The Cinémathèque des Réalisateurs chooses Kinow to propel its video-on-demand platform


LaCinetek is dedicated to the broadcasting of the cinematographic heritage, with a rich catalogue of more than 950 films selected and presented by filmmakers from all over the world.

The company turned to the Kinow solution to improve the infrastructure of its current streaming service. A new skin, to the delight of its 17,000 monthly subscribers.

LaCinetek, a major player in the SVOD market

In recent years, the explosion of the VOD/SVOD market (+46% growth in 2019 in France) shows a global interest in the development of OTT platforms. At the beginning of 2020, the market has already exceeded one billion euros in revenue. Current platforms are facing many challenges, particularly technical ones, to offer an increasingly high-performance and interactive service.

LaCinetek, a streaming platform broadcasting the great films of the 20th century, trusts us to replace its existing site. With a rich video catalogue from major studios, LaCinetek enables its 17,000 monthly subscribers to view renown classic films selected by directors from around the world for rental or subscription.

A rich and scalable platform thanks to a tailor-made solution

In order to understand and refine LaCinetek's needs, Kinow conducted a technical audit and then migrated the existing system to its SaaS service.

The GraphQL Kinow API connected to third party services and the development of new features, deliver a site focused on the user experience. A few examples: offer a movie to friends, view content offline with a PC & Mac video player, offer a price per quality (HD/SD), integrate a pre-paid system... Nothing is left to chance in order to benefit from an optimal, state-of-the-art service.

To meet the content protection needs of Warner and Universal Studios, Kinow has integrated Hollywood grade DRMs (Fairplay, Playready & Widevine) in its video player. A streaming service must be scalable to meet the needs of the market: payment, viewing, interactivity... LaCinetek made the right choice by privileging the Kinow service for its expertise, flexibility and adaptability to the technical evolutions that a video platform may encounter. An international development and the launch of mobile/tablet applications are planned in the short term with Kinow.

Technical partners for a market-leading solution

Such a platform requires substantial resources. This is why the Kinow team has joined forces with major partners: castLabs and Bitmovin to benefit from DRM licenses and a quality and secure video player fully integrated into our solution.

castLabs pioneers software and cloud services for digital video markets worldwide. Their solutions enable the playback of DRM-secured premium content over a large selection of consumer devices and platforms for high-quality video experiences. castLabs’ range of applications and services include DRMtoday licensing,  PRESTOplay player SDKs, Video Toolkit processing, and technical consulting.

Bitmovin started as a spin-off from research of the Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt, Austria. Founder's Stefan Lederer and Chris Mueller along with Associate Professor Christian Timmerer embarked on technical research that would eventually contribute to the new MPEG-DASH video standard, currently used by YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, amongst many others, and represents more than 50% of the peak internet traffic. Today, Bitmovin offers three feature-rich back-end video technology products: Video Encoder, Player & Analytics - that are designed to elevate your viewer's experience, enable faster times to market for assets, products & services, and to optimize operations with diligent cost control, risk mitigation, and complexity management.

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About Kinow

Kinow provides a cloud solution to help media, broadcasters and distributors deploy and enhance their own live and on-demand streaming platform. Kinow is one of the most advanced OVP (Online Video Platform) on the market and brings together all the technologies needed to manage a free or paid OTT video service. Since its launch in 2015, Kinow has deployed nearly 300 platforms worldwide. A few examples of Kinow clients: the platforms Bref (short film), Tënk (documentary), LaCinetek (authors films) and the film distributors Carlotta, Shellac and Saje.

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