Pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has named Erik Sch

first_imgPay TV operator Sky Deutschland has named Erik Schneider as vice-president, customer service. Schneider, who will be charged with direction of Sky’s service centre, will report to Euan Smith, executive vice-president of product and operations.Schneider previously worked for consulting, system integration and managed services specialist Live Reply. He has also worked for Telefónica O2 in Munich, and for General Electric.last_img

Ukrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has launched a new interactive TV platform that will be available over-the-top on third-party networks as well as on its own cable network.Volia Smart HD will offer over 130 digital channels, on-demand movies and access to other services including YouTube on the TV.Following the initial launch of the service, Volia will introduce a hybrid set-top box in the second quarter that will give access to internet-delivered video-on-demand and catch-up TV services.The first third-party network to sign up for the service is Datagroup, which operates residential services in Ukraine under the brand Domashniy Telecom. The company has approximately 107,000 internet customers across the country. Datagroup launched its own TV service in 2010 and has signed up just over 20,000 subscribers in Dnipropetrovsk, Zhmerynka, Nikolaev, Gadyach and Bar.Volia’s internet-delivered content will be made available using adaptive bit-rate streaming, allowing consumption on multiple devices including smartphones and tablets as well as TVs.Content partners for the Volia Smart HD on-demand offering will include YouTube,, and Sony.Volia’s platform has been designed by system integrator Azdio in partnership with Ukrainian system integrator Romsat. Technology for the service is being provided by middleware provider Minerva, set-top provider Entone, conditional access specialist Verimatrix, compression specialist Envivio and OTT technology specialist Anevia.last_img read more

LG has integrated online payment service PayPal in

first_imgLG has integrated online payment service PayPal into its smart TV platform, allowing users to buy products and services directly through their TV set. The electronics manufacturer has launched the service on its devices in the US, Canada and the UK. It also plans to roll it out in France, Germany, Spain, Italy and Australia, starting from this month.“LG and PayPal will create a more user-friendly Smart TV experience, enabling the user to make faster, more secure digital payments,” said Richard Choi, senior VP of the LG Electronics’ Smart Business Center.“PayPal significantly reduces the number of steps the user has to take in order to complete a transaction; saving them time by eliminating the need to enter credit card and address details for each subsequent purchase. Moving forward, it will also make it possible for LG to better integrate digital commerce with first-class home entertainment.”Users can enter their PayPal details into their TV using the remote, and can choose a “remember me” option for easier payments.“We see smart TV as a high-potential platform for commerce in the coming years, and we’re thrilled to be at the forefront with LG in integrating the ease, security and functionality of PayPal directly into LG Smart TVs,” said Randall Davies , senior director of global business development at PayPal.last_img read more

Sky Deutschland has extended its Wimbledon tennis

first_imgSky Deutschland has extended its Wimbledon tennis rights through to 2018, taking exclusive broadcasting rights for TV, internet, IPTV, and mobile in Germany and Austria.The five-year extension was agreed with IMG Media on behalf of the All England Lawn Tennis Club. Sky Deutschland said that in 2014, as in previous years, it will broadcast the tournament on multiple  channels and cover the action on several courts at the same time – live and in HD.“With its unique mix of tradition and world class athleticism, the tournament in Wimbledon is one of the highlights of every sports year. The continuation of our successful partnership over the next five years is proof of our editorial work and a major component of Sky’s strategy to offer customers exclusive programming,” said Burkhard Weber, Sky Deutschland’s senior vice president, sports.last_img read more

The Returned Netflix has acquired exclusive global

first_imgThe ReturnedNetflix has acquired exclusive global rights to The Returned, the US remake of French drama Les Revenants, from FremantleMedia International. The deal marks the first time the US-listed streaming service will have premiere rights an acquired drama on its services around the world.The series has been commissioned by US cable net A&E, which will debut it on March 9. Netflix will then launch it a day later on all of its international services except the US. In the States A&E has a one-year holdback on the show.The original French series, which was distributed by Zodiak Rights, series was an international success, selling to over 70 territories with buyers including Channel 4 in the UK and Sundance in the US. It follows the residents of a small mountain town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have been long presumed dead suddenly reappear.Last year A&E ordered a ten-episode US version of the show, with its fledgling drama production unit A+E Studios, on production duty alongside Fremantlemedia North America and Haut et Cort, which made the original French show. Lost writer Carlton Cuse has penned and exec produced the US version alongside Raelle Tucker (True Blood).FremantleMedia International is selling the US series. CEO Jens Richter said: “Netflix is a ground-breaking platform, synonymous with high-quality, character-driven content that really pushes at the boundaries. The internet television network is the perfect home for The Returned.”Erik Barmack, vice president of global independent content at Netflix added: “We can’t wait for our global audience to see Carlton and Raelle’s interpretation of The Returned, a sensation in its own right that we think is perfect for Netflix.”last_img read more

Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo has added SPI Inte

first_imgBulgarian cable operator Blizoo has added SPI International’s FilmBox HD channel to its line-up.FilmBox HD features a variety of movie genres including dramas, comedies, thrillers and horror movies as well as TV series. Blizoo is offering FilmBox HD in its Extra, Premium and Champion TV packages.“Bulgaria remains one of our high-priority markets in CEE. We are excited to partner with Blizoo, the leading cable operator in Bulgaria and to bring FilmBox HD with its top movie content to Blizoo subscribers,” said Berk Uziyel, executive director of Filmbox International.“Blizoo as a company always strives to provide its users with quality content. We believe that our new proposal FilmBox will respond more fully to the expectations of the customers who always want the best on the market. Our goal is to offer reliable products to create unforgettable experiences for consumers,” said Blizoo.last_img read more

