Filip Remškar is co-owner and CEO of Beenius, where his sense for progressive, advanced technology thinking, and his enthusiasm for challenging the status quo, drives Beenius towards new TV technologies that enable service providers to offer the best interactive middleware with rich TV features on multiple devices. Here he talks multiscreen, social and more with IP&TV News.
IP&TV News: Beenius are very involved with every aspect of connected entertainment. What were the most exciting developments in this area over 2013?
Filip Remškar: Beenius strictly follows its vision to provide the most open, flexible and scalable interactive TV platforms to telcos, cable and other service providers looking for differentiation on the competitive market. In 2013 Beenius extended its range of fully supported devices with the Beesmart Client application, which has been developed to support Android STB’s. By launching new clients across various devices we introduced a completely new content oriented graphical user interface called Chameleon, and an administration portal, the BeeTheme Editor, that allows quick and simple UI modifications (colors, icons, font, and pictures).
Could you tell us something about Beesmart?
Beesmart is interactive TV middleware, which empowers operators by providing a TV platform along with the tools for extensive upgrades and prompt customizations in a cost-effective manner. Beesmart offers cost-effective solutions for IP, cable, hybrid, and OTT operators.
In 2014 we are bringing Beesmart 4.1, which will increase levels of personalized services that an operator can offer subscribers.
What kind of support can Beesmart give to the multiscreen experience?
Beesmart’s application BeeSocial TV provides the latest features and plugs for an easy and fun multiscreen experience anywhere and everywhere. BeeSocial TV enables users to stay connected with their Facebook friends, follow tweets, discuss TV content, and recommend via social networks – all while watching TV.
Tell us more about social TV integration?
As I already said, BeeSocial TV offers everything that users need to combine TV habits and social media engagement. All these social TV related features have been supported by Beesmart for several years already but it looks like we are really gaining momentum and that these features will finally be adopted and offered by service providers.
Some time ago people could dependably be found in front of the TV screen, in the same place (usually living room), while today people are sitting in front of the same content but in differing locations. It is on us, technology vendors, to facilitate such interactions and ensure that there are various monetization options for operators.
What do you think the main buzzwords will be at TV Connect 2014? What makes it such an important date in the diary for Beenius?
I think there will be lots of buzzwords at TV Connect, some related to new and improved streaming technologies, and others to more platform-related advances. At Beenius we believe that this year there will be a lot of attention directed towards Android STB’s. Another very hot topic we anticipate is Cloud DVR, which opens up completely new opportunities for interaction.
At Beenius we are ready for both and are looking forward to meeting TV Connect visitors at booth #161.