Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Stingray Digital, Baeblemusic, SysMedia, Teleste, Tvinci

--VOD Programmer, Stingray Digital, in Programming Deal with Baeblemusic
--SysMedia to Launch "SysMedia Connect" Content-Management Solution for Connected TV
--Teleste to Demo Hybrid-TV Solutions at IBC 2011
--Tvinci to Showcase Integration of its "Pay-OTT" Technology at IBC 2011

Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA and IBC trade shows--and 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.

  • Stingray Digital (operates the VOD and cable properties, Concert TV, The Karaoke Channel and Galaxie) has signed a programming agreement with Baeblemusic that will give it access to the latter's library of music videos, original concerts, sessions and artist interviews. Stingray says the content will appear across the range of its products on a worldwide basis. "The Baeblemusic library of over 500 concerts and 1,300 music videos will be offered to the 30 million existing and future customers of ConcertTV on video-on-demand in the US, in Canada, and soon throughout Europe," Stingray states in its press materials. "The agreement includes worldwide rights, and is for all platforms including TV and VOD."
  • SysMedia (offers solutions for subtitling and closed captioning, teletext, digital text services and interactive TV), has announced that it will launch a product called SysMedia Connect at IBC 2011 (Stand 3.B67), which it bills as bringing its "multiplatform expertise" to the connected-TV world. "SysMedia Connect addresses a key deployment barrier in connected TV: how to deliver services to the multitude of platforms in the market without incurring the cost of redeveloping for each platform," the company states in its press materials. "SysMedia Connect is a content-management system that allows media companies to create and control an IP-delivered connected-TV service that either operates standalone or complements existing broadcast-delivered content. It builds the structure, integrates with external XML sources for automatic content updates and provides for manual intervention. Sitting alongside existing infrastructure--including Web site and transaction management systems--SysMedia Connect allows new services to be delivered without disruption...Core to SysMedia Connect is SiteWriter, which provides flexible delivery to the many HTML-based platforms. Built on a core set of components that take content from the SysMedia Connect CMS and render it to HTML, it adds platform-specific code to handle output variations. The system can also deliver to platforms that do not natively use HTML including MHEG-5, OpenTV and iOS, using third-party applications that interpret the site description language." Said SysMedia CEO, Andrew Lambourne: "While there are connected-TV standards in the market there is also a wide range of proprietary systems, usually based on HTML, but all with subtle variations that mean service providers have had to treat each as a separate development. SysMedia Connect overcomes this problem, allowing content owners to reach across the connected-TV market cost-effectively. Connected TV provides huge opportunities for media companies and broadcasters [that] need to act now to avoid being beaten to the punch. SysMedia Connect overcomes one of the greatest challenges that content owners face: how to adapt services for the multitude of platforms." (Note: Information on other products and technologies that SysMedia will be demo'ing at IBC 2011 is available here.)
  • Finnish broadband video technology provider, Teleste, has announced that it plans to use IBC 2011 (Stand 5.C36) to demo solutions that enable cable operators to combine OTT services with their existing DVB/IPTV networks. "At IBC, we are focusing on the Teleste MyCast multiscreen service platform and the Teleste Luminato distribution headend for cable TV and IPTV delivery," the company states in its press materials.
  • Tvinci contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know about its exhibit plans for IBC (Booth 3.A15d). The company says that it will demonstrate how its technology "integrates with any third party, including Tvinci’s ecosystem of leading industry partners, to offer a complete pay-OTT platform that covers the entire value chain." The company's IBC demos will showcase its platform's integration with technologies from Accedo Broadband, Netgem, Harmonic and Anevia. More detail is available here.
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