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Arqiva supports STV’s new HD restart service

February 13, 2020

Arqiva, the UK communications infrastructure and media services company, has today announced that its Hybrid TV Service has been selected by Scotland’s largest commercial broadcaster, STV, to launch  its new restart services across DTT and Freeview Play. The service launched on STV SD in December, and will now be replicated on the STV HD channel.

Arqiva’s solution allows STV viewers the option of restarting selected programmes in SD and HD using the green button on the remote control.

Richard Williams, MD, Digital, at STV, said:“Providing an enjoyable, flexible and intuitive viewer experience is paramount to us and we are delighted to now offer a restart service on our SD and HD channels on DTT and Freeview – seamlessly taking viewers from the linear schedule to the STV Player platform with ease… Thanks to Arqiva’s heritage in the broadcast industry and its proven expertise in delivering Hybrid TV services, it developed a solution that met our ambitious requirements in a very short timeframe.”

Drew Hosie, Head of Product at Arqiva, added:“We are thrilled to collaborate with STV to support the launch of its restart service on DTT and Freeview Play, offering an innovative service to help it stay ahead of what is an immensely competitive and challenging environment. Our flexible offering allows STV to precisely control the availability and launch of their HbbTV applications to their viewers. As well as offering a Hybrid TV solution, Arqiva manages the complexity of deploying, monitoring and associated data analytics, so STV doesn’t have to.  Enhancing the viewing experience is always front of mind for our customers, and this is an exciting development for our Hybrid TV product which we expect to see more broadcasters taking advantage of in the future.”

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