This month delivers the fast-approaching double whammy of TV Connect (18-20 March) and the TV Connect Awards (19 March). This year the TV Connect Awards are being held at the spectacular BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, a suitably illustrious setting in which to celebrate the best innovations and achievements in connected entertainment.
The shortlist for all the different categories were announced just the other week, and today we continue our short series on some of the most prominent awards, taking a closer look at the distinguished Best Multiscreen Service shortlist.
LG U Plus, a telecom operator based out of South Korea, currently owned by the LG Group, saw an impressive boom in subscribers for its IPTV service over 2013. By the end of November alone, the platform had a total of 1.52 million subscribers.
Along with subscribers, it’s also been acquiring services, including the new multiscreen TV service called ‘LG u+tv,’ which offers on-demand TV integrated with a blend live TV streams, video on-demand and Google TV apps.
For a dash of innovative bravado look no further than MEO Kanal by Portugal Telecom, a service that allows customers to produce, edit and share MEO multimedia contents on a customized television channel on MEO – to have, in short, their own channel.
“This service is more than just an evolution in the MEO television experience,” says Zeinal Bava, Portugal Telecom, Chief Executive of PT. “It is a revolution whose impacts are difficult to imagine and that we will discover in the way how our customers will use the service.”
You always expect exciting innovation from Sky Deutschland nowadays, and with Sky Snap, a new online media library that provides an exciting addition to the Sky Go service, available to those without a Sky subscription as well as with one, they certainly deliver.
Snap offers thousands of titles, from complete season box-sets of award-winning series, to the biggest hits from the HBO library, the greatest movies of the last decades, and an incredible selection of children’s programmes, including exclusive highlights from the world of Disney.
A truly comprehensive multiscreen service, Virgin TV Anywhere comes as standard with all Virgin Media TV packages, and allows customers to watch up to 91 of their favourite channels, and over 2,500 hours of TV On Demand, anywhere with a broadband connection.
Users can record programmes away from home, discover new TV shows, and receive updates, recommendations and more. Virgin’s TiVo subscribers can also remotely access and manage their TiVo box with the service.
A joint venture between telecommunications company Anvia and video rental Makuuni, Watson Nordic produces and develops broadband delivered television and entertainment services. The company’s services include VOD service Makuuni 24. Their multiscreen offering is another to seriously impress the TV Connect judges.
ZON Optimus was founded in September 1998 by companies which were some of the biggest Portuguese and international business groups, including the Sonae group, EDP and France Telecom. Its entry radically changed the telecommunications market in Portugal. Thanks to its “Pioneers” campaign and an excellent marketing plan, Optimus succeeded in winning 100,000 customers in just one week, and by the end of that year had gained a market share of 17.5%.
Fast forward to 2013 and the launch of WoW, an instant fixed Internet offer coupled with voice, WTF, a product that makes a “completely clean break with traditional communications standards,” and the nominated ZON Online.
Multiscreens, to be sure, but (there can be) only one winner!