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Red Bee Media, Dotscreen power RTBF’s Auvio

March 6, 2023

Red Bee Media, THE global media services provider, has signed a multi-year agreement with Radio-télévision Belge de la Communauté Française (RTBF) to power its recently re-launched Auvio platform through Red Bee Media’s managed OTT services with live TV and radio, Audio on Demand (AoD), and VoD capabilities. As a part of the project, Red Bee Media partners with Dotscreen, a specialised European multiscreen User Interface and app design and development agency, who improves Auvio’s user experience with a streamlined UI.

RTBF is the public broadcaster for the French-speaking community in Belgium, delivering its content through 32 radio stations and 21 different TV channels, filmed radio stations or event channels on its streaming service Auvio, reaching four million viewers through most major devices and operating systems. In addition, Auvio offers up to 180 live events daily, and its growing library includes 270 000 audio and video assets.

“Live streaming and top-quality video and audio content are at the core of our digital offering. With Red Bee Media, we achieved record-breaking audience levels on our streaming service during the 2022 FIFA World Cup,” says Cecile Gonfroid, Technology Director, RTBF. “Red Bee Media’s proven broadcast-grade solution for live and on-demand streaming, combined with Dotscreen’s intuitive and user-centric front-end design proposition, perfectly aligned with what we were looking for. We’re excited to continue innovating and have the right partners to implement our vision.”

Harnessing a range of OTT capabilities via the Red Bee Pulse service, RTBF delivers live and on-demand content to Auvio users on a wide variety of online platforms and applications, including web browsers, iOS mobile, Android mobile, Tizen, and soon Android TV, LG smart TVs, Sony PlayStation and Apple TV. Using Red Bee Media’s Software Development Kit (SDK), Dotscreen refreshed all Auvio user interfaces across end-user devices. Together they covered major sports events in 2022, such as Tour de France, World Athletics Championships, Formula 1, World Rally Championship, and more recently the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Audience levels for the FIFA World Cup reached 8 million streamstarts, with peaks approaching 90 000 simultaneous viewers.

“Today’s consumers are looking for easy-to-use, high-quality streaming experiences, and we have partnered with Dotscreen and RTBF to deliver exactly that,” says Stéphane Grandvarlet, Head of Market Area Southern Europe and Middle East, Red Bee Media. We are extremely proud to empower all major sports events for RTBF and its audiences.” 

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