Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Strategy & Technology, TiVo, Univision, Anvato

--Strategy & Technology Announces Exhibit Plans for NAB 2011
--TiVo Launches "Award Winning Films" Collection
--Univision Interactive Media Selects Anvato's Video Publishing Platform

Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up format.

  • Strategy & Technology, a UK-based provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, has announced its exhibit plans for the upcoming NAB Show (Booth SU7921, April 11th-14th in Las Vegas). The company says it will be showing two products for the first time at NAB: RedKey3 and TSProcessor. "RedKey3 [is a] digital TV receiver client software that supports the execution of interactive applications conforming to the HbbTV specification and various MHEG-5 profiles," the company explains in its press materials. "RedKey3 integrates the hugely successful NetFront Browser from Access with HbbTV signalling and S&T's proven DSM-CC client. The S&T implementation of NetFront is based on the same core API already used in S&T's RedKey2 engine for MHEG-5, significantly reducing integration costs for receiver manufacturers requiring support for both interactive application standards." TSProcessor, meanwhile, "provides ETV/EBIF application monitoring and management for broadcasters and cable headends," the company's press materials continue. "TSProcessor reads transport streams that contain ETV applications and provides detailed analysis of ETV events and content. TSProcessor provides for the definition of rules to drop, modify or replace applications to provide controlled application deployment and protect local multiplex bitrate allocations." S&T also plans to demo various other products including S&T Player, RedKey2, TSBroadcaster2, TSMonitor, MHEG EPG and MHEG Presenter.
  • TiVo has launched an "Award Winning Films" collection as part of its TiVo Collections feature (note: according to TiVo, TiVo Collections "highlights the best that television and the Web have to offer--all grouped into fresh, fun and up-to-date categories [including] topical collections, event-driven collections, seasonal selections and groups of shows related to something new, interesting or popular"). The collection features "Oscar award-winning films organized by decade, as well as this year's nominated films available through their cable line-up or on-demand from Web partners like Amazon Video On Demand, Netflix or Blockbuster," the company states in its press materials.
  • Online and mobile video solutions provider, Anvato, has announced that it has secured a deal with Univision Interactive Media that will see the latter using it as its end-to-end video publishing platform provider. "Univision Interactive Media is incorporating Anvato Media Content Platform (MCP), Anvato's one-stop-shop integrated video platform that streamlines online and mobile video publishing by providing broadcast workflow integration, video management, transcoding, multiplatform syndication, and award-winning video analytics," the company states in its press materials. "Univision Interactive Media's complex video publishing network fully utilizes Anvato's integrated video platform. Videos come in from multiple sources, including domestic and international partners with varying licensing terms and conditions and in different file formats. These premium videos are not only delivered to users across multiple platforms and formats--including Web and mobile--but are also syndicated to more than twenty distribution partners using a multitude of 'push' and 'pull' syndication technologies. Anvato Media Content Platform is specifically designed to meet the goals of high-end media companies that need to optimize their video publishing end-to-end. The platform captures content from on-demand and live sources including local broadcast operations, allows live editing, uses Anvato Human Eye machine vision to remove and insert commercials, encodes in multiple bitrates, manages video metadata, enforces access rights and enables secure syndication. Unlike hosted solutions, customers can install behind their firewalls, in the cloud or benefit from hybrid deployments, and reduce cost without compromising security." Said Univision Interactive Media president, Kevin Conroy: "Delivering high-quality short- and long-form video to US Hispanics wherever and whenever they want, both through our own media properties and through syndication partners, is a core part of our strategy and product offering. Anvato not only provides us with the ability to effectively manage our large and fast-growing library of assets, but also enables us to further grow our reach as well."
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