PhonetoTV video streaming service Flipps has sig

first_imgPhone-to-TV video streaming service Flipps has signed a distribution deal with web series studio Vuguru, allowing it to distribute two of the latter’s shows via its platform. Under the deal, Flipps will make Vuguru scripted series Prom Queen and Back on Topps available to stream on smart TVs and web-connected games consoles using Flipps’ iOS or Android app.Formerly known as iMediaShare, Flipps lets users stream online videos from their mobile for free over the same WiFi network – with no remote or dongle required.“Bringing online original programming to the connected home is a natural extension of the Flipps brand and Vuguru is a leader in the space. We’re excited to be the first to bring on-demand Vuguru series to the TV screen – making them available and easily accessible to millions of viewers,” said Flipps CEO, Kosta Jordanov.last_img read more

International sports channel provider Eleven Sport

first_imgInternational sports channel provider Eleven Sports Network has tapped online TV technology specialist NeuLion to launch a new digital service in Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Singapore and Taiwan.The service enables viewers to access live and on-demand remium sports content such as Euro 2016, Liga BBVA, Formula 1 or NBA on their tablet, mobile or laptop devices, available via subscription both online and as an app.The service includes a catch-up option, allowing viewers to watch any live sport or programming shown on the network’s channels in the past 24 hours.This is complemented by video-on-demand, providing viewers with clips and short-form highlights, and the ability to pause and rewind live coverage of events.“We are extremely excited to launch our new Eleven Sports digital service at a time when fans continue to look for the best and most convenient ways to watch sport. Working with NeuLion has enabled us to offer viewers a best in class service which we are sure they will be delighted with. Our fantastic range of world-class sports deserves to be showcased on a platform like this and enjoyed by as many people as possible,” said Danny Menken, group managing director, Eleven Sports Network.“Our experience and expertise delivering live sports throughout Europe and Asia for big brands including the NFL, NBA, UFC and others has allowed us to continue to land fantastic new partners,” says Kanaan Jemili, CEO, NeuLion.“We are excited to team up with Eleven Sports Network and give their fans an enhanced digital experience delivering great content on multiple devices.”last_img read more

Russian broadcaster CTC Media and the countrys la

first_imgRussian broadcaster CTC Media and the country’s largest media holding company, National Media Group, are to create a single joint online TV platform, More.TV.The pair will create the new platform as a virtual TV and video-on-demand operator, offering a distribution network for streamed TV channels and popular Russian and international content that will be available either free of charge supported by advertising or through a subscription VOD model.The pair said that More.TV could be integrated with the set-tops of leading TV operators and the OTT TV services of mobile telecom players.CTC and National Media Group have named Denis Gorshkov as head of the separate Skolkovo-based digital business set up to house the new project, M3. Gorshkov was previously general director of Amedia TV, where he was responsible for the development of the Amediateka OTT TV service and the Amedia group’s pay TV channels.The launch of the service is envisaged for early next year, and the pair said they were actively recruiting technical and commercial staff.Olga Paskina, general director of National Media Group, said that the project was “an important step” towards creating a user-friendly TV experience for Russians and added that the creation of More.TV would allow the group to fulfill its vision of a unified system for “the production and monetization of content in all environments”.Vyacheslav Murugov, CEO of CTC Media, said that the launch was a further step towards enabling the company to reach the widest possible audience for its content.The development of More.TV follows the teaming up of CTC, National Media Group, state-backed broadcaster Pervyy Kanal (Channel One), and VGTRK – the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company – last year to create Vitrina TV (Showcase), a common online platform for Russian broadcasters on the model of Hulu. Missing from the group of participants in Vitrina TV was Gazprom Media, Russia’s other leading media group. More.TV will sit on the Vitrina TV platform.National Media Group has a 25% in Pervyy Kanal, which is majority-owned by the Russian state with a 51% share with the balance being held by Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.National Media Group and CTC Media had earlier joined forces to create a unified back-office infrastructure through a joint venture in which National Media Group held a 51% stake and CTC held 49%.last_img read more

VIDEO Liberty Globals Horizon which will launch

first_imgVIDEO: Liberty Global’s Horizon, which will launch in four countries this year, beginning next quarter, is set to have a transformative effect on the company, as CEO Mike Fries explained in an exclusive video interview with DTVE at Cable Congress.Fries also told DTVE that the German market offered exceptionally strong prospects for growth and that prospects in a number of other markets were also improving.Mike Fries: Liberty Global’s Horizon set for launch from Digital TV Europe on Vimeo.last_img

