Estonian digital television operator Levira has unveiled hybrid TV services within its Freeview TasutaTV terrestrial platform. The services cover all the major free-to-air channels and can be used throughout Estonia with an HbbTV-compatible smart TV. The hybrid services and platform have been developed together with Sofia Digital.
The TasutaTV HbbTV-based hybrid service offering covers EPG and catch-up TV features for the major Estonian FTA channels. Chanel 6 features a dedicated TasutaTV interactive portal which can be used to access all the regular TV channel services and additional OTT applications including news, weather and radio streams over IP as well as additional extra TV channels streams.
The Levira hybrid TV solution was built and launched with Sofia Backstage HbbTV platform. Technical solution supports the latest technologies with HbbTV 1.5, though most of the services can also run with most of the existing HbbTV 1.1 receivers.
“HbbTV is a solution to enjoy all the pleasure of catch-up TV from the big screen,” commented Levira’s CEO Mart Einpalu. “By combining the best content of broadcast and broadband networks the TasutaTV Freeview platform meets ideally the expectations of most TV audiences”.
Ari Pöyhtäri, CEO of Sofia Digital continued: “Levira’s TasutaTV HbbTV platform is a modern, future-proof and scalable system to offer smart TV services and new video applications with a unified user interface.”
Sofia Digital is a provider of interactive video and TV solutions, and focuses on open standard interactive platforms, such as IPTV and HbbTV as well as digital signage. Headquartered in Tallinn, TV and radio network service provider Levira also runs one of the largest datacentres in the Baltics and is the largest provider of TV playout and media services in northern Europe. Levira’s customers include multinational and regional broadcasters and IT companies including Turner, Sony, MTG, EBU, Public Broadcasters, Discovery, ATEA, A-Data, TeliaSonera, Tele2, Starman, Elisa, Kanal2, TV3.