News Round-Up (VI)

--Pace to Incorporate WiFi into Set-Tops
--Red Bee Powering Web-Based iPhone Simulcast Streaming App for ITV
--Roku Launches Six More Channels on its OTT Platform
--SeaChange Expands Board of Directors in Compromise Deal with Investor

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  • UK-based set-top box company, Pace, has announced that it has joined the WiFi Alliance and that it will incorporate WiFi technology into certain upcoming set-tops. According to the company, the boxes--which will be WiFi Alliance-certified--will be able to deliver content over the 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands via a single high-speed connection gateway and will be 802.11a-, b-, g-, and n-compatible.
  • Red Bee Media has announced that it has been tapped by UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV, to support simulcast streaming of its ITV1 and ITV2 channels on the iPhone, via a new, free, ad-funded Web app (www.itv.com/watchITV/iphone). "In addition to ongoing streaming of ITV1 and ITV2 on iPhone, the ITV web app, will allow football fans to watch matches from this year's World Cup on the move," Red Bee states in its press materials. "Utilizing Red Bee Media's expertise in media workflow management on the mobile platform, ITV's initiative marks the first time any UK broadcaster has televised the tournament on the iPhone. All the games to be broadcast on ITV1, and further matches to be broadcast on ITV4, will be available to view via iPhone."
  • Roku has announced the launch of six new channels on its OTT platform. The channels are RadioTime (see the article published on itvt.com, May 26th), FilmFun5 (movie trivia), ProudTV (gay and lesbian programming), NASA TV, Bigstar.tv (indie and foreign films), and CDNTwo (educational videos).
  • VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International, has expanded its board of directors by two seats as part of a compromise deal with investor, Ramius.

 

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