Xite

XITE
Launched 21 May 2008 (2008-05-21)
Owned by Derk Nijssen
Picture format 16:9 576i (SDTV)
1080i HDTV
Country Netherlands
Belgium
Germany
Broadcast area Netherlands
Belgium
Germany
Headquarters Amsterdam, Netherlands
Website
Availability
Terrestrial
Digitenne (Netherlands) Channel 27
Cable
Ziggo (Netherlands) Channel 25 (HD)
Caiway (Netherlands) Channel 57
Telenet (Belgium) Channel 44 (Flanders)
Channel 140 (Brussels)
Unitymedia (Germany) Channel 464 (SD)
IPTV
KPN/Telfort/XS4ALL (Netherlands) Channel 39
T-Mobile (Netherlands) Channel 227
Online.nl (Netherlands) Channel 101
Sparql (Netherlands) Channel 500
FuboTV IPTV
Streaming media
xite.nl Watch live (Netherlands)
Xite.be Watch live (Belgium)
Xite.tv Watch live (Germany)
Ziggo GO ZiggoGO.tv (Netherlands)
Yelo TV Watch live (Belgium)
Horizon GO Watch live (Germany)

XITE is a Dutch interactive television channel that airs 24-hour pop hits non-stop. The channel now reaches more than 15 million households in the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany,[1][2] Qatar and Canada. At the end of 2015, XITE released the world's first Personalized Music Television service, which allows viewers to like and skip music videos, and personalize existing expert-curated channels or build a music channel themselves. Moreover, XITE has its own production department specialized in making original and branded music content.

History

XITE was founded by entrepreneur Derk Nijssen. The company invested in the channel by technology start-up fund Henq Innovation Fund 1, United Broadcast Facilities (UBF) and Rebel Technologies (a joint venture between UBF and XITE for interactive applications in video on demand). Base7 was used as the working name for the start of the Base7 transmitter. The home base was initially located in Rotterdam. [1]

The station started broadcasting in 2008 via the digital packages from UPC and Caiway. At UPC, XITE replaced the canceled music channel TMF Nederland. As with the canceled music channel The Box, viewers could request video clips by phone (0900 number or text message) by means of a clip code. In September 2009 XITE came up with an on-demand system via the red button on the remote control. Since then, the viewer has been able to request clips in this way and he has been able to compile playlists by genre and view specials and interviews.

In February 2011 XITE started broadcasting in Belgium via the basic package of Telenet. XITE started broadcasting in Germany in September 2014. [2] In 2016, the Personalized Music Television service was launched via Ooredoo in Qatar. In the same year, a 4K channel was offered via KPN, where music videos were shown in Ultra-HD. From May 2017, XITE 4K is also available in Canada.

Personalised Music Television

Since December 2015 XITE offers Personalized Music Television, an interactive application for television users of Ziggo (Netherlands) and Ooredoo (Qatar). XITE's Director of Distribution Partnerships Marius Brok believes that it's "outdated" for a viewer to flick through a number of music channels and "hopefully their favorite video comes on." Based on the "Hear-See-Feel" system, users can check out all the genres' videos (hip hop, pop, dance, rock,...) in either an on-demand service or on a continuous streaming channel. By this way, users won't miss out on any of their favourite videos in the comfort of XITE.[3]

In this application, the viewer gets the possibility to like or skip music video clips with the remote control, to choose from different curated theme channels or to create his/her own theme channel.

Since July 2017 the Personalized Music Television service has been integrated directly into the current channel for Ziggo customers with the Mediabox XL. This means that the user no longer has to search for the app in the app store, but everyone with a set-top box has direct access to the service via channel 25. This makes XITE the first provider in the world to combine technology, music and television to build a bridge between the traditional way of watching TV and the new digital on-demand era.

Logos

2008–2013 2013–2017 2017–present

XITE Awards

Since 2013, XITE has been organizing the XITE Awards every year, where both national and international artists are rewarded by the public for their achievements in the music industry. In addition to performances, awards are presented during the show for the best and most popular songs, artists, upcoming talent and of course the award for best music video of the year. In 2017, among others, Boef, Lil 'Kleine, Maan, Teske, Vinchenzo and Kris Kross performed in Amsterdam. Bizzey kicked off the evening with a performance including special guests Josylvio, Jozo and Yung Felix. Supergaande and Yung Internet surprised the audience with two surprise performances. The evening was presented by Bizzey and Iris Enthoven.

