also be easily used by the disruptive insurgents in the world of TV such as Roku, Apple TV, Android, or gaming console. We have also developed a 24i Studio, which provides custom solutions to larger broadcasters and the 24i Factory, helping other TV app developers use our leading building blocks. While we are now a global company, our headquarters in Amsterdam put us in a unique position to innovate in this space. Often described as a technology “guinea pig” the Netherlands is a perfect testing place for new products and services. With a population of 17 million well-educated tech-lovers, high levels of English literacy and world-leading broadband connections, the Dutch are thought leaders in digital media and entertainment technology. So we have teamed up with six of our compatriots to form Dutch Media Innovators, a consortium of forward-thinking organizations passionate about digital media. But we also recognize that the United States – in many ways the birthplace of television – is also home to innovators, entrepreneurs and individuals eager to see innovation in content delivery and consumption. Starting with the world-famous SXSW Interactive festival kicking off in Austin, Texas, this week, we will be part of a two-year program on the lookout for collaboration, knowledge sharing and commercial arrangements with US companies. You never know it might be the beginning of a powerful partnership, just like the one featured in House of Cards. 24i is a member of the Dutch Media Innovators consortium on the hunt for collaboration with US businesses and organizations. It will be attending SXSW Interactive festival in Austin, TX, this week. Get in touch with us by sending an email to info@24imedia.com.
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Feb 01, 2016

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – FEBRUARY 2016

Each year the world of TV technology starts with a bang, when the madness of CES signals the end of the holidays. CES is the main stage of the year for consumer electronics brands to make product line announcements, so it's always full of Smart TV news. Other TV platforms such as set-top boxes and game consoles generally receive less attention. This year the magic word for Smart TVs was High Dynamic Range or HDR. It's a display technology which allows for higher color ranges than before, with a noticeable impact. In contrast with 4K last year, curved TVs the year before and 3D glasses even earlier, this improvement may actually matter to consumers. Hence, every Smart TV brand jumped on board, with the industry settling on Ultra HD Premium as the common branding for HDR. Some specific bits of information which were interesting in recent weeks were LG launching a TV running Roku OS instead of its own webOS, intriguing transparent and rollable displays by several manufacturers and the appearance of 4K Blu-ray players. Sony is still doing very will with its PlayStation 4, having sold almost double the units that Microsoft has managed with its Xbox One. One of the biggest news items to come out of CES was actually Netflix's worldwide launch, as it added 130 countries at once. In general though, there weren't many big changes at CES this year. Samsung is sticking to Tizen, LG is using webOS again, Sony and Philips are sticking with Android TV and Panasonic is still using Firefox OS. All of them are going through incremental improvements, but none are doing any major overhauls as we saw in the previous two years. Android TV is adding a few more lesser known brands to its stable, but notable big ones. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Jan 07, 2016

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KALTURA INTEGRATES 24i MEDIA’S TV EVERYWHERE INTERFACE WITH ITS OTT TV PLATFORM

