Companies Join Forces to Offer Unprecedented Integrated Social TV and Graphics Infrastructure
never.no today announced it has signed a preferred partnership agreement with Vizrt, the leading provider of real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry. Under the agreement, both companies will promote and support each other’s products, which together give customers a unique, best-in-class solution for interacting with audiences in real-time via Facebook, Twitter, and second-screen apps, and then displaying the results of those interactions.
“Vizrt is the world leader in real-time 3D graphics, and never.no is the world leader in social TV solutions. Together we bring to the market an unmatched end-to-end solution to connect the audience directly to the action on TV,” said never.no CEO Lars Lauritzsen. “To date, our two companies have already pioneered many industry firsts, such as the Tour de France companion app. This partnership is a sign of greater things to come, and of each company’s commitment to providing the best solution for social TV.”
The partnership gives never.no access to a growing network of broadcasters that use Vizrt products, while Vizrt gains a way to provide the best social TV solutions to its graphics customers.
“Both companies have a well-established international footprint, and by being able to integrate each other’s products, we can offer broadcasters an unprecedented social TV and graphics infrastructure,” said Vizrt CTO Petter Ole Jakobsen. “Television producers using the combined system can reach out to their audiences via social media or companion apps triggered by actions originating from within the Vizrt tools. This means complex workflows become streamlined, and fewer operators are required. And simple elements like polls and voting results can now be displayed on live TV with beautiful real-time graphics.”
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Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry – from award-winning animations and maps to online publishing tools. Vizrt’s products are used by the world’s leading broadcasters and publishing houses, including CNN, CBS, Fox, the BBC, BSkyB, ITN, ZDF, Star TV, Network 18, TV Today, CCTV, NHK, The Globe and Mail, Times Online, The Telegraph, and Welt Online. Furthermore, many world-class production houses and corporate institutions such as the stock exchanges in New York and London use Vizrt systems.
Vizrt is a public company traded on the Oslo Main List: VIZ, ISIN: IL0010838154. For further information, please refer to www.vizrt.com.
never.no‘s award-winning interactive “TV. Mobile. Social. 1Framework.” technology connects fragmented media platforms across broadcast TV systems, mobile, and social media platforms — enabling real-time viewer participation, social TV, and synchronized companion apps. In operation since 1999, never.no has a global customer base including top brands such as Al Jazeera, BBC, CBC, Danmarks Radio, MBC, Music Choice, TV Norge, TV 2 Norge, TV 2 Danmark, Viasat and VoA. More information about never.no products is available at www.never.no.
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