Published January 16th, 2019
We’re thrilled to see that our customer, NLZiet, an online OTT Platform in Holland, is experiencing a strong growth on connected TVs. The usage figures for NLZiet show that online viewing time on a connected TV screen increased by 30% in 2018.
With a viewing time share of 57%, the ‘good old tv’ has become by far the most important device for viewing online live television and video on demand. The 57% viewing time can be divided into 31% set-top box (Apple TV and Chromecast) and 26% smart TVs.
Recent studies already show that sales of tablets and desktops are falling. The fact that tablets and desktops are becoming increasingly out of favour is also reflected in the viewing behaviour of NLZiet users. Last year, the share of viewing time on desktops dropped to 19% (-30%) and on tablets to 14% (-22%). The share of viewing time on smartphones dropped to 9%, which is also influenced by the large growth in viewing time on set-top boxes and smart TVs. When streaming via an Apple TV and Chromecast, the smartphone is also often used.
“Viewers are increasingly taking their online viewing behaviour to the big screen,” commented Niels Baas, managing direvtor of NLZiet. “The current connected TVs and streaming devices make the new TV viewing easily accessible and offer a full-fledged and inexpensive alternative to a TV subscription’.
At 24i, we’re proud to work with innovative and leading OTT platforms like NLZiet. With a decade of experience in creating, designing and deploying video streaming applications for all devices, 24i is growing its client roster of leading properties like iflix, Globo, Tennis Channel, NPO, RTE, Fox Sports, Sinclair Broadcasting Group and many more.
Contact us today to learn more on how 24i can help you reach your audience across all devices and platforms.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, January 17th 2019 – 24i Media, an industry-leading, global streaming video app developer, today announced that they have partnered with Hisense, a global electronics giant and one of the world’s leading TV manufactures and technology leader. Hisense’s next generation of Smart TV models equipped with a VIDAA system will have the TV GAMES portal, powered by 24i Media, preinstalled as of March 2019.
The TV GAMES portal, powered by 24i Media, is a cross-platform collection of in-house developed games optimized for TV remote controls. The service has over 1.000.000 game played worldwide daily. With the partnership with Hisense, TV Games will strengthen its footprint
in the APAC region and South Africa.
Games on Smart TVs is on the rise and the fragmentation that poses a challenge also presents an opportunity, in the form of more sophisticated ad targeting and video advertising. 24i Media is a pioneer in big screen video monetization and is working closely with several SSP and DSP partners to define the ad sector.
"TV GAME and advertisement on Smart TVs is a new and exciting road full opportunities as well as unknown grounds. We are thrilled to join forces with Hisense." Said Petr Mazanec,
Head of the TV GAMES product at 24i Media.
For almost 5 decades Hisense have been committed to developing innovations in consumer electronics. Today, Hisense is the No.1 TV brand in China,Australia & South Africa,
employing over 75,000 people across 19 global companies.
Hisense utilize 6 high-end international production facilities in Europe, Central America
and South Africa, as well as boasting 15 research & development centers worldwide, including
a strategic partnership with MIT Media Lab. All of which have the sole aim of delivering high quality, cutting-edge and affordable products that improve the life of our consumers.
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.
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.
Apr 07, 2020
First Look Media launches new OTT streaming video service for ‘culture cravers’ on topic.com, Apple TV and iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands - 7 April 2020 – 24i, the industry-leading video experience company, today announced that Topic, the new entertainment streaming service from First Look Media, has chosen 24i to power its new streaming video experience across topic.com, Apple TV and iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
24i provides Topic with a brand-new suite of subscription and ad-supported video applications each with a consistent, intuitive video experience irrespective of viewing platform or device. The next-generation 24i Smart OTT productised solution, integrated with specialist partner technologies from Bitmovin, CenturyLink, Cleeng, EZDRM and JUMP enables Topic to extend, manage and monetize its programming to a fast-growing audience of ‘culture cravers.’
“We’re committed to providing our audiences with compelling and thought-provoking programming that reflects their values and interests, wherever they wish to access it,” said, Ryan Chanatry, Topic’s General Manager. “The smart products and solutions provided by 24i enable the Topic team to dynamically create next-generation video experiences, customize the presentation of titles by platform, and to differentiate Topic in an increasingly competitive direct-to-consumer video market”.
Topic, which officially launched November 21 2019, is a new streaming service offering North American premieres of global favourites along with original programming that includes a variety of scripted dramas, comedies, discussion shows, documentaries, and non-scripted programming which highlight human-focused stories from creators with a passionate point of view.
“The quality and variety of Topic’s programming make it extremely attractive to their growing audience,” said Martijn van Horssen, Joint-CEO of 24i. “By being able to support Topic’s platform-agnostic delivery strategy, we are delighted to deliver their next-generation video experiences and super-charge their growth to new platforms and audiences.”
Topic aims to push the art of storytelling to new heights by exploring different genres and media formats to develop and showcase impactful and engaging programming. The new service sources programming from leading global media companies, acquiring the rights to titles premiering at the world’s most prestigious film festivals as well as streaming original programming produced in-house by Topic or in partnership with some of today’s most prolific creators. Topic’s parent company is First Look Media, a company that was launched in 2013 by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar.
Within the 24i Smart OTT product, Topic can readily launch and manage its new, next-generation OTT service and extend its reach to multiple platforms, including iOS, Android, Apple TV, Roku and the web. In addition, the 24i SMART BACKSTAGE management and insight manager ensures Topic delivers a consistently high-quality and personalised streaming service to every subscriber on their choice of device.