A Small Selection of our Work
Products and Services
At Agora Media we innovate, build and create products and formats that align with the Future of Television - from Transmedia to Social TV... from Multiplatform Engagement to TV Apps, Smart/Connected TV and advanced Game Mechanics - We live, work and play on the cutting edge of entertainment.
Transmedia and Factual Formats
As Creative Technologists, Transmedia Storytelling, the technique of understanding how to carry the narrative across multiple platforms and formats using digital technologies, is part of our DNA. We understand fully numerous technologies and have worked both with our own formats and others. From Second Screen to 360 degree video and other technologies, we have a global network of vendors with cutting-edge technologies.
Second Screen and Multiplatform Engagement
Having worked with, and been an influence on leading second screen platforms such as zeebox, Ex Machina Games and others, we understand the nuances and differences between the major players and can ensure that you make the right decisions when moving into the space. While all current trends indicate that TV and advertising spend are still vital components of the media marketplace, TV viewership does face a number of challenges, including fragmentation, technology-enabled time shifting, and the disruption of media stacking or mobile/tablet multitasking. We are fully versed in this new world – and have built a global network and thought leadership since 2010 at TV App Market.
Connected and Smart TV Apps
Agora Media and Pixengo Media teamed up making the finals of the UK Technology Strategy Board’s £1 million Tech City Launchpad competition creating the UK’s first travel and destination marketing channel for connected tv with HD Video-On-Demand and high resolution images perfect for the 10-foot, lean-back living room experience – and fully utilised Second Screen, Social TV technologies to provide platform for easy booking and additional content via the web. We planned to monetise by forming partnerships with travel agents, tour operators and activity and entertainment companies in each destination on revenue share deals. We have excellent relationships with Samsung, LG, Sony, Opera, The Smart TV Alliance and numerous TV App vendors.
The rise of the second screen and it’s integration with Social Media has helped drive some stunning numbers. In the US, 88% use TV & internet simultaneously once a month (Nielsen) and some 50% do so every day (Google/Clustalabs), 44% of total tablet usage is while watching TV (Nielsen), 72% of under 25’s in the UK comment on programs via social networks (Digital Clarity) and some 62% of TV viewers pick up the phone as soon as TV advertising break starts. (Nielsen). As pioneers in the Social TV movement, from guest lecturing at MIT Media Lab to working with the likes of the BBC, RTL, NPO, Eurosport, NBCU and other broadcasters as well as production companies and brands, we have a deep understanding of the new technologies and can design systems using multiple vendors (ensuring the best of breed) to create the ultimate in Social TV.
Video on Demand (VOD) and TV Everywhere
Having worked on a number of VOD projects and TV Everywhere including Lovefilm and two startups, we have close contacts with companies such as Kit Digital, BeeSmart, The Connected Marketplace, Connect TV, Neulion and more. From number crunching CDN costs, to designing systems that work on all devices – phone, tablet, TV, STB and PC – we have worked with some of the best. It’s clear that consumers want to watch TV they want, when they want it, on any device they want it one, where ever they are, and we are capable of designing and delivering from both low end STB solutions to advanced TV Everywhere architecture with EPGs that can deliver both live and VOD.
Education Seminars and Consulting
As instructors for Future TV with Perpetual Solutions in London, working with numerous departments of British Telecom, and guest lecturing at MIT Media Lab and various universities in the UK and Netherlands… we have designed both a half day and full day courses to share our market intelligence. We have been speaking at events on the future of TV since 2010 in London, Cannes, Sheffield, Amsterdam, Hollywood, Groningen (TEDx), San Francisco, San Jose, Madrid, Liepzig, Vienna, NYC, Rio, Copenhagen, Hilversum, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton and beyond and worked with broadcasters around the globe such as the BBC, NPO, RTL, Eurosport, NBCU, ITV, RTL and others with media convergence strategies – particularly around Social TV and Second Screen.
Developments in technology are impacting TV advertising effectiveness and the dramatic rise of connected mobile devices is leading to an increasingly distracted use of TV. Digital technology has also accelerated ad avoidance through time shifting and on-demand viewing, and has enabled a significant amount of fragmentation due to sheer volume of content and niche. All these developments work together to degrade the value of TV ads and are deeply affecting the TV industry as scarcity is removed due to IP delivered content. Innovation is what will save the industry… And Branded Content, though nothing new (Soap Operas were backed by soap companies back in the 50s), brands such as Red Bull are changing the game. And we combine our creative and technology skills in Future TV and global network to help brands find new ways to engage with audiences.
Our Business – in a Nutshell.
