Molotov, the OTT television distribution platform created by French media veterans JeanDavid Blanc, Pierre Lescure and Jean-Marc Denoual, goes ‘public’ in France today, with the free service revealing premium pricing plans and functionalities.
Offering “a radically new way to watch television” the service offers users an intuitive discovery experience and exclusive functionalities, all while respecting the traditional ecosystem and conventions of television, saying that it aims to reinvent the daily pleasure of watching television.
Molotov allows users to discover what’s airing on all channels at a glance: each show has its own poster, with a quick-read timeline indicating how far along each show is in progress. The user chooses the programme they wish to watch, either live or via ‘catch-up’ and can even choose to watch a show from the very beginning.
New features including a deep social experience, smarter notifications and alerts, and rich navigation will be announced and deployed in the coming months.
Molotov is free, and offers 33 channels (including 25 channels of the French DTT) and 10 hours of bookmarks. Users can add options without constraining time commitments and are able to enjoy more channels and services from €3.99 per month. A new selection of TV channels and services will be added soon.
Molotov is available on smartphone, tablet, Apple TV, connected TVs and on computers (download for Mac and PC on molotov.tv).