Multiscreen video and brand advertising specialist Smartclip has struck a partnership with TP Vision, which manufactures Philips-branded TVs.Smartclip will deliver advertisements on the Philips Smart TV portal homepage and sub-pages, including the App Gallery and to the Smart TV ecosystem. The partnership covers the Philips Smart TV offering in western Europe and Russia.“We are confident that the partnership with Smartclip will bring us closer to the international advertising community and that our Smart TV platform will bring added value for brands,” said Albert Mombarg, head of Smart TV at TP Vision. “We are convinced that the advantages of the Connected TV – self-determined entertainment – will change the way consumers watch TV, reducing linear TV consumption in favour of demand content.”
Tobi de GraaffBBC Worldwide has recruited Tobi de Graaff as executive VP of its Western Europe division.De Graaff left ITV Studios earlier this year in the wake of a restructure.BBC Worldwide now organises its business along regional lines instead of separating it into channels, programme sales and other activities. De Graaf’s role see him in charge of all of the commercial arm of the UK public broadcaster’s activities in Western Europe.As executive VP at BBC Worldwide he will oversee all TV and digital sales, channels, production and format sales, licensing, publishing and live events.At ITV Studios De Graaff was director of global TV distribution and before that he was director of sales and acquisitions for production and distribution group Zodiak.At Worldwide he replaces David Weiland, who relocated to Singapore earlier this year when he wasappointed executive VP, Asia, for BBC Worldwide.Based in London, Tobi de Graaff will report to Paul Dempsey, president of global markets. He starts in his new role on August 18.Dempsey said: “BBC Worldwide has been enjoying strong revenue and profit growth in Western Europe and with Tobi joining the team I am confident that we can scale even greater heights. We have big ambitions for this region and I am delighted we have found a leader of Tobi’s calibre to lead the next phase of growth.”De Graff added: “BBC Worldwide is a world class organisation and I’m hugely excited to be part of this company. Working across a wide range of businesses such as Channels, TV Sales and Production is a challenge that I’m really looking forward to.”
Dan BeerCanada-based video app platform You.i TV has hired Dan Speer in the new role of chief operating officer to help drive the company’s international growth.As COO, Beer will e responsible for aligning You.i TV’s management processes with an expanding partner network. He previously headed up two groups at IBM – the performance management software division, a US$350 million (€310 million) business at which he was responsible for strategic direction and operations, and mergers and acquisition integration, for which he led due diligence and integration of more than 20 acquisitions with more than US$1 billion in acquired revenue.“Dan’s skills are uniquely suited to accelerate the next phase of You.i TV’s growth,” said Jason Flick, CEO and co-founder of You.i TV.“He has a keen understanding of software products, a history of building partner relationships that deliver on customer expectations, and the ability to sustain the startup flexibility that has contributed to You.i TV’s success. His expertise spans all fundamental areas – including forecasting, channels, operations and performance analytics – that are relevant to the company’s expansion on a global scale.”
Comcast has partnered with Amazon in a deal that will establish it as the first US pay TV operator to launch Prime Video integrated into its television platform.Amazon Prime Video is due to launch on Comcast’s Xfinity X1 later this year, allowing viewers to watch Prime Originals like Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and Goliath.Xfinity customers will also be able to access live events, watch Prime Video Channels subscriptions, and rent or buy titles through Amazon.Prime Video content will be searchable using Comcast’s X1 Voice Remote and TV shows and movies will be available in 4K Ultra HD and HDR with a compatible X1 set-top box.“Amazon Prime Video’s growing list of originals, movies, shows, documentaries, and kids’ programming will be an excellent complement to the overall X1 viewing experience,” said Dana Strong, president of consumer services, Comcast.“We want to give customers easy access to all their favourite content in one place. X1 continues to be a platform that can curate live TV, on-demand movies and shows, and streaming internet video and music titles into one, easy-to-use, seamless experience.”Amazon Prime Video vice president, Greg Hart, said: “Prime Video is dedicated to making your favourite shows and movies effortless to watch. The addition of the Prime Video app to X1 will make navigating between Prime Video and live TV easier than ever. We are excited for our Prime members to seamlessly find the shows and movies they love.”The news comes after BT became the first UK pay TV provider to offer Amazon Prime Video access via its set-top box in June.