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France Télévisions launches connected TV startover service Salto

France Télévisions has launched a new ‘startover’ service on connected TVs. Dubbed Salto, the new service enables viewers that missed the start of a programme to watch it from the beginning by pressing a button on their remote control.

Salto currently allows startover access to programmes being aired live on France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô between 20:00 and midnight during the period when they are being aired.

Salto is available via connected TVs or digital-terrestrial set-tops that can be connected to the internet. According to consumer electronics industry group Simavelec, there are about three million households in France with connected TVs. The service has been developed for France Télévisions by TDF subsidiary Cognac-Jay Image.

France Télévisions is also enhancing its existing on-demand service Pluzz, including social recommendations features and a new On en Parle widget that recommends content based on an analysis of Twitter conversations. Pluzz will also soon be available on Samsung connected TVs and via the Dailymotion web video service.