EBS TAKES EPG DATA TO THE TRACK AS MOTORS TV GOES FREE-TO-AIR ON ARQIVA’S DTT CAPACITY
Baldock, UK – 29th January 2015 – EBS, the leading full-service provider of EPG data for platforms and channels worldwide, has announced that it has further expanded its contract with dedicated motorsport channel Motors TV. EBS has worked with Motors TV for a number of years, supplying EPG data via its Pawa software solution and portfolio of EPG data services to the Sky and Virgin platforms. This latest expansion sees EBS further support Motors TV in its recent move to provide viewers with a free-to-air service on Arqiva’s DTT capacity, via Freeview channel 71.
Launched in 2000, Motors TV offers the widest range of motorsport coverage in the world, with over 120 different series and championships shown on the channel, including FIA World Rally Championship, FIA World Endurance Championship, NASCAR Xfinity Series, V8 Supercars and British GT. EBS provides Motors TV with a clear, defined workflow taking all the scheduling information for the channel and restructuring it to meet the requirements of the platform, aggregating all data through a central system for consistency and ease of use.
“We’re really excited to deliver the widest range of live motorsport to terrestrial TV viewers in the UK. The EPG plays a huge role in capturing and retaining our audience and it’s really important that it’s accurate at all times. When viewers switch to the channel they need to know immediately what’s on. Working with EBS we’re able to provide a high-quality EPG service,” explains Frédéric Viger, Head of Programming & Acquisitions, Motors TV.
Viewers can access Motors TV on Connect TV like any other platform, by selecting channel 71 from the Freeview guide or by selecting the channel number on the remote. They then see a full screen picture with additional information such as programme name, start/end time and a synopsis, all supplied by EBS.
Keith Bedford, EBS Managing Director adds, “We’re delighted to continue working with Motors TV and assisting with the EPG data workflow for additional platforms so that more viewers in the UK can enjoy the exciting variety of motorsport that’s available. Our Pawa solution provides a full portfolio of EPG data services that meets the needs of today’s modern broadcast world.”
EBS is a UK-based, full service provider of EPG data and metadata for platforms and channels worldwide. Founded in 1988, EBS New Media Ltd has developed the company’s flagship, in-house scheduling application, Pawa for both linear and on demand television, covering four areas: TV Channel Services, TV Platform Services, Download-to-Own/VoD and TV Listings Services. EBS has a team of experienced editors who research and write EPG synopses, and provide further editorial, translation and distribution services. Complementary to Pawa is EBS’ database of listings for over 650 UK and Irish TV and radio stations. It delivers accurate, enhanced TV schedules to publishers and developers, as well as powering the DigiGuide application, which provides industry professionals and consumers alike, with in-depth data and metadata. For further information about EBS please see www.ebs.tv. For further information about Pawa please see www.pawa.tv.