Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Imagine, Miso, Motorola, Music Choice, Verizon FiOS

--Imagine Launches ICE Streaming System for Multiscreen Video
--Miso Lets Sports Viewers Check-in to Specific Games
--Motorola Launches Medios Xperience Platform for Personalizable and Interactive TV
--Music Choice Launches Interactive TV Widget on Verizon FiOS TV

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:

  • Imagine Communications has announced that it is entering the "TV Anywhere" market with the launch of the new ICE Streaming System, which it says is currently in beta testing with several North American service providers. The company--which bills the new solution as "allowing service providers to deliver uncompromised video quality across multiple viewing devices, with unmatched compression efficiency"--is demo'ing it publicly for the first time this week in its Cable Show booth (ES-55). "The ICE Streaming System is based on Imagine's widely deployed ICE Video Platform, which today serves thousands of live streams to over half of all US digital cable subscribers and is recognized as the industry's most powerful multi-codec, multi-rate, multi-resolution video processing platform," the company states in its press materials. "A fully integrated, high-density solution, the ICE Streaming System boasts support for up to 1000 stream-aligned multi-profile transcodes from a single carrier-class blade system platform...By leveraging the ICE Video Platform architecture, the ICE Streaming System combines leading picture quality and unlimited scalability with full support for integrated fragmentation, encryption and HTTP Streaming."
  • Miso has announced the launch of new sports pages that allow users to check-in to the specific game they are watching on TV, rather than just the team or league. "New sports pages on Miso now let you check-in to the exact sports game you are watching on TV," the company explains on its corporate blog. "1) Game pages for popular sports are accurately and automatically updated in Miso daily. 2) Search delivers time-based, relevant results so you can find a game that's on within seconds. 3) 'Pick Em' lets you pick and share your team on the iPhone app."
  • Motorola Mobility has launched the Medios Xperience platform. "As part of the Medios multiscreen service management software suite, the cloud-based applications platform allows service providers to merge video content with social networking, games and Web-based content, and delivers greater interaction capabilities with broadcast television and video-on-demand (VOD) services," the company states in its press materials. "Using the Motorola Medios Xperience platform, service providers can immediately deploy the following key services to their subscribers: 1) TV and VOD Remote--Transforms a companion device, such as a tablet, smartphone or laptop, into a remote control to browse the enhanced programming guide, choose a VOD or linear title, and launch it on their device or any TV in the home. The experience will be part of a service provider's branded site, allowing consumers to look for content without interfering with the TV-watching experience. 2) TV and VOD Streaming--Uses a companion device to browse a VOD store or enhanced linear electronic program guide (EPG), search and discover content, and watch it on the device. The functionality adds the flexibility of another screen in the home to consume premium content along with menu-based social networking options to further enhance the TV-watching experience. 3) Enhanced User Interface--Provides a rich and intuitive visual interface that improves search, navigation and discovery of content such as movies and TV shows. Featuring personalized recommendations, streamlined decision-making scenarios and a watch-queue, the enhanced user guide leverages the devices consumers are already using and helps service providers to manage usability and experience improvements and increase average revenue per user (ARPU) while more effectively competing with Web providers vying for subscribers' attention."
  • Music Choice has announced the launch of an interactive TV widget on Verizon FiOS TV. "The new app will offer FiOS TV customers the ability to effortlessly browse and select, at no additional charge, more than 500 videos and original content directly from almost every Music Choice music channel (Channels 1800-1845)," the company states in its press materials. "Subscribers can instantly access videos; rate songs and compare the ratings to those of other FiOS TV music fans; watch original shows; and save their favorite music genre. Every time they launch the application, that genre will appear, making it easier to find favorite artists....While watching any channel on FiOS TV, customers will also be able to access these music options through the FiOS TV main menu by pressing the widget button on the remote, and selecting 'Music Choice' in the 'Featured' category. Customers can also access the app on Music Choice channels." 
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