• 14 Jul 2016

    LiveU Enhances UEFA Euro 2016 Coverage for Multiple Broadcasters Including ITV Sport and beIN Sport

    Major broadcasters use LiveU technology to provide innovative coverage of the premium European football tournament

    HACKENSACK, New Jersey, July 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Major broadcasters around the world have once again taken advantage of the power and flexibility of LiveU's technology to provide a 360 degree viewer experience of the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament. This includes both ITV Sport and beIN Sport, the latter via production company Medialuso, part of the Spanish Mediapro Group, who used units from across the company's product portfolio to bring live images to their viewers from France.

    ITV Sport was the joint rights holders in the UK, along with the BBC, and split the live coverage of games with both covering the final. The broadcaster covered 51 games during the month-long competition around France from a studio in Paris. UEFA supplied 13 feeds from each game as the host broadcaster as well as around 30 crews also feeding back to the IBC in Paris. ITV Sport then had a crew following the England team, equipped with a LU500 portable transmission unit, and another crew that followed the other UK teams as well as the Republic of Ireland, also equipped with a LU500. The broadcaster also had unlimited LU-Smart smartphone licences using the LiveU GoPlan data plan package in case it needed them.

    Roger Pearce, Technical Director, Sport, ITV Sport Productions, said, "LiveU was part of our armoury to ensure material could be received quickly to be edited as soon as possible. It was also a useful tool to report live, if required. It's great for standups and other interview-style footage that enhanced our coverage. We had used LiveU successfully for the 2014 FIFA World Cup inBrazil and purchased a server for our London hub. We were very happy with the support we received for our reporters as they had to pick up the LiveU technology and learn it quickly. Sports coverage is about being there and making the viewer feel part of the game and to do that getting material live or very quickly without much planning is essential."

    Spanish production company Medialuso covered the whole event for beIN Sport with LiveU servers installed at beIN France and beIN HQ in Doha. Medialuso used 22 LiveU units from across the company's portfolio, bringing together a huge range of coverage from all the French cities that hosted games and were the main headquarters of national teams. On average, they produced over 70 live feeds per day and for the final game they used 16 LiveU units sending feeds in parallel. Three of these were from motorcycles following the national teams of France and Portugal and also the match officials.

    Ronen Artman, VP of Marketing at LiveU, said, "We have a very strong lineage in enhancing sports coverage since our first use at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. We're excited to see usage continue to expand with broadcasters able to think differently now and to bring far more varied content from the field to create a more rounded and immersive viewer experience."

    The ITV Sport deal was overseen by LiveU's UK partner Garland Partners Ltd. while Park 7 Tecnología in Spain worked with Medialuso.

  • 11 Jul 2016

    Outbrain signs multi-year agreement with Mediacorp
    SINGAPORE - Outbrain has announced a two-year partnership with Mediacorp, one of Singapore’s largest media companies.

    The partnership will see the media company deploy the full stack of Outbrain Engage solutions to enhance its digital strategy.

    Specifically, the arrangement will allow Mediacorp’s online properties—Channel NewsAsia and TODAYonline—to drive engagement and audience growth, power key insights and analytics about their core digital users and maximise monetisation opportunities, according to the companies.

    Mediacorp will gain access to Outbrain’s Visual Revenue product, which will enable its editors to observe and react to real-time data on content performance, the companies said.

    Low Boon Kiat, lead for digital partnerships at Mediacorp, said the company is always looking at new ways to provide long-term value, and a native offering is a good option from Outbrain.

     “We look forward to deeper audience engagement using stronger analytics and real-time content performance enhancement obtained from Outbrain’s Visual Revenue,” he added.

    Outbrain will aggregate Mediacorp’s audiences with those from its existing local publishers and global sites such as News Corp Australia, The Philippines Daily Inquirer, Indian Express, Fairfax, CNN, Time, and Mashable.

    Sigrid Kirk, VP of Engage APAC at Outbrain, said the company is “delighted” to renew its partnership with Mediacorp. “Our platform now serves multiple publisher stakeholders and affords our partners with the flexibility to embrace digital opportunities and continues to deliver what audiences crave,” she added.

  • 07 Jul 2016

    CoolaData, Pioneer in Behavioral Analytics, Secures $5.6M in Funding

    TEL AVIV, Israel, July 7, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --
    CoolaData, the pioneer in behavioral analytics, bringing a new approach to business intelligence, today announced that it has raised a total of $5.6M from Salesforce Ventures, TEEC Angel Fund and the existing investors in CoolaData's Series A, 83North and Carmel Ventures.

    The funding will be used to accelerate CoolaData's worldwide growth and extend its reach into IoT and enterprise applications.

    CoolaData is a cloud-based behavioral analytics platform offering companies a deep understanding of user behavior across all channels, and providing quick answers to complex business questions. As proven by dozens of CoolaData customers, its time-series analysis of user behavior enables product, marketing and business teams to discover vital information such as user acquisition, churn prediction, retention drivers and customer life-time value optimization, making companies more successful.

    CoolaData's behavioral analytics complements Salesforce Wave Analytics, which empowers any business user-from sales reps to service agents to marketing managers-to get smarter about their customers with real-time, actionable insights on any device. This is particularly relevant given the increasing importance of providing more granular and personalized analytics in real-time on big data sets.  

    "This new funding will fuel CoolaData's growth, and our ability to reach online businesses, providing deep understanding of user behavior," says Tomer Benmoshe, CEO of CoolaData. "Our goal is to enable the product and marketing teams of our customers to obtain instant answers on a vast amount of behavioral data."

    About 83North 
    83North, formerly Greylock IL, is a global venture capital firm with more than $550 million under management. The fund invests in exceptional European and Israeli entrepreneurs, across all stages of consumer and enterprise companies.  For more information, visit http://www.83north.com.

    About Salesforce Ventures 
    Salesforce Ventures-Salesforce's corporate investment group-invests in the next generation of enterprise technology to help companies connect with their customers in entirely new ways. Portfolio companies receive funding as well as access to the world's largest cloud ecosystem and the guidance of Salesforce's innovators and executives. With Salesforce Ventures, portfolio companies can also leverage Salesforce's expertise in corporate philanthropy by joining Pledge 1% to make giving back part of their business model. Salesforce has invested in more than 150 enterprise cloud startups since 2009. For more information, please visithttp://www.salesforce.com/ventures.

    About TEEC-Angel Fund 
    TEEC-Angel Fund stands at the forefront of connecting the U.S. and China. TEEC is a Silicon Valley-based super angel fund led by a team of veteran entrepreneurs and executives with deep investment experience. Within the TEEC ecosystem of a hundred portfolio CEOs, Tsinghua Entrepreneur & Executive Club (TEEC) networks, elite accelerators, and top-notch universities, TEEC-Angel Fund supports tomorrow's star companies. For more information, visit http://www.teec-angel.com .

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