“Home entertainment of the future? It’s an adventure of the imagination”

Thirty years ago media-press was still in its infancy, and the television world was a somewhat rigid and archaic medium. In each European country, only a few state television stations were innovative market leaders, whose standard entertainment programmes had the audience pulling power to empty the streets on Saturday evenings.

Nowadays nothing works in the way it once did and it’s getting harder and harder to tell what the future of television holds. Even if we share interests and preferences with each other, it is no guarantee that we will opt for the same programmes. In each country, dozens if not hundreds of channels are broadcast. In any part of Europe, we have little difficulty keeping up with the thrills of the Champions League, following franchised editions of Dancing with the Stars in a host of languages, or sharing in the competitor’s frustrations and heartaches as yet another wannabe champion is sent packing from the show, becoming an ardent follower of a new series or even checking the weather in the Sudan.

We are engaged in generating metadata for more than 5,000 television stations, but we know full well that there is much more to be done. Additionally, a richer offering of non-linear television is developing apace, such as IPTV, Netflix and Amazon, with an increasing number of rival operators, plus VOD etc.

In spite of all of this, one key thing has not changed. We still need a solid idea of what “television” will bring us in the years ahead. And media press is joining you on that adventure of the imagination, all the time providing you with the highest standard of programme information.

We are bringing the TV and radio metadata output of all of these European countries together. Our editorial teams are busy providing the elements that consumers demand, and we have the competitive edge in a market that is rich, complicated and reliant on costly technology. At the same time our service retains the all-important regional colour and local knowledge. Global thinking and local action are undoubtedly two of the key elements behind our continuing success. In practical terms, we owe much to our cutting edge and versatile TVManNext and Hubert™ editorial systems. Each work in tandem with the other, even across large-scale or scattered editorial groups. Both systems offer professional digital platform solutions tailored for our business partners. Our extensive image database Phoboss, and Press Lounge are designed for use with The T-Index; the only system in Europe that allows users to identify every show on TV with confidence.

In all of this, we have proved to be innovative and technically strong . It was media-press that launched the first electronic television magazine TELEDisk (akaHÖRZUDisk) in Germany. It required a great deal of cataloguing and indexing of information at our disposal. Hardly an irrelevant task. Without this groundwork in place, not even the best recommendation systems would stand a chance of meeting consumers’ expectations.

So that is our story. The combination of state-of-the-art technology, a very traditional respect for reliable editorial content, and a huge 30-year databank archive has become the cornerstone of media-press’ business philosophy. Our focus on quality has helped to make our information service available to more than 80 million television viewers and nearly twice as many users of EPG services. The best and the biggest publishers, creators and distributors of television programmes trust us to deliver. But it is the millions of TV and radio guide readers who vouch for our work every day. Their satisfaction with the products they purchase are very important to us and we are pleased to assist you to meet their ever-increasing demands.

Kris Cechnicki
Founder of media-press