IFA 2011 – BERLIN. Euronews has announced a number of international agreements that bring its connected TV apps to a growing number of televisions sets.
The Lyons based news channel has deals in place with Philips, Samsung, Toshiba and LG, as well as Vestel and Loewe through an agreement with NetRange MMH, a Hamburg based independent manufacturer of white-label portals TV sets.
After Panasonic in 2010 and Philips in June 2011 and signing these additional deals, Euronews now claims it is becoming the most distributed international channel on connected television in an exponential market estimated to reach over 123 million sets by 2014 and covering 100% of the market by 2016.
Euronews has signed a partnership agreement with Samsung Electronics which will see the channel join Samsung’s Smart TV application offering. The Euronews app will be rolled out across European markets in the coming months. Euronews programmes will also be part of the Samsung Smart@TV solution for the hospitality industry.
Euronews will also integrate Toshiba Places, Toshiba’s connected TV solution. On the menu: ‘News’, ‘No Comment’, ‘Le Mag’ and ‘Cinema’ available in English, French, German, and Italian in France during the launch phase, and then later across the rest of Europe.
In addition, Euronews is joining LG connected TV offer, to be launched primarily in France and then expected to be extended to all Europe. The manufacturer will offer euronews’ application in five editions – English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish – within all LG NetCast TV sets.
Euronews has launched on Philips Smart TV products in June 2011. With the exception of the USA and Canada, owners of Philips connected televisions, Blu-Ray players and Home Theatre Systems around the globe can access four editions of Euronews: English, French, German and Italian (other editions will be gradually added). Across Europe, Russia, and in Argentina and Brazil, Euronews is placed in premium position on the manufacturer’s Smart TVs.
Since June 2010, owners of Panasonic’s Viera Connect range have had access to the English, French, German, Italian and Spanish editions of Euronews.