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Singapore Video Publisher Start-up, iVideoSmart, secures Series A+ round

Singapore, 21 March 2019 – Homegrown SG:D Accredited company, iVideoSmart Pte Ltd (“IVS”), announces new funding round.

iVideoSmart recently closed a US$4.5 million Series A+ from leading investors which included Kickstart Ventures, Darwin Ventures and SGInnovate. Original investors, Monk’s Hill Ventures and EE Capital had also participated.

IVS is currently one of the largest independent video publishers in the region delivering over 150m video views on 500m pages and reaching over 80m unique users across its network of media publishers in 5 countries. Its smart widgets provide content contextual matching to recommend relevant videos for better user engagement. Its “HotSpot” video solution provides programmatic and optimised direct from video to eCommerce affiliate conversion, empowering publishers to deliver call-to-action and performance-based offerings to advertisers.

IVS’ CEO, Sze Chin (SQ) Lee said, “We welcome the funding and the renewed faith and support that our investors are offering us. We believe that we have made sufficient inroads in disrupting the market as shown by our explosive growth especially in the last 6 months. We differentiate ourselves by profiling against content which leads to better engagement and we are pushing the boundaries of video with our affiliation and monetization suite of solutions.”

The company plans to use the proceeds for commercial and technical expansion as well as business development. With headquarters in Singapore and operations in Southeast Asia, it is looking at expanding its Asia footprint.

Kickstart Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm and a wholly-owned subsidiary of Philippine telco Globe Telecom that invests in digital startups globally, led the round. “There is broad agreement in the industry that video is the format that drives user engagement, and will continue to do so in the coming years,” said Minette Navarrete, Vice-Chairman and President of Kickstart Ventures. “We believe in investing in innovations that support the entire video ecosystem — the content creators and owners, the publishers and media companies, the agencies and brands. iVideoSmart dramatically improves brand safety while increasing personalisation and efficiency, and providing better monetisation for publishers and content owners. iVideoSmart has an ambitious plan for increasing diversity in the digital advertising ecosystem, and Kickstart is happy to support the iVideoSmart team.”

75 Million Users To Enjoy Super X-Fi® Headphone Holography As Creative Partners With iVideoSmart

SINGAPORE, Nov. 29, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Creative today announced a technology partnership with iVideoSmart, a leading white-label video publishing platform with over 75 million unique monthly streaming users in Asia.

Creative is working with iVideoSmart to incorporate its groundbreaking Super X-Fi technology into iVideoSmart’s platforms. This is a technology partnership that sees Super X-Fi integrated right into the engine of a third-party platform, and Creative is planning for more such Super X-Fi partnerships going forward. These kind of partnerships will allow a massive number of users to have a taste of Super X-Fi technology for free on a limited basis. This will enable the rapid scaling up of the Super X-Fi user base.

At the same time, iVideoSmart will facilitate the marketing of Super X-Fi products to its massive user base starting with Creative’s SXFI AMP. The SXFI AMP is the first manifestation of the Super X-Fi technology that garnered many rave reviews and won multiple awards, including the Best of CES 2018 Award (AVS Forum). The SXFI AMP achieved a very high satisfaction number at launch, with over 99% of customers impressed with its performance. The SXFI AMP is the best of two worlds; it combines Super X-Fi technology with a premium high-performance headphone amplifier in a dongle no larger than a finger. Find out more about SXFI AMP here:  sxfi.com/amp.

“Subsequent to the launch of the first Super X-Fi product in Q3, 2018 in Singapore, Creative has now expanded its engagement activities to include international streaming platform partners. iVideoSmart is one such streaming platform that has had a very impressive ramp up over the last few years to become one of the largest video publishers  in the region,” said Darran Nathan, Super X-Fi Business Director at Creative.

“The way users consume their media content has changed dramatically. Users now consume their content more and more from streaming sources. This trend has also seen the emergence of streaming content with audio of higher and higher quality. This is where Super X-Fi comes in to play a big part. Akin to the black & white TV era taken over by the advent of colour, Super X-Fi will forever transform the way users experience content on their headphones. This partnership is part of our goal to deploy Super X-Fi to every headphone user on the planet. It also demonstrates that Super X-Fi is a technology that can exist in many forms; which include streaming entertainment apps, software platforms, standalone devices, smartphones and tablets, and even TV sets,” added Darran.

