Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): NDS, Rovi, Broadcom

--NDS Showcases "Surfaces" at IBC 2011
--Rovi Launches TotalCode Encoding Solutions
--Rovi Releases v.9 of its MainConcept Codec SDK, Integrates DivX Plus Streaming with Broadcom SoC's

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 more 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.

  • NDS has unveiled a viewing experience called "NDS Surfaces" at IBC 2011. Displayed on six 55-inch screens with bezel edges and controlled by a companion device, Surfaces offers video on a main screen, while the ancillary screens display various interactive services (such as news, weather reports or apps for voting on a reality show). Viewers can use their companion device to increase or decrease the size of the main video screen. Broadband TV News's Julian Clover has more.
  • At IBC 2011 last week, Rovi announced the launch of TotalCode, which it bills as a new line of high-quality encoding solutions featuring advanced capabilities to help streamline the production and delivery of digital entertainment to connected devices. "Built on Rovi's industry-proven MainConcept codec technology, and including support for the latest adaptive streaming codecs, TotalCode is designed for post-production facilities and enterprise-class digital content providers such as broadcasters, cable operators and digital storefront operators," the company states in its press materials. "The comprehensive TotalCode line also includes a solution for the desktop encoding market." According to Rovi, the TotalCode product line is made up of three solutions: "1) TotalCode Enterprise brings professional-level capabilities to the enterprise-class multi-format encoder industry. The solution features a scalable, server-distributed encoding architecture and supports a wide range of standards-compliant streams for digital distribution and broadcast platforms, including Rovi-powered entertainment stores. In addition, a flexible client-side control is provided via command-line, Web client or integration into a custom application...2) TotalCode Professional provides the content-creation industry with high-quality mastering-level control, including the ability to segment re-encode in any digital delivery format. The segment re-encoding feature saves time by allowing select portions of a completed project to be re-encoded and fine-tuned. 3) TotalCode Studio provides users access to TotalCode's vast codec library in an easy-to-use desktop encoding application for multimedia professionals, authoring facilities and broadcasters. TotalCode line includes an extensive library of video and audio codecs that support the formats used in various aspects of acquisition, storage, delivery and playback across platforms, including broadcast/cable TV, digital storefronts, mobile devices and optical disc players. Special features such as segment re-encoding (available in TotalCode Professional) and the patented ExpressQC efficiency tool enhance productivity while helping achieve the best possible results. Built on a unified platform that facilitates seamless workflows and the interchange of encoding presets, the entire TotalCode line is designed for easy customization and integration with existing production workflows. TotalCode will be available through Rovi-authorized resellers by the end of October 2011."
  • In other Rovi news from IBC 2011: 1) The company has announced the availability of version 9 of its MainConcept Codec SDK. It describes the new release's key features as follows: "a) H.264/AVC Encoder Wrapper: Enables rapid H.264/AVC implementation by providing a single API wrapper for all H.264/AVC encoders: CUDA, OpenCL, Intel Quick Sync Video, and H.264/AVC Software Encoder. b) H.264/AVC Smart Rendering: Enables fast editing, trimming, and copying at any frame position without requiring a complete re-encode. c) Enhanced Network Streaming Support: Features enhanced support for network streaming for Flash RTMP, DLNA Media Server/Renderer/Control Point and SIP IP conferencing. d) VC-3 Encoding Support: VC-3 codec support including Avid DNxHD-compliant MXF multiplexing. e) Fragmented MP4 Support: Enables segmented streaming of an MP4 file as well as the multiplexing of multiple streams with different bitrates into a single MP4 file, essential for streaming in conditions with fluctuating bandwidths. f) Updated Runtime Requirements: Version 9 has been built with the following compiler tools: Visual Studio 2010, Linux Ubuntu 4.2.4-1ubuntu3 (gcc 4.2.4) and XCode 3.1." 2) The company has also announced that it is working with Broadcom to integrate its recently launched DivX Plus Streaming technology (see the article published on, September 2nd) into the latter's system-on-a-chip (SoC) platforms for set-top boxes and connected TV's, in order to enable OTT entertainment experiences on such devices. "Lightweight and easy to deploy, DivX Plus Streaming offers support for 1080p video resolution, subtitles, as well as a range of smooth trick-play capabilities that have historically only been associated with Blu-ray Discs," Rovi states in its press materials. "DivX Plus Streaming complements the advanced digital entertainment feature set of Broadcom's platforms and is designed to enable service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers to deliver a full-featured over-the-top movie and TV entertainment experience."
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