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Motive Television To Develop Tablet TV for the UK
Company begins development of Tablet Television for Freeview viewing Allows users to watch and record live TV on a tablet

14 May 2013
Motive Television To Develop Tablet TV for the UK

Company begins development of Tablet Television for Freeview viewing
Allows users to watch and record live TV on a tablet

Motive Television (“Motive” or “Company”) announces it will be developing its Tablet Television technology to enable Freeview users in Britain to watch and record television programmes directly onto tablets - without the need to connect to the internet. This represents a strategic entry for the Company into the UK market.

With Motive's app and an antenna-tuner containing Motive’s technology, tablet users will be able to watch all the programming currently available on the Freeview platform.  Motive plans to license its technology to third party consumer electronics companies who will make the antenna-tuners widely available.

Tablet TV lets the user watch any broadcast TV channel anywhere, without needing a hotspot or fast Internet signal.  Like Freeview to the home, there are no subscriptions needed and no interruptions due to buffering or network congestion.  Further, with Motive’s built in Tablet PVR, viewers can record any programmes and watch them later when they want, where they want for their own private use.

Video viewing on tablets is rapidly increasing, with recent figures from the BBC showing that tablets have moved ahead of smartphones for its catch-up iPlayer service with 41 million requests in March 2013.  According to recent predictions from CCS Insight, 1 billion tablets will be in use worldwide by 2017, and according to research firm Gartner sales of tablets are expected to grow 70% to about 200 million this year.  

Searching for content on tablets over the internet is currently a fragmented experience, using a variety of internet based (or OTT) services, such as iPlayer, ITV player etc. There is an increasing opportunity to provide easy-to-use live TV on tablets using the existing broadcast distribution network.

Based on discussions underway with Freeview, Motive expects that its Freeview-compatible Tablet TV will:

-    receive all the Freeview channels available in the broadcast area;
-    offer a full 7-day 24 hour EPG with the Freeview look and feel;
-    have the ability to record directly onto the tablet (DVR);
-    enable features such as series recording;
-    optionally have social media integration  (with an internet connection)

Motive will seek approval for Tablet TV from the Digital Television Group and be D-Book compliant (“DTG”, which publishes and maintains the technical specifications for Freeview in the UK), as well as Freeview branding for its new product.  Motive expects to demonstrate Tablet TV for Freeview later this year.

Leonard M Fertig, CEO of Motive commented, “Motive’s experience in developing Tablet TV for the United States makes the extension to the highly successful Freeview platform to tablets in the UK a natural next step.  We look forward to working with Freeview and its partners to complete the development of Tablet TV for the UK so tablet owners can enjoy Freeview whenever and wherever they want.”


Motive Television plc
Michael Pilsworth, Chairman
Leonard M Fertig, CEO
T: +44 20 7025 8425

Sanlam Securities UK (Nominated Adviser)
Simon Clements / Virginia Bull
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XCAP Securities (Joint Broker)
Jon Belliss
T: +44 20 7101 7070

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Notes to Editors

Motive Television is the developer and integrator of innovative patented software solutions for the television industry that enable our clients to offer on-demand content over any network to any device.  We have the knowhow and ability to customize our software to work with existing networks, saving our clients substantial expenditures.   Our customers are broadcasters, satellite platforms, cable operators, and telecoms.

Motive’s patented and proprietary solutions include:

Television Anytime Anywhere:  Video-on-demand and place shifting for the broadcasting and pay television industry

Tablet TV:  Viewing and being able to record digital terrestrial TV directly to tablets and smartphones

Mocast:  Enabling managed downloads of IP delivered content in 4G LTE wireless systems