Audience Measurement from 2 million+ Turkish TVs and HbbTV services for four channels with the effort of one

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Audience Measurement from 2 million+ Turkish TVs and HbbTV services for four channels with the effort of one

Helsinki, 23.5.2018 Icareus has delivered a turnkey HbbTV solution to ATV, the leading commercial broadcaster in Turkey. ATV wanted to offer more to their viewers and to understand better how their channels are watched, so they turned to Icareus to design and deliver a complete SmartTV service based on HbbTV (www.hbbtv.org). Icareus build a turnkey HbbTV solution based on its existing products that enabled ATV (www.atv.com.tr) and its sister channels A Haber, A Spor and children’s’ channel Minika to offer valuable services to their viewers via SmartTVs.

The delivered solution consists Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV signalling, Icareus Suite platform for cloud-based HbbTV service management, Icareus Audience Measurement solution and an assortment of HbbTV applications for all the four channels.

Icareus HbbTV solution was selected because it offers an economical and the most feature rich HbbTV platform on the market. Icareus solutions have been tested and deployed in production use for years. The solution offer ATV the most flexible and modular platform to provide better TV experience for their TV viewers.

Icareus Suite is a cloud based versatile TV and online video platform. It is targeted for TV operators and broadcasters to manage their IP and Broadcast based hybrid TV services, SmartTV applications and other content. Icareus Suite provides an easy-to-use web management interface to manage service delivery, analytics, and customisation of HbbTV Applications. Icareus Suite enabled ATV to adopt the applications look-and-feel to each channel’s own brand without any programming and thus decreasing the both the deployment time and cost, to a cost comparable to a single channel deployment.

Icareus Suite is a modular platform and in addition to HbbTV application management its core modules include asset management for VOD and Catch-up TV, EPG management, payTV provisioning, subscriber-, device-, and account management.

Icareus Suite can be offered as a cloud service, but ATV preferred a on-premise installation.

Icareus Playout Carousel offers Trusted Broadcast Technology enjoyed by leading broadcasters and operators globally for over a decade. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel™ is the solution for TV operators and broadcasters for DVB datacasting services. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel Server allows the building and supervision of high quality value-added television services by multiplexing data in real-time. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel server supports HbbTV and other interactive TV standard based applications.

Icareus Audience Measurement solution provide tools for TV Operators, broadcasters and other service providers collect and analyse information about their audiences, either watching or using their TV services. The information can be collected from any device connected to the service including HbbTVs, set-top boxes, SmartTVs, tablets, mobile phones and wed services.

Icareus Audience Measurement solution provides ATV the valuable real-time data on how viewers watch their channels, on-demand videos and interact with their TV applications. The real panel of 2 million TVs connected to Icareus system provides insight that any other solution could not deliver giving ATV an edge to offer AddressableTV on phase two of the project.

HbbTV services and applications delivered to ATV include:

  • Launcher application, which is autostarted on all channels and takes control of desired buttons (color buttons mainly). Each button can be assigned with a scheduled action. Includes support for showing scheduled banners and linking to advertisers own portals.
  • Portal / Menu offering a visible entry-point to all HbbTV services
  • Enhanced EPG application showing broadcast channel program data with enhanced metadata
  • Catch-up TV service providing access to thousands of ATV series and archives
  • Video-on-demand service of the movies and TV programs
  • News service providing the latest Turkish news from the RSS source
  • Weather application…you know, sun is always shining in Turkey

The solution is future-proofed allowing ATV to easily and quickly deploy and customize new HbbTV applications thereby avoiding the need to develop new applications from scratch.

About ATV

ATV is a nationwide TV channel in Turkey, began broadcasting in September 1993. ATV is one of Turkey’s most prominent and acclaimed television networks meeting global broadcasting standards and a jewel in the crown of the Turkuvaz Media Group. It has been a highly influential player in the shaping of Turkish television over the years due to its innovative and ground-breaking approach to program-making. As a leader in the TV broadcasting sector, ATV also has a powerful commercial capability. The channel is renowned for its enthralling dramas, hilarious comedies, action-packed series and engaging sitcoms – all of which are produced to the highest quality. In addition, the distribution arm of ATV brings a wide array of choice and diversity, offering series exceeding 20,000 hours as well as formats and TV movies. ATV also has the highest foreign sales ratio among its competitors and its series that are sold to customers in over 30 countries worldwide achieve spectacular ratings. ATV is an acronym of Actual Television (Aktüel Televizyonu) and it has sister channels A2, A Haber, A News and A Spor. For more information visit: https://www.atv.com.tr/

