Personalised in-home entertainment is redefining the TV experience, says Telekom Slovenije head of NEO Development Bine Lebeničnik.
Has IBC come at a good time for the electronic media industry? Why is this?
This is a time of constant change and a transformation of our industry, and IBC is an opportunity to showcase new developments and research achievements. That is why Telekom Slovenije was among the first in the world to launch a smart living and entertainment platform, NEO, offering users the option of managing TV content and smart home devices from one place using voice commands in their native languages. This gives content and smart home management a completely new dimension.
What do you think are the key developments in, or threats to, your market sector at the current time?
The smart living platform has redefined the TV experience, and this will be followed by redefining the mobile phone, with artificial intelligence ushering in further new dimensions. Another building block is creating an ecosystem that will simplify shopping, ordering, payments, and the use of smart city and e-commerce services. In the past few years telecommunications have been thoroughly reshaped and will continue to change even more, which is why we are developing new business models and entering new fields.
Why should delegates visit your stand at IBC?
Imagine having a smart living multi-screen entertainment platform that allows you to control not only your TV, but your whole home. Tailored to your requirements, responding to your voice – in your native language – and with one single central device. That is exactly what we will be showcasing at our stand. There will be a chance to try out NEO, which integrates an open, secure, cloud-connected, state-of-the-art smart home solution that also supports pay TV services, gaming and e-commerce.
At the same time NEO is designed for an easy and quick installation and the best user experience. What more could you want? Last but not least, NEO has already received some international awards and recognition.
Bine Lebeničnik is head of NEO Development at Telekom Slovenije