New App Helps Content Owners Monetise their Content
CANNES and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. (October 8, 2012) (Virtual Press Office) Easel TV, the Connected TV specialists, is launching a new Connected TV app framework at MIPCOM 2012. The app is powered by Ooyala, the leader in video monetisation and discovery, PayWizard, the innovative provider of payment solutions to the digital TV industry and Loft London, an independent digital media facility. The Connected TV app framework provides an easy and cost effective entry point for rights holders to take advantage of the opportunities Connected TVs provide. The app is aimed at rights holders such as independent production companies and is based on the All3Media app that will be demonstrated in the UK Indies Pavilion, LR4 15 at MIPCOM in Cannes October 8-11.
The Connected TV framework app provides an easy pathway for content owners like All3Media to create similar direct-to-consumer apps on connected devices. The All3Media app, announced in March earlier this year, offers pay-per-view content from All3Media's archive, including hit series such as The Only Way is Essex and Midsomer Murders, to consumers in the UK. All3Media wanted to create consumer-facing services which would generate positive revenue from sunk content assets. It was important to be able to set different price-points and to experiment with various promotions and bundles to maximize consumer choice and monetization.
The application, based on Easel TV's Suggested TV platform, provides a linear-style television experience that feels like a TV channel. Full screen video plays on the launch of the application with the programming seen by the viewer being based on editorial recommendation and algorithmic curation. The PayWizard pre-pay account is used to provide consumers with a convenient and secure e-wallet payment facility which is streamlined to enable fast transactions on a TV remote control. The Ooyala platform is used to manage content and metadata and to deliver a high-quality video playback experience with adaptive streaming.
Loft London is joining the consortium of leading media businesses who have developed this app to provide an accessible cost point for ingest, transcode, storage and digital distribution services so that any content owner, no matter how big or small, can take advantage of the opportunity Connected TVs offer to develop a direct relationship with the consumer.
Rob Walk, CMO of Easel TV said: "The lean-back nature of our Connected TV app framework provides the viewer with a TV channel like experience. Rather than having to hunt for content, our app learns what the viewer likes and suggests relevant content. The consortium of companies that have come together to bring this app to rights holders such as the independent production community really understand the needs and challenges of content owners of various sizes so can provide award winning services at a competitive price."
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About Easel TV
Easel TV is a connected TV specialist company dedicated to building entertainment applications (apps) for internet connected devices and TVs.
The market for apps on TV is expected to reach 500m devices by 2015, globally and much more in the longer term. Apps on TV create a similar opportunity to the proliferation of apps on mobile phones and tablets; with over 15 billion app downloads from iTunes, apps on TV represent the future of television by enabling a seamless combination of broadcast and broadband-delivered content into personalised TV channel apps. Easel TV is positioned to address this market. Set up in early 2009, Easel TV was the first connected TV application development house focused on building apps on connected TV.
Easel TV was established by Joe Foster, Bill Scott and Rob Walk. The company works for broadcasters, pay TV operators and brands including Virgin Media, Channel 4, TiVo and All3Media.
Easel TV was shortlisted for Best TV App for the Virgin Framework at the IP&TV World Forum Awards in London in March 2012 and in May won the award for the Most Compelling Service Offer at the Connected Home Awards for the Virgin Media Framework Application.
Ooyala delivers personalized video experiences across all screens and is the leader in online video management, publishing, analytics and monetization. Its integrated suite of technologies and services give content owners the power to expand audiences through deep insights that drive increased viewer engagement and revenue from video.
Companies using Ooyala technology include Telstra, ESPN, Pac-12 Enterprises, Miramax, Bloomberg, Telegraph Media Group, Tennis Australia, The North Face, Rolling Stone, Dell, Sephora and Yahoo! Japan. Headquartered in Mountain View, California, Ooyala has offices in Los Angeles, New York City, London, Sydney and Guadalajara, Mexico; and the company works with premier reseller and technology partners throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. For more information visit www.ooyala.com.
PayWizard offers a unique, powerful and specialist package of modular products and services that deliver monetization and support capabilities for media companies in the UK and internationally. PayWizard is an award winning end-to-end solutions designed to monetize multi-screen media. Developed in-house PayWizard has a comprehensive range of payment options underpinned by a mature, robust and scaleable billing, payment and subscriber management platform.
PayWizard is a PCI-DSS Level 1 certified, full authorized by the FSA as an Electronic Money Institution and is a CCA Global Standard Version 5 provider.
PayWizard is a subsidiary of the MGt Group.
Key PayWizard Facts - £1.2 billion processed, £250 million processed annually, acquired more than 6 million subscribers, processed more than 100 million PPV buys, handles upwards of 10 million customer contacts per annum, fulfils more than 4 million items per annum and has 600 staff.
About Loft London
Loft London is a dedicated media facility servicing clients across the broadcast media industry. Its clients include both international broadcasters and smaller content owners, including BBC World Service, ESPN, Red Bull, On Demand Group, BSkyB, Central Partnerships (Russia), Orbit Showtime Network (UAE) and Mauris Film (Russia).
Founded in 2007, Loft London has built a reputation for technical expertise, exceptional customer service and flexible pricing models. Loft London's focus is to work with content owners, content creators and distributors through all stages of the content lifecycle and the evolution from tape based servicing to digital distribution.
Loft London offers a total video servicing package, encompassing ageing formats and libraries through to current HD and 3D standards, with the ability to deliver to any Digital Asset Management Service platform.
Loft London's high end encode, ingest, transcode, storage and digital distribution facility together with its experienced and accessible team, positions Loft London as a fast growing, global media hub.
Headquartered in Chiswick, West London, it has a disaster recovery site in South London and an office in LA servicing the growing 2D to 3D conversion markets.