TECHNOLOGIES

EXEEST Introduces Premium 24/7 Global Virtual Entertainment Marketplace for the Discovery and Distribution of Film and Television Content

EXEEST | April 30, 2021

EXEEST announced today the launch of its 24/7 global entertainment marketplace for film and television content, a digital hub designed to connect buyers and sellers of premium video, promote deals, and streamline the acquisition process. The platform will launch with a large collection of ready-to-license premium content, including libraries from Caracol, Cinedigm, Complex Networks, Epic Pictures, Keshet, Propagate, Telemundo, and others.

Exeest's data-driven technology reimagines and modernizes the search, discovery, and distribution of television and film content for buyers, providing instant access to selected content from across the world via a next-generation interface similar to major streaming platforms. The platform provides a frictionless delivery mechanism for retailers by offering a complete asset management solution for agents, dealers, copyright holders, and producers to manage their catalogs, and it helps to solve the multi-territory distribution problem - all content is ready to be licensed.

Exeest's best-in-class user experience platform includes a centralized digital hub that provides buyers and sellers with a central location to manage and distribute content, from browsing libraries to making deals.

Key features for sellers include:

• Next level screening technology: Through secure links, sellers can provide premium quality screeners, create private screening rooms for multiple titles and users, and activate content on the marketplace - which allows buyers to access and discover catalogs 24/7.

• Deep buyer analytics: sellers receive detailed screener analytics packed with buyer engagement including real-time notifications for page visits, content views, percentage of the content watched, and more

• Studio-level encryption security: ensuring content is always protected with watermarking, DRM, and two-factor authentication

• Selective uploads: the ability to upload only selected content on the digital marketplace to be exposed to buyers.

• Curated content: ensures sellers' content maintains premium impression.
Buyers 24/7 Global Marketplace features:

• A free streaming platform for buyers: browse Exeest's global library and view content immediately, review detailed descriptions

• Comprehensive search tools: sort and filter titles to meet buyers content acquisition strategy; by genre, windows, rights, territories, and more

• A.I. powered recommendation engine: Exeest learns buyers' preferences to provide insights and title recommendations specific to their needs.

• Personalized watchlists, reminders, notes: never miss a content acquisition opportunity

• Ability to make an offer: either directly through the platform or to communicate directly with sellers; Easy content processing and delivery through Exeest's partners.

• Curated partnerships: ensure the highest quality connections and content available on the platform.

About EXEEST

From discovery to delivery, EXEEST improves the premium content distribution experience. EXEEST is currently accepting buyers and sellers from all over the world and providing them with access to a library of ready-to-buy or licensed material. With a modern interface that matches major streaming platforms, discovering entertainment has never been easier. The headquarters of EXEEST are in New York, Los Angeles, and Rome, Italy.

Spotlight

Wide penetration of smart devices, omnipresent connectivity, and the advent of media over-the-top (OTT) players are significantly impacting the media industry. There has been a major shift in video consumption from linear TV to non-linear streaming services offered by OTT players like Netflix and Hulu. To retain their customer base, traditional media companies are fiercely competing with OTT players to create superior, original content.The media industry isn’t the only one feeling the impact of OTT competition; players in the telecom industry are also significantly impacted by OTT disruption. Over the last few years, telco OTT players have acquired a significant share of voice and messaging revenue traditionally held by Telecom Service Providers (TSPs).


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Gabb Wireless | June 01, 2022

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