Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo, BBC iPlayer, BigBand, Clearleap, CableLabs

--ActiveVideo Demo's Delivery of HTML5 Interactive TV Apps by its CloudTV Platform
--BBC iPlayer's Global Roll-Out to Begin in Western Europe
--BigBand, Clearleap Team on IP Video Delivery Solution
--CableLabs Updates Technical Report on Converged Cable Access Platform

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:

  • ActiveVideo Networks has announced that it will demo at the Cable Show this week (Suite ES-8) how its flagship CloudTV platform can be used to deliver HTML5 applications to any digital set-top box or streaming decoder. "The role of HTML5 in enabling many of the most compelling user experiences delivered by Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers and its growing use for multimedia and graphical content have rapidly increased the importance of HTML5 authoring tools for the development community," ActiveVideo CTO, John Callahan, said in a prepared statement. "Ultimately, our goal is to make it easy for content developers and network operators to overcome set-top box constraints and quickly reach mass audiences with cutting-edge user experiences via the CloudTV platform."
  • The BBC will begin the global roll-out of the international version of the BBC iPlayer (which will be iPad-based) in western Europe, The Guardian reported Tuesday. Unlike the UK version of the service, the international version is expected to be offered on a subscription basis--for somewhere under $10 per month. No date has yet been confirmed for the US launch of the service.
  • BigBand Networks has teamed with Clearleap on an IP video delivery solution that supports on-demand programming and backoffice connectivity, in addition to linear TV. The solution, which is being demo'd in BigBand's Cable Show booth (449), integrates BigBand's vIP PASS with Clearleap's Stream On Demand system, allowing operators to "stream entire libraries of managed linear and on-demand video content to IP-connected televisions or devices," and thus enabling those operators to "bundle and monetize more content to more devices, with more efficient use of bandwidth," the companies claim. "The joint solution takes the bandwidth load off the cable modem termination system (CMTS), making it the most efficient path for delivering video-on-demand (VOD) programming or linear TV to IP-connected devices, while also handling backoffice operations such as validation, billing, transactions and management of the content catalog," the companies state in their press materials. "In the process, operators can realize added revenue or reduce churn by offering multiscreen services to the growing array of unmanaged consumer devices such as gaming consoles, iPads, Blu-ray, mobile devices, PC's and more. The solution addresses operators' immediate need to support consumers' growing demand for multiscreen video delivery and allows operators to better compete with over-the-top (OTT) services."
  • CableLabs has announced the release an updated technical report to establish a set of consensus requirements for a new device that facilitates the evolution to a converged access network architecture. "Called the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP), this new device integrates the functions of broadcast and narrowcast quadrature amplitude modulators (QAM's), as well as DOCSIS 3.0 downstream and upstream interfaces," the organization states in its press materials. "It also includes the option to support passive optical network (PON) termination equipment in the same chassis. Upcoming specifications will include new state-of-the-art configuration and management technology important for service reliability and operational efficiency. Through flexible provisioning of traditional video QAM's to DOCSIS QAM's, the CCAP will enable the efficient transition from traditional video transport to IP transport of managed video services that enrich the customer experience. This technical report and the architecture enabled by the CCAP represent the consensus requirements from Comcast, Cox, Time Warner Cable and other CableLabs members. The CCAP Architecture Technical Report represents a consolidation of the core interface requirements previously referred to as CMAP and CESAR."
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