Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ADB, Avail-TVN, Boxee

--ADB Unveils Third-Generation tru2way Set-Back Box, Other Cable Products
--Avail-TVN Targets "TV Everywhere" Market with AnyView
--Boxee to Roll Out Updated Versions of its Downloadable Software This Fall

Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form:

  • ADB has announced its exhibit plans for the Cable Show (suite ES70). Solutions on display include: 1) A new commercial video solution that "offers a complete turn-key platform that is integrated into operators' existing network plants, leveraging both QAM video and the IP backbone infrastructure to yield an enterprise-class scalable system." 2) The company's third-generation tru2way set-back box, Phantom, which it says offers 3D video capabilities and the company's DVR Lite technology. 3) An entry-level HD set-top, called Spirit, which the company says "packs ADB's latest tru2way implementation in a small, cost-effective box, for a stunning performance." 4) An enhanced version of the company's tru2way Analyzer, which it says now includes "the ability to co-locate the platform in Network Operation Centers where technicians can remotely monitor and retrieve network parameters."
  • Avail-TVN has signaled its intent to penetrate the "TV Everywhere" market with a "new, fully managed multiscreen video service, called AnyView. AnyView allows service providers to cost-effectively and quickly extend the traditional VOD and linear television experience to authenticated, broadband-connected devices such as PC's, Macs, tablets and smartphones," the company's press materials continue. "Trials of the service will begin in US markets in July. International trials of AnyView are currently underway at select sites--including several markets in the Caribbean--and will move to commercial deployments in Q3 2011. AnyView leverages the latest IP-based technologies to deliver advanced services quickly and cost-effectively. Adaptive bitrate technology ensures a seamless, high-quality TV-like viewing experience by detecting a user's bandwidth and device capacity in real time and delivering encoded files at the appropriate data rate to connected consumer electronic devices. This approach, along with Avail-TVN's unique 'through the (Service Provider) network' delivery, provides a consistently high level of video and audio quality while reducing streaming expenses. AnyView addresses the 'over-the-top' threat by providing an integrated service that extends TV viewing to connected-device viewing, allowing authenticated subscribers to continuously view the same program from one device to another. A sophisticated rights management engine controls access to content based on a variety of business rules including device attributes, content format, geo-location, and subscriber tier of service. AnyView content is encoded in MPEG-4 which uses only half of the bandwidth of traditional MPEG-2 encoding and allows the service provider to offer high-impact HD services."
  • Boxee, which recently launched its Boxee Box in the UK, has announced that new versions of the downloadable software version of its service (i.e. for PC, Mac and Linux users) should be available in the fall. In a blog posting, Boxee CEO Avner Ronen conceded that the company had neglected its downloadable software, as it focused its development efforts on the Boxee Box. "At a certain point we had to focus everyone on the Boxee Box to make sure we hit deadlines," he wrote. "After launch we needed everyone working to address feedback and our own demands for where we wanted the product to be. All of it came at the expense of the downloadable version. The gap between the CE and computer version grew bigger. However over the past couple of months we've taken steps towards bridging that gap. We are going to release an update for the downloadable version this fall, and hope to keep it more up-to-speed with the CE version going forward. We also hope to make the open source version of the downloadable version easier to use for people who want to build out their own versions of Boxee. That said, updates for the downloadable version will most likely lag behind the versions of Boxee for devices."
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