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GIST Communications Europe combines with iTV Solutions
New framework for growth
- Former European GIST division to combine with iTV Solutions group
- iTV Solutions delivers network operators open system convergence solutions for TV, IPTV, EPG and VOD over broadband Internet
- Software, expertise and established EPG-businesses with cable operators, publishing houses, soft- und hardware vendors introduced into new company
Interactive TV-applications and electronic program guides successfully established by GIST Communications Europe are now part of open end-to-end solutions for broadcast and IP-broadband, marketed by the newly founded international corporation iTV Solutions. Former GIST-managers Ned Wiley and Georg Müller-Loeffelholz have purchased the German office from Gist’s US parent company and combined it with the new iTV Solutions GmbH led by managing directors Dr. Thomas Baubin and Dr. Bengt Skogvall.
Existing R&D and office facilities in Berlin are now to be enhanced within the new framework of iTV Solutions GmbH. The internationally renown EPG-solutions become part of open end-to-end solutions that combine broadcast with IP-based content-offerings and interactive services.
Dr. Thomas Baubin explains the goal of the combination: ”Ned Wiley and Georg Müller-Loeffelholz, together with their R&D team in Berlin, have built an internationally recognized competence center for interactive TV services. The established business relationships with cable network operators, publishing houses, soft- and hardware manufacturers are valuable assets that we will incorporate in our application solutions across the full range of television distribution platforms for the content and commerce sectors.”
Ned Wiley, now Vice President Marketing & Commercial Relations at iTV Solutions in Berlin adds: ”We are delighted to be able to further develop our team, know-how and successfully established business in the new constellation. Dr. Thomas Baubin and Dr. Bengt Skogvall are among the best-known experts in the media and communication sectors, and have acquired a vast network of excellent contacts. Alongside our marketplace-proven technical know-how, iTV Solutions offers an unique solutions capability addressing the requirements of platform and infrastructure operators, program content owners and the advertising and marketing sectors.”
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