Published May 3rd, 2017
RTÉ today announced its plans to develop the next generation RTÉ Player, Ireland’s number one broadcaster video-on-demand service. It is expected that the new service will be launched before the end of the year.
The redeveloped RTÉ Player will be RTÉ’s multi-channel television and video platform, designed and re-imagined for how Irish audiences watch television and video content online. It will be a world-class online television and video destination that seamlessly blends the audience content needs across live and on-demand with a curated, personalised service, with new features and functionality.
The new RTÉ Player experience will be a gateway into a world of great content, from box-sets and curated on-demand libraries across 10 genres, to exciting new original RTÉ Player shorts, as well as the ability to enjoy RTÉ’s live channels on any screen.
Delivering a multi-platform experience, the redeveloped RTÉ Player will be available across web, iOS, Android, connected TVs and OTT services, including Saorview, Chromecast, Android TV and Apple TV.
RTÉ’s lead partner for the delivery of the project is Fincons Group. The global IT Business Consulting company has over 30 years’ experience as a broadband and broadcast service partner and has worked with many leading companies including Sky and the largest Italian commercial broadcaster, Mediaset, as consultant and integration partner for their video solutions and OTT platform rollouts.
RTÉ and Fincons Group will also work with the Dutch-based TV app development company 24i, an internet TV app company, which powers apps for leading brands like Viacom, Fuse media and Sinclair. Discovery and personalisation provider ContentWise will integrate its content personalisation solution.
RTÉ Player will benefit from the combination of Fincons Group’s design and integration, 24i’s unified UI front-end expertise and ContentWise’s user experience automation capabilities.
Múirne Laffan, RTÉ’s Chief Digital Officer, said: “The delivery of the next generation RTÉ Player is hugely important for RTÉ’s future. It is a sophisticated proposition that will position us to meet evolving audience expectations and compete within a highly competitive, globalised media environment.”
Aoife Byrne, Director of Content & Products for RTÉ’s digital division, said: “In order to meet the changing needs of our audiences, we are transforming RTÉ Player from being a pure catch-up TV service to being a world-class live and on-demand online TV and video platform. Irish audiences will continue to be able to catch up on their favourite show, but with the next-generation RTÉ Player we will soon be offering so much more: on-demand libraries with hundreds of great titles from across the genres; great box-sets to binge on, and brand new short-form content, exclusive to RTÉ Player. Audiences will also be able to enjoy RTÉ’s television channels live, on any screen.”
“As well as delivering on our audience’s content needs, we want next-generation RTÉ Player to deliver a superb streaming experience. To achieve this, we are working with our delivery partners Fincons Group, 24i and ContentWise who are hugely experienced in delivering world-class online TV and video platforms. We are rebuilding the product from the ground up to ensure technical reliability, and we will also be adding some great new features and functionality such as live restart and autoplay to make watching great TV and video even better” added Aoife Byrne.
Michele Moretti, CEO at Fincons Group, commented: “We are delighted to be bringing our tailored solutions and wealth of experience to support such a key strategic project for a national media like RTÉ,designing and integrating a future-proof OTT solution which will efficiently provide a seamless and compelling multiscreen user experience. Building on our extensive experience working with the major international players, this project further confirms our footprint in the media and broadcast sector.”
For reference, please contact:
Marika MacCarvill, Communications Manager, RTÉ Digital
Tel: 00 353 1 208 4665 / 00 353 86 171 2568
About RTÉ Player:
RTÉ Player is Ireland’s number-one broadcaster video-on-demand service, continuing to attract record-level audiences. Last month (March 2017) was the strongest month ever for RTÉ Player, attracting its highest level of viewers for any month to date, serving over 5.3 million streams and attracting over 2.1 million unique browsers. January and February this year were also the strongest on record for their respective months.
In 2016, RTÉ Player attracted its highest level of audiences, serving over 50 million streams, which represents an additional 10 million streams or 26% increase on 2015. In 2016, the popular online service delivered an average of 4.2 million streams per month, and an average of 1.7 million unique browsers per month, with both figures up 30% on the previous year.
Signifying changing viewing habits, live viewing on RTÉ Player was up by 74% on 2015 volumes, with 20% of monthly streams being live in 2016. Of the 2 million streams served for Euro 2016, 1.5 million streams were live.
RTÉ Player’s offering continued to evolve in 2016, moving away from being a purely catch-up service, with the commissioning of more online-exclusive content and extra content around some the most popular RTÉ Television series and events of the year, as well as the addition of new permanent content hubs, including Doc Hub, Food Hub and Arts Hub. Together the online extras and exclusive shorts on RTÉ Player attracted over 3 million streams.