Delphine Ernotte Cunci French media regulator the

first_imgDelphine Ernotte CunciFrench media regulator the CSA has authorised the launch of a news service by public broadcaster France Télévisions.The CSA said last week that it was greenlighting a request by the ministry of culture and communication for the distribution of the channel in standard definition. The service will be available on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform on channel 27, just after rival service LCI on channel 26.To make space for the service, the CSA has authorised the pubcaster to continue to broadcast its France Ô service in standard definition only. Other service from the public broadcaster are available in HD.The news service is the brainchild of France Télévisions director-general Delphine Ernotte-Cunci, who was appointed to her role last year.France Télévisions will be responsible for the editorial content of the service, with Radio France, overseas TV organisation France Médias Monde and the Institut National de l’Audiovisue contributing. As envisaged by Ernotte-Cunci, the news service will include both a linear channel and on-demand elements.last_img read more

UK OTT video streaming service TVPlayer has struck

first_imgUK OTT video streaming service TVPlayer has struck a three-year deal with white-label cloud-based OTT video service Frequency to offer the latter’s content as part of its service.Under the deal, Frequency, founded by Blair Harrison, who was also behind internet video search outfit FastTV, will deliver a broad range of programming from digital brands, multi-channel networks and social influencers including Studio 71, Newsy, Jukin and Machinima.According to TVPlayer, the initial lineup will include at least 10 linear channels and will be introduced in February to TVPlayer’s platform. More than 150 on demand channels will be integrated with TVPlayer in late March.Frequency aggregates licensed content for operators, alongside a video platform including a personalisation engine. Operators can deploy the service over set-top boxes, mobile devices and the web.TVPlayer offers about 100 broadcast channels on its platform, including a premium teir of 30 channels available for £5.99 a month. The service claims over one million active users in the UK.Rob Hodgkinson, Chief Operating Officer of TVPlayer, said: “Keen to establish TVPlayer as the launch platform for lean-back video experiences, we wanted to instigate a comprehensive digital-first programming strategy alongside our premium broadcast offering, andwith Frequency, we’re able to do that with one deal and with one simple integration.”Ian Aaron, president of Frequency, said: “TVPlayer’s unique OTT platform and rapid growth in the UK makes them an exciting and strategic partner for Frequency.  Our expansive catalogue of top digital-first content, delivered in linear and on-demand formats, will enhance TVPlayer’s already compelling programming line-up.”last_img read more

Youth broadcaster The QYou has agreed a carriage d

Youth broadcaster The QYou has agreed a carriage deal with Portuguese telecoms operator NOWO, which will offer the channel to its 900,000 customers.The deal marks The QYou’s second  agreement for the Portuguese market, widening the distribution of its ‘best-of-web’ video output.“Online video content is hugely popular in Portugal and in order to meet the needs of our customers and further extend our reach among millennial audiences, we are including QYou in our programming line-up,” said NOWO’s chief marketing officer, José Henriques.The QYou founder and CEO, Curt Marvis, said: “This partnership with NOWO is our second in Portugal and demonstrates that operators across Western Europe are really seeing the value and potential of short-form video content to engage with millennial audiences.” read more

ProSiebenSat1 Media is acquiring a majority in Es

first_imgProSiebenSat.1 Media is acquiring a majority in Esome advertising technologies, a social-advertising provider in German-speaking region of Europe.Hamburg-based Esome bundles the technology and the management of social media campaigns on social networks, notably Facebook, for advertisers.ProSiebenSat.1 said that in the future, the technology will also be used for the optimisation of display, video and later for addressable TV advertising. The company will join the portfolio of ad-tech investments that ProSiebenSat.1 bundles at Advertising Platform Solutions. The acquisition is subject to approval by the responsible competition authorities.On the basis of KPIs, Esome optimises campaigns on social networks to implement its customers’ advertising activities. Over 200 national and international companies, including around half of the businesses listed on the DAX exchange, already rely on Esome’s technology, according to ProSiebenSat.1.Separately, ProSiebenSat.1 is expanding its ad-tech management team. Jana Eisenstein will join Advertising Platform Solutions as EVP on January 1 to manage the business together with Jens Mittnacht. Eisenstein was previously managing director for the EMEA region at advertising technology company Videology.ProSiebenSat.1’s other investments and activities in the ad-tech sector, which it bundles at Advertising Platform Solutions, include the German ad-tech holding company Virtual Minds, the video advertising network Smartstream.TV, the content marketplace Glomex and, subject to review by antitrust authorities, the influencer marketing platform Buzzbird. The Group is also involved in the European joint venture EBX.Christof Wahl, member of the executive board, digital, and COO ProSiebenSat.1 Group said: “The majority stake in esome is another boost for our positioning in the ad-tech sector and expands our expertise with KPI-based products in the attractive social-advertising market. With the aid of esome’s technology, performance-oriented and thus even more effective addressable TV campaigns will be a possibility in the future.”last_img read more