News Round-Up (II): Bell, Microsoft, Boxee, Intel, Brightcove, TubeMogul, freenet.de

--Bell Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service
--Boxee Box Will Use Intel Atom CE4100, Will Launch Internationally, Can Be Pre-Ordered on Amazon
--Brightcove, TubeMogul Release Report on Online Video Viewing

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.

  • Canada's Bell has launched a Microsoft Mediaroom-powered, fiber-optic-delivered IPTV service, called Bell Fibe TV, in several neighborhoods in Toronto and Montreal. According to the company, which claims that the service will be available to almost 5 million households by the end of 2015, the service's key features include an available HD version for every channel, VOD, whole-home DVR with the ability to record up to four programs simultaneously, fast channel-change, a "next-generation TV experience" that includes a translucent picture-in-picture program guide, the ability to search by program title, keyword or actor's name, and (in the near future) remote DVR management.
  • OTT specialist, Boxee, has announced that the upcoming D-Link-manufactured Boxee Box will now be powered by the Intel Atom Processor CE4100 (it was originally to be powered by the Nvidia Tegra 2 chipset); and that US consumers can now pre-order the box exclusively through Amazon.com (it will be priced at $199 in the US). In addition, the company has announced on its blog that the box's planned November launch will now be international: "We have some good news for people who live in ________(see list below)!," the company's blog post states. "D-Link has decided to go for an international launch rather than just release in the US. Come this November, the Boxee Box will be available in the following countries: the US, Canada, Australia and in Europe--Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK. As soon as we have news regarding other countries we will let you know."
  • Online video platform provider, Brightcove, and video analytics company, TubeMogul, have published their "Online Video & the Media Industry Quarterly Research Report" for the second quarter of 2010. Among the findings of the report, which examines online video discovery, usage and engagement data from a sample of around 2,000 news and entertainment Web sites that the companies say represent 3.4 billion video streams: 1) "Video consumption on newspaper sites grew the most over this period, rocketing to 65 percent more views than the previous quarter due to attention and coverage focused on the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico." 2) "Referral traffic for online video from Facebook and Twitter is growing faster than from traditional search engines. At current growth rates, Facebook will surpass Yahoo! within the year to be the second only to Google for video referral traffic." 3) "Not only are Facebook and Twitter drawing in viewers, but they are also leading to the highest levels of engagement for video on television network and music entertainment Web sites." In other Brightcove news: The company has announced that German telecommunications and Web content company, freenet.de, has chosen its platform to power its video initiatives.

 

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