Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): CNN, Dreampark, EAMS, Fandor, Fraunhofer, Versant

--CNN Digital Previews "TV Everywhere" Offering, Other New Services at SXSW
--Dreampark Powers IPTV for Egypt's EAMS
--Fandor Launches Social Media-Enabled Online Video Service Devoted to Indie Films
--Fraunhofer: Using Object Databases to Deliver IPTV Results in Eightfold Performance Improvement

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • CNN Digital previewed a number of new services at an event at SXSW last week, including 1) a "TV Everywhere" service that will be available to authenticated subscribers of Comcast, DISH, Cox and Verizon FiOS TV later this summer. 2) A new HD video player which is at the core of the new "TV Everywhere" service, which is designed to work on multiple platforms, including Google TV, and which the company expects to eventually be available on any Internet-connected TV. The player is designed to allow users to start watching on one device (e.g. their iPhone on their way back from work) and to then resume watching on another device (e.g. their connected-TV set when they arrive home) at the same point they left off. 3) A feature called "Open Story," that brings together CNN's own news reports and user-generated iReports. 4) The ability for users to record video comments directly to the CNN Web site. Paid Content has more.
  • Swedish IPTV middleware provider, Dreampark, has announced that Egyptian IPTV provider, EAMS, has selected its Dreamgallery middleware. "Based on the potential coverage area of Nilesat Satellite, which will be used to transmit the multicast streams and VOD content to regional headends in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf area," Dreampark states in its press materials, "EAMS' project is expected to implement an average of 50 regional headends every year for the first five years of operation. Dreamgallery maximizes flexibility for regionalized administration and customization for this type of operator. Along with uncompromised speed and performance, by taking advantage of the powers of open standards, such as HTML and SVG, it means that EAMS can provide new features to their customer base while pushing revenue-generating opportunities."
  • A company called Fandor has launched an online video service devoted to indie and international films. According to the company, the service offers "over 2,500 high-quality licensed films, video clip sharing on Facebook via BlipSnips and availability on the Boxee platform." The company's press materials provide more information on its content line-up and its content-discovery and social-sharing features.
  • Germany's Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems has teamed with data management software company, Versant, on an applied research project that the partners say has shown that using object databases to manage IPTV delivers performance that is up to eight times faster than traditional means. "The two partners benchmarked the use of Versant's Object Database (VOD) within the Fraunhofer FOKUS Open IPTV ecosystem, achieving impressive results in two vital use cases compared to Oracle MySQL, a traditional relational database," the companies state in their press materials. "Firstly, delivering complex broadband content guide (EPG) information was eight times faster when using the object database, while in the second test researchers saw a 50% improvement in speed when controlling IPTV services. This translates into faster performance for consumers accessing IPTV services and an ability for content providers to cost-effectively deliver robust, scalable services using less processing power and hardware. Following these findings, the combination of Versant's Object Database and the Open IPTV ecosystem has been further trialed through two proof-of-concept deployments in Singapore and Taiwan run by the Open IPTV Forum and implemented by Fraunhofer FOKUS...Databases are at the heart of successful IPTV systems and need to be able provide fast access to complex data, integrate with evolving application code and support the needs of potentially millions of concurrent users. As the research found, relational databases, which store data in rows and columns, are ill-suited to managing the complex data in IPTV implementations, compared to object databases which encapsulate and store all necessary information as single objects."
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