About Orsatek

Orsatek is a system integrator operating in Turkey. They provide consultancy and integration services to small/large broadcasters or companies having content to manage based on years of experience in Media Asset Management and Broadcast Automation System together with their experience in Information Technologies. For more information visit: http://orsatek.tv/en/

Icareus’ products and solutions used at ATV

Icareus Playout HbbTV Carousel Streamer: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/#cs

Icareus Suite: http://www.icareus.com/online-video-platform/

Icareus Audience Measurementhttp://www.icareus.com/audience-measurement/

Icareus HbbTV: http://www.icareus.com/hbbtv/

 

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Mediaset rolls out their HbbTV services with Icareus

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Mediaset rolls out their HbbTV services with Icareus

Helsinki, 23.5.2018, Mediaset, the leading commercial broadcaster in Italy, launched their hybrid, broadcast and broadband services (HbbTV) services in 2017 with the help of Icareus. Icareus delivered new HbbTV Carousel solutions to Mediaset, that was rigorously tested to support the simulcast of the legacy MHP platform and HbbTV, the critical requirement in Italy. Icareus solution will allow them to expand their HbbTV services.

Icareus Playout CS Carousel server won the tender process arranged by Mediaset, due to the Icareus Carousel platform’s versatile features, the competitive costs and long history in broadcast production use. In addition Mediaset is long time Icareus customer and has experience of using Icareus Carousel server in their lab environment already since 2014, when it was delivered by Icareus partner Thomson Video Networks.

Icareus HbbTV Carousel server allows Mediset to offer interactive HbbTV (www.hbbtv.org) experience to its viewers while managing the services and network parameters in the most efficient way possible. The Icareus Playout system provides Mediaset the most flexible and modular platform for hybrid HbbTV services.

The delivery includes the solution for Mediaset’s terrestrial network and to Mediaset’s lab, allowing Mediaset to test and develop HbbTV services.

Icareus’ Director Mr Mikko Karppinen says that “Mediaset is one of the best know commercial broadcasters in the whole Europe and it has also been one of the pioneers in interactive TV services  during the 21st century. We are proud that Icareus Playout CS solution matches the high criteria of Mediaset and feel honoured and more than happy to deliver our HbbTV platform and to continue to innovate with them”.

Icareus’ experienced broadcasting TV system partner Syes (System Engineering Solutions) is responsible of the integration, installation and delivery of the Icareus Playout CS HbbTV Carousel solution to Mediset.

About Icareus Playout

Icareus Playout Carousel offers Trusted Broadcast Technology enjoyed by leading broadcasters and operators globally for over a decade. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel™ is the leading solution for TV operators and broadcasters for DVB interactive datacasting services. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel Server allows the building and supervision of high quality value-added television services by multiplexing data in real-time. The data can be received from multiple sources: DVB-ASI feeds and/or IP-networks. All carousels are generated in real-time, and both the carousel content and AIT application signalling can be updated dynamically. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel server supports HbbTV and other interactive TV standard based applications. For more information visit: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/#cs

About Mediaset

Mediaset Group is the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy. Founded in the 1970s by former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Mediaset’s headquarters are in Milan, Lombardy. Mediaset Group’s has currently 11 free-to-air channels, two broadcast PayTV packages and over-the-top services. In addition to its domestic television interests, Mediaset also operates a series of news, entertainment and sport websites; holds 50.1% of the Spanish broadcasting firm Mediaset España Comunicación; owns the film production company Medusa Film; and heads a consortium which owns the television production house Endemol. For more information visit: http://www.mediaset.it

About Syes

Syes (System Engineering Solutions) designs, manufactures and commissions TV broadcasting systems.

Core products are transmitters and repeaters of any power. Syes has also a long experience in system integration, especially of Head Ends. The key customers are the main national broadcasters, not only in Italy but all over the World. Syes headquarters is in Italy with facilities in Miami (USA), Hong Kong (China), Obninsk (Russia). For more information visit: http://www.syes.eu

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Icareus EPG Platform to Phuong Nam Company in Vietnam

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Helsinki, 23.5.2018,Phuong Nam Television Company, has selected Icareus Playout EPG platform to manage and distribute their Electronic Program Guide information in all of their cable networks. The delivery includes a turn-key solution to enhance the user experience by providing full 7 day EPG data on all premium channels. Icareus Playout enabled them to easily aggregate EPG data from various sources and to manage and optimise the delivery in their regionalised cable network in the best possible manner.

Icareus Playout EPG platform was selected, because it offers flexible, versatile and economical EPG platform meeting the specific requirements of Phuong Nam Television Company. Icareus Playout EPG enables Phuong Nam Television Company to insert PSI and EIT information from XML sources automatically, manage the channel data and contribute the data as IP TS through multiplexer to cable network. Icareus Playout EPG is used to provide a better TV experience.

