Published July 15th, 2019
24i enables Amino to broaden and deepen its TV and online video solution portfolio to further its high-growth strategic evolution
Cambridge, UK, 15 July 2019 – Amino Communications, the global media and entertainment technology solutions provider, today announced that it has acquired the privately-held Amsterdam headquartered 24i, an industry leading provider of online video solutions and services.
“The fast-growing 24i is a great strategic acquisition for us, moving us closer to a decisive market leadership position. Not only does 24i’s leadership in UI/UX and TV/Online video Apps complement our product line-up, but 24i also shares our vision of where the industry is headed, and the agility and culture of innovation required to get it there profitably,” said Amino CEO Donald McGarva. “
Flexible and future-proof, 24i’s award-winning technology framework and portfolio of products and services power the video experiences of leading entertainment brands around the world, including NPO, iflix, KPN, PureFlix, RTE, NLZIET, Fox Sports, Globo and Sinclair Broadcasting Services. 24i provides the Amino Group with a broader and deeper product set, talented development capability, complementary skills and a greater geographical reach through offices in Amsterdam, Netherlands; Brno, Czech Republic; New York & Los Angeles, USA; Madrid, Spain and São Paulo, Brazil.
Martijn van Horssen, 24i Media’s CEO said: “In a rapidly changing industry, Amino and 24i are joining forces to innovate and create disruptive video experiences. With our combined technology stacks and highly professional and motivated teams, our post-acquisition mission remains exactly the same: to provide the solutions and services that innovate video experiences across all TV platforms on any device to enable Amino customers to deliver valuable consumer engagements.”
“The broadcast and online video market is undergoing rapid change, but not every media business is at the same place on the disruption curve taking the industry from broadcast and hardware to streaming and cloud hosted video platforms. It’s our strategic aim to provide solutions to media businesses and operators at many points along the curve. The acquisition of 24i and its products, services and people enable us to do this better, as we continue to enable exciting next generation video experiences and services,” concluded McGarva.
About Amino Communications
Amino is a global leader in media and entertainment technology solutions and an IPTV pioneer, working with over 250 operators in 100-plus countries. Drawing on more than 20 years’ experience delivering IP/cloud innovation, Amino enables operators to meet the challenges they face as broadcast TV and online video moves to an all-IP future with managed over-the-top (OTT) offerings. We are expert in software, hardware and cloud implementation – able to deploy our own leading-edge technologies and integrate these with third-party and ‘upcycled’ legacy systems. At the forefront of the evolution of TV Everywhere, Amino helps operators to provide the features and functionality modern consumers are looking for in a multiscreen, multi-device entertainment world.
Having deployed over 10 million customer premise devices and the software necessary to link the back end to the user interface, we understand the issues operators face. We partner with operators to deliver end-to-end, operator-ready solutions that enable next-generation customer experiences. We ‘upcycle’ existing infrastructure to support more advanced services and integrate seamlessly with new technologies to form a unified ecosystem. The result is a fresh consumer offering based on a consistent user experience across all screens, building brand reputation, stemming churn, growing subscribers and increasing average revenue per user (ARPU).
Amino Communications is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amino Technologies PLC and listed on the London Stock Exchange Alternative Investment Market (AIM: symbol AMO), with headquarters in Cambridge, United Kingdom, and global offices in California, Finland, Hong Kong and Portugal. For more details, visit www.aminocom.com
Aug 13, 2020
Cambridge and Amsterdam, 13 August 2020 - Amino,
and sister-company 24i, today announced that
on 3/8/2020 Youfone launched the first
Android TV service in the Netherlands, providing consumers with a
next-generation converged OTT, VoD and live TV experience on TVs and mobile devices.
The Youfone service is powered by the
24i Video Experience Platform and devices from Amino, providing an end-to-end
solution that enabled the Dutch MVNO to completely refresh its user experience
and expand the reach of its TV service.
“The unique power, flexibility and
breadth of the integrated 24i and Amino solution meant that Youfone launched
the Netherland’s first Android TV service in just 5 months, rather than
embarking on a major engineering project of a year or more if we had followed
another path,” said Valentijn Rensing, CEO of Youfone.
“A key advantage of the 24i and Amino solution
is that it is truly end-to-end: covering all the functions we need from content
ingest, encoding and transcoding, management, customer care, content
distribution, all the software required from front-end to back end and even the
set-top boxes serving our TV viewing customers,” concluded Rensing.
Powered by the 24i Video Experience Platform, Amino 7x Android set-top boxes, and Amino OS, this is the first
deployment of the joint 24i and Amino cloud-based solution which enables video
delivery from any source to any device.