Uniform multiscreen UI, combined with Kaltura’s backend platform, reduces time to market for OTT TV launches New York, NY, January 5, 2016 – Kaltura Inc., provider of the leading video technology platform, today announced that it has partnered with TV app developer 24i Media to offer the SmartTemplate user interface as a new front end for its OTT TV platform. The integration of the SmartTemplate TV app with Kaltura’s OTT TV backend platform means that companies can now launch a full multiscreen OTT service in a matter of weeks – the fastest time to market available today. The integration builds on both companies’ expertise from large-scale OTT deployments, offering scalability and a template-based approach for easy customization and enhancements at any time. 24i’s TV Everywhere interface includes templates that have been incorporated into Kaltura’s OTT TV platform. This allows companies to launch a uniform OTT user experience across multiple devices from the outset. Supporting live and on-demand content, the interface offers an intuitive dashboard for easy navigation, social sharing and personalized user profiles across smart TVs, tablets, mobiles and other connected devices. Also, all future innovations on the Kaltura OTT TV roadmap will be supported on the TV app, meaning that customers can transition smoothly as new versions are released, with minimal time and investment. Kaltura and 24i’s templates support smart TVs and lean STBs as well as game consoles, and even allow the service provider to cherry-pick specific platforms to use for their various audiences, based on territory and other criteria. The templates also incorporate Kaltura’s engaging viewer experience that is easy to use on any device. According to Ron Yekutiel, Kaltura Chairman and CEO, “TV is changing rapidly, and it’s increasingly difficult for service providers, content owners, broadcasters and operators to keep pace. Our goal is to ensure that our customers stay ahead of the game by continually offering them product enhancements, greater flexibility and scalability. By integrating 24i Media’s OTT TV app with our backend, we significantly lower the entry barrier for reaching the ten foot experience, and offer customers even more choice to launch a fast, cost-effective multiscreen OTT service today that can be easily enhanced in the future.” “Introducing our SmartTemplate TV app with Kaltura is another milestone for 24i Media,” said Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i Media. “Together we offer an integrated, world-class end-to-end solution for OTT deployment, with maximum functionality and innovation at minimal costs and implementation hassle. Our successful cooperation with Kaltura confirms and strengthens our ambition to shape and form the spearhead of the future of TV by delivering simply the best front-end user experience in close cooperation with our strategic partners.” At CES, Kaltura will demonstrate how the integration of 24i Media’s TV Everywhere interface with Kaltura’s backend platform provides a uniform cross-device experience on mobile, web, and smart TVs, with applications that can run on Roku, Apple TV, smart TV, Amazon Fire and more. About Kaltura Kaltura’s mission is to power any video experience. A recognized leader in the OTT TV (Over the Top TV), OVP (Online Video Platform), EdVP (Education Video Platform) and EVP (Enterprise Video Platform) markets, Kaltura has emerged as the fastest growing video platform, and as the one with the widest use-case and appeal. Kaltura is deployed globally in thousands of enterprises, media companies, service providers and educational institutions and engages hundreds of millions of viewers at home, in work, and at school. The company is committed to its core values of openness, flexibility, and collaboration, and is the initiator and backer of the world's leading open-source video-management project, which is home to more than 100,000 community members. For more information visit www.kaltura.com, www.kaltura.org, or www.html5video.org. 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, FOX, KPN, Pluto.TV 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 The Netherlands (Amsterdam), with offices in Spain (Madrid), Argentina (Buenos Aires) and the USA (Los Angeles). For more information, visit www.24i.com. Follow 24i Media on Twitter: www.twitter.com/24i_Media
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Nov 20, 2015

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WHAT MAKES A MODERN TV PLATFORM?

