News Round-Up (III): Fox Mobile, Google TV, Harmonic, Yes

--Fox Mobile Launches Android Version of its Bitbop Mobile VOD Service
--Report: Google TV Launch Pushed Back Two Weeks to October 17th
--Harmonic Powers OTT VOD Service for Israeli Satellite-TV Operator, Yes

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.

  • Fox Mobile Group has announced the availability of an Android version of its $9.99-per-month mobile VOD service, Bitbop, which launched in the spring on BlackBerry phones. "We are extremely excited about launching Bitbop on Android's OS because we believe it has the possibility to become the leading mobile entertainment platform in record time," Joe Bilman, Fox Mobile's EVP of global products, said in a prepared statement. "With its tremendous computing power and multiple device partners, Android is expected to control roughly half the smartphone market. For us this means millions of people are now going to have the chance to experience Bitbop."
  • Google TV will launch on October 17th, two weeks later than previously planned, according to a report in Engadget which is apparently sourced from an internal Best Buy document that was obtained by the publication.
  • Video delivery technology provider, Harmonic, has announced that Israeli satellite-TV operator, Yes, has deployed its MediaPrism converged video suite as part of a new VOD service that is delivered over-the-top to the set-top box via a broadband Internet connection. Yes also recently upgraded its headend using Harmonic's SD and HD Electra encoding and multiplexing solutions, the company says. "Harmonic's MediaPrism solution for converged multiscreen video delivery is the industry's most comprehensive suite of tools for real-time and offline content ingest, transformation, distribution and delivery," Harmonic states in its press materials. "At Yes, capture and ingest functions are provided by elements of the MediaPrism suite, including CLEARcut offline content preparation and Carbon Coder transcoding technology, while the StreamLiner video servers are used to stream video assets. StreamLiner supports the latest streaming formats and addresses bandwidth limitations by enabling progressive download of high-quality SD and HD video, which is cached by a hybrid IP set-top box. Yes viewers can switch seamlessly between VOD and broadcast channels, with VOD program selection and billing handled by the existing Yes infrastructure. Harmonic's NMX Digital Service Manager manages and controls the video delivery network." In other Harmonic news: The company has announced that its ProStream 1000 stream processor with ACE transcoding technology has completed compliance testing for the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform.


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