Youfone, whose TV service was initially
launched in 2017, tapped 24i and Amino in December
deliver an expanded TV and OTT offering. 24i and Amino partnered to provide
everything the Youfone service required, from smart Set-Top-Box (STB) hardware,
service management, a robust backend, and an intuitive UI layer. Functionality
includes transcoding, middleware, CDN, and front-end applications for Android,
iOS phones, and tablets; enabling live TV, catchup, restart and nPVR for
approximately 100 channels. This is the first joint deployment announced since
24i became an Amino Technologies group company in July 2019.
The turnkey, multiscreen solution provides Youfone with
the operational flexibility to deliver local or hosted live and on-demand
streaming content to any device and platform, including Linux and Android TV.
The hardware product deployment runs on AminoOS,
all managed through Amino SM
Amino’s cloud-based service management platform.
The solution is a hybrid cloud
deployment taking advantage of on-premise private cloud services for 24/7
headend services that minimize infrastructure cost and public cloud services to
maximize flexibility. It provides Youfone with nimble, modular operational
services, ranging from content ingest, infrastructure, capacity, load, API and
front-end monitoring, to change management and 3rd party support.
“The innovative 24i and Amino solutions
combined with the expertise of our teams enabled Youfone to launch an advanced
Android TV service powered by the 24i
Video Experience Platform and replace their existing set-tops with the
advanced Amino 7x devices,” said
Donald McGarva, Amino Group Chief Executive Officer.
“Traditionally, launching an advanced
modern converged OTT, VoD and Live TV service would take a year or more and
would be technically demanding. Before the 24i Video Experience Platform (VEP),
companies such as Youfone were faced with the choice between over-engineered
single vendor systems, smaller single-vendor solutions with gaps in
functionality, or the complications and delays associated in dealing with multiple
vendors. Getting Youfone up and running with the Netherland’s first major
Android TV service so quickly proves that VEP is the ideal solution for today’s
multiscreen market conditions,” concluded McGarva.
Mar 10, 2020
24i Smart Operator enables T-Mobile Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom to efficiently launch best-in-class branded IPTV and TV Anywhere experiences on a wide range of mobiles, tablets, Smart TVs and STBs
Amsterdam, The Netherlands –
March 2020 – 24i, the
industry-leading, global video experience company, today announced that its
Smart Operator product has been deployed by
T-Mobile Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom to provide IPTV and TV Anywhere video experiences to T-Mobile
TV GO, Magio GO and Digi GO customers
in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
The deployment has now gone live on iOS, Android, Android TV, web
and Smart TVs from Samsung, as well as Linux and Android IPTV set-top-boxes
(STBs). 24i has provided a single code base approach across
all three of the T-Mobile Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom services and includes data-driven content optimisation, discovery
and engagement tools including recommendations, analytics, targeted content and
audience measurement. The 24i-powered services
are proving to be highly popular throughout the Czech
Republic and Slovakia and, together with 24i, have been nominated for a Connected TV Award in Advancing the TV Experience.
Key deployment achievements
“24i Smart Operator provides us with a productized solution that provides a next-generation, personalised video experience for each subscriber.“ said Marcel Šatánek, Head of PM Connected Home & Terminal Management, Slovak Telekom. “A key motivation for choosing the solution is it's unique ability to enable a ‘develop once, deploy everywhere' content workflow, effortlessly handle device proliferation, legacy and third-party integrations, while providing instant access to new technologies and platform capabilities. Furthermore, Smart Operator has the ability to manage the linear and on-demand content services for all three brands via a single centralised back-end system. By combining the functionality to provide IPTV and TV Everywhere, 24i saves us time and effort managing our services and the power and flexibility of their solution enables us to provide our customers with an incredible video experience on all devices, both now and in the future.”
“I am thrilled that Slovak Telekom is the first, large-scale multinational to deploy our new, next-generation Smart Operator product,” said Martijn van
Horssen, Joint-CEO of 24i. “We worked very closely with the Slovak Telekom and T-Mobile Czech Republic project teams to ensure that our platform provides all the
functionality they need, as well new features that really excite customers such
as continue watching (cross-platform), binge viewing, view showtimes and
recordings to a STB or the cloud. Before creating our solution for
operators, providing a unified experience across
territories and so many devices would have required a massive engineering
effort. Both operators are already seeing the
benefits of combining IPTV and TV Everywhere in one platform with powerful
branding capabilities. We’re looking forward to ensuring that the T-Mobile
Czech Republic and Slovak Telekom video experiences we
are powering continue to excite and attract consumers throughout the region.”
