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DOTSCREEN launches MeteoNewsTV, the first interactive video weather forecast service

The MeteoNewsTV service

Paris, November 4th 2011 - French company DOTSCREEN designs and develops applications for connected TVs, tablets and Smartphones. Its customers are primarily media companies and include 20Minutes, France24, TV5Monde, Euronews, Eurosport, Numéricâble and Bouygues Télécom. With the launch of MeteoNewsTV, this “all screen” agency is embarking on a new activity: editing of interactive TV services.

Developed in partnership with MeteoNews (Swiss weather leader), the MeteoNewsTV service is available for all Philips connected TVs worldwide and for Toshiba TVs in Europe. This rollout will be followed in the coming weeks by the launch of the service for all connected TVs of other major brands (Samsung, LG, etc.).

The MeteoNewsTV service offers a daily assortment of special-interest video reports (national and regional weather, satellite animation of currents and rainfall, international weather, beach weather or snow forecasts depending on the season, WebCams, and so on). These reports are presented by weather experts. They are updated several times a day and available 24/7 on-demand or via a full-screen TV channel.

Thanks to its geolocation service, MeteoNewsTV offers personalised local meteorological forecasts (weather, temperatures) over a three, six and nine-hour period and over the following two to three days. MeteoNewsTV also allows viewers to personalise their forecast by adding their favourite cities and WebCams, which are saved to the TV’s memory.

MeteoNewsTV is entirely free for the viewer and financed through advertising. It is available throughout Europe in over 30 languages (French, English, German, etc.).

MeteoNewsTV combines the best of television (full-screen video, TV channel or videos on-demand) with the best of the Web (interactivity, personalisation, geolocation, community network). It represents the emergence of a new audiovisual service available for connected TVs.

About DOTSCREEN

DOTSCREEN is a French company engaged in two activities: editing interactive TV services for a global audience (MeteoNewsTV, with InfotraficTV coming soon) (DOTSCREEN Publishing), and the design and development of connected TV services and applications for Smartphones, tablets and decoders on behalf of large media companies such as 20Minutes, Euronews, TV5Monde, France24, Eurosport, Numéricâble, Bouygues Télécom, Irdeto (DOTSCREEN Agency).

About METEONEWS

Founded in 1997 by its current CEO Peter Wick, MeteoNews is a private weather company which, in less than 15 years, has established itself as a major player in the media sector, particularly in France and Switzerland. MeteoNews’ customers include Le Monde, Le Dauphiné Libéré, TV5 Monde, France24, the Michelin Group, Nokia and Radio France Internationale. Its workforce consists of some 40 highly-qualified employees (weather experts, IT specialists and presenters). Météonews has five offices (Paris, Evian and Chamonix in France and Lausanne and Zurich in Switzerland).

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Ascendant Communications
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