RTL Newmedia’s Club RTL App Developed with EVS

RTL Newmedia is launching a new feature on its Club RTL second-screen app, designed specifically for UEFA Champions League and Europa League viewers. The new Club RTL app – developed for iOS and Android in conjunction with EVS and Tevizz – will be available for the entire 2013-2014 season, covering both leagues.

This innovative new feature from RTL Newmedia brings together the very best image and social media functions in a single application. As soon as the match kicks off, viewers will be able to watch match highlights on their tablet or smartphone, and read comments about each clip from social media. As well as the videos themselves, users will automatically receive real-time commentaries from celebrities, football professionals, popular bloggers, and fans. Viewers will also be able to share messages with their Facebook friends and Twitter followers, as well as engage in debates and share their favorite moments on RTL’s Facebook and Twitter pages and on RTL Sport’s live chat.

“This revolutionary feature brings together instant video replay and targeted social media monitoring capabilities,”says Jean-Jacques Deleeuw, Director, RTL Newmedia, RTL Belgium. “It is a central part of our strategy, combining first and second screens and social TV. Together, these multiple screens and social content deliver an enriched user experience.”

This solution has been developed for RTL Newmedia in partnership with EVS and Tevizz. EVS develops broadcast and media production systems. Its solutions are used by broadcasters, production and post-production companies, content owners and archive libraries throughout the globe, enabling them to produce enriched video content, live or in a near-live environment. With its live multicam media delivery platform C-Cast, EVS allows RTL to access content during live production and deliver it on-the-fly to viewers through a connected screen. As a result, viewers can choose to view match-action from different camera angles just minutes after it has occurred.

“Our C-Cast solution has been designed to enhance end-user experience by aggregating and displaying third-party content such as statistics and social media messages with live multi-camera video footage,” says Luc Doneux, Executive Vice President, Sports Division, EVS. “For the Club RTL app, Tevizz’s technology integrates seamlessly with our C-Cast solution, as social media comments and messages are linked with the timeline of video clips produced with EVS’s production systems. As a result, Club RTL now offers an enhanced user experience and capitalises upon the full range of resources at its disposal.”

Tevizz is a fast-growing Belgian start-up that develops AV production enrichment solutions, using social media content and second-screen technologies. Tevizz’s technology automatically analyses social media messages relating to a particular clip during an AV broadcast. It also allows to follow the audience in real time using social media data and monitor trends throughout the broadcast. With these data, media outlets are able to enrich their productions with social media content such as messages and visuals, as well as second-screen technologies.

“Tevizz has been working with RTL Newmedia on a series of innovative new social media and second-screen solutions,” says Didier Joos de ter Beerst, CEO, TEVIZZ. “We are delighted to be working with EVS to deliver this unique solution, which will enable RTL to provide an enriched experience to football fans everywhere. RTL has shown that well-established broadcasters, through innovation and high-quality content, are capable of remaining at the cutting edge in today’s new era, where online, mobile, social media and TV technologies come together.”

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