Icareus’ systems integrator partner Vietcoms is responsible for the sales, integration, installation and delivery of the Icareus Playout EPG platform to Phuong Nam Television Company.

Icareus Director Mr Mikko Karppinen comments: “Icareus has had TV operator customers in Vietnam since 2012. We are more than glad to have the opportunity to widen our operations in Vietnam and to have Phuong Nam Television Company as our customer.”

About Icareus Playout

Icareus Playout EPG solution offers Trusted Broadcast Technology enjoyed by leading broadcasters and operators globally for over a decade. Icareus Playout EP110 server is a full-scale PSI/SI generator server targeted for operators and broadcasters to manage their DVB multiplexes and channel line-ups. The tested integrations to multiplexes, EPG data providers, network management systems and Icareus Suite enable quick deployment and high reliability. Icareus global reseller and systems integrator partners offer high service levels and peace-of-mind to our customers. Icareus Playout EPG solutions have been deployed in TV broadcasting production since 2004.

Icareus Playout EPG is part of Icareus Playout head-end product family, which also includes Icareus CS DSM-CC Carousel servers for HbbTV and other Interactive TV standards, Icareus Playout SSU servers for boot-loading the TV devices’ firmware and Icareus Playout Compact Lab solution for research, development and testing TV services.   For more information about EPG solution visit: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/#ep

About Phuong Nam Television Company

Phuong Nam Television Company Limited (previously known as Vinh Long Cable Television Limited Company) is a unit of Vinh Long Radio and Television Station, which is responsible for information and entertainment needs of local people in the Vinh Long province. Phuong Nam Television provides TV services on cable television network including broadcast television channels, pay-TV channels, Internet services, promotion and value-added services. In addition to cable TV, Phuong Nam Television is also deploying digital terrestrial television network based on DVB-T2 on the southern part of Vietnam. For more information visit: http://thvl.vn  or https://www.facebook.com/phuongnamco.tv/

About Viet Communications

VIET COMMUNICATIONS JSC. (VIETCOMS) was founded in Vietnam in 2005. Vietcoms has delivered technology solutions and expertise to most of broadcast and PayTV operators in Vietnam with support from the world’s premier equipment vendors. Vietcoms design and build facilities focussing on signal processing, satellite/ IP/ SDH/ fiber transmission, Headend for CATV/ DTH/ DTT/ IPTV, HFC network etc. Vietcoms is proud to be a longterm supplier for major operators in Vietnam like VTV, VTC, AVG, VASC, Viettel, Vinasat, HTV, SCTV. Vietcoms commit to deliver excellent professional integration and after sales service to our customer by investment in training our engineering and designer team to ensure that they are accreditable and abreast of new technology like OTT, Multiscreen, as well as booming application such as HDTV, 3DTV, IPTV. For more information visit: http://www.vietcoms.com

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Marketing
Icareus Ltd
Email: jessica.glad[at]icareus.com
Telephone: +358 (0)9 2289 0801

Icareus EPG Platform to PCCW in Hong Kong

Helsinki, 15.2.2018Icareus has delivered its Icareus Playout EPG platform to telecom operator PCCW, the leading PayTV, IPTV and OTT service provider in Hong Kong and elsewhere in Asia. Icareus Playout EPG is used to receive, manage and distribute EPG data to PCCW’s TV services.

Icareus Playout EPG platform was selected because it offers flexible, versatile and economical EPG platform meeting the specific requirements of PCCW. Icareus Playout EPG enables PCCW to receive PSI and EIT information from satellite receivers, manage the channel data and contribute the data as XML to PCCW’s IP based TV platforms. Icareus Playout EPG offers versatile and efficient operational tools and for viewers a high quality TV experience.

Icareus’ systems integrator partner Mediatech is responsible for the sales, integration, installation and delivery of the Icareus Playout EPG platform to PCCW.

Icareus Director Mr Mikko Karppinen comments: “Over the last decade Icareus has had a lot of TV operator and broadcaster customers in Asia, but this is the first time we have an opportunity to work with PCCW. We are excited to work with one of the leading operators and system integrators in Hong Kong and Asia.

Icareus Playout EPG solution offers Trusted Broadcast Technology enjoyed by leading broadcasters and operators globally for over a decade. Icareus Playout EP110 server is a full-scale PSI/SI generator server targeted for operators and broadcasters to manage their DVB multiplexes and channel line-ups. The tested integrations to multiplexes, EPG data providers, network management systems and Icareus Suite enable quick deployment and high reliability. Icareus global reseller and systems integrator partners offer high service levels and peace-of-mind to our customers. Icareus Playout EPG solutions have been deployed in TV broadcasting production since 2004.