Content In the end, it all comes down to content. And as Tim Cook put it during his introduction of the new Apple TV, content in this brave new world means apps. You can have the greatest TV platform in the world, but without the right apps with the right content, a platform is completely irrelevant. The list of apps grows every month, and includes such well known names as Netflix, YouTube, HBO Now, Hulu Plus, Showtime, Amazon Prime Instant Video, Sling TV, CBS All Access, BBC iPlayer, Plex, Wuaki.tv, Crackle, Twitch and PlayStation Vue. Also important are the various sports apps, such as NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, Red Bull TV, WWE and UFC. And these are just the major, mostly international services. Each country will have its own local variations and there are many other niche-focused services. Creating an overview of which apps are available on which TV platforms is nearly impossible with such a diverse list. Any such overview would also be outdated almost immediately, with apps being launched left and right each week, so I’ll leave that as an exercise to the reader for a rainy Sunday afternoon. For a long time, the wide selection of apps was one of Roku’s most important strengths which made it stand out from the rest of the crowd. However, now every platform is on a mad scramble to get as good an app coverage as it can, so Roku’s head start is growing smaller each month. Open App Store A TV platform can have all the content and each app in the world available on it, but if users don’t know its there or can’t find it, it might as well have not have bothered. In this modern world you get content through apps, so discoverability starts with getting those apps from an app store. Here a clear distinction becomes visible between traditional and modern TV platforms. On the hand there are the older, closed, tightly controlled ecosystems. Any service that wants to launch an app on these platforms, has to get in direct commercial contact with the platform owner and negotiate a contract. As a result, most of the major apps are available on these platforms, but the long tail of many smaller, niche apps is usually almost completely absent. Apps on these platforms are counted in dozens, sometimes hundreds, instead of thousands or even more. Good examples are the Samsung and LG TV app stores and the same barriers are in place if you’re trying to get a video streaming app onto an Xbox or PlayStation. By contrast, there is a growing range of platforms with a more modern, open app store, with legal, commercial and operational models strongly based on what is usual on smartphones and tablets. Roku was the early entrant in this area, but it currently faces competition from Android TV, Amazon Fire TV and the behemoth of Apple’s app store. Microsoft has given indications of moving to a similar model of a unified Windows 10 app store on Xbox One, but details are still uncertain. These open app stores tend to contains thousands of apps. Although a significant part of these are less than stellar, the selection of lesser known high quality apps is significant enough to make this a relevant benefit above the older, closed model. Professional Software Development Platform An open app store will only be filled if it is easy for software developers to create the apps that have to fill it. A good software development environment depends on several characteristics, such as how widespread knowledge of the chosen programming language is and the quality of the SDK, IDE, debugging tools and documentation. Another factor of importance is how well the process of launching an app in the app store is streamlined, including speed of the app certification process and clarity of the rules and requirements that are applied. The software development platform is an area where companies such as Apple and Google have a clear advantage, because development for their TV platforms ties closely into development for their other devices, which have very mature software development environments. This is much more difficult for companies that are traditionally not very active in software development, such as the consumer electronics brands which create most Smart TVs and have always had a focus on hardware. Unified Search With the number of apps multiplying at a staggering rate, finding content in that maze of apps becomes increasingly difficult. A feature which has been seeing widespread adoption in the last year is unified search. On many platforms, you can now use a single search functionality in the operating system to look for a certain show or movie and get a quick overview of which of the apps offer that content. Amazon was one of the first to offer this functionality, and although it received a lot of negative feedback for the limited selection of apps covered by the search service when it launched, that number has grown significantly since then. By now it’s hard to imagine a modern TV platform without it. A related discoverability-enhancing feature is in the area of recommendations. Some TV operating systems give apps the option of recommending a few pieces of content to the user in the general operating system user interface, before the user enters the app. Android TV and Apple TV are good examples of this. It’s a very powerful mechanism to expose the user to great content without the user having to open each app separately. To get back to search for a moment, an important obstacle to making it usable is how to enter what you are looking for. That brings us to the next feature. Voice Search Entering any type of text through the arrow buttons on a TV remote control is plain simply a nightmare. Many variations of on screen keyboards have been tried, but none really work. Entering text is slow and error-prone. Text entry mainly happens in the areas of user login and search. The first was tackled long ago through solutions which display a simple connect code on your TV screen and allow you to log in with that code on a website with a more type-friendly device such as a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This works because it’s usually something you have to do only once per app, so it’s worth the effort of using a second device. Search however is more difficult than login because of its frequent use and free format. You have to be able to enter anything you might want to search for at any time, so it has to work quickly and easily and allow for many variations. The solution turns out to be voice search. It took a long time for speech recognition to advance sufficiently to deal with the complexities of recognising voice search queries, although the problem is simplified because it is limited to pattern matching on a clearly defined set of content. It is Amazon which deserves a compliment