Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): KIT digital, Harmonic, MobiTV, Motorola, NDS, Sky Deutschland

--KIT digital, Harmonic Partner to Enable Pay-TV Operators to Embrace Multiplatform Delivery
--MobiTV Claims Record Usage in September
--China's Henan Cable Selects Motorola M3 Media Server to Power VOD and Network DVR
--NDS Powers Push-VOD for Sky Deutschland

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.

  • KIT digital and Harmonic have announced a strategic partnership that they say "harnesses their complementary product portfolios to offer an end-to-end multiscreen video architecture optimally managed for maximum performance. The two companies are working together to create solutions that enable tier-one video providers to expand existing broadcast and pay-TV services efficiently with new multiplatform, multidevice delivery models," the companies' press materials continue. "Supplying video service and content providers with proven, carrier-grade technologies and strategic project management skills, the partnership draws on years of experience delivering platform solutions to power complex, demanding video deployments. The integrated solution will combine product offerings to deliver: 1) An end-to-end video solution leveraging KIT Cosmos, KIT digital's video asset management platform, and Harmonic's comprehensive multicodec, multiformat video processing and storage technology, which enables customers to deliver and optimize video services for live linear feeds, catch-up and start-over TV, and video-on-demand with a rich user experience. 2) A unified video infrastructure designed specifically for servicing both traditional broadcast and emerging multiscreen devices with maximum quality and operational efficiency. 3) A Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or on-site operational model that fits the end-customer's most stringent reliability requirements while handling day-to-day workflows."
  • Mobile TV specialist, MobiTV, says that consumers viewed over 167 million minutes of TV on MobiTV-powered services last month--the highest total for any month in the company's history. According to the company, 65% of the minutes viewed were live programming. "This milestone validates our technical platform and our focus on delivering live television optimized for mobile devices," MobiTV CEO, Charlie Nooney, said in a prepared statement. "Last month's data further demonstrates our operational excellence as we continue to deliver high-quality content and support live events across multiple networks, devices, and operating systems. The viewership numbers demonstrate continued consumer interest and demand for live mobile content, including one-time live events such as President Obama's inauguration and this year's royal wedding, and popular seasonal events such as college football and the NFL season."
  • Motorola Mobility contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new deal it has secured in China. "One of China's largest cable operators, Henan Cable, has deployed the Motorola M3 Media Server for both video-on-demand (VOD) and network digital video recording (nDVR)," a company spokesperson stated in an email. "Now used by more than 25 million digital subscribers, the Motorola M3 Media Server allows Henan Cable to centralize its growing library of movies, TV shows, music videos and other content, and deliver it all based on a sophisticated analysis of show popularity and edge caching of popular content to servers closer to the subscribers." More information on the M3 Media Server can be found here.
  • Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, has announced that it is powering Sky Deutschland's new Sky Anytime push-VOD service. The service launched in August for satellite subscribers equipped with the connected Sky+ DVR and is slated to be available for all Sky+ subscribers later this year. "Enabled by NDS' MediaHighway set-top box software, Sky Anytime provides Sky+ customers with a wide range of on-demand content, including selected movies from their subscribed film packages as well as high-quality entertainment and sport programs," NDS states in its press materials. "A wide selection of content is 'pushed' onto the Sky+ hard disc overnight in a way that makes efficient use of broadcast bandwidth, the majority of which is available in HD. Accordingly each day a new selection of content is available through the Sky Anytime service for instant playback, including the latest blockbuster releases from 'Sky Select.' In the context of the launch, NDS and Sky Deutschland have enhanced the look and feel of the Sky Guide, the electronic program guide (EPG) for all Sky Deutschland set-top boxes. The design upgrade enables an even more intuitive user experience and provides access to advanced features such as the new push-VOD service...Sky Deutschland already benefits from a number of solutions from NDS including MediaHighway advanced set-top box software, VideoGuard content-protection technology, NDS XTV DVR technology and an electronic program guide (EPG)--all of which provide the basis for the introduction of the new Sky Anytime service."

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