“We are extremely excited to be able to bring this game-changing technology to our users soon. By integrating Super X-Fi into our video player, users streaming content from smart devices and headphones will be able to experience audio as if it was coming from an elaborate home entertainment system speaker set-up. This creates a totally new immersive experience for users, especially when you watch videos of eSports tournaments or live events. ” said Sze Chin Lee, CEO of iVideoSmart.

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More than 100 Apps in 100 Days: iVideoSmart Smashes Time-to-Market Record with App Launches


Leading content owners seek fast turnkey global distribution through the world’s
largest connected TV ecosystem

 

Oslo, Norway, and Singapore – October 15, 2018 – Vewd, the world’s largest smart TV OTT software provider, today announced that iVideoSmart, the leading independent premium video publisher in South East Asia, have jointly launched more than a 100 new Vewd certified apps. iVideoSmart premium partners such as GMA, Yan News, Cinemania, Bounty Films, Adagio are already live on the platform. And through iVideoSmart’s collaboration with VideoElephant, Automoto TV, the LA Times, Hollywood Reporter and more are coming through.

This milestone comes just three months after iVideoSmart integrated Vewd Snap, which creates apps that work seamlessly across all Vewd-enabled devices. Since then, content owners have embraced iVideoSmart’s turnkey solution because it provides quick and easy access to the world’s largest connected TV ecosystem – nearly 50 million Vewd-enabled devices ship each year in more than 150 countries.

“In three short months after we announced our partnership, we see content owners from every corner of the globe choosing iVideoSmart and Vewd,” said Vincent Martin, Chief Operating Officer, iVideoSmart. “Working together, we have removed much of the difficulty and complexity in expanding reach and increasing viewership of smart TV apps. Our Partners are all about premium reach and together with Vewd we are well placed to serve their needs.”

Leading manufacturers like Sony, Tivo, HiSense, Vestel and more rely on Vewd to bring streaming video apps to consumers. Working together, iVideoSmart and Vewd provide content owners a one-stop shop to get their app built, distributed, managed and monetized, fully based on revenue share.

“iVideoSmart launching more than 100 apps in less than 100 days shows just how keen the world’s most prominent content owners are to accelerate their distribution through the Vewd ecosystem, where our OEM and operator partners are hungry to add the latest content to their devices,” said Daniel Nordberg, SVP Partnerships, Vewd. “Working together with iVideoSmart, we can enable content owners to take their videos and turn them into a monetized smart TV app in a snap.”

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About iVideoSmart
iVideoSmart provides a video-in-a-box solution leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to enable better video recommendation, delivery and monetization. The company has deployed its solutions in 6 markets including Malaysia, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Philippines, Indonesia and India. Major online media like Kompas, GMA, Taiwan TV and Sinchew use iVideoSmart widgets to increase their user engagement and video inventory. iVideoSmart is one of the companies accredited by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in 2017 under its Accreditation@SG Digital programme, in recognition of its innovative product.

About Vewd
Vewd is the world’s largest smart TV OTT software provider, connecting consumers anywhere to the content they love. By making OTT possible on nearly 50 million connected devices each year, Vewd leads the way in defining the future of entertainment. Our suite of products and services are crafted to simplify complexity and offer solutions that unite the entire value chain, from silicon vendors to end users. Market leaders such as Samsung, Sony, Verizon, TiVo, and many more rely on Vewd products and services. Follow us, as we make OTT extraordinary. Visit Vewd.com to learn more. 

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Thomas Ford
+47 4865 4315
thomas@vewd.com

 

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iVideoSmart Partners with Kompas Gramedia To Transform Users’ Media Engagement

Homegrown Video Publisher Start-up, iVideoSmart,
Partners with Kompas Gramedia To Transform Users’ Media Engagement. 