for being the first to roll out a decently working implementation with its original Fire TV. But the technology is fast becoming a commodity with platforms such as Roku, Android TV and Apple TV now offering the feature as well. Although voice search features are slowly evolving into more generic voice control features, it is the basic voice search which solves a real problem, by significantly reducing the need for user input through the remote control. Good User Interface With the content taken care off, another important characteristic of modern TV platforms is the quality of the user interface. Looking back at Smart TV user interfaces from the years around 2010, these were often not very attractive to look at, not very intuitive or performant. Correspondingly, usage was very low, with most people preferring to use other devices. Smart TV operating systems were always the worst performers when it came to this topic. Credit has to be given to LG for being the first to improve significantly with the launch of webOS in 2014. Samsung took a step forward in 2015 with Tizen, as did Sony and Philips with Android TV and Panasonic with Firefox OS. The current state of user interfaces is nearly on par with what any user would expect from a smartphone or tablet. The graphical design is attractive and the experience of using them is snappy and effective. Roku, which has typically been well regarded for its simple user interface, is actually starting to fall behind a bit here, with a design which is starting to show its age compared to the competition. Perhaps a good example of the handicap of a head start. High Quality Hardware While you can design the most spiffy user interface imaginable, if the hardware it runs on isn’t fast enough to offer it in a smooth way, the overall user experience is still bad. Fast hardware is expensive though and various manufacturers have chosen different strategies to deal with this. The simplest strategy is that which was often chosen in Smart TVs in the past: not spending the money. As a result, for many years Smart TVs had a well deserved reputation for being slow and painful to use. A different strategy was chosen by Roku: embracing the slowness of low cost hardware and tailoring the software running on top of it to perform even on budget-range devices. This strategy has served Roku very well over the last few years, allowing it to grab a significant market share. More recently, as Moore’s law keeps bringing the cost of hardware down and technology giants such as Amazon, Google and Apple are becoming more active in the space, fast hardware has started to become the norm. Amazon deserves another compliment here for the hardware quality of the original Fire TV, which also set the precedent of set-top boxes being decent devices for casual console games. Another area in which the hardware can be very distinctive is the quality of the networking options, such as a hardwired ethernet connection and 5 GHz WiFi. Very few things are more annoying while watching video than pausing for buffering. The original Chromecast suffered from such problems, so it was no surprise to see significant improvements in that area in the second generation. The same requirement of quality of the hardware also applies to the remote control. First of all there are the physical characteristics such as the chosen material, sturdiness and how it feels to the touch, but just as important is the button configuration. Compare the massive number of keys on a Smart TV remote control from a few years back to what you find on a current LG pointer remote control or the new Apple TV Siri Remote and the evolution in the direction of less is more becomes clear very quickly. Other Considerations While the characteristics mentioned above are crucial, there are many more that also matter: • International Availability: having a real shot at becoming one of the dominant modern TV platforms requires being available worldwide. This is quite doable for major consumer electronics and technology companies such as Samsung, Microsoft, Google and Apple. For more niche companies such as Roku though, this is a much larger challenge. • Games: although not a primary requirements, the usability of a TV platform for gaming can be a differentiator from competing devices. The Xbox, PlayStation and Wii U have an obvious lead here, but half-decent gaming capabilities are also present in devices like the Amazon Fire TV and the Apple TV. Gaming will only attract a subsection of the potential user base, but in a struggle to become the dominant TV platform, it can offer one more reason to choose to buy a device over another. • 4K / UHD / HDR: one would be justified to question how much of an improvement Ultra HD technologies really offer to the average consumer with an average TV. It is nonetheless going to become the new normal in the next few years. Any modern TV platform attempting to compete at the top level would be remiss not to support it. Take for instance the new Apple TV, of which the lack of 4K support was noted as one of the few negative points in almost all reviews. Hype or not, 4K is here to stay. • Casting: introduced to the masses by Apple’s AirPlay and eagerly adopted by Google’s Chromecast, casting is the broadly defined concept of using an app on your smartphone, tablet or other device to pick content to play on your TV device. Although of itself a feature which relegates a capable TV platform to a mere glorified video player, casting is fast becoming such a normal use case that support for such user interaction should be part of any modern TV platform. • HDMI Support: any new Smart TV these days could reasonably be expected to have at least three or four HDMI ports, but that can mean many things. HDMI is a broad standard with all sorts of variations and versions, for instance for external control (HDMI CEC), content protection (HDMI HDCP) or 4K content. Any high quality, modern TV platform should offer support for the most important HDMI flavours. It is possible to go on and on, but the many features listed above give a good overall view of what should be offered by a modern TV platform. I would not expect any of the major platforms to score 10 out of 10 on in every single area and that is also not necessary for them to be competitive, but the top platforms will come quite close. The list shows clearly how far we’ve come in just the last few years and promises many good things for the future of TV. Innovation is not likely to stop and I would expect any such list a few years from now to contain several new features which are currently not practical yet or haven’t even been thought of. For more TV Technology News follow technology.siekerman.nl
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Sep 24, 2015

