Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC iPlayer Sets New Traffic Record

-- Huawei, Pace, Vestel to Build YouView Devices

-- Zeitera Helps Broadcasters Synchronize Video with Apps for Mobile Devices

-- Cablevision Launches Optimum Link PC-to-TV Media Relay Service

-- Accenture Shops "Over-the-Top TV" Solution 


  • BBC iPlayer received 160 million requests for TV and radio programs in March, up from 148 million in February. It saw its highest levels for live streaming to date, with live streaming comprising 15 percent of requests. More 
  • British IPTV platform YouView released its final technology specification, and said that any manufacturer will be able to use the spec to develop connected TV devices. YouView, whose backers include BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and BT, said Huawei, Pace and Vestel plan to develop YouView devices. Cisco, Humax and Technicolor have already committed to developing YouView set-top boxes. More 
  • Zeitera is pitching broadcasters and content providers a new Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) software designed to allow apps for smart phones and tablets synchronize with TV programs. The Mountain View, Calif.-based startup demonstrated its Vivid content identification platform at the NAB convention in Las Vegas last week. Zeitera said its new smart phone and tablet SDK and API development toolkit can help synchronize second-screen applications for social networking check-in and discussion, voting, polling, coupon services, advertising and program discovery and recommendation. More
  • With the launch of its Optimum Link service, Cablevision is one of the first pay TV providers to allow subscribers to access videos from Hulu, iTunes, and other content from their PCs through their TVs. Cablevision is charging customers $4.95 monthly for Optimum Link, which relies on software loaded onto a PC to stream audio and video to their PCs, according to Multichannel NewsMore 
  • Accenture is pitching both entertainment companies and retailers a new "Over-The-Top TV" solution designed to help providers reach consumers on PCs, mobile devices, gaming consoles and connected TVs. The management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company demonstrated the OTT product at the NAB convention in Las Vegas last week. More
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