NetRange, the leading global, brand independent Smart TV solutions provider, announced today it has signed a long-term contract with R.T.I. Mediaset is the main Italian, private terrestrial television operator. As a result of the partnership, Mediaset Premium Play content will now be available to customers through the Smart-TV portal operated by NetRange. The agreement covers television sets, set-top-boxes, IP-only-boxes and dongles, no matter what operating system is used.
Premium Play, the first on-demand service available on multiple platforms in Italy, is currently available to Mediaset subscribers as a streaming service on Hybrid DTT STB, PC and MAC, iPad and Win 8 tablets, Xbox 360, Smart TV Samsung in conjunction with their linear pay TV-packages. Now, Premium Play will be made more widely available to the Italian market with an app on the NetRange portal home screens. Beginning last week, consumers will be able to purchase a set-top-box that will convert any television set into a Smart TV and gain access to Mediaset Premium Play directly through their TV by using the NetRange-operated portal product.
Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange, says: “The Italian market is very important for us. Therefore, it is a pleasure to have Mediaset Premium Play available on our portals. Together with Mediaset Premium Play we have created an exciting product for the Italian Smart TV market.”
Premium Play includes access to some 3.000 on demand contents including movies, documentaries, cartoons, sporting events and television programs and is available on numerous different platforms.
In addition to the release of the set-top-box last week, Mediaset Premium Play will soon be available on other Smart TV platforms operated by NetRange.
NetRange is the leading global provider of brand-independent Smart TV portal solutions. NetRange is operating integrated, worldwide, full-service Smart TV portals for major clients such as Sharp, IKEA, Loewe, Vestel or HD+ / SES Astra. At the same time, NetRange is one of the most successful service providers in the development of Smart TV applications and services worldwide.
Founded in 1970s by Silvio Berlusconi, Mediaset is the largest commercial broadcaster in Italy. In 2005 Mediaset has launched a digital terrestrial television platform called Mediaset Premium, initially providing pay-tv and pay per view services. Thanks to Premium Play, Mediaset offers also streaming VoD since 2011.