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!

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Sep 18, 2015

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

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
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May 12, 2015

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24i MEDIA LAUNCHES BREAKTHROUGH 4K OTT TV APP FOR VIDEOLAND

Amsterdam, May 12, 2015 - Leading TV app developer 24i Media has launched a new 4K/UHD smart TV app on behalf of Videoland, the leading video-on-demand company owned by RTL, serving the Dutch and Belgian markets. 24i’s new app for Videoland will initially be available on Samsung, LG and Sony smart TVs, and it is the first of its kind to deliver 4K and UHD-quality “TV everywhere” content to Europe’s smart TV market. “As the demand for streaming HD video grows, delivering that content in a user-friendly format required by leading-edge, connected devices grows that much greater. A large number of these devices are smart TVs. The 4K display market could be at least $52 billion by 2020 and our work with Videoland and RTL is an early milestone in what will eventually be a standard in the market, which we believe will be led by smart TVs” said 24i CEO Martijn van Horssen. 24i Media’s app for Videoland is the first to deliver 4K content for European market smart TVs, which are quickly replacing traditional sets across the globe. In conjunction with the Videoland release, 24i has also upgraded its Smart Operator app with live 4K capabilities on selected platforms, as a “virtual set-top box” application, combining traditional and OTT content delivery in a single, platform-agnostic user experience. The Smart Operator app enables fast software updates via the cloud to meet firmware and TV platform upgrades immediately and to improve quality and reduce playback bugs. The Smart Operator therefore not only realizes new and innovative revenue streams, it also drastically lowers costs of logistics, service and CAPEX for operators. “I am very proud that we have again proven our ability to operate on the forefront of future TV developments. Streaming 4K-quality content on a smart TV, without the need for a set-top box or other hardware add-on, is the future not just of ‘TV Everywhere,’ but of television itself. Being able to provide subscription or transaction-based access to 4K content generates substantial new revenue streams for TV app owners. This next-generation TV app for our longtime client RTL is the latest step in a long list of TV innovations with them, from the catch-up services we started with to the new up-and-coming cross-sell possibilities of 4K content in innovative OTT and MCN propositions, engagements and transactions ” added van Horssen. About 24i Media 24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains TV apps for any screen, from smart TVs to set-top boxes, game consoles, tablets and mobiles. Operating from offices in Amsterdam, Madrid, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, a talented team of media engineers and media professionals develops solutions for international clients such as RTL, Pathé, Nubeox, FOX Sports and many others. 24i is an innovative media technology company established in 2009, when the first connected TVs were just hitting the market. Since then, 24i has grown into a thought and product leader for TV app development, partnering with TV manufacturers, broadcasters, operators and content owners. With new initiatives such as over-the-top TV services, market dynamics for TV content delivery are changing rapidly. 24i Media aims to become a dominant player in this market. Follow 24i Media on Twitter www.twitter.com/24i_Media
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Jan 08, 2015

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24i MEDIA SECURES FUNDING FROM NEWION

Yesterday we made the public statement that we’ve secured funding from Newion Investments. With this significant investment we will be able to maintain our present organisational growth, to expand our product innovations and to accelerate our global market strategy. Getting “smart money” on board was a clear step on our strategic roadmap and we are happy that we now secured appropriate funds whilst maintaining our entrepreneurial and innovation driven spirit. This is our press release: 24i Media secures funding from Newion Dutch TV app developer strengthens product and market development Amsterdam/Heerenveen, 7 January 2015 – Amsterdam-based TV app software company 24i Media today announced that it has secured funding from Newion Investments. The investment will be used to scale up the organization to meet the rapidly increasing market demand for TV apps and to expand into new countries. 24i Media conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains high-value TV apps for any screen, from smart TVs to set-top boxes, game consoles, tablets and mobiles. With AppCore, its unique and proprietary TV app technology framework, 24i simplifies and streamlines app development and maintenance for TV platforms. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i Media, is delighted to welcome Newion Investments as a new shareholder: “24i Media wants to become the market leader in technology for TV front-end applications. As an experienced professional investor specializing in software, Newion Investments will enable us to achieve further national and international expansion. This is essential for us to secure and expand our leading position as an innovative TV app developer.” Van Horssen goes on to say, “It will take a considerable leap to cross the adoption chasm for TV apps and position ourselves as a dominant player in the global TV app market, but this is actually just a small step in our strategic roadmap.” Frank Claassen, a partner at Newion, said: “TV apps will disrupt the TV market. 24i Media has a sophisticated product in a large dynamic market poised for tremendous growth. We see our investment in the company as a valuable addition to our portfolio and are confident that we can add significant value to its future development. Given the current level of adoption of its technology and new market opportunities abroad, we are convinced that the company will see further substantial growth in years to come.” About 24i Media - www.24i.com 24i conceives, designs, develops, deploys and maintains TV apps for any screen, from smart TVs to set-top boxes, game consoles, tablets and mobiles. Operating from offices in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Buenos Aires and Los Angeles, a talented team of media engineers and media professionals develop solutions for international clients such as RTL, Pathé, Nubeox, FOX Sports and many others. 24i is an innovative media technology company established in 2009, when the first connected TVs were just hitting the market. Since then, 24i has grown into a thought and product leader for TV app development, partnering with TV manufacturers, broadcasters, operators and content owners. With new initiatives such as over-the-top TV services, market dynamics for TV content delivery are changing rapidly. 24i Media aims to become a dominant player in this market. About Newion Investments – www.newion-investments.com Newion has been one of the most successful investment companies in its sector since it was founded in 2000. Its portfolio includes Collibra, iWelcome, Reasult, Vector Fabrics and MaPS Systems. Newion is currently investing from its third fund with € 50 million in committed capital, and focuses on business-to-business (software) companies in the Benelux. The European Investment Fund is a cornerstone investor in the Newion II fund through the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). For more information please contact: Newion Investments, Frank Claassen: T +31 (0) 513 640 633 E claassen@newion-investments.com W www.newion-investments.com 24i Media, Hans Disch: T +31 (0) 6 5121 6209 E hans@24i.com W www.24i.com
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Nov 12, 2014