SG:D Accredited company, iVideoSmart Pte Ltd (“iVideoSmart”), joins hands with KG Media (media group of Kompas Gramedia) to help improve on how users interact with video services offered on KG Media properties, and to make it more relevant to them.

“There is a clear demand for more and more relevant video content in KG Media assets, and this partnership with iVideoSmart boosts our capability to be more responsive to consumer needs. We are always looking at ways to improve our offerings to better relate to what our consumers want. Early indications see us doubling or tripling consumer engagement while leveraging premium content” Andy Budiman, Chief Executive Officer KG Media said of the partnership.

Products such as the Ivideosense’s suite of smart widgets allows the scanning and contextualisation of any online property to recommend relevant video towards it. This converts every webpage view into a potential video view. iVideoSmart uses artificial intelligence to matchmake page content with organic video from the company-owned content exchange as well as the Kompas library, which in turn increases both quality and quantity of the video offered.

Vinchi Cuyegkeng, Chief Commercial Officer of iVideosmart said “Consumer engagement is our priority, and we profile consumers against relevant content. We find that by making recommendations based on content engagement, we are able to drive relevance for end users. And by doing this at a large scale, we believe it can unlock additional quantifiable value for the media industry to monetise.”

iVideoSmart will also provide Kompas the ability to inject dynamic ads into live streams, providing them with the ability to geo-customise their online ads in real time.


About iVideoSmart Pte Ltd

iVideoSmart was established in Singapore in 2016. It is the first SG:D Accredited company under the Ad Tech category, in 2017. The company aims to help content owners monetize properly, brands to engage with their audience effectively and video consumers experience a friendlier interface with less intrusion and distraction.

For more information, please visit: https://ivideosmart.com

About Kompas Gramedia.

KG Media is media group of Kompas Gramedia. An integrated and multi-platforms media businesses consist of digital, TV networks, radio networks and print. With more than 150 media brands, KG Media is committed to deliver accurate and trustworthy information to all over Indonesia.

Visit  http://kompasgramedia.com/business/media to know more about KG Media’s offerings

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Vewd accelerates iVideoSmart partners to launch on smart TV devices with no upfront cost

Vewd accelerates iVideoSmart partners to launch on smart TV devices with no upfront cost

Collaboration makes it easy for Asia-based content owners to address world’s largest connected TV ecosystem.

 

Oslo, Norway, and Singapore – 14 June, 2018 – Vewd, the global market leader enabling OTT, and iVideoSmart, the No OPEX and No CAPEX solution provider to videotize any online property, have partnered to provide content creators, broadcasters, and publishers a fast and easy path to expand their reach through streaming video.

As part of its vision to help video owners distribute their content everywhere, iVideoSmart integrated Vewd Snap, which creates a TV app that works on Vewd enabled devices. The turnkey solution of iVideoSmart and Vewd Snap offers a fast path to access the world’s largest connected TV ecosystem – 50 million Vewd-enabled devices shipping each year in more than 150 countries.
“We continue to execute our vision to make online video easy for our partners”, said Vincent Martin, Chief Operating Officer, iVideoSmart. “Our partnership with Vewd allows us to offer our partners a no-risk solution to start monetizing their content on TVs in minutes.”

iVideoSmart is a key partner in bringing Asia- and Latin America-based content owners into the Vewd ecosystem. iVideoSmart handles the end-to-end complexity of online video from ingestion of content to hosting, through management and distribution via Vewd Snap. Vewd Snap delivers an HTML5 app that is distributed through the Vewd App Store and can be monetized as the content owner chooses. This process removes any commercial and technical complexity that stands between content owners and the vast, global Vewd ecosystem.

Leading manufacturers like Sony, Tivo, HiSense, Vestel and more rely on Vewd to bring streaming video apps to consumers. Working together, iVideoSmart and Vewd provide content owners a one-stop shop to get their app built, distributed, managed and monetized, fully based on revenue share.

Already the partnership has helped some of the world’s leading broadcasters and content providers bring their OTT strategy to market quickly. Companies like GMA 7, Cachicachi, NetViet TV, AriRang TV, Canal Futura, have discovered new streaming audiences by distributing their apps in the Vewd App Store.

