- Innovative product concept and design from TeraVolt with software development and integration services from 3 Screen Solutions enable the new bobbles OTT video service via MX1, a global media services company and subsidiary of SES
- 3 Screen Solutions engineered apps and features, and provided system integration, helping the TeraVolt-designed bobbles platform reach out to diaspora populations in multiple languages via a range of devices
- MX1 enables bobbles to entertain and bring together people with shared culture or nationality via OTT, complementing bobbles’ satellite service via SES
Hamburg/Ludwigsburg, Germany – October 20, 2016 – TeraVolt and 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) today announced being selected to design, engineer, develop and integrate apps and management systems for bobbles.tv, the new pan-European video entertainment platform recently launched via DTH satellite broadcasting and OTT.
TeraVolt specialises in strategy and design of next-generation TV products. 3 Screen Solutions is a leading provider of customized software solutions and services to the multiscreen digital entertainment industry.
Commissioned by MX1, media services subsidiary of global satellite leader SES, TeraVolt provided bobbles’ design, including an innovative user front end that enables subscribers to seamlessly navigate, on a range of devices, the platform’s numerous linear channels and libraries.
3SS developed engaging bespoke bobbles apps for web, iOS and Android, delivering tailored front ends, including custom user interfaces.
bobbles.tv delivers channels from around the globe. The service can be received throughout Europe via satellite and online. bobbles.tv aims to reach a potential audience of around 14 million people originating from Asia, Latin America and Africa but currently living and working in Europe. bobbles went live initially with programming offers for Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Korean communities.
The Hamburg-based service is backed by bubbles media GmbH, whose partners include some of Germany’s most experienced media professionals.
Arnold C. Kulbatzki, Founding Partner of bubbles media, commented: “We launched bobbles to entertain and connect people who’ve relocated to Europe, offering great programming that reflects their own culture. It was great to team up with MX1, TeraVolt and 3SS to get this complex project up and running. They came up with an appealing look and superior usability to meet our customers’ expectations.”
bobbles.tv offers international communities a convenient way to watch their favorite TV channels anywhere in Europe, live or on catch-up. Subscribers only pay for the programming they are interested in: A single subscription enables viewers to access the most popular channels from their home country.
Central to the deployment was the integration of a mediation layer taking the form of an application server linking the online video platform’s back end systems with the front end and new apps in a seamless, unified and operationally efficient way.
bobbles.tv is the first project to go live on an innovative online video platform launched in November 2015 by MX1 (a new company formed from the merger of SES Platform Services and RR Media) with the support of TeraVolt and 3 Screen Solutions.
Features which TeraVolt and 3SS innovations made possible include linear TV and catch-up TV, search and backwards EPG – meaning that a subscriber can access a programme even if they missed it.
bobbles subscribers can easily set up a personal watchlist. They can share and recommend programming to other subscribers and non-subscribers using email, Facebook and other social media, and they can sign up for bobbles newsletters.
An easy-to-use subscriber dashboard includes the display of teaser elements, new programming highlights and metrics which show which programmes are proving the most popular,
MX1’s video platform helps broadcasters and content owners harness the business potential of multiscreen, enabling media companies to launch tailored OTT services with maximised speed and resource efficiency.
“People today are more mobile than ever – a growing number choose to relocate to another country to pursue personal and career opportunities,” commented Sophie Lersch. Chief Customer Experience Officer at MX1.
“We are delighted to support bobbles in helping people stay connected with home via TV entertainment in their own language,” she added. “Furthermore we thank our partners TeraVolt and 3 Screen Solutions for their contributions to the ongoing evolution of our online video platform,” Lersch concluded.
“The launch of bobbles.tv on satellite and OTT is a great example of MX1’s expertise in how to powerfully leverage DVB-S linear channels and on-demand OTT. Bringing all the required systems together in such a co-ordinated fashion is a great achievement,” said Kai-Christian Borchers, Managing Director of 3 Screen Solutions. “We are very proud to provide developments that support MX1 in making it possible,” he added.
”We congratulate bobbles.tv for showing such innovation in helping people in Europe stay connected within their expatriate communities and with home.” Tobias Künkel, Managing Director of TeraVolt, commented, adding: “Enabling bobbles to reach out to far-flung communities and bring people together clearly demonstrates what can be achieved through technology innovation.”
bobbles.tv is a product of bubbles media GmbH, a new pay TV provider based in Hamburg, specializing in TV products for international target groups. A team of 15, consisting predominantly of native speakers from bobbles.tv’s target nationalities, oversees licensing, marketing and sales. Partners of bubbles media include Arnold C. Kulbatzki and Dr. Torsten Rossmann. Kulbatzki has over 20 years’ professional experience as a manager in the media and telecommunications sector. Rossmann was partner of the news and documentary broadcaster N24 and is today Managing Director of WeltN24 GmbH, a subsidiary of Axel Springer. www.bobbles.tv
MX1, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), is a global leading media services provider. The world’s first media globalizer works with leading media businesses to transform content into the ultimate viewer experience for a global audience. With more entertainment, more innovation and more impact, MX1 offers a full range of content management, delivery and value-added digital media services. Every day, MX1 distributes more than 2,500 TV channels, manages the playout of over 500 channels, delivers syndicated content to more than 120 leading subscription VOD platforms, delivers over 8,000 hours of online video streaming and delivers more than 500 hours of premium sports and live events. The new company has 16 offices worldwide and operates six global state-of-the-art media centres, enabling customers to reach billions of people around the world. www.mx1.com
TeraVolt GmbH is a privately held media production and consulting company specializing in delivering solutions that position our customers as outstanding market leaders with product lighthouses. We offer tailored solutions and services, from consulting to design. Formed in 2006, we have outstanding expertise in the fields of product strategy, process management and state-of-the-art media and entertainment technology. At TeraVolt we offer our partners an extraordinary competitive advantage, through our experience in delivering successful digital strategies with vision. We have enabled a wide range of TV platforms to deliver powerful consumer experiences. www.teravolt.tv
About 3 Screen Solutions
3 Screen Solutions GmbH & Co KG helps bring video to any screen – with passion and vision. Established in 2009, 3SS is a world class innovator in the provision of advanced software solutions and services to blue-chip service providers, CE innovators and integration specialists in the multiscreen consumer entertainment ecosystem. Major satellite, cable, IPTV, OTT and mobile TV network operators and brand owners have benefitted from 3SS’ creativity and capabilities. These include Unitymedia, Vodafone Kabel Deutschland, Swisscom and 02/Telefonica. Many leading hardware and network providers and SIs have selected 3SS to help optimize the services they provide to their customers. 3SS innovations have supported Eutelsat, Siemens, Rovi and Netgem. High profile retail brands also rely on solutions from 3SS to help enhance and extend their audience engagement, including Warner Brothers, ProSiebenSat1, Red Bull Media House and BOSCH. Over 130 million people are discovering and enjoying content enabled by 3 Screen Solutions. www.3ss.tv