A pan-European user interface for Bobbles.tv

bobbles.tv interface
Neal Romanek
October 20th 2016 at 10:33AM : By Neal Romanek

TeraVolt and 3 Screen Solutions provided user interface, apps and backend integration for pan-European entertainment platform Bobbles.tv

Bobbles.tv, a new pan-European video entertainment platform recently launched via DTH satellite broadcasting and OTT, has selected TeraVolt and 3 Screen Solutions (3SS) to develop and integrate its apps and management systems.

TeraVolt specialises in strategy and design of next-generation TV products. 3 Screen Solutions is a provider of customised software solutions and services to the multiscreen digital entertainment industry. 

Hamburg-based Bobbles.tv can be received throughout Europe via satellite and online and aims to reach a potential audience of around 14 million people originating from Asia, Latin America and Africa but currently living and working in Europe. The company went live initially with programming offers for Chinese, Indonesian, Indian and Korean communities.

Commissioned by MX1, media services subsidiary of global satellite company SES, TeraVolt provided Bobbles’ design, including a user front end navigation interface for subscribers, on a range of devices and the platform’s linear channels and libraries.
3SS developed bespoke Bobbles apps for web, iOS and Android, delivering tailored front ends, including custom user interfaces. The company also carried out comprehensive integration with back end functions of MX1, including DRM, content and language management, payment platform and overall user management via interfaces with BSS/CRM, and design and delivery of user onboarding processes. 3SS provided development and support in HTML, JavaScript, Objective C and TypeScript.

Other features which TeraVolt and 3SS innovations made possible include linear TV and catch-up TV, search and backwards EPG. Subscribers can also set up a personal watchlist and can share and recommend programming to others using social media, and they can sign up for bobbles newsletters.
Central to the deployment was the integration of a mediation layer in form of an application server linking the online video platform’s back end systems with the front end and new apps in a seamless, unified and operationally efficient way.

“We launched Bobbles to entertain and connect people who’ve relocated to Europe, offering great programming that reflects their own culture," said Arnold C. Kulbatzki, founding partner of Bubbles Media. "It was great to team up with MX1, TeraVolt and 3SS to get this complex project up and running. They came up with an appealing look and superior usability to meet our customers’ expectations.”

“People today are more mobile than ever - a growing number choose to relocate to another country to pursue personal and career opportunities,” said Sophie Lersch, chief Customer experience officer at MX1.