Agora Media helps media and entertainment companies to design and deliver multi-device, multi-platform strategies, content propositions and products. We have worked with global media companies such as the BBC, ABC, CBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Liberty Global, Seven & others on media convergence strategies. The future of TV has begun to emerge and there will be many changes in the way people will find, consume and share their media lifestyles, born from an explosion of entertainment products and services that attract consumers to come back time and time again. By tapping into the social, gaming, and entertainment everywhere culture that is emerging in consumer behaviours, there are numerous opportunities for creating unique experiences that are engaging, entertaining and rewarding…it starts with the ideas. We recognise that it takes a mix of disciplines to design, deliver and tap into these new consumer behaviours, which is why we have built up a team of experts, born from the different sectors and industries now shaping what the future of media and entertainment market will look like in 5‐10 years time. We work with content producers, owners, broadcasters, operators, publishers, brands and retailers to inform their decision making, to shape strategy and to design and deliver product roadmaps.
— We understand commercial opportunities and threats (competition, business models, market trends)
— We are experts in consumer behaviour, engagement, operations & technology (video, audio, social and gaming) We design consumer strategies that tap into digital lifestyle impulses… no matter what screen they are on.
— We help brands drive growth, loyalty and attachment to digital lifestyle products.
— We produce entertainment formats and technology platforms for multi-device distribution and commerce.
— We deliver engaging experiences that bring consumers back time and time again.
Richard Kastelein – Partner
Founder of Blockchain News, The Hackitarians & global expert on Media & TV innovation, Kastelein is an award winning publisher & entrepreneur. He has guest lectured at MIT Media Lab, Oxford University, & the University of Koln – sat on media convergence panel @ 2nd EU Digital Assembly in Brussels & worked with global media companies such as the BBC, ABC, CBC, NPO, RTL (DE and NL), Eurosport, NBCU, C4, ITV, Liberty Global, Seven & others on media convergence strategies. Kastelein has judged hundreds of startups for the European Commission H2020 & Innovate UK funding programmes. He’s a Fellow of the UK Royal Society of Arts (RSA) & UK Royal Television Society member. Kastelein has spoken (keynotes & panels) on future of media at events in Amsterdam, Barcelona, Belfast, Berlin, Brussels, Brighton, Copenhagen, Cannes, Cologne, Curacao, Frankfurt, Hollywood, Hilversum, Geneva, Groningen, London, Las Vegas, Leipzig, Madrid, Melbourne, NYC, Oxford, Rio de Janeiro, Sheffield, San Francisco, San Jose, Sydney, Tallinn, Vienna, Zurich and been on advisory boards of TEDx Istanbul, SMWF UK, Apps World, and judged @ AIB awards, Social TV Awards Hollywood, Banff Rockies, TV Connect & IPTV Awards.
Publisher of TV App Market and founder of The Hackfest which were both acquired in 2013. A Creative Technologist & Canadian (Dutch/Irish/English/Métis) his career began in Native Press (Canadian Arctic). He’s a columnist @ The Association for International Broadcasting and writes for Wired Insights, Guardian & Virgin & his work and ideas have been translated into Dutch, Greek, Polish, German & French. His TV format Walk The Plank was optioned by Sony Pictures in 2012.
Ralph Talmont – Partner
In a thirty year career in communications, publishing, design and technology startups, Ralph Talmont has built up an uncommon cross-domain understanding of the creative principles and market forces at work in the converging fields of media, consumer internet, design and business innovation. This high-level view gives him an ability to connect people and concepts across geographic boundaries and make sense of the increasingly complex relationships between people, products and the technology that surrounds us. Ralph is a creative strategist, startup founder, multimedia producer, photographer and author as well as a design and publishing consultant with deep experience in servicing individual, corporate and SME clients on four continents. His many books have included private publications on some of the world’s largest yachts and it was this deep involvement in the book trade that led him to create his first innovation-driven company back in 1999 – the World’s first portal for book trade professionals (editing, production and rights management). Since then he has co-founded three technology startups, although he is still working on that billion dollar exit. He is a founding partner in Conversato (early stage UK based video streaming startup) and a partner in the creative strategy consultancy Perfect Storm based in Warsaw and Brighton. Born in Poland and educated in Australia, Ralph resided in New Zealand for some eighteen years before Cupid struck and love called him back to the land of his ancestors. For the past five years he has been the curator for TEDxWarsaw, Poland’s first and largest TEDx event, and has been recently appointed as TEDx Ambassador for Poland. He is a speaker & coach on creativity, communication, internet innovation and new media and contributes regularly to events and discussions on subjects close to his heart.
Our team is virtual and based in the UK, Poland and The Netherlands. Companies House UK : 07703848 D-U-N-S Number : 21-736-1821
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