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. 


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. 


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:

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. 

6. September 2023

TeraVolt and ntv launch new digital text app for HbbTV

Hamburg, August 31, 2023 - TeraVolt and ntv celebrate the successful launch of the brand new ntv Digitaltext for HbbTV.

The news channel ntv now offers its viewers a new and comprehensive service. For this purpose, a new HbbTV app was developed in cooperation between TeraVolt and ntv. The project incorporated a comprehensive modernization including a new and more user-friendly interface as well as a revision of the digital text.

The application complies with the latest technology and usage standards to facilitate the retrieval of news and videos via the TV screen as well as the placement of advertising playouts.

Prior to implementation, a qualitative user survey was conducted to gather viewers' opinions. The results were then considered in the development process.

Bianca Wannemacher, Chief Product Officer at Digital News Products/ RTLi/ RTL News, comments on the project with pride: "Thanks to the excellent collaboration with TeraVolt and our product team, our viewers can now access a new, state-of-the-art HbbTV offering with a comprehensive ntv news service in video, text and images."

Now, the app can be accessed via the Red Button on the remote control.

We invite you to discover ntv's updated digital text app on HbbTV for yourself.

3. August 2023

TeraVolt provides customized, application-aware metadata solutions for TV, streaming platforms and content providers 

Metadata has become decisive in the TV media industry for delivering engaging and personalized experiences to viewers. In this context, there is a growing need for customized metadata solutions instead of "one-size-fits-all". This is because, in the dynamic media landscape, companies usually have different goals. Whether the goal is to increase viewership, maximize advertising revenue, grow market share, or build brand loyalty, meeting these goals requires a customized content strategy with appropriate metadata. After all, metadata that describes and categorizes content is a fundamental component of successful content management systems. 

By implementing a customized metadata solution, organizations can tailor their metadata practices to their specific goals. Additionally, customizing metadata workflows to meet specific goals can optimize content discoverability, improve searchability, and increase user engagement. 

Content archive for unique content 

TV media companies usually have a diverse and extensive content archive, which is characterized by different volumes as well as thematic and structural focuses. They address different target groups with individual preferences and viewing habits. Metadata management must take these differences into account to accurately reflect the essence of the content and enable efficient organization and retrieval. A "one-size-fits-all" metadata solution ignores the need for detailed audience segmentation and personalization. Customized solutions, on the other hand, ensure that metadata schemas, tagging conventions, and classification systems are tailored to each organization's unique content archive. This approach enables efficient content discovery, supports meaningful recommendations, and facilitates company-specific content monetization strategies. 

Use Case Examples 

There are very many potential use cases depending on specific requirements such as business goals, target groups and socio-demographic characteristics, archive focus, etc. TeraVolt has already analyzed and implemented various use cases with different metadata strategies and metadata solutions for different customers. These include for example, automatically generated content tracks, the most accurate categorization for content recommendations and appropriate positioning of content, context-sensitive overlays, video time codes for cue-in points in the progress bar or complete cast and soundtrack information. 

This example of metadata solutions demonstrates the need for the TV media industry when it comes to a uniquely individual approach to metadata. Customized solutions are critical because they consider each company's different goals, unique content archives, different market environments and competitors, and different audiences. This can optimize content discoverability, improve user experience, increase audience engagement and ultimately gain a competitive advantage in the ever-evolving media landscape.  

TeraVolt is the market-leading solution provider for television transformation in Europe. We also offer customized, application-oriented metadata solutions for TV, streaming platforms and content providers, focusing on provider-specific use cases. 

22. June 2023

Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2023 – TeraVolt develops a technical concept for data measurement and visualizes the TV broadcast with live AR and VR graphics.  

Hamburg, June 12, 2023 - 500 motocross riders, 30 kilometers of track, four hours of racing and only 17 riders at the finish line. The Red Bull Erzbergrodeo at Austria's Erzberg is the toughest motocross race in the world. The riders must pass 27 checkpoints in an active iron ore mine. It automatically leads to an opaque racing action. In cooperation with its long-term partner Red Bull Mediahouse, TeraVolt provided viewers with a visually even better race experience in front of the various screens with a variety of digital enhancement features, thus introducing a new form of coverage. 

Riders' positions and performances are displayed throughout the race.

During the long race, it is often unclear at which point a driver has caught up or lost positions. Where were there key points? Where was the race decided? TeraVolt´s task in developing the technical and editorial workflow was to determine drivers during the race. Besides the positions, it should also be possible to quantify the performances based on tracking data and thus determine the driving skills on the track. The data had to be integrated into the workflows of the television broadcast and aggregated and visualized for editorial storytelling in an appealing and comprehensible way. 

A particular challenge was to determine the drivers positions live and process them in real time and make them visually visible. The local conditions make this almost impossible, as the network coverage is poor because of the large and mountainous area. In addition, the route is not finalized until a few hours before the race, and the athletes sometimes travel at very high speeds in the terrain.  

For these challenges, the TeraVolt team, in collaboration with various technical service providers, identified and implemented a technology for data measurement and connected it to the data interface used. The main task was to reduce the latency to a maximum. In parallel, the ideation and the creation for the visualizations during the pre-show and live show of the TV broadcast took place.  

For this purpose: augmented reality and virtual reality: TV graphics were developed to get especially young target groups excited about the broadcast and the sport. Besides the visualization of the performance data, great importance was attached to the visualization of track highlights and special - key points to bring the challenges closer to all viewers and to bring clarity and transparency to the racing action. 

The visualization of the track enables an even better understanding of the race.

In the Red Bull TV app, all information could also be experienced individually via an independent augmented reality mode. Live generated and KPI aggregated data from Erzbergrodeo 2023 was so brought to life. 

This innovative approach, developed by TeraVolt allowed viewers worldwide to experience motocross action unprecedentedly. 

AR mode in the mobile app