Icareus Playout EPG is part of Icareus Playout head-end product family, which also includes Icareus CS DSM-CC Carousel servers for HbbTV and other Interactive TV standards, Icareus Playout SSU servers for boot-loading the TV devices’ firmware and Icareus Playout Compact Lab solution for research, development and testing TV services.   For more information about EPG solution visit: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/#ep

PCCW Limited (Pacific Century CyberWorks) is the holding company of HKT Group Holdings Limited, a Hong Kong based information and communications technology (ICT) company and PCCW Media. PCCW Media is a leading, fully integrated multimedia and entertainment group in Hong Kong. PCCW Media operates the leading pay-TV service in Hong Kong under the Now TV brand delivering both self-produced and licensed content to its customers using advanced IPTV technology. Now TV offers more than 180 linear channels of local, Asian and international programs. Its premium content can also be accessed on-demand and on the go via Now Player app. It is also a leading producer of Chinese language news, financial news and sports programming. . PCCW Media is also engaged in the provision of over-the-top (OTT) video service under the Viu brand in Hong Kong and other places in the region. PCCW is headquartered in Hong Kong and operates in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Americas, mainland China, and other parts of Asia.

For more information visit: http://www.pccw.com , http://nowtv.now.com , https://web.viu.com/ or www.hkt.com

Mediatech (International) Limited is an engineering consultant, solutions provider, and systems curator for the professional video market in Hong Kong and the surrounding regions. Mediatech was founded in 1993 and it is one of the most experienced and versatile providers in the broadcast and ICT industries in the area. Mediatech customers include TV broadcasters, cable operators, telecom service providers, post-production facilities, corporations, and universities. For more information visit: https://www.mediatech.com.hk/

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Marketing
Icareus Ltd
Email: jessica.glad[at]icareus.com
Telephone: +358 (0)9 2289 0801

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Icareus TV Everywhere solution to AlfaTV

Helsinki, 15.2.2018, Alfa TV, a growing TV channel in Finland has taken the Icareus TV Everywhere solution in use as a cloud service. Icareus’ solution provides AlfaTV an opportunity to manage and distribute its TV programs and other video content online. The service is operated by Digita, the national Finnish digital TV network operator. AlfaTV is a free-to-air TV channel seen in different TV networks in Finland, available in cable, IPTV and terrestrial TV networks.

Icareus’ partner company Digita, which is also the national TV network operator, has delivered Icareus TV Everywhere solution to AlfaTV to manage AlfaTV’s online video presence. The delivery includes Icareus TV Everywhere solution based in Icareus Suite Online Video and TV Platform (OVTP) from cloud environment, CDN (content delivery network) service to distribute the content and Icareus’ template based responsive web UI, video players and HbbTV SmartTV service for content presentation called “Permanto”.

For AlfaTV Icareus TV Everywhere provides a robust content platform including efficient tools for uploading the video content to cloud, automatic transcoding the video files to wanted presets, versatile options to manage the content and its metadata as well as then distributing it in best possible quality. This scaling platform to meets the needs of small or large audiences.

Director of Icareus Mr Mikko Karppinen comments the deal “Icareus has a long experience for being a trusted technology partner for TV channels and broadcasters. AlfaTV is a growing TV channel in Finland and we are extremely glad to start co-operation with them.

Icareus TV Everywhere solution: Icareus helps TV broadcasters and channels to reach their TV audience at anytime and anywhere with Icareus TV Everywhere solution. Icareus TV Everywhere solution includes service Icareus Suite service management platform and TV applications to almost on any device that broadcaster and TV channel can utilize: HbbTVs, SmartTVs, desktop environments, tablets and mobiles. Feature set is configures based on needs and can be e.g. Live TV, Catch-up TV, EPG, Favorites, Social media and multi-language interfaces, just to name the core ones.

By using Icareus TV Everywhere app templates you can achieve a fast-to-market, positively distinctive and competitive deployment. For those who require that “little extra” we offer our professional services to build custom solutions. http://www.icareus.com/solutions

AlfaTV is free-to-air TV channel ran by Finnish company Brilliance Communications Oy. The channel was launched in December 2013 and it is a commercial generalist TV channel that broadcasts movies, entertainment, culture, actual and theme programs. The channel can be seen on cable, IPTV and terrestrial TV networks in Finland. For more information, visit (only in Finnish): http://alfatv.fi/ or http://www.permanto.fi/.

