News Round-Up (IV): Intel, ioko, Samsung, Monterosa

--Intel Unveils Atom CE4200 SoC for Hybrid TV
--ioko in Connected-TV Apps Partnership with Samsung
--Social TV Specialist, Monterosa, Hires ITV and BBC Interactive TV Veteran, Lauren Hellicar

Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

  • At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, Tuesday, Doug Davis, VP and general manager of Intel's Embedded and Communications Group, unveiled the company's new Intel Atom CE4200 processor (formerly codenamed "Groveland"), which the company bills as designed to seamlessly integrate the Internet experience with TV. "The SoC includes 3D support, H.264 high-definition encoding capability for usage models such as 'sync-and-go' between networked consumer electronics and portable devices, and multiple input stream support to enable the design of cost-effective home gateway appliances," Intel states in its press materials. "To help address regulatory requirements, the SoC features smart power management capabilities that automatically help to turn off parts of the chip when not in use. A software development kit and familiar tools for integrating applications is also available which OEM's can re-use across products, cutting development time." According to Intel, ADB, Samsung, Sagemcom and Technicolor plan to build set-top boxes based on the new SoC.
  • Digital media systems integrator, ioko, has announced that it has teamed with Samsung to "further accelerate the development of direct-to-TV applications for Samsung TV's. ioko, which developed LOVEFiLM's secure Real Time Messaging Protocol encrypted (RTMPe)-based player, a world first in direct-to-TV subscription video-on-demand (VOD), is now certified to develop applications for Samsung's range of Internet@TV sets," the company states in its press materials. "ioko already has experience of Samsung's Internet@TV sets, having developed the H.264 video player for LOVEFiLM's direct-to-TV service, which launched in May 2010. LOVEFiLM's in-house team designed and built the application. This service, which was the first of its kind, allows all members of LOVEFiLM unlimited subscription packages to search for and access movie titles using their remote controls."
  • UK social TV specialist, Monterosa, has appointed Lauren Hellicar as project manager and producer. Hellicar was previously an interactive producer at UK broadcaster, ITV, which has been working with Monterosa on a recently launched two-screen interactive TV service, ITV Live. According to Monterosa, while at ITV Hellicar project-managed interactive services across multiple platforms, including red button, Web, PRTS and SMS. Her resume also includes stints as interactive playout director at the BBC, and as a business analyst at Red Bee Media, Monterosa says.


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