At the IPTV World Forum in London, Tuesday, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) launched a new software platform that it bills as "allow[ing] people the freedom to watch TV on multiple devices" and as promising "TV on any screen, on-demand." According to the company, the new--as yet apparently unnamed--platform lets operators provide live or on-demand TV to mobiles, Internet-connected computers, and satellite or digital terrestrial platforms; offers an open platform for creating new applications; and provides remote PVR, catch-up TV, operator-to-subscriber messaging, faster channel-changes, and enhanced IPTV picture stability.
At the IPTV World Forum in London, Tuesday, Alcatel-Lucent launched a set of "Multimedia Solutions" that it says will enable service providers to launch an array of new service offerings and will enable consumers to access those services "wherever they are, on any screen." The company bills the solutions, which it says are commercially available today, as unifying the delivery of video, TV and multimedia content to any connected device, including TV's, PC's and mobile phones; and as supporting a comprehensive multimedia strategy focused on the delivery of a wide range of services, including live TV, VOD and network PVR, to subscribers in any location.
Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software, said Tuesday that its Opera Devices SDK 10.15 for Linux has been selected by German television manufacturer, Loewe (founded in 1923 and claims to have generated 325 million Euros in sales last year), to enable Web browsing, interactive TV widgets and HbbTV implementation (note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end-consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection") on its connected TV's.
--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic
--Justin.tv Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for Rowdy.com
Here is a round-up of some of other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:
--Miniweb Platform Enables Converged Broadcast/Broadband Viewing Experiences
Miniweb, a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Monday that it has formed a strategic partnership with Turkish "white label" consumer electronics manufacturer, Vestel Electronics, that will see it integrating its Connected TV Services Platform and broadband content guide across a range of the latter's connected TV devices. According to the company, the first Vestel devices to incorporate its technology will be set-top boxes that are built to the HbbTV standard and that are slated to launch in Germany later this year.
--Browser Immediately Blocked by Hulu
Hillcrest Labs, a company best known for its Freespace in-air pointing and motion control technology and its Loop pointer (see, for example, the article published on itvt.com, November 11th), on Monday launched a free Web browser targeted at consumers who connect their PC's or Macs to the TV. Dubbed Kylo and competing in the emerging OTT market against Boxee, among others, the browser is designed to provide a "10-foot"/"lean-back" surfing/viewing experience.
--Vudu Ships on TV's and Blu-ray Disc Players from Samsung, Toshiba, Vizio
--AETN International Launches "This Day in History" Widget for Samsung Widget Engine
GlideTV--a Pleasanton, Calif.-based start-up which last fall launched its first product, the GlideTV Navigator, a $149 palm-sized navigational device that is targeted at consumers who have connected their PC to their living-room TV and that is billed as combining the functionality of a keyboard, a mouse and an AV remote (see the article published on itvt.com, October 15th)--on Monday unveiled a new user interface application that is designed to work in OTT environments in conjunction with the Navigator product.
Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software, and Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue Software, on Monday announced what they are billing as a modular, scalable and integrated HbbTV solution for connected TV's and set-top boxes. (Note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection." It is designed to enable such hybrid interactive services as VOD, catch-up TV, interactive advertising, digital text, games and social networking.)
DRM and video optimization solutions provider, Widevine, said Monday that its adaptive streaming, virtual DVD/Blu-ray features and DRM technologies are being integrated with Metrological Media's Metroconnect operating system for use on Metrological's new hybrid/OTT device, Mediaconnect TV, in order to ensure that "subscribers enjoy highest-quality, over-the-top video content" on the device.
--TV Episodes to Be Available in HD on Roxio CinemaNow the Day After Network Broadcast
Sonic Solutions, the digital media company that in 2008 acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service/platform, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Monday that it has signed an electronic sell-through (EST) deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution that will see it digitally distributing commercial-free standard- and high-definition TV episodes the day after their network broadcast. The company, which says that the deal will "further expand the broad content library" available through Roxio CinemaNow-powered devices and services, has already begun offering a selection of episodes covered by the deal, priced from $1.99.
--Solution Developed as Part of EU-Funded Games@Large Project
UK-based set-top box company, Pace, has unveiled an HD set-top box that is designed to make games developed for the PC accessible in the living room. According to the company, the device, which was developed under the auspices of the European Union-funded Games@Large project (of which Pace is a consortium member), allows high-quality PC games to be played on the TV, using a combination of game servers and streaming technology. It is being demo'd this week in Pace's stand (89) at the IPTV World Forum in London.
Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive, said Monday that France Telecom has selected its Compass technology in order to implement a multi-screen content discovery and recommendations solution across all the services offered in association with its Orange IPTV platform.
--CTAM, CableLabs, Canoe Ventures, Cablevision, ActiveVideo Networks, CBS, Charter Communications, Concurrent, FourthWall Media, Cisco, Clicker Media, Comcast, Cox, C-Span
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the second of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:
--Deutsche Telekom, DISH Network, Google TV, Dreampark, DVB, Ensequence, Entone, Envivio, Epix, Ericsson, Espial, FCC, Freeview NZ, Frontier Communications
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the third of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: