Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Concurrent, Entone, Anevia, Nordija

--Concurrent Reveals its IBC 2011 Exhibit Plans
--Concurrent Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a Loss
--Entone Integrates its Hybrid-TV Devices with Anevia's ViaMotion OTT Solutions
--Entone Offers Nordija's fokusOn Widget-Based IPTV Middleware on its Hybrid-TV Devices

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • Concurrent contacted [itvt] Thursday to let us know about its exhibit plans for IBC 2011 (Stand 4.B78). According to the company, the exhibit will showcase the following solutions: "1) eFactor product suite--Concurrent's new workflow and HTTP delivery software simplifies the complex task of delivering multi-format video to a wide range of devices, addressing preparation, packaging, policy, protection, and delivery of high-quality video over the three most popular HTTP adaptive bitrate formats: Apple, Adobe and Microsoft. 2) Transmux--Transmux dynamically repackages a single-source asset on-the-fly, so it can play on TV's, PC's, and mobile devices, eliminating the need to transcode, package and host video in multiple file formats. Concurrent has signed its first global agreement for its use with a global Internet CDN customer. 3) Media logistics and intelligence solutions--Concurrent's Media Data and Advertising Solutions (MDAS) give customers the ability to understand the entire subscriber experience spanning its video and online service platforms. Having recently signed a multi-year agreement for cross-services media data with another top-five North American MSO, Concurrent will be demonstrating the media intelligence suite, featuring interactive applications that can track consumer viewing patterns in real time, offering increased visibility to drive forecasting and trending." Said Concurrent president and CEO, Dan Mondor: "IBC conference attendees will see a new Concurrent, with innovative solutions for a broader array of markets, as well as a significantly expanded European and Asian customer base. Our latest solutions provide a way to simplify the delivery of high-quality video to any device, and intelligence to better understand how customers are interacting with content across screens. Using our enhanced media data intelligence software and eFactor product suite, CDN's, Internet content aggregators, telcos, and cable MSO's can address new opportunities on any screen."
  • In other Concurrent news: The company has released financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter (2011), ended June 30th: Revenues totaled $15.1 million, compared to $18.1 million for the year-ago quarter; net losses totaled $1.4 million, or $0.16 per share, compared to net income of $886,000, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the year-ago quarter; and operating expenses totaled $10.3 million, compared to $9.7 million for the year-ago quarter. At the end of the quarter, the company's cash and short-term investments totaled $33.3 million.
  • Entone has announced the integration of its hybrid-TV devices with Anevia's ViaMotion OTT solutions. "Anevia offers a range of IP video streaming solutions for live and VOD content over managed IP networks as well as the Internet," Entone states in its press materials. "Entone's hybrid-TV devices and media hubs enable operators to deliver a TV service that blends the best of traditional linear-TV programming with innovative cloud-based media and applications--all from a single device, a consistent user interface and a unified service offering. The integrated Anevia-Entone solution enables service operators to accelerate their time-to-market, while also offering subscribers more compelling next-gen TV services." Said Bart Vanderostyne, Entone's director of EMEA sales and operations: "This collaborative effort enables service operators a more efficient and cost-effective hybrid-TV solution that can be quickly deployed. By integrating our field-proven hybrid-TV and media hubs with Anevia's IP video streaming solutions, operators can easily deliver advanced IP and OTT services throughout a subscriber's home without requiring new wiring or a set-top box at each TV set, resulting in a dramatic cost savings in both capital and operating costs for the operator." Entone (Connected World, Hall 13, Stand 266) and Anevia (Hall 4, Stand B66) plan to demo their integrated solutions at IBC 2011.
  • In other Entone news: The company has announced the availability of Nordija's fokusOn widget-based IPTV middleware on its hybrid-TV devices and DVR's. "Nordija's fokusOn middleware unites the popularity of linear television with the breadth of the Internet," Entone states in its press materials. "The intuitive fokusOn program guide makes it easy to instantly search, record and enjoy popular TV programs. Video-on-demand (VOD) and network PVR are fully supported. With fokusOn, viewers can watch YouTube, update Facebook and receive Twitter tweets on their TV. Subscribers can email, share photos via Flickr and follow RSS feeds from the comfort of their living room." Said Entone's Vanderostyne: "Entone's hybrid-TV devices with Nordija's fokusOn widget-based middleware platform will help operators accelerate time-to-market, lower deployment risks, offer competitive core TV services, while providing a platform to enable the delivery of emerging cloud-based services."

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