“Smart TV and OTT is growing rapidly in the Asia-Pacific region, with estimates showing smart TV market growth at almost 9% annually,” said Daniel Nordberg, SVP Partnerships, Vewd. “iVideosmart is the perfect partner to help us address this growing market and bridge the gap between content owners and consumers on connected TV devices.”

About iVideoSmart 

Established in 2016, iVideoSmart aims to create new ways for publishers and advertisers to generate new revenue through better media engagement while delivering relevant video contents to consumers in a friendly and less intrusive manner. The company provides an out-of-the-box video solution, leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) to enable better monetization opportunities and consumer engagement. Major online media such as GMA, CTI, Ming Pao, and many more use iVideoSmart widgets or SDKs to increase video inventory and their user engagement. iVideoSmart is the first Ad Tech company accredited by Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) in 2017 under its Accreditation@SG Digital programme, in recognition of its innovative product.

About Vewd

Vewd is the global leader in enabling entertainment, connecting consumers anywhere to the content they love. By making OTT possible on nearly 50 million connected devices each year, Vewd leads the way in defining the future of entertainment. Our suite of products and services are crafted to simplify complexity and offer solutions that unite the entire value chain, from silicon vendors to end users. Market leaders such as Samsung, Sony, Verizon, TiVo, and many more rely on Vewd products and services. Follow us, as we make OTT extraordinary. Visit Vewd.com to learn more.

iVideoSmart Partners With GMA New Media to Improve Engagement and Monetisation

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Singapore, 28th of March 2018– Homegrown SG:D Accredited company, iVideoSmart Pte Ltd (“iVideoSmart”), announced its partnership with GMA New Media, Inc. (GMA NMI), a subsidiary wholly owned by GMA Network, to help improve video services on the GMA News site.
”There is a clear demand for more video content in GMA’s websites, and this partnership with iVideoSmart boosts our capability to be more responsive to consumer needs. This dovetails perfectly with our efforts to strengthen GMA’s online footprint not just locally but globally as well, and is without doubt a forceful means to deepen consumer engagement with the GMA brand as a leading provider of premium content,” said Judd Gallares, President and Chief Operating Officer of GMA NMI said of the venture.
iVideoSmart developed the world’s first video business in a box, that aims to help content owners better monetise their IP with a wide range of video solutions for native ad units. Using its proprietary AI-enabled platform, they aim to provide more relevant contextual videos supported by innovative and user-friendly ad formats.
iVideoSmart will also help GMA expanding its video offering and increase video inventory by generating video views from page views, matchmaking the page content with organic videos from the its content exchange.
Sze Chin Lee, Chief Operation Officer added “most of big data offerings in the market, including the largest digital platforms, aims at user profiling. We differentiate ourselves by framing the big data opportunity from the content angle, and by profiling content in a scale we believe can unlock most of the value in the media industry.”
Lastly, iVideoSmart will provide GMA the ability to serve dynamically inserted ads into live streams giving them the opportunity to monetize in real time.
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About GMA New Media Inc.
GMA New Media Inc is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the GMA Digital Network (Philippines) that serves as its digital media and technology arm, and future-proofing agent. It aims at fueling and accelerating the Philippines’ digital transformation.
For more information: http://www.gmanmi.com/

iVideoSmart secures USD$3.5 Million Series A from Monk’s Hill Ventures To Roll Out World-First Video Business in a Box

Singapore, 5th of December 2017 – Homegrown iVideoSmart Pte Ltd (“iVideoSmart”), which developed the world’s first video business in a box, announced today that it had received US$ 3.5 million Series A from leading VC Monk’s Hill Ventures, Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin and other 2 strategic investors.

The company aims to solve a huge problem in the media industry and common across all regions. Content owners like TV, newspaper and magazine companies are struggling to transition to digital, and often they exchange analog dollars for digital dimes. Brands are facing increasing challenge to make an effective connection with their target audiences specially on campaigns that are ad-based, as the use of ad blockers and videos are skipped due to low to minimum relevancy.