Operator is a turn-key streaming video app development product that enables
operators to deliver live, linear and on-demand video services via an intuitive
user interface on to any and all devices.
Cambridge en Amsterdam, 13 augustus 2020 -
en haar dochteronderneming 24i hebben vandaag aangekondigd dat Youfone de eerste Android TV operator tier service in Nederland
heeft gelanceerd. Vanaf 3 augustus 2020 levert Youfone haar klanten een “next generation”
geïntegreerde dienst voor OTT, VoD en Live TV op televisies en mobiele
De Youfone service
is gebaseerd op het 24i Video Experience Platform en de set-top boxen van
Amino, die samen een end-to-end oplossing vormen. Hiermee heeft de Nederlandse
MVNO de user experience helemaal kunnen vernieuwen en het bereik van haar
TV-diensten kunnen uitbreiden.
“De unieke kracht,
flexibiliteit en functies van de geïntegreerde oplossing van 24i en Amino maakt
dat Youfone in slechts 5 maanden de eerste Android TV operator tier service van
Nederland heeft kunnen lanceren, in plaats van een groot ontwikkelproject van
een jaar of langer te moeten doorlopen als we een andere route hadden genomen,”
zegt Valentijn Rensing, CEO van Youfone.
voordeel van de oplossing van 24i en Amino is dat het écht end-to-end is. Het
omvat alle functies die we nodig hebben: content ingest, encoding en
transcoding, management, customer care, contentdistributie, alle benodigde software
van frontend tot backend, en zelfs de set-top boxen die onze klanten gebruiken,”
Opgebouwd uit het 24i Video Experience Platform, Amino 7x
Android set-top boxen, en Amino OS is dit
de eerste exploitatie van een gezamenlijke 24i en Amino cloud-based oplossing
die video delivery vanuit iedere bron naar ieder device ondersteunt.
TV-dienst in 2017 werd gelanceerd, vroeg 24i en Amino in december 2019 om een uitgebreide TV- en OTT-dienst te leveren. 24i
en Amino werken samen om alles te leveren wat voor de Youfone-dienst nodig was,
van smart Set-Top-Box (STB) hardware, service management, een robuuste backend,
en een intuïtieve user interface. De functionaliteit omvat transcoding,
middleware, CDN, en frontend applicaties voor Android, iOS mobiele telefoons en
tablets; dat maakt live TV mogelijk, evenals catchup, restart en nPVR voor
ongeveer 100 kanalen. Het is de eerste gezamenlijke exploitatie die is
aangekondigd sinds 24i in juli 2019 door Amino Technologies werd overgenomen.
De turn-key multiscreen-oplossing biedt Youfone
de operationele flexibiliteit om lokale of gehoste live en on-demand streaming op
ieder medium en platform af te leveren, inclusief Linux en Android TV. De
hardware draait op AminoOS, geheel
gemanaged door Amino SM Engage,
Amino’s cloud-based service management platform.
De oplossing is een
hybride cloud deployment, die profiteert van de on-premise private cloud
services voor 24/7 headend services; dit minimaliseert infrastructuurkosten en
public cloud services, en maximaliseert tegelijkertijd de flexibiliteit. Het
levert Youfone uitgekiende, modulaire servicecomponenten op, variërend van
content ingest, infrastructuur, capacity load, API en frontend monitoring, tot
change management en 3rd party support.
oplossingen van 24i en Amino, gecombineerd met de expertise van onze teams,
stellen Youfone in staat om een Android TV service te lanceren, gedragen door
het 24i Video Experience Platform, en
om hun bestaande set-top boxen te vervangen door geavanceerde Amino 7x devices,” zegt Donald McGarva,
Amino Group Chief Executive Officer.
gezien vraagt het ontwikkelen van een geavanceerde, geïntegreerde OTT, VoD en
Live TV service een jaar of langer en zou technisch gezien heel uitdagend zijn.
Vóór het 24i Video Experience Platform (VEP) waren aanbieders als Youfone
gedwongen een keuze te maken uit extreem dure, over geavanceerde systemen van
één leverancier of onvolgroeide systemen met ontbrekende functionaliteit van
één leverancier, of voor de complicaties, vertragingen en risico’s die
samenhangen met een oplossing die door verschillende toeleveranciers wordt
geleverd. Dat we voor Youfone in Nederland de eerste grote Android TV operator tier
service zo snel operationeel hebben gekregen, bewijst dat in de hedendaagse
markteisen voor multiscreen-diensten VEP
de ideale oplossing is,” stelt McGarva.