Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): BBC, S3 Group, Samsung, Time Warner Cable, HBO

--BBC Taps S3 Group for Automated Testing of iPlayer Devices
--New Version of Samsung's Smart TV SDK Expected to Support Advertising, Tcommerce
--Time Warner Cable to Launch HBO's "TV Everywhere" Services Following Short Beta Trial

Because of the volume of news already being generated by next week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and because the [itvt] editorial team has a backlog of news to cover following TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 and our post-event vacation, 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.

  • S3 Group, a Dublin-based provider of automated testing solutions for digital TV content delivery platforms and devices (customers include Canoe Ventures--see the interview with S3's VP of technology, Philip Brennan, that was published on, August 8th), said Wednesday that the BBC is using its StormTest Development Center. "The broadcaster will use this technology for its BBC iPlayer product, including testing for multiplatform delivery to devices that can range from connected TV's, Nintendo Wii, Playstation3, tablet devices and others," the company states in its press materials. "S3 Group's role is to help ensure the consumer experiences seamless service--regardless of the content delivery platform. Originally launched on the Web, the broadcaster's product has since expanded to a multitude of consumer devices, all of which need to be tested. StormTest Development Center allows for automated testing to be carried out more efficiently and effectively by testing these multiple devices with different test scripts simultaneously for interactive applications, embedded firmware, and digital TV solutions. StormTest Development Center also provides leading international organizations with enterprise features such as centralized resource management, where testing slots can be pooled across systems and sites, as well as centralized reporting and results management--all extremely important when testing multiple interactive applications."
  • Version 3.0 of Samsung's Smart TV SDK, which is scheduled to launch today (Thursday), will allow developers to monetize their apps via advertising and tcommerce, Electricpig's Adam Bunker reported Wednesday.
  • In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, Time Warner Cable announced that it will make HBO's "TV Everywhere" services, HBO Go and Max Go, available to its customers, after a beta trial that is scheduled to last just a few days. According to the MSO, its SignatureHome customers will serve as the test group for the trial. "This beta trial is currently limited to PC/Mac and laptop access," Time Warner Cable states on its blog. "In order to conduct a limited trial, we have isolated access during this period to the HBO Go/Max Go beta Web sites, accessible via PC's/Macs and laptops. Once we confirm that Time Warner Cable's authentication systems are working properly with the HBO Go/Max Go services, we will broaden access to all HBO/Cinemax subscribers with a Time Warner Cable username and password, and allow access from PC's/Macs, laptops, iPhones, iPads, and Android smartphones."
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