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24i DEVELOPS REDESIGNED VIDEOLAND APP FOR SEVERAL TV PLATFORMS

Amsterdam, Netherlands, November 12, 2014 – Videoland has launched its new VoD app on Samsung Smart TVs, with other devices following soon. With the release of the completely redesigned TV app, Videoland is taking the battle to Netflix and other players in the Dutch VoD market head-on. The renewed Videoland platform offers both TVoD for Hollywood blockbusters and SVoD for library content, in addition to Videoland-exclusive content such as hit series ‘The Blacklist’. The app, created by Amsterdam-based TV app developer 24i, introduces several new features and compatibility with an extended range of TV-platforms. Among the new features is the option to have multiple user profiles in one account, individually keeping track of each user’s preferences and progress in films and series. “Competition in the VoD market is soaring, so it was necessary to take Videoland to the next level. Now, the combination of premium content and an excellent user interface based on the latest technologies delivers a one of a kind experience”, says Co Mast, CEO of Videoland’s parent company The Entertainment Group. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, comments: “Videoland is a sophisticated application that is a hundred percent ‘future-proof’. Both Videoland and 24i are on top of new developments in the market, it is exciting to see how all this knowledge comes together in a single application.’’ The case study of the Videoland app is available here.
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Oct 18, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – OCTOBER 2014

Time flies when you're having fun and while it seems like only yesterday that Google presented Android TV, it just announced that it will be launching its Nexus Player set-top box next month, giving consumers their first opportunity to use Android TV, before it arrives in force next year in various Smart TV brands. Chromecast - Google's other approach to TV - has been getting a lot more competition recently. First Microsoft released not one but two mobile-to-TV screen mirroring devices, one from inside Microsoft itself and one from the acquired Nokia part of the business. While these are actually very different from Chromecast in their functionality, another initiative is much closer. Matchstick started a Kickstarter project recently for an open source Chromecast clone, which reached its funding goal very easily and is aiming for a february 2015 release. Roku announced that it has sold more than 10 million Roku devices in the US and meanwhile is trying to broaden its adoption by also marketing itself as a platform for third party set-top boxes through its Roku Powered program. Apple doesn't appear set for any big Apple TV surprises this year and instead settled for a modest Apple TV UI update. Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service, expanding the beta to PlayStation 3 and its PlayStation TV micro console, which was just released in the US. Meanwhile Microsoft's Xbox One is now available in China. At Microsoft they're working on pretty cool things, like the RoomAlive concept. Philips showed off something in the same range with Afterglow, which is best described as Ambilight on steroids. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Sep 13, 2014

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24i EXTENDS NUEVO SIGLO’S OTT SERVICE TO SMART TV AND GAME CONSOLE

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 13, 2014 – Uruguayan cable operator Nuevo Siglo has contracted Amsterdam-based developer 24i to implement their ‘Smart Operator’ solution, thus enabling the operator to add Smart TVs and game consoles to their OTT service ‘NS Now’. The Smart Operator is a TV Everywhere front-end solution that enables operators to deliver an enriched TV experience to any screen. Nuevo Siglo already provided OTT content on tablet and mobile and is now partnering with 24i to include Connected TV screens in their offering. 24i’s Smart Operator enables OTT delivery of a rich TV experience to all connected devices, including Smart TVs and game consoles. It delivers 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 SocialTV. The Smart Operator technology ensures the user enjoys a uniform experience on all devices. With the appointment, 24i and Nuevo Siglo enter into a long-term agreement, as the Smart Operator is employed in a license-based model. Eduardo Mandía 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 and game consoles. While doing this, we wanted to keep the same interface that users recognize from their tablet and mobile. 24i’s track record shows that they are more than capable of delivering on this goal.” Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, says: “Our Smart Operator is suitable for this project because it is a platform-agnostic product that can be fitted 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 with Nuevo Siglo, our first Uruguayan client, on this project.” 24i demonstrates its Smart Operator solution at the IBC trade fair in Amsterdam, hall 14, booth L05 until September 16th.
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Sep 12, 2014

