2. November 2023

TeraVolt develops “Zapping Player” for ZDFmediathek  

Hamburg, November 02, 2023 - As OTT development partner of ZDF, TeraVolt is pleased to introduce the Zapping Player as a new feature in the ZDFmediathek. Zapping offers a completely new way to discover further and above all new content in the Mediathek. With the Zapping Player, functionalities can now also be used via HbbTV on the big screen that were previously only integrated on social media platforms. With the "content swipe" functions, the younger target group is addressed.  

The younger generation is used to "swiping" through content feeds on the various social media platforms every day. Every time it is a surprise which content is suggested next. This makes it possible to constantly discover new content.  

The zapping player is integrated as an overlay above the video player and can be controlled interactively with the remote control of the SmartTV. This makes it easy to switch back and forth between the different contents. 

In comparison to the classic navigation via teaser tiles, where it is often not clear what content is behind them, viewers are directly part of the current programme and thus get a better and quicker feeling of what kind of content it is.  

In addition, it is possible to choose between three different options in the zapping player. Watch completely new or different content by zapping and also be surprised by what content is shown. Watch the same content by playing the next video within a channel. Or it is possible to continue watching the current content. Content can be watched again from the beginning, paused or rewind, and it is also possible to select different audio tracks or set bookmarks for later viewing.  

The integrated channel overview is easy to access and provides additional information about the current schedule of the respective channels, what content is currently being shown as well as basic content information about the individual channels.  

 The integration of the zapping player thus offers a large amount of additional content that is scheduled and personalized on a daily basis, either manually or with the help of an algorithm. 

The Zapping Player is part of the "TV mobile FIRST" concept with which TeraVolt accompanies TV stations, broadcasters and platform operators during the digital transformations so that they can better reach younger target groups in the long term. TeraVolt also expects that in the future TV use across all target groups will increasingly be connected to the internet, i.e. "TV mobile FIRST". With the "TV mobile FIRST" concept, TeraVolt offers its customers a technological solution to also profit from the social media success stories and the associated added value.  

ZDF is consistently pursuing the path of digital transformation and TeraVolt is proud to be able to accompany this process as an OTT development partner. 

10. October 2023

TeraVolt wins the „IABM BaM Award 2023“with TVXRAY

Amsterdam, September 20, 2023 – For the fifth time in total, TeraVolt - A QVEST Company has won an award with its product "TVXRAY - The Gen-Z upgrade to Broadcasting". At this year's “IABM BaM Awards”, which were presented in Amsterdam at IBC 2023, TVXRAY came out on top in the category "Consume".

The “IABM BaM Awards” recognize outstanding technological innovations that deliver real business and creative benefits. The BaMs are the only truly independent technology awards in the industry and are widely recognized as the gold standard for rewarding Broadcast and Media innovation.

The fundamental criteria for the category Consume were all the touchpoints with the end-consumer of the content. Submissions should include consumer-facing apps or platforms with an extensive user experience that makes content recommendations and captures consumer data, integrated identity management, and excellent UI and UX design.

TVXRAY delivers data storytelling, video highlights and personalization on the first screen, even if it´s a TV. It thus catches up with social media and transforms TV into a digital first experience, especially for Gen-Z. On-screen widgets, located in the display layer above the player, show all relevant data, personalized video notifications and let viewers interact with the program. The platform consists of SDKs for the frontend, a backend interface for synchronization and the logic core, as well as patented AI-scene recognition. TVXRAY offers the most personalized sports viewing experience and assures, that the viewers’ attention remains on the content they follow by adding features on the first screen.

Tobias Fröhlich, CPO/Founder of TeraVolt: „ Winning the BAM Award in the Consumption category is a validation to our commitment to redefining sports viewing. TVXRAY's innovative personalized sports viewing reshapes how Gen Z connects with sports, making it as personal as their passion. We´re creating a more engaging and meaningful connection to the games they love. We're proud to be leading this transformation.”

We are excited to receive this award and we extend our gratitude to the judges from IABM for acknowledging the innovation that revolutionizes the way we experience sports. Thank you for the excellent teamwork to team blue from TeraVolt and thanks to our new shareholder Qvest.

About TeraVolt 

TeraVolt GmbH is a solution provider for digital media products and consulting based in Hamburg with a team of around 50 experts in product, strategy, and technology. The company specializes in developing outstanding new TV experiences and product lighthouses together with international clients and producing the best OTT solutions for them - from the initial idea to innovative products in operational use.

www.teravolt.tv

About Qvest

Qvest advises and supports organizations and companies worldwide on all requirements for technology implementations in the context of digital transformation and is a world-leading systems architect, ICT integrator and developer of software products in the innovation-driven media industry. The company’s range of services is aligned to the opportunities emerging from an increasingly digital media value chain such as multi-platform content delivery, artificial intelligence, data & analytics, multi-cloud management, and IP infrastructures. Qvest clients include numerous renowned media networks, telecommunication providers, broadcasters as well organizations and companies from the industrial and public sector. In addition to the headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the globally connected Qvest Group operates further locations in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia.

www.qvest.com

10. October 2023

Bitkom Studie  

TeraVolt supports Bitkom e. V. in the preparation of the Bitkom Study 2023 on "The Future of Consumer Technology".  

