Miniweb in Deal to Integrate its Connected TV Platform with Eurosat's New Freeview HD Set-Tops

Miniweb, a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Eurosat, an EU-wide distributor of terrestrial and satellite TV products, to integrated its flagship Connected TV Services Platform and its broadband content guide with Eurosat's new Manhattan range of set-top boxes, which are designed for use with Freeview HD, the new HDTV service from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform. The Miniweb-equipped boxes are slated to be available in retail later this year.

According to Miniweb--which earlier this week announced a similar deal with "white label" consumer electronics manufacturer, Vestel (see the article published on itvt.com, March 23rd)--its platform will provide a "seamless" viewing experience on the boxes, enabling easy navigation and consumption of Internet video, and will support such features as global search, recommendations, related content, personalization, micropayments and community/social networking. The company claims that its platform also enables the easy integration of a wide range of Internet video publishers, allowing the latter to extend their business models to the living room and generate revenue through premium content payments and advertising. Viewers can search and discover content across all providers with a single action, Miniweb says. "Adding Miniweb's content guide and services platform to Eurosat's award-winning range of Manhattan HD set top boxes provides Freeview consumers with an enhanced viewing experience and easy discovery and consumption of a wide variety of Internet video," Miniweb CEO, Jerome de Vitry, said in a prepared statement. "We are really pleased to be working with Eurosat to offer these customers a range of additional features to complement their broadcast TV." Added Eurosat chairman and CEO, Abbas Arbab-Zadeh: "At Eurosat we always strive to provide added value and a differentiator for our products which then provides better value for the end-customer. With our respected brand of Manhattan and our dedicated distribution team we can provide a better and more reliable service than 'mass market' retail outlets. By incorporating Miniweb we are following our philosophy of giving the trade and the customer the best solution in the market."

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