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24i ENGINES TV AND MULTI-SCREEN FRONT END FOR DEUTSCHE GLASFASER

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 12, 2014 – Dutch TV app developer 24i today announced that the leading German fibre operator Deutsche Glasfaser is the launching customer of its new product ‘Smart Operator’. 24i’s TV Everywhere front-end solution enables Deutsche Glasfaser to reach out to its consumers with a uniform all-screen front-end for its ABOX set-top box and for SmartTVs, game consoles and mobile devices. Over its state-of-the-art fibre-optic network, Deutsche Glasfaser offers an IPTV service for linear TV and Video on Demand. This includes innovative features like recommendations, Pause & Restart TV, Cloud PVR and user profiling. With 24i’s platform agnostic front-end, Deutsche Glasfaser offers a uniform and interactive TV and VoD experience for in-home viewing on all connected consumer screens available. Seamlessly connected to its proprietary back-end and entitlement system, the 24i Smart Operator front-end facilitates a superior interaction and functional possibilities for a personalized and extendable video content delivery by Deutsche Glasfaser. Niels Jonkman, business manager Deutsche Glasfaser Medien states: “24i is a leading innovator within the TV app space. Since we strived to set a new standard in quality and functionalities of IPTV and multiscreen video services, we decided to develop our solution with 24i as our front-end partner. The combination of 24i’s technological innovation and a pragmatic realization led us to a TV interface on all platforms, that our customers will enjoy by its beautiful simplicity and new functionality.” Martijn van Horssen, CEO 24i, underlines the joint approach: “We thank Deutsche Glasfaser for their trust in our technology and our team. Our joint effort resulted in a Smart Operator implementation that will raise the bar for TV watching in Germany. We strive to continue our cooperation and keep on working on the TV experience of tomorrow. The launch of the Deutsche Glasfaser TV solution is a giant leap for realizing 24i’s product strategy. We are grateful we made that step together with DGF’s team.” 24i demonstrates the Smart Operator and other TV app solutions at the IBC trade fair in Amsterdam in hall 14, booth L05 until September 16th.
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Sep 10, 2014

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24i TO LAUNCH TV EVERYWHERE SOLUTION ‘SMART OPERATOR’ AT IBC2014

Amsterdam, Netherlands, September 10, 2014 – TV app developer 24i introduces its product ‘Smart Operator’ at the annual trade show IBC in Amsterdam. The Smart Operator enables TV operators to reach out with their TV channels and VoD content to any consumer screen worldwide, from TV to mobile phone. The Smart Operator is an IPTV and OTT TV Everywhere front-end solution that enables operators to bring an interactive TV experience to any screen. It offers a uniform interface and interoperability across all connected devices, ranging from Smart TVs, game consoles and set-top boxes to tablets and smartphones. The product enriches the traditional TV experience of live TV and Video-on-Demand with a multi-screen approach and innovative features like SocialTV, Pause & Restart TV, Cloud PVR and User Profiling & Recommendations. Martijn van Horssen, CEO of 24i, comments: “With the Smart Operator, offering a modern, multi-screen TV experience is now within reach for any operator, on a pay-per-user basis. Their consumers enjoy a personalized TV offering on all of their devices, wherever they are. Imagine watching live TV on your tablet in the train and switching to your Smart TV when you get home. A uniform TV experience, platform agnostic: that’s our innovative and strategic offering to operators and broadcasters.” The multi-platform IPTV and OTT TV app can be deployed on top of any existing or newly chosen back-end system. A separate set-top box is an option, not a necessity. 24i demonstrates the Smart Operator and other TV app solutions at the IBC trade fair in Amsterdam in hall 14, booth L05 until September 16th.
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Aug 19, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – AUGUST 2014

