KartinaTV Cuts Deal with Comigo for its Social TV offering in Germany

written by: Richard Kastelein

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KartinaTV, an IPTV broadcaster for Russian-speaking audience outside of Russia, today announced a collaboration with Comigo, the creator of a feature-rich smart TV platform. Under the agreement, Comigo will provide KartinaTV with its Smart TV platform which includes: IP Set Top Box (STB), client applications for smartphones and tablets (Android and iOS) and web interface for Comigo’s back-end servers to support its unique personal and social features and capabilities.

“Comigo’s smart TV solution is the most advanced platform currently existing in the market, offering personalized viewer experience and unique social capabilities,” explained Andreas Reich, CEO, KartinaTV. “Our alliance with Comigo will help us reach out to the Russian speaking audience in Germany, a key target audience for us and help us gain market share.”

“Our smart TV solution combines TV content and Internet browsing, while fulfilling the viewer’s social needs. All via super simple and enjoyable UI,” commented Dov Moran, Founder and CEO, Comigo. “We’re excited to have been selected by KartinaTV to introduce our advanced solution to a generation weaned on internet and social networks.”

KartinaTV, an IPTV service provider, delivers Russian television outside of the Russian Federation, to residents of Germany, USA, Israel and United Kingdom. With Comigo’s smart TV solution, KartinaTV will gain new revenue streams by monetizing premium content across devices and offering new type of services to its customer base. Comigo revolutionary solution will also enable the Russian IPTV service provider to offer contextual value added services to its viewers and to mount micro-targeted campaigns which can be promoted through the users’ social networks.

Designed to provide a brilliant TV viewing experience, Comigo’s smart TV platform enables KartinaTV to offer their viewers access to a wide range of content whether it is 150 live channels with 14 days of catch-up TV, web based content, VOD and local content stored on devices connected to the home network (via Ethernet or WiFi) or on external storage (USB drives). It is a multi-screen solution which enables viewers to stream content flawlessly from one device to another, providing a seamless viewing experience across devices. It incorporates an intuitive and user-friendly interface with best-in-breed smart TV features. Ability to create individual watch-lists, share recommendations and interact with friends while watching TV are key features of Comigo’s smart TV platform.

 

 

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Richard Kastelein
Founder of The Hackfest, publisher of TV App Market and global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher and futurist. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, University of Cologne, sat on media convergence panel at 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels, and worked with broadcasters such as the BBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Seven Network and others on media convergence strategy - Social TV, OTT, DLNA and 2nd Screen etc.

He is a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and UK Royal Television Society (RTS) member.

Kastelein has spoken (& speaking) on the future of media & TV in Amsterdam, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen (TEDx), Kuala Lumpur, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Rio, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich...

He's been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged & AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.

A versatilist & autodidact, his leadership ability, divergent and synthetic thinking skills evolved from sailing the world 24000 miles+ offshore in his 20′s on sailboats under 12m.

He spent 10 years in the Caribbean media & boating industry as a professional sailor before returning to Europe, to Holland.

A Creative Technologist and Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Metis) his career began in the Canadian Native Press and is now a columnist for The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired, The Guardian & Virgin. His writings have been translated into Polish, German and French. 

One of Kastelein's TV formats was optioned by Sony Pictures Television in 2012. 

Currently involved in a number of startups including publishing TV App Market online, The Hackfest and Tripsearch TV. As CSO for Worldticketshop he helped build a $100m company.

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