Civolution Brings Interactive Services to Leading French TV Broadcaster
EINDHOVEN, The Netherlands, February 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –
Gulli, a channel of major French media group Lagardere Active, adds a new dimension to
its range of family programs
Civolution, the leading provider of technology and solutions for identifying, managing
and monetizing content, today announces that the French media group Lagardere Active is
using Civolution’s SyncNow ACR technology to power an advanced interactive app for its
free-to-air family TV channel, Gulli.
The app which is initially for use during the advertisement breaks will then be
extended for use on the programs themselves. It will enhance the advertisements by
enabling interactions such as games and original content about products. Once extended for
use with some programs, the app will give users the chance to engage in games which relate
directly to the content being aired on the main screen. Users will be able to take
advantage of the new services on both smartphones and tablets.
“For the new generation of television viewers TV is no longer a lean-back experience.
It is socially engaging entertainment,” said Antoine Villeneuve, CEO of Lagardere Active’s
French and International TV channels. “We now have the opportunity to interact directly
with our audience in ways that are much more personal and intimate. Civolution’s SyncNow
is exactly the type of technology needed to achieve this and go beyond simple linear.”
The app will be driven by Civolution’s powerful audio watermarking technology, SyncNow
for 2nd Screen [http://www.syncnow.com ], which enables real-time identification and frame
accurate synchronization between broadcast, on-demand or recorded television content and
interactive applications on companion devices (tablets, smart phones, laptops) to present
compelling synchronized interactive user experiences including auto-check-in. The
technology relies on imperceptible audio watermarks that can be embedded in live stream or
as in the case of this project, in file content before playout.
“We’ve designed SyncNow to give broadcasters a more powerful interactive alternative
to traditional red button type functionality,” said Jean-Michel Masson, SVP Watermarking
Solutions, Civolution. “With our ACR technology, broadcasters can give their viewers a
range of interactive services across all types of programming without being restricted on
whether it’s live or on the PVR. We’re really excited that Lagardere Active has chosen our
technology for use in its app and we hope that its viewers are wowed by the new services
they can now access.”
Civolution (http://www.civolution.com) is the leading provider of technology and
solutions to identify, manage and monetize media content. The company offers an extensive
portfolio of cutting edge digital watermarking and fingerprinting applications for media
interaction (accurate and real-time video synchronization for 2nd screen and smart TVs),
media intelligence (audience measurement and media monitoring for television, radio and
internet) and media protection (content filtering and forensic marking of media assets in
pre-release, digital cinema, payTV and online). Follow us on Twitter: @Civolution
About de Gulli : TV, Web, Applis, Tablette, Terrain: Gulli dares it all!
Gulli pull out all the stops with a website, replay TV, connected TV, mobile and
tablet apps and more!
As France’s leading free youth and family channel, Gulli draws an audience of both
children and parents, with over 35.5 million viewers monthly. Since 2010, Gulli is
France’s best known channel in its category.
Today, in addition to the television channel, Gulli is a true family entertainment
platform available on a wide variety of media, including digital (gulli.fr, Gulli Replay,
connected TV applications, tablets and mobile phones, iTunes, etc.), with a full audio
range, magazines, toys and field events. These various modes of expression offer the whole
family a multitude of ways of experiencing the brand’s values and communicative energy.
(source: Mediamat/Mediametrie, June 2012)
For more information: Emmanuel Josserand Civolution Director Marketing Tel: +44(0)207-845-7371 firstname.lastname@example.org Sally Douglas Platform PR Tel: +44(0)20-7486-4900 email@example.com Mike Gyulai Beck Media & Marketing Tel: +1-310-300-4814 firstname.lastname@example.org