News Round-Up

Justin.tv iPhone App

--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:

  • ADB has announced that Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is deploying its set-top boxes to support a new IPTV service.
  • Amino Communications has announced that it has secured a contract to deliver HD set-top boxes to Mahaska Communication Group, a triple-play provider serving the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The company says it partnered with IPTV middleware provider, Minerva, to secure the deal.
  • ANT is showcasing a live HbbTV implementation and a Managed Service Portal at the IPTV World Forum in London this week.
  • Concurrent has announced a deal with Chinese IT equipment manufacturer and service provider, Potevio, that will see the latter offering the US company's multiscreen video delivery and media data and advertising solutions to operators and content providers in China. According to the companies, the deal "extends Concurrent's multiscreen reach into China and expands Potevio's push into the multiscreen video solution market."
  • Harmonic has announced that China's Hunan Cable Group (which boasts around 5 million subscribers) has launched a new HDTV service and expanded its VOD offering, using various Harmonic technologies. The Harmonic technologies that have been deployed by Hunan Cable include the company's Ion AVC HD multichannel encoders, its ProStream 1000 stream processing platform with DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing, its NSG 9000 universal edgeQAM's, and its NMX Digital Service Manager.
  • Justin.tv has announced the availability in the Apple App Store of an iPhone application for its live Internet broadcasting service. The company describes the app's key features as follows: "First, every channel on Justin.tv will automatically be available on the iPhone. No need for the broadcaster to use any special software or specific formats. If you have a Justin.tv channel, you're available on the iPhone immediately. Second, every channel has chat that connects both iPhone viewers and site viewers. And it looks great, you can watch video, read and even type chat all at the same time." A demo video of the app is embedded above.
  • The NCTA has announced plans for a 27,000-square-foot exhibit, dubbed "My World--Powered by Cable" at the Cable Show 2010 (May 11th-13th, Los Angeles). Technologies to be showcased at the exhibit include tru2way and EBIF applications, TV Everywhere implementations, next-generation program guides and user interfaces, 3D TV, social TV and more.
  • Nielsen has released its latest Three Screen Report. Among the report's findings, according to the company: 1) "In the last quarter of 2009, simultaneous use of the Internet while watching TV reached three and a half hours a month, up 35% from the previous quarter"; 2) "Nearly 60% of TV viewers now use the Internet once a month while also watching TV"; 3) "Online video is used essentially like DVR and not typically a replacement for watching TV."
  • Ooyala has announced that Rowdy.com, a social networking site for NASCAR fans, has selected it as its broadband video platform provider.

 

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