Published January 7th, 2016
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.
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.
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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.
Jul 22, 2020
Amsterdam, The Netherlands – 22 July 2020 – 24i, the industry-leading, global video experience company, today announced the launch of its Video Experience Platform (VEP), a smart and cost-effective SaaS platform that, for the first time, productizes all the services required for the convergence of Pay-TV, IPTV, and OTT streaming.
VEP has been designed to accelerate time-to-market while delivering the essential flexibility and functionality required for the creation of next-generation video services.
“The launch of the 24i Video Experience Platform challenges traditional industry delivery models by maximizing flexibility and functionality to provide service providers with, for the first time, the freedom to choose their own path to delivering next-generation video experiences,” said Martijn Van Horssen, Joint-CEO 24i.
Combining significant industry experience, consumer insight, and modern microservices-led architecture, 24i has created a powerful, modular, and flexible SaaS platform that focuses on the consumer, prioritizes operational efficiency, and provides cost-effective, agile technologies to ensure flexibility, scalability, and continuous innovation.
“The development of this exciting new platform has been informed by the deployments we’ve handled recently for customers such as BroadwayHD, Slovak Telecom, T-Mobile Czech Republic, Topic, and Youfone. Every customer is different, but they all need flexibility and a laser focus on the consumer. By launching services through VEP for all these customers with very different aims and goals demonstrates that this new platform is incredibly flexible and powerful. We look forward to our new platform continuing to help TV and video service providers to stay audience relevant by taking advantage of new business opportunities at every stage of their video evolution,” added Van Horssen.
VEP combines 24i’s Smart Apps framework, the 24i Smart Video engine, 24i Backstage, and a Smart Ecosystem of technologies and partners, to power the redefinition of the modern video experience.
The 24i Smart Apps framework supports every media company’s unique video business strategy and technology architecture with custom or white label applications, UX, and UI development. The framework simplifies the syndication and delivery of live and on-demand TV and video content to mobiles, web, Smart TV, TV, STBs, and game consoles.
24i Smart Video is a feature-rich platform that gives video providers the operational flexibility for end-to-end multiscreen video delivery. Smart Video simplifies the syndication and delivery of live and on-demand TV apps across mobile, web, smart TV, game consoles, and Set-Top-Boxes (including support for HbbTV and ATSC 3.0. The scalable cloud-based model is designed to leverage existing infrastructure and/or 3rd party technologies and provides options for on- or off-premise deployment of relevant workloads, such as service creation and video processing. The platform takes in and converts raw live or on-demand libraries to the required delivery formats for all types of devices, including encoding and transcoding of linear content to multiple bitrates and resolutions.
24i Backstage is an award-winning, real-time UX and integration manager that allows media companies to define and manage their application experiences by connecting back-end systems via a cloud-based management console. Backstage enables media companies to configure apps, define and schedule content availability or promotion, curate content, orchestrate and enrich metadata, and seamlessly integrate with ecosystem technologies.
Additionally, 24i has also announced the launch of the Smart Ecosystem, which ties together the online video value chain through a seamless combination of in-house products and premium partner integrations. This open ecosystem delivers TV and video service providers with the most effective video experience solutions based upon their unique business needs and growth strategies. Modular and flexible, the 24i Smart Ecosystem is designed to scale and expand platform architectures without the complexities and risks typically associated with a multi-vendor strategy.