News Round-Up

--Brightcove Launches Operations in France
--Google Launches WebM Open Web Media Project
--Kyte Launches Android SDK and Application Framework
--QuickPlay Media Launches PrimeTime2Go on Android-Powered Motorola Smartphones
--Project Canvas Gets Green Light from Office of Fair Trading
--Roku Publishes Demo Videos of its New Netflix UI and its UFC Channel

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, has announced the official launch of company operations in France. It has opened an office in Paris and appointed Henri Hallynck as director of regional sales for France. It has also announced a strategic partnership with Hub Sales, and customer wins with Societe Generale, Audi France and Roche. The company has previously launched European offices in the UK, Germany and Spain.
  • At its I/O conference in San Francisco, Wednesday, Google announced the launch of WebM, which it describes as "a broadly backed community effort to develop a world-class media format for the open Web" and which its says includes "VP8, a high-quality video codec we are releasing today under a BSD-style, royalty-free license; Vorbis, an already open source and broadly implemented audio codec" and "a container format based on a subset of the Matroska media container." NewTeeVee's Janko Roettgers and Ryan Lawler have extensive coverage of the announcement and its significance here, here, here and here.
  • Broadband video platform provider, Kyte, has announced expanded support for Android devices, via the new Kyte Android SDK and Kyte Android Application Framework. According to the company, the Kyte Android SDK "gives developers the ability to incorporate customized Kyte-powered video and interactivity into Android applications," which "allows organizations to focus on creating great user experiences without worrying about media optimization, complex communication protocols or the need to build server-side components"; while the Kyte Android Application Framework "provides a turn-key solution to quickly deliver native Android applications based on a fully customizable set of pre-built functional modules core to the Kyte Platform, including video playback, video creation for UGC campaigns, real-time social interactivity, location-aware events, Twitter and RSS readers and more."
  • QuickPlay Media has announced the availability of its PrimeTime2Go service on Android-powered Motorola smartphones, including the Motorola Cliq, Backflip, Cliq XT and Droid. According to QuickPlay Media, the $9.99-per-month service "enables consumers to watch their favorite shows from major networks and cable providers on compatible mobile devices. Using WiFi," the company says, "consumers can download and watch programs with a consistently high-quality picture on-demand or set their devices to automatically deliver full episodes of popular TV series soon after the original air date. The service now features enhanced mobile DVR capability, with the ability to fast-forward and rewind selected content. For added convenience, PrimeTime2Go also allows subscribers to pause a program, exit the service and then resume viewing from where they left off; if a phone call is received during viewing, the service will automatically pause the show."
  • Project Canvas--an initiative that sees 1) UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, 2) UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, and 3) UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and Freesat set-top boxes--has been given the green light by the UK's Office of Fair Trading. As none of its partners was contributing a "pre-existing" business to Project Canvas, the regulatory body ruled that it "did not have the jurisdiction" to investigate it on competition grounds. The Guardian has more.
  • OTT specialist, Roku, has published demo videos of its new Netflix user interface and of its new UFC channel. The videos are embedded above and below.


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