Winnaars XITE Awards 2017

Categorie Winnaar
Best Music Video Boef - Habiba
Best Song Lil Kleine & Boef - Krantenwijk
Best Collab SBMG, Lil Kleine & DJ Stijco - 4x Duurder
Best Dutch Ronnie Flex
Best Belgian Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike
Best International Dua Lipa
Best Kickstart Josylvio
Best DJ Martin Garrix
Best Online Artist Supergaande
Best Fans Beliebers
Most Liked Music Video J Balvin & Willy William - Mi Gente

Winnaars XITE Awards 2015

Categorie Winnaar
Best Music Video Lil' Kleine & Ronnie Flex - Drank & Drugs
Best Male Ronnie Flex
Best Female Eva Simons
Best Collab Lil' Kleine & Ronnie Flex - Drank & Drugs
Kickstart Award Teske
Best Pop Nielson - Sexy Als Ik Dans
Best Hip Hop Lil' Kleine & Ronnie Flex - Drank & Drugs
Best Dance Martin Garrix - Forbidden Voices
Best Vlogging Monica Geuze - Laten Gaan
Streetteam Award B-Brave
Most Played Music Video Years & Years - King
Best Music Video Belgium Emma Bale - Run (Lost Frequencies Remix)
Best Music Video Germany Alle Farben ft. Anna Naklab & YOUNOTUS - Supergirl

Winnaars XITE Awards 2014

CategorieWinnaar
Best Music VideoYellow Claw & Rochelle - Shotgun
Best MaleMr Polska
Best FemaleEva Simons
Best CollabYellow Claw & Rochelle - Shotgun
Kickstart AwardB-Brave
Best Pop Mr. Probz - Waves
Best Hip HopThe Opposites - Sukkel voor de Liefde (ft. Mr. Probz)
Best DanceDVBBS - Tsunami
Streetteam AwardMainstreet
Best Dressed Female ArtistKrystl

Winnaars XITE O.D. Awards 2013

Categorie Winnaar
Dance Nicky Romero & David Guetta - Metropolis
Urban The Opposites - Slapeloze Nachten
Pop Gers Pardoel ft. Sef - Bagagedrager
Alternative Kensington - No Way Out
New Act Yellow Claw
Most Wanted Gers Pardoel ft. Sef - Bagagedrager

Programs

XITE mainly programs music video clips, sometimes following a particular genre or theme. XITE also devotes attention to music-related topics, with interviews, club and festival reports.

Year(s)ProgrammaPresentation
2016 - nowWeek MixJames Eussen & Daisy Fransen
2016XITE Festival Reports-
2016XITE Zoekt Vlogger-
2015XITE Festival ReportsVJ Femke
2015XITE Zoekt VJSol Wortelboer
2014 - 2015Week MixJames Eussen & Christiaan Verhoef
2014Hip Hop NLJorik Scholten (Lil' Kleine)
2014Festival ReportsSalma Chafouk Idrissi
2014The NomineesIngrid Jansen
2013 - 2014Daily NoiseSol Wortelboer (ma-woe) & Ingrid Jansen (Thu & Fri)
2013On TourGwen van Poorten
2013ClubtourGwen van Poorten
2013 - 2014Ziggo Top 20Sol Wortelboer
2011 - 2012Hi5Lara Hoogstraten (2011) and Celine Bernaerts (2012)
2011Xite Specialsvarious vj's

Presenters

  • Iris Enthoven (2016 - now)
  • Boris Lange (2014 - now)
  • Ingrid Jansen (2014 - now)
  • Femke van Leeuwen (2015-2016)
  • Jorik Scholten (2014)
  • Salma Chafouk Idrissi (2014)
  • Sol Wortelboer (2013-2015)
  • Sjaak P. van Es (2013)
  • Gwen van Poorten (2012-2013)
  • Celine Bernaerts (2011-2012)
  • Alain Keeven (2011-2012)
  • Sanne Bolten (2011)
  • Lara Hoogstraten (2011)

References

  1. David de Jong (20 May 2008). "Xite: nieuwe jongeren-muziekzender van start" (in Dutch). DutchMedia.
  2. Thijs van Soest (2 September 2014). "XITE wil MTV en YouTube achterna; muziekkanaal breidt uit naar Duitsland" (in Dutch). de Volkskrant.
  3. "XITE - Personalised Music Television - Emerce eGuide". www.eguide.nl. Retrieved 2018-05-21.
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