Vizrt and never.no Announce Partnership for Integrated Social TV and Graphics Infrastructure
Bergen, Norway(16 Mar 2012)
Vizrt Ltd., a leading provider of content production tools for the digital media industry, announced it has signed a preferred partnership agreement withnever.no. 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 Petter Ole Jakobsen CTO Vizrt. "Television producers using the combined system can reach out to their audience 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 in beautiful real-time graphics."
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 BBC, CTVglobeMedia, Danmarks Radio, Etisalat, Music Choice, TV Norge, TV 2 Norge, TV 2 Danmark, and Viasat. More information about never.no products is available at www.never.no.
Vizrt provides real-time 3D graphics and asset management tools for the broadcast industry - from award-winning animations & 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.