Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Ocean Blue, Access, RVU, S3 Group

--Ocean Blue, Access Team to Target Connected-TV, Connected-Home Markets
--Companies to Showcase New RVU-Based Products at IBC 2011
--S3 Group to Showcase its StormTest Solutions at IBC 2011

Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA 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.

  • Ocean Blue Software and Access have announced that they are collaborating to provide middleware solutions for connected TV and for the connected home. "Access has extensive experience offering innovative and market-leading products for the connected TV and IP-connected home, including its NetFront Living Connect market-leading Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) Technology Component solution and its NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition, which supports all major Internet-browsing standards for digital television," the companies state in their press materials. "The combination of Ocean Blue Software's experience in providing innovative middleware software solutions that allow digital TV device manufacturers to deliver outstanding multimedia experiences and Access' embedded expertise will ensure that the partnership will deliver on all fronts. The partnership between Access and Ocean Blue Software will allow both parties to take advantage of their combined expertise and provide a solution which brings together connected TV and IP-connected home to offer new experiences to viewers and revolutionize media consumption over the next decade." Said Ocean Blue CEO, Ken Helps: "In Access we have found a capable and hugely experienced partner which has already supplied its NetFront products to more than one billion mobile and beyond-PC devices. Access' knowledge of connected TV and connected home provides us with the possibility to bring both together, ensuring our customers can take advantage of the incredible possibilities this convergence can provide."
  • The RVU Alliance (note: the latter is an industry group that seeks to encourage adoption of a client/server-based technology--dubbed "RVU"--which is designed to allow TV viewers to experience a consistent, pixel-accurate, server-generated user interface across various CE client devices) has announced that its member companies, Broadcom (Meeting Room G105, Hall 2--invitation only), Entropic (Stand 3.A41), JetHead Development (Stand 3.A41) and Pace (Stand 1.B19) will be demo'ing new RVU-based solutions at IBC 2011.
  • S3 Group has announced that it will be showcasing its StormTest solutions in its booth (Hall 3, Stand 3.B23) at IBC 2011. "We are laser-focused on providing a range of products and services that enable our customers to concentrate on what they do best: ensuring that their digital TV content is delivered to subscribers with the best possible quality cost-effectively," S3 Group CEO, John O'Brien, said in a prepared statement. "Test automation through our StormTest products will continue to play a key role in this. So too will our deep knowledge of receiver technologies which has expanded over the last number of years to include application development and testing for tablets, DTV's, and gaming stations in addition to traditional set-top boxes. All digital TV industry participants are faced with the exciting but challenging prospect of an ever increasing set of devices consuming content from an increasing set of sources. We'll be expanding our offerings accordingly to help our customers to ensure that their end-to-end content-delivery platform can support this increasingly complex environment." More information on S3 Group's IBC plans is available here.
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