Eutelsat renews its partnership with Polish broadcaster TVN

This contract consolidates TVN’s resources on HOTBIRD, underpinning a relationship established over 20 years ago with the launch of TVN Group’s first channel in 1997.

This renewed capacity will support TVN’s expansion into digital content, promoting an improved image quality and customer experience.

TVN’s offer on HOTBIRD consists of 23 FTA and pay-TV channels, including 11 HD channels, such as TVN, the most-watched channel in Poland (in 16-49 commercial target group), TVN24, the country’s leading news network, and some of flagship lifestyle and DTT channels including TVN7, TTV, TVN Style, TVN Turbo, HGTV, the Travel Channel and Food Network.

Piotr Korycki, CEO and President of the Management Board of Discovery and TVN, said: “This partnership with Eutelsat further strengthens our relationship which has existed since TVN group’s inception. Through this agreement, we continue to place the broadcast quality of our channels at the heart of our strategy and pursue our ambition to reach the widest audience possible.”

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Michel Azibert, Deputy CEO and Chief Commercial & Development Officer of Eutelsat, added: “Through this renewal agreement, we are strengthening our partnership with one of Central Europe’s most successful media groups. This agreement also highlights the leadership of the HOTBIRD neighbourhood, which hosts over 200 Polish channels, both in Poland and across Europe.”

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Insys Video Technologies Powers Enhanced OTT Service for ORS Subsidiary simpliTV

Insys Video Technologies announced today that the company’s comprehensive InsysPLAY platform was chosen by Austrian television provider ORS to power a significantly enhanced OTT video service for ORS subsidiary simpliTV.

The InsysPLAY platform provides simpliTV viewers with a richer, distinctive user experience and expanded selection of content across a broader range of consumer devices, all while giving ORS an extensible foundation for future features and growth.

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simpliTV previously offered its customers basic live streaming of just eight channels, which were only available on iOS and Android devices. With the new InsysPLAY-powered simpliTV OTT service, viewers can watch well over 40 live channels from multiple providers on a wide array of platforms — from tablets and mobile phones to TVs and web browsers — while enjoying powerful features including catch-up TV, nPVR, pause/resume across multiple devices, and intelligent content recommendations.

InsysPLAY is a flexible, modular OTT platform that enables media enterprises to easily manage, monetize, distribute and promote their content through client-branded websites and apps. For the simpliTV project, Insys supplied a complete OTT solution including back-end and front-end application software, server hardware, Dell EMC storage systems and eight instances of the AWS Elemental Delta video delivery platform. The new simpliTV service went live in April.

“InsysPLAY offers a very wide array of capabilities and options,” said Gunter Povolny, Project Manager at ORS. “The ability to make tailored use of a platform that is already proven to operate in a proper way significantly reduced the risk of implementation associated with a project of this scale.”

Insys_ORS_SimpliTV_Phone_App_AssetA highlight of the enhanced simpliTV service is its new floating video player, which seamlessly integrates with intuitive yet unobtrusive EPG functionality to deliver immersive viewing experiences even while browsing programming. Leveraging over a decade of experience in researching and designing user experiences (UX) for the optimal presentation and discovery of media content, Insys tailored the rich UX foundation and options built into the InsysPLAY platform to meet ORS’ specific requirements and vision.

“The incredible flexibility of the InsysPLAY platform enables us to put a variety of ever-evolving business models into operation for the future,” said Michael Zettl, Head of Product Management at simpliTV. “The user-tested, easily-distinguishable and modern interface design provided by InsysPLAY ensures that the value offered by the simpliTV service is easily accessible to our subscribers.”

Beyond the consumer-facing benefits that InsysPLAY brings to the enhanced service, the platform also enables robust operational and management functionality for ORS behind the scenes. API integration between InsysPLAY and AWS Elemental Delta enables ORS to offer catch-up and nPVR recording, just-in-time packaging, and DRM functionality in the simpliTV service.

InsysPLAY also monitors ORS’ AWS Elemental Live encoders, and interfaces seamlessly with simpliTV’s existing business systems for subscriber management and E-commerce. Complementing the InsysPLAY platform’s built-in analytics, the simpliTV deployment also integrates with Nice People at Work’s YOUBORA suite to provide ORS with advanced visualization and business intelligence.

“The simpliTV project is one of the most comprehensive and feature-rich projects we have deployed to date,” said Insys CEO Krzysztof Bartkowski. “By opting for our proven and flexibly configurable platform rather than a fully-custom implementation, ORS was able to launch the service with confidence and will benefit from ongoing enhancements as we develop new features. We’re thrilled that ORS placed their trust in us, and proud of the end result that we’ve delivered.”

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Globecomm Chosen by Broadcasting Board of Governors and Middle East Broadcasting Network for DTH Services

Globecomm will provide satellite transponder, teleport, and terrestrial fiber services for transmitting MBN’s Alhurra TV HD and SD video and Radio Sawa audio content to the Middle East and North Africa.

This marks the first project awarded by the BBG to Globecomm for turnkey satellite and terrestrial-based broadcast services.

Alhurra and Radio Sawa’s programming content will be delivered via satellite to more than 58 million direct-to-home (DTH) users, multiple regional MBN rebroadcasting TV and radio affiliates, and BBG/MBN owned-and-operated 24/7 FM radio stations.

“This project underlines the company’s focus on the transition of complex government owned-and-operated satellite and terrestrial networks to commercial content delivery services,” said Dwight Hunsicker, executive vice president and general manager of Globecomm’s government division. “Our ability to handle modern broadcast network services and leverage our technical and operational know-how made us the vendor of choice for this program. We plan to satisfy future requirements and fulfill additional needs for the BBG in a way that reduces overall costs while enhancing operational efficiencies.”

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