Paul Kanaerck ITV Ahead of TV Connect Stuart Tho

first_imgPaul Kanaerck, ITVAhead of TV Connect, Stuart Thomson talks to ITV’s Paul Kanaerck about the UK commercial broadcaster’s digital strategy.For free-to-air broadcasters, the future is full of uncertainty. With the likes of Netflix’s Reed Hastings predicting the death of broadcast TV, and a growing perception that the shift of viewing among Millennials towards short-form YouTube-type content, devoured in snackable form on multiple screens, could be more than a short-term blip in behaviour, channel providers are looking to diversify and invest in digital platforms that can serve audiences demanding more flexibility.The merits of investing in digital services such as online VoD platforms, social TV and multiscreen distribution include, first and foremost the ability to generate viewer loyalty. They could also, potentially, generate additional revenue.The risk facing broadcasters, on the other hand, is that they could be investing in platforms that encourage viewers to turn away from linear TV, where they continue to make the vast bulk of their revenues from traditional advertising.Paul Kanaerck, director of online and brands at UK commercial broadcaster ITV, will address many of these issues at TV Connect, when he addresses the topic of Building a Seamless and Fast Viewing Experience for the Digital Native.For Kanaerck, however, the death of linear TV has however been much exaggerated and Millennials’ changing viewing habits have to be viewed in context.“A company like ITV has to be very focused on our USP, and live TV remains very prevalent,” says Kanaerck. “TV is still at the heart of what we do. Young people have always watched less TV, although the change in habits now possibly is more acute because what they are spending their time doing is consuming other forms of media, especially other forms of video content.”While the pace of change could accelerate, Kanaerck says that the commercial impact of this could be less severe than expected. “Commercially, money doesn’t always follow eyeballs. If you are trying to reach a lot of young people simultaneously, buying an ad around The X Factor is still the most cost-effective way to do it,” he says, pointing out that digital brands are among those most eager to buy linear airtime. He says one lesson he has learned from time spent in the US is that “a lot of money going into online video is cannibalising other forms of advertising rather than TV – it is a lot more about digital video superseding display advertising.”Kanaerck is moderately sceptical about the potential of targeted advertising, pointing out that ITV’s commercial model remains based on its “mass reach” and the “gold-plated” measurement data provided by ratings agency BARB. The online promise of hyper-targeting needs to be seen in the context of “an online world where there is a lot of fraud” around viewing figures, he says.He is more enthusiastic about the burgeoning relationship between social networks and broadcast TV. “What we have seen is that TV really drives social. People want to talk about the same things, and as social becomes more video-oriented we are well positioned to go with it,” he says. “More and more people are using social networks to talk about video and this also offers advertisers an opportunity to amplify their audience reach.” ITV, he says, has reached out proactively to YouTube’s user base, citing the example of collaborations with YouTube personalities Alfie Deyes and Marcus Butler.But TV is still at the core of things for Kanaerck. For now, the majority of viewing is still accounted for by linear TV and the majority of non-linear viewing is ‘near-linear’ viewing of content in the first one or two days after it is broadcast. For these reasons, he says that ITV Hub, the broadcaster’s recently revamped online TV platform, offers a completely different proposition from OTT services such as Netflix: “We drew a distinction between what we offer and SVoD. Netflix is a retail browsing environment – spending 15 minutes working out what to watch is part of the experience. That is not TV, which is fresh and instantaneous.”This insight led the broadcaster to make live TV available as part of the ITV Hub experience and about 30% of use of the platform on tablets is using this feature, according to Kanaerck. “What we did with the Hub was try to recreate the TV experience as much as possible – the viewer is immediately presented with live TV and when you swipe on the app you swipe from channel to channel and the live TV stream automatically plays,” he says. ITV’s experience of simulcasting coverage of the Rugby World Cup online showed that it is now technically “getting close to offering a near-TV experience” on the web, with limited buffering and technical problems, despite the spike in usage.Kanaerck declined to comment on recent reports about plans for a possible SVoD joint venture between ITV, the BBC and NBCUniversal, but he concedes that “broadcasters sometimes work better together”, citing the example of Freeview Play, the UK free-to-air on-demand platform recently launched to complement the linear digital-terrestrial service.In terms of making money from online, Kanaerck says that ITV has focused on making the bulk of content available on its linear channel rather than developing exclusive content for online, although it has provided a ‘freemium’ offering that provides an ad-free viewing experience to those willing to pay a small subscription. Kanaerck said that the service, ITV Hub+, could be extended in the coming years with better functionality and a more compelling user experience.last_img read more