Hamburg, September 07, 2023 - The published Bitkom Study 2023 provides various stakeholders with an overview of current and important areas in consumer technology. What is the state of the metaverse in Germany? How widespread are AR & VR? How are voice assistants, streaming & TV used? What role does AI play? The study "The Future of Consumer Technology" provides facts, figures, and background.  

TeraVolt supported the team of Bitkom e. V. in the preparation of the study and summarized the most important results of the current study, which is based on a representative survey of the population aged 16 and older in Germany, from TeraVolt's point of view. The focus is on the topics of metaverse, virtual & augmented reality, voice assistants and streaming. 

Metaverse 

The metaverse remains topical. Because whether you call it metaverse, virtual worlds, Web 4.0 or something else, as a 3D extension of the existing Internet, it will shape many areas of our lives. It will make the way we interact with our fellow human beings and with computers more natural and intuitive. 41% of Germans have already heard or read about the Metaverse. There is particularly strong interest in taking virtual trips, city tours and sightseeing in the Metaverse in the future. Virtual shopping and (of course) gaming are also high on the agenda. 36% of those surveyed say they would certainly use the Metaverse if many friends and acquaintances were there. 24% say the Metaverse can promote equality because people (e.g., regardless of origin and wealth) meet there. 

Virtual & Augmented Reality 

One-fifth of Germans aged 16 and older use VR glasses at least occasionally, either privately or professionally. 39% of those who have never used VR glasses would like to use them in the future. After computer games, it is mainly travelling that people like to do in VR.19% of Germans say they use at least one or two AR apps. Games, camera filters and navigation are the most common AR usage scenarios. 

Voice Assistants 

57% use digital voice assistants. Voice control is gaining in importance, especially in cars. 60% prefer the system to have a female voice. 

Streaming 

84% already stream movies, series, and other content. Smart TV, laptop and smartphone are the most important devices for video streaming. 38% would like to be able to tell an AI what kind of program they want to watch so that it can put together a suitable program. 

"We are building TV user-centric: super aggregation and hyper personalization need to be built into the TV front and back end in a scalable way using AI and recommendation. This creates additional interactive services that make TV sexy again." Tobias Fröhlich, CPO and Co-Founder of TeraVolt 

TeraVolt is a solution provider for digital media products. Broadcasters, platforms, and rights holders such as ARD, ZDF, RTL, SKY Mexico, PolSat, RedBull, DFL, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom are long-term partners. They are supported by over 70 experts with consulting, product/software development and QA support. TV apps, media libraries and the award-winning sports entertainment suite TVXRAY are among TeraVolt's services. 

Download Link: 

The complete Bitkom study can be downloaded free of charge at the following link: 

https://www.bitkom.org/sites/main/files/2023-08/bitkom-studie-die-zukunft-der-consumer-technology-2023.pdf

14. September 2023

Press Release – OTT specialist TeraVolt becomes part of Qvest Group 

Amsterdam/ Cologne/ Hamburg, September 14, 2023: The Qvest Group strengthens its service portfolio through the acquisition of TeraVolt GmbH. The leading OTT developers and consultants from Hamburg have established themselves in the field of big screen applications, respectively Connected TV, and personalized live sports broadcasting. With the exclusive combination of TeraVolt's specific expertise and comprehensive production know-how, Qvest offers its customers added value that is unique in the media and broadcasting industry and beyond. 

The addition of the OTT practice to Qvest's expertise marks the next consistent step in the expansion and strengthening of the global group of companies. It enables Qvest to provide customers from different industries and sectors worldwide with holistic and even more time-efficient content distribution that considers the current needs of their target groups with new media formats and channels. The TeraVolt team offers customers from the media and entertainment as well as especially the sports sector applications in the segments of custom development, consulting and project support, testing and operations, and metadata optimization.  

The new member of the Qvest Group enables specific solutions for TV, streaming platforms and content providers. Its "TV mobile FIRST" concept additionally provides various solutions that – based on social media benchmarks – increase viewer loyalty on different platforms. In the area of HbbTV and CTV apps, TeraVolt is also a long-standing partner of broadcasters and digital platforms such as ZDF (development of the Mediathek) as well as RTL, Deutsche Telekom (Magenta Sport) and Vodafone. With HbbTV and CTV apps, a personalized, interactive TV experience can be created that meets the expectations of today's more demanding audience. 