In order to solve this problem, the company partners with content owners, applies cutting edge technology based on artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify and tag “faces, images, text, audio, motion, objects, scenes”. Such tags are then used for mapping potential video content that can be either replaced, have objects inserted, made fully interactive via clicks or taps, or enrich video metadata for a better search and recommendation. The tags are also used to re-package on-demand content to build live OTT channels with server side ad-insertion, giving new opportunities to partners to value their content.

On the distribution side, Whenever publishers already have an online presence with its their own portals, iVideoSmart helps them to generate video views from page views, matchmaking the page content with an organic video hosted at the company owned content exchange, or automatically generating a new video from clippings, photos and texts.

 

Monk’s Hill Managing Partner and iVideoSmart Board Member Peng Ong says

“we are a partnership of seasoned entrepreneurs who have built and backed global companies based both in silicon valley and Asia, and we are glad to support iVideoSmart management team with our expertise and network. We believe they framed the problem very well, seizing a global opportunity that can eventually lead them to become the next unicorn in the region”.

 

iVideoSmart Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Alexandre Yokoyama adds

“we welcome the funding and the support from our investors Monks Hill, we believe there is a window of opportunity for content big data and we aim to lead this industry with the best and most successful set of offerings,
generating strong and solid revenue streams for our partners, while also unlocking value for our company”..

 

The company plans to use the proceeds for commercial expansion and business development. With headquarters in Singapore and operations in the Philippines, it is looking at both expanding in Asia and also in developed markets like USA, where the market rates for ads are higher.

 

About Monk’s Hill

An investment firm created by entrepreneurs to support entrepreneus, the company believes that, above everything else in the startup world, it is the entrepreneur who creates value. The right entrepreneurs have the smarts to correct mis-defined products, the charisma to bring onboard expertise they themselves do not have, and the mental strength to stick through the tough times.

With a solid portifolio, it was awarded in 2016 by SVCA – Singapore Venture Capital and Private Equity Association – VC Deal of the Year with regards to their investee Ninja Van Logistics.

For more information, please visit: http://www.monkshill.com

IMDA’s First Anniversary Video

“To create maximum impact by revolutionizing video engagement and monetization.” Spot our COO, Lee Sze Chin in the video!

Really happy to be part of the Infocomm Media Development Authority – IMDA one-year anniversary celebration. We look forward to the exciting journey of co-creating #SGDigital together.

The IMDA is a Singaporean governmental organisation developing and regulating the infocomm and media sectors in a holistic way. Its goal is to create a competitive and sustainable media industry and make Singapore a think tank in terms of media content, services and applications.

iVideoSmart was the first ad tech company to be accredited by the authority in September, and we are really proud to contribute to Singapore’s digital future!

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Speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim at IMDA’s First Anniversary

In conjunction with IMDA’s first anniversary celebration, several key initiatives to prepare Singapore for the #DigitalEconomy were unveiled.

  • The launch of the Infocomm Media Industry Transformation Map (ICM ITM)
  • A series of Artificial Intelligence (AI) programmes to develop our AI ecosystem such as the AI Business Partnership Programme and AI Apprenticeship Programme
  • Plans to strengthen our core of ICM professionals and companies
  • Strategic Partnerships with MNCs – IBM, Microsoft and Samsung
  • Rebranding of Accreditation@IMDA to Accreditation@SGD to enable companies to gain recognition overseas
  • Roll-out of the Retail Industry Digital Plan to guide the retail sector in adopting digital technologies

We are happy to be mentioned in the speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim, Minister for Communications and Information at the launch of the Infocomm Media Industry Transformation Map on 3 Nov 2017.

“Accreditation has also helped to nurture companies in the space where ICT and media converge. One good example is the newly-Accredited iVideoSmart, a local tech start-up that has developed innovative video and advertising technologies to help publishers and media companies monetise video traffic and increase user engagement.

For example, instead of having to watch a commercial on dresses in the middle of a video, viewers can just click on or mouse over the dress that the actress in the video is wearing to purchase that dress!”

Click here to read the full speech by Dr Yaacob Ibrahim.