Digita broadcasts radio and TV programmes reliably to all of Finland, every day of the year. Applying cutting-edge digital technology, Digita also develops and supplies versatile Internet TV and radio services along with services based on its comprehensive network infrastructure. Digita’s clients are media houses and mobile and broadband operators that provide the very best contents. Digita employs approximately 200 professionals. For more information visit: http://www.digita.fi/in_english

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Marketing
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Icareus’ End-to-End HbbTV Platform to leading terrestrial operator Emitel

Helsinki, 15.2.2018 Icareus has delivered a turnkey HbbTV solution to Emitel, the national terrestrial TV network operator in Poland. With the new Icareus system Emitel is start the HbbTV service offering for TV viewers in Poland.

The delivered turnkey HbbTV (www.hbbtv.org) solution enable Emitel to offer their broadcaster customers HbbTV services and applications as a cloud service. For broadcasters it offers a versatile, fast and reliable HbbTV deployment.

Icareus HbbTV solution was selected as it offer Emitel an economical, production tested and feature rich platform to provide HbbTV services to its customers. For operations it provides easy-to-use user interface and tools to customise the services for each of Emitel’s customers without software development, making service expansion hassle free.

The delivered solution consists of Icareus Playout CS100 broadcast head-end for HbbTV streaming, Icareus Suite for HbbTV service management, online streaming servers and an assortment of HbbTV services.

Icareus Suite, Online Video and TV Platform, is a complete solution targeted for broadcasters and network operators to manage their hybrid and OTT services. Icareus Suite was installed on-site for Emitel to offer HbbTV as a cloud services to their customers.

Icareus Suite provides easy-to-use web interface to manage and customise HbbTV services, including Addressable TV advertising. Application templates can be quickly adopted to any TV channel brand and look-and-feel without any programming, making it optimal for service providers.

The modules included to Emitel delivery include e.g. HbbTV Application, VOD and Catch-up TV, Device, Channel and EPG management. Additional modules like pay TV provisioning, subscriber, and account management can be added at later stage. The advanced audience monitoring module offer insight on how viewers use HbbTV applications.

Icareus Suite was integrated with Wowza Media Server to provide Live and On-Demand streaming.

Icareus Playout Carousel offers Trusted Broadcast Technology enjoyed by leading broadcasters and operators globally for over a decade. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel™ is the solution for TV operators and broadcasters for DVB interactive datacasting services. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel Server allows the building and supervision of high quality value-added television services by multiplexing data in real-time. Icareus’ Playout CS100 Carousel server supports HbbTV and other interactive TV standard based applications.

HbbTV services and applications delivered to Emitel include:

  • Launcher application, which is autostarted on all channels and takes control of desired buttons (color buttons mainly). Each button can be assigned a scheduled action. Includes support for Addressable TV formats like SwitchIn, ActiveAd and VideoSwap.
  • Application portal offering a visible entry-point to all HbbTV services
  • Enhanced EPG application showing both broadcast and broadband channel EPG and edited recommendations for TV programs
  • Linear Broadband channels service providing an opportunity to have niche TV and Radio channels over IP to HbbTVs.
  • News service providing the latest Polish news from RSS sources.
  • Weather…well you know what is a weather application.

Emitel is the leading terrestrial radio and TV broadcast infrastructure operator in Poland. Services provided by us are divided into four groups: radio, TV, communications, infrastructure leasing. Emitel services are characterized by the highest quality, innovative solutions, and the newest technologies. Emitel is a country leader in digital radio and TV and development of services based on the state-of-the-art wireless systems. EmiTel provides distribution and contribution services of Television signals. As a technical operator of digital terrestrial television network we provide broadcasting services covering Poland by DVB-T signal (MUX-1, MUX-2 and MUX-3). Emitel manages several hundreds network sites. In addition, Emitel offer include also infrastructure leasing, designing and installation of radio diffusion and radio communications systems with related technical consulting, as well as leasing infrastructure to broadcasters and operators. For more information visit: http://www.emitel.pl/

DTS Digital Transmission System Lubinski Sp.J.(DTS) is one of the leading system integrator companies operating in Poland. DTS provides broadcast system design, distribution and integration services for TV operators and broadcasters. For more information visit: http://dts.waw.pl/

More Information on Icareus’ products and solutions delivered to Emitel:

Icareus Playout HbbTV Carousel: http://www.icareus.com/icareus-playout/#cs
Icareus Suite Online Video and TV platform : http://www.icareus.com/online-video-platform/
Icareus HbbTV: http://www.icareus.com/solutions/
For more Information:

Ms Jessica Glad
Marketing
Icareus Ltd
Email: jessica.glad[at]icareus.com
Telephone: +358 (0)9 2289 0801

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