At this year's I/O keynote, Google proudly presented its latest attempt to conquer the living room: Android TV. It will run both on set-top boxes and full-blown TV sets, with the main launch partners being Sony, TP Vision (Philips) and Sharp, which will use the platform for their 2015 lineup. Android TV is being approached as an integral part of the full Android ecosystem and will use the Google Play Store for app distribution. In contrast to many other TV platforms, it will be open to all developers and here at 24i we're of course already working hard on creating apps for it. In addition to Android TV, Google announced several updates to Chromecast, such as new methods for pairing and new options for mirroring. All Android TV sets will also act as Chromecast. By now there are hundreds of apps that support Chromecast. Everything taken together, Google is building up a very strong position in the TV market and it will be very interesting to see how big its impact will be over the next 12 to 24 months. Microsoft and Sony have been going toe to toe with their gaming consoles. Microsoft is very actively updating its Xbox One, amongst others with greatly improved media support and a Digital TV Tuner for the European market. Sony has been working hard on its PlayStation Now game streaming service and is opening it up to the public for testing. It's also working on interesting game sharing functionality. So far it appears Sony is the strongest of the two, having sold its PlayStation 4 more than 10 million times. The other contenders in the market have naturally been busy as well. Amazon has been busy expanding the app catalog on its Fire TV, including Flappy Bird. Roku just announced that the first Roku TV sets are close to going on sale. Mozilla has apparently been working on a Firefox OS streaming stick. Samsung released an SDK for its Tizen TV platform, but is having serious difficulties launching Tizen smartphone hardware, with no news on the TV hardware. And as far as Apple TV is concerned, we might be forced to wait a bit longer. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Jun 15, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – JUNE 2014

A few weeks ago Microsoft announced major changes to the Xbox One: it dropped Kinect as a mandatory part of the Xbox One package and dropped the requirement for a paid Xbox Live Gold subscription in order to use media apps on the Xbox One and Xbox 360. The change of heart was widely regarded as a response to disappointing sales numbers compared to Sony's PlayStation 4. Sony has been showing stronger sales of its PlayStation 4 and announced it will be expanding the sales area of its related PlayStation TV set-top box to the USA and Europe. Definitely also have a look at Sony's Project Morpheus virtual reality headset. LG has been on a strong run with its 2014 webOS TV sets, selling 1 million of them already. LG has been working on another very interesting initiative as well, launching the open source Connect SDK, which is intended to make it easier to add support for playback on TV to mobile apps. Samsung has also been busy building new software for TV, specifically its new Tizen TV sets and SDK. Apple and Google have been relatively quiet since our last update. There was no real Apple TV news at its developer conference WWDC, although its sales numbers are still impressive. Google's Chromecast has been steadily growing its international availability and support in mobile apps. Amazon has also been busy improving its Fire TV set-top box slowly but surely, by expanding its embedded voice search to other apps and adding an HBO Go app and HBO content to its Amazon Prime subscription service. We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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Apr 15, 2014

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THE LATEST IN TV TECHNOLOGY – APRIL 2014

The biggest news this month was the entry of Amazon Fire TV into the space. Amazon launched its new set-top box at a press event in early April. It has several interesting features, including voice search (to find movies, series, actors and genres), high performance specifications which allow for a very snappy interface and impressive support for gaming with a dedicated Amazon Fire Game Controller. The device runs on Amazon's Android flavour Fire OS and has an open App Store through which external developers can release apps. Obviously we're excited to see Amazon's initiative and we've got a few Fire TVs on the way from the US! Google is moving into TV from multiple angles. Its Chromecast has become available in a large number of countries, including most of Europe. Google has already sold millions of units and with more and more smartphone and tablet apps adding support for Chromecast through the Google Cast SDK, this number is certain to rise. Meanwhile Google is not content with just Chromecast and is apparently going full steam ahead with Android TV as well. Roku recently expanded its product range with a Roku Streaming Stick which is now for sale in the US. Just like Google, Roku is also betting on multiple horses and integrating its platform directly into TV sets as well. Roku's CEO gave an interesting interview recently which is definitely worth watching. Both Microsoft and Sony have been very busy selling their new generation of gaming consoles. Sony has sold at least 6 million PlayStation 4s, while the latest Xbox One numbers indicate almost 4 million by January. The Xbox One is coming to 26 more countries in september, so those numbers are sure to grow. In step with Microsoft's approach of selling the Xbox One as both a gaming console and a media hub, it has added a Media Remote to its product line. 24i is proud to be a certified app developer for both Xbox (One and 360) and Playstation (4 and 3). We're currently hiring for several positions. Check out our careers page if you are interested or know somebody who might be! To keep up to date with TV technology news on a weekly basis, follow my personal blog.
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