RTL Newmedia Launches a New App for Football Fans
This innovative new feature from RTL Newmedia brings together the very best image and social media functions in a single application. As soon as the match kicks off, viewers will be able to watch match highlights on their tablet or smartphone, and read comments about each clip from social media. As well as the videos themselves, users will automatically receive real-time commentaries from celebrities, football professionals, popular bloggers and fans. Viewers will also be able to share messages with their Facebook friends and Twitter followers, as well as engage in debates and share their favourite moments on RTL's Facebook and Twitter pages and on RTL Sport’s live chat.
This solution – the first of its type in the world – has been developed for RTL Newmedia in partnership with Tevizz and EVS. Tevizz is a fast-growing Belgian start-up that develops AV production enrichment solutions, using social media content and second-screen technologies. Tevizz's technology automatically analyses social media messages relating to a particular clip during an AV broadcast. It also allows to follow the audience in real time using social media data and monitor trends throughout the broadcast. With these data, media outlets are able to enrich their productions with social media content such as messages and visuals, as well as second-screen technologies.
EVS develops industry-leading broadcast and media production systems. Its solutions are used by broadcasters, production and post-production companies, content owners and archive libraries throughout the globe, enabling them to produce enriched video content, live or in a near-live environment. With its live multicam media delivery platform C-Cast, EVS allows RTL to access content during live production and deliver it on-the-fly to viewers through a connected screen. As a result, viewers can choose to view match-action from different camera angles just minutes after it has occurred.
Jean-Jacques Deleeuw (Director, RTL Newmedia, RTL Belgium): "This revolutionary feature brings together instant video replay and targeted social media monitoring capabilities. It is a central part of our strategy, combining first and second screens and social TV. Together, these multiple screens and social content deliver an enriched user experience."
Didier Joos de ter Beerst (CEO, TEVIZZ): "Tevizz has been working with RTL Newmedia on a series of innovative new social media and second-screen solutions. We are delighted to be working with EVS to deliver this unique solution, which will enable RTL to provide an enriched experience to football fans everywhere. RTL has shown that well-established broadcasters, through innovation and high-quality content, are capable of remaining at the cutting edge in today's new era, where online, mobile, social media and TV technologies come together."
Luc Doneux (Executive Vice President, Sports Division, EVS): "Our C-Cast solution has been designed to enhance end-user experience by aggregating and displaying third-party content such as statistics and social media messages with live multi-camera video footage. For the Club RTL app, Tevizz's technology integrates seamlessly with our C-Cast solution, as social media comments and messages are linked with the timeline of video clips produced with EVS's production systems. As a result, Club RTL now offers an enhanced user experience and capitalises upon the full range of resources at its disposal."
About RTL Newmedia
"RTL Newmedia is a division of RTL Belgium. It is responsible for RTL's websites, mobile apps and new media operations in Belgium. RTL Newmedia manages all websites and mobile apps for the group's TV and radio stations, as well as www.rtl.be, one of the leading general information websites in French-speaking Belgium."
About RTL Belgium
"RTL Belgium is a subsidiary of RTL Group. It is the number one TV and radio broadcaster in French-speaking Belgium. Every day, more than two million viewers watch one of the three TV channels of the RTL family: RTL-TVI, Club RTL and Plug RTL. As for radio activities, Bel RTL and Radio Contact attract an average of 637,500 and 589,700 listeners respectively each day.
RTL Group in Belgium credits its success to a simple and efficient formula: informing and entertaining by creating a real bond with audiences, based on the unwavering enthusiasm of a dynamic and passionate team."
EVS provides its customers with reliable and innovative technology to enable the production of live, enriched video programming, allowing them to work more efficiently and boost their revenue streams. Its industry-leading broadcast and media production systems are used by broadcasters, production companies, post-production facilities, film studios, content owners and archive libraries around the globe. It spans four key markets – Sports, Entertainment, News and Media.
Founded in 1994, its innovative Live Slow Motion system revolutionised live broadcasting. Its reliable and integrated tapeless solutions, based around its market-leading XT server range, are now widely used to deliver live productions worldwide. Today, it continues to develop practical innovations, such as its C-Cast second-screen delivery platform, to help customers maximise the value of their media content.
The company is headquartered in Belgium and has offices in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific, and North and Latin America. Approximately 475 EVS professionals from 20 offices are selling its branded products in over 100 countries, and provide customer support globally. EVS is a public company traded on Euronext Brussels: EVS, ISIN: BE0003820371.