October 27, 1999Construction crew works on the footing of the next phase of the EastCrescent.Photo by: Doctress Neutopia
Eutelsat is exhibiting at ANGA COM on Stand H11, Hall 10.2 Eutelsat KabelKiosk has selected Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform to power a new wholesale OTT TV offering for its network operators.KabelKiosk, operated by Eutelsat Germany, is using the Tvinci platform to allow about 300 affiliate companies to provide an internet-based TV service to more than 3.5 million German homes.Using the KabelKiosk infrastructure and content, these affiliates can operate pay TV networks under their own brand and provide linear, EPG, restartTV, VOD and catch-up TV to their end users.The move marks an extension of Eutelsat KabelKiosk’s hybrid DVB & IP platform into a new multiscreen solution.Eutelsat KabelKiosk will make content available on iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, Hbb TV set-top boxes and PCs or Macs, and KabelKiosk’s network operator partners can choose to customise the service as much or as little as they want.“Consumers are looking for a more immersive TV experience – something more than just a straightforward multi-screen service. Tvinci’s OTT 2.0 platform enables us to deploy a fully managed solution with an exceptional user experience,” said Martina Rutenbeck, managing director of Eutelsat visAvision, which operates KabelKiosk.Other partners involved in the development include Harmonic for ingestion, Broadpeak for CDN and Playready and Marlin for DRM. Rovi and PPS also helped supply VOD and EPG solutions, while Farncombe, a provider of product strategy and technical consultancy to the TV industry, helped to develop the solution.Tvinci sales VP Adina Eckstein told DTVE that the KabelKiosk service is designed to serve small and medium-sized operators. “In terms of market potential, we foresee this to be very, very successful. We have good reason to believe that it will be adopted by a very high number of operators,” she said.The service is expected to roll out for customers later this year.
CuriosityStream, the factual streaming service launched by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has raised US$140 million to fund the company’s “next phase of growth”.The US-based subscription video-on-demand service said it would use the investment to market the service globally and advance its content discovery technology.It also plans to increase spend on “world-class factual programming”.“This is an important step in a significant effort to connect CuriosityStream with viewers around the world,” said Clint Stinchcomb, president and CEO of CuriosityStream.“Hundreds of millions of people globally are migrating to on-demand television and entertainment. We are in the middle of a seismic shift in consumer behaviour, and this funding will accelerate the dynamic growth we achieved in the last 12 months.”The private placement funding included new investors Blum Capital Ventures and TimesSquare Capital Management. Stifel Investment Banking acted as the agent.CuriosityStream reached the 1 million subscriber mark at the end of 2018, at which point its content library contained more than 2,000 titles. By the end of 2019 it aims to up this to more than 3,000 titles, including more 4K originals.The firm launched a new ad-supported tier, called CuriosityStream Showcase, last August, giving users around the world access to 18-titles for free. This marked CuriosityStream’s shift from a pure subscription offering to a hybrid ad- and subscription model.At the same time CuriosityStream lowered the price of its subscription packages and introduced pre-roll ads into its ‘standard’ package, which is now available for US$2.99 per-month.The company hailed the move as a “paradigm shift” in the economic model of delivering premium on-demand television and stressed that sponsored messages will be limited to 15-second pre-roll ads, offering an uncluttered ad environment.