Mar 21, 2019
24i Media acquires StreamOne
Fast-growing video app developer strengthens and extends its innovative technology stack
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), March 21st, 2019 - 24i Media, one of the industry-leading video app developers, has extended its platform’s capabilities by the acquisition of StreamOne, the young and innovative media technology provider that fuels the video applications of one of the largest publishers in the Netherlands, TMG. With the acquisition, 24i gets full access to the cutting-edge knowledge and technology of StreamOne, strengthening its capabilities to integrate with its strategic partners like OVPs and streaming video providers, and to optimize the end user experience.
This is 24i’s third acquisition in twelve months. It is part of its ambitious strategic plan and technology vision to continue to revolutionize the OTT ecosystem with technology innovations and to provide customers and partners with powerful new tools to better manage assets, maximize efficiencies, deliver new capabilities and optimize OTT value creation and monetization.
“The acquisition of StreamOne’s technology is a leap forward for 24i in its ambition to innovate and optimize the user experience, user interaction and consumer value of tomorrow’s OTT services. The OTT chain is really complex especially for broadcasters and content owners. With this acquisition we can simplify the creation and launch of video services for our customers,” said Martijn van Horssen, CEO at 24i. “The StreamOne architecture and expertise throughout the OTT production chain improves our cooperation with and services to our strategic partners. With the StreamOne technology we can create future-proof and seamless integrations with our technology partners. StreamOne’s technology stack also accelerates our product roadmap with new modular functionalities and strengthens the architecture of our technology stack.”
Founded in 2012, StreamOne deploys a powerful suite of tools to publish videos to any device, anytime and anywhere. StreamOne offers a robust interface that has plug & play integrations with third-parties for publishers and broadcasters.
“Today marks a transformational moment for StreamOne, and I'm delighted to join forces with one of the leading providers of video streaming apps - a global brand that is shaping the future of OTT. 24i’s proven track record, its extensive partner network and its continuous drive for innovation, guarantees a strong fundament and fertile soil for our creative ideas and technology vision to accelerate the value creation of our innovative technology stack,” said Ruud van der Linden, Founder and CEO of StreamOne. “I am excited for this incredible opportunity to contribute to accelerate and scale 24i’s business and provide a new class of next-generation OTT technology to enhance our partner and customer relationships worldwide.”
From April 8th to 11th during the NAB Show in Las Vegas (booth SU9610), 24i Media and StreamOne will show a sneak preview of their future joint products, including 24i’s fully renewed and integrated technology stack after its recent acquisitions of Vigour and Mautilus. 24i’s module-based technology framework allows broadcasters, operators and media companies to create and launch personalized streaming video services on all screens, tailored to their needs. With this modular approach, customers can build their apps with state-of-the-art components, or they can purchase a fully completed package.
Apr 03, 2019
Amsterdam (The Netherlands), April 3rd, 2019 - Today 24i Media, an industry-leading, global video app developer, showcased how customers can quickly and easily extract insights from videos using Smart OTT and Microsoft Azure Media Services: Video Indexer. 24i will this new solution at the Microsoft booth (#SL6716) and at the 24i booth (#SU9610) at the 2019 NAB Show in Vegas.
In a move to empower its customers to make their video services even more personalized, powerful and intuitive, 24i Media has integrated Video Indexer into their product line. This integration will empower customers to build enhanced search experiences in their video apps, with embedded insights, that increase user engagement.
“Media companies with large archives often struggle with the challenge of transforming those archives into business value, particularly given the challenges of content discovery at scale. Content categorization is often flawed and manual tagging is expensive, error-prone and scales badly,” said Martijn van Horssen, CEO at 24i Media. “By integrating Video Indexer to our modular suite of OTT components, we’re making it easier for customers to unleash the power of their content, improving viewer interaction and engagement.”
Video Indexer builds upon media AI technologies to make it easier to extract insights from videos. Customers can use it to search for spoken words, faces, characters, emotions and enrich apps with embedded video insights to drive user engagement. When paired with 24i's technology, metadata is automatically created by the Indexer and imported as tags into 24i's SmartOTT. For broadcasters for example, this can help create more impactful promotion clips and drive viewers to their content.
“Be it live or on-demand, video is a great way for media companies to engage with viewers whose consumption habits have evolved beyond the linear experience,” said Sudheer Sirivara, General Manager, Azure Media, Microsoft Corp. “We’re excited to partner with 24i Media to deliver a personalized viewing experience to audiences, anytime, anywhere, on any device."
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