Tobias Künkel, CEO of TeraVolt: "We are proud that TeraVolt has developed into a leading OTT solution provider for the TV industry. Our expertise perfectly complements the extensive competencies of the Qvest Group. As an integral part of Qvest, we are now jointly able to provide even more comprehensive support to customers worldwide to make the most of the remarkable opportunities of digital transformation."  

TVXRAY adds a standalone product to Qvest's portfolio that can be established with customers through the group's global sales organization. The multiple award-winning SaaS solution is fully optimized for the digital-focused TV world and its numerous end devices and playout options. Furthermore, TeraVolt offers SmartPages, an all-in-one solution for the creation, production, and playout of interactive companion formats for TV shows. 

Peter Nöthen, CEO of the Qvest Group: "In recent years, the TeraVolt team has established itself as specialists for OTT and has made a lasting impression on numerous customers from the sports as well as media and entertainment sector with products such as TVXRAY. This range of services and the key expertise in OTT mean a targeted reinforcement for our portfolio and make TeraVolt the 'perfect fit' for Qvest."  

The further development of the company will be continued by the established TeraVolt team around Tobias Künkel (CEO), Oliver Koch (CCO), Tobias Fröhlich (CPO), and Volker Harbs (CTO) and will be expanded globally together with the Qvest management. In the future, TeraVolt's products and services will also be offered through Qvest's worldwide locations. TeraVolt's customers include internationally established media providers such as ARD and ZDF, ProSiebenSat.1, Sky, Deutsche Fußball Liga GmbH (DFL) and Red Bull Media House. 

About Qvest  

Qvest advises and supports organizations and companies worldwide on all requirements for technology implementations in the context of digital transformation and is a world-leading systems architect, ICT integrator and developer of software products in the innovation-driven media industry. The company’s range of services is aligned to the opportunities emerging from an increasingly digital media value chain such as multi-platform content delivery, artificial intelligence, data & analytics, multi-cloud management, and IP infrastructures. Qvest clients include numerous renowned media networks, telecommunication providers, broadcasters as well organizations and companies from the industrial and public sector. In addition to the headquarters in Cologne, Germany, the globally connected Qvest Group operates further locations in Europe, the USA, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Australia. 

www.qvest.com 

About TeraVolt   

TeraVolt GmbH is a solution provider for digital media products and consulting based in Hamburg with a team of around 50 experts in product, strategy, and technology. The company specializes in developing outstanding new TV experiences and product lighthouses together with international clients and producing the best OTT solutions for them - from the initial idea to innovative products in operational use. 

www.teravolt.tv 

6. September 2023

TeraVolt at IBC 2023 – World Class OTT Solutions 

TeraVolt is preparing for an exciting presence at this year's International Broadcasting Convention in Amsterdam. As the world´s most inspiring content and technology event , IBC provides a dynamic platform for industry leaders to explore new innovations, forge valuable connections with experts, and showcase their latest advancements. 

Join us at IBC Stand at Hall 5. F45, where we're not just attending; we're innovating and shaping the future of media and technology. TeraVolt is your gateway to a new era of television and content engagement.  

Book your on-site meeting and let´s discuss our newest and latest innovations:
https://www.teravolt.tv/IBC2023

TVXRAY - Personalized Sports Viewing 

Our first highlight at IBC 2023 is the introduction of TVXRAY, a groundbreaking SaaS-ready SDK solution poised to redefine live sports broadcasting. This award-winning, all-screen compatible platform promises to elevate viewer engagement and maximize ROI, setting new industry standards. Notable features include: 

  • Live Sports Data in Sync with Video: Delve into player, team, and competition statistics on the first screen. 
  • Sports EPG with AI-Based Highlight Catch-Up: Enjoy instant auto-clipped highlights for any game, at any time. 
  • Personalized Video Alerts: Receive immediate video alerts for pre-selected live moments across all sports. 

TV mobile FIRST - Broadcasters deserve better 

TeraVolt leads the way in the shift to mobile TV consumption with "TV mobile FIRST," an AI-driven solution tailored for younger viewers. Its strategies include learning from social media, adding playful elements, personalization, fostering viewer networking, and prioritizing a mobile-first approach. 

Metadata - improving streaming platforms with customized solutions  

Metadata has become decisive in the TV media industry for delivering engaging and personalized experiences to viewers, offering personalized recommendations, content discoverability, and efficient categorization. TeraVolt's tailored Metadata solutions, including Customized AI Metadata, BI Quality Assurance, and Supervised Learning for AI, maximize your TV and streaming potential.