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Satellite operator Eutelsat and Wiztivi, a specialist in multiscreen TV solutions, have unveiled Sat.tv, a smart Electronic Programme Guide (EPG) for tablets and smartphones. The application addresses the 66 million homes in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East equipped for DTH reception of Eutelsat’ HOT BIRD satellites that give access to more than 300 free-to-air channels. The new product is being showcased for the first time at the TV Connect show in London.
Sat.tv is a new-generation EPG designed to enhance the free-to-air viewing experience for consumers and increase broadcaster engagement with their audience. Broadcasters can enter programme schedules and information that are displayed real-time through the app. Viewers benefit from a user-friendly EPG interface available in five languages (English, French, Russian, Italian, Arabic) and can access programme details in up to 40 languages.
The main features include extensive access to detailed programmes in the HOT BIRD channel line-up, with options to browse by time, channel or type of content. Preferred content can be selected in one click, and personalised recommendations generated based on viewer tastes. Viewers can also share any content of the app live on their social media profiles.
The new app is based on TIMELESSTOUCH, Wiztivi’s advanced HTML5 user interface product for mobile devices. In addition to front-end and back-end development by Wiztivi, a back office has been set up to enable channels to directly edit their programme schedules. Broadcasters including CCTV, Channel One Russia Worldwide, Euronews, France 24, RT and TV5MONDE have already opted for this solution.