Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo, Verimatrix, WealthTV, Irdeto, smartclip, Boxer, Audible Magic, O2C Hipermedia

--Accedo in OTT Partnership with Verimatrix
--Accedo News Round-Up: WealthTV, Irdeto, UN World Food Program, smartclip, Boxer
--Audible Magic Trumpets Extensive CES Presence, Reveals Deals with Accedo, O2C Hipermedia

Due to the large volume of news being generated by this week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to process all the news from the show: 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. While the [itvt] editorial team catches up with CES news, please check out the live Twitter coverage of the show from [itvt] bloggers, Will Keller and Zachary Weiner, by following the @tswedlow Twitter feed.

  • Connected-TV applications specialist, Accedo, and content-security specialist, Verimatrix, announced a partnership Tuesday to accelerate delivery of OTT video applications. "The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for Internet TV, which provides a complete digital TV security solution for OTT services, is now available integrated with Accedo's application solutions," the companies state in their press materials. "The resulting combination of sophisticated user interfaces with robust Verimatrix security will help accelerate the penetration and business potential of multiscreen services for operators around the globe. The joint solution is already available across mobile devices and LG Smart TV's, and is expected to launch shortly on other platforms...Accedo will be demonstrating live TV and VOD using the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System at its suite in the Venetian at CES."
  • In other recent news from Accedo: 1) The company has been named "Supplier of the Year" by WealthTV, on account of its "exceptional work in building and maintaining WealthTV's connected video applications on a number of devices, including Panasonic, Samsung, LG, Apple iPhones and iPads and other connected devices." 2) The company has announced a partnership with Irdeto "to create next-generation TV Everywhere services and experiences for pay-TV operators, broadcasters and content providers worldwide." At CES this week, the companies say they will showcase Irdeto's newly launched TV Services platform (billed as "enabl[ing] operators and content providers to quickly implement any combination of its modular set of cloud TV services") and a suite of reference applications that have been created by Accedo. 3) The company recently developed an app, dubbed WeFeedBack, for the UN World Food Program. The app is available on LG connected-TV devices around the world. "The WeFeedBack app is aimed at raising awareness of those suffering from hunger around the world," the company states in its press materials. "The app includes a Feedback calculator, which allows users to calculate how many hungry children could be fed with one portion of their favorite food. They can then use the app to donate that amount, or multiples thereof. The WeFeedBack app also allows people to share details of their favorite food and their donations with friends through social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. A hunger map shows the areas of the world most affected by hunger. Consumers can also test their knowledge with a hunger quiz and watch videos of WFP operations." 4) The company recently signed a European-wide partnership agreement with smartclip for the integration of pre-roll advertising into its Funspot connected-TV games service. "smartclip will start monetizing the Funspot games immediately with in-gaming pre-rolls in all major European markets, including the Nordics, UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain," the companies state in their press materials. "Funspot covers a wide range of casual games including board, arcade, strategy and puzzles, which are all designed to work well in a living-room setting, and address a diverse audience. Funspot is already available on all major smart-TV sets and set-top boxes such as Samsung, Philips, LG, Panasonic and Roku. In addition to a proprietary technology solution for the integration of video ads into smart-TV platforms, smartclip has intrinsic knowledge of the advertising market in the different European markets and has its own department focusing exclusively on in-gaming video ads, which is an additional asset for monetizing the Funspot set of games." 5) The company's Application Sphere app store/app management solution has been integrated with the new On Demand box from Nordic pay-TV operator, Boxer. "The app store will be populated with pre-packaged applications from Accedo's large portfolio of games and media apps, including a weather service and social media applications such as Twitter, Facebook, and Picasa," the company states in its press materials. "The Accedo Application Sphere is fully customizable to suit company branding. For Boxer, it was important that the user interface (UI) could be customized according to both Boxer brand guidelines and the UI specification for this new On Demand service. The Accedo Application Sphere provides a powerful, cloud-based, scalable and open application management platform to enable content and service providers, such as Boxer, to stay competitive."
  • Automatic content recognition (ACR) specialist, Audible Magic, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that six companies that have integrated its technology into their products are demo'ing those products at CES this week: 1) Rovi Corporation, in the Pompeian Ballroom at Caesar's Palace. 2) Related Content Database (RCDb), at the Wynn Hotel. 3) Specific Media, at the Encore Hotel. 4) Miso, at Audible Magic's exhibit (booth 73507) at the Venetian. 5) TrickPlay, at the Las Vegas Hilton Hotel. AnTrident Microsystemsd 6) , in the Alsace Ballroom at the Wynn Hotel. Audible Magic also announced that it has secured deals with Accedo and O2C Hipermedia. According to the company, the latter, which is based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will "coordinate second-screen technology integration efforts for Brazilian digital-TV shows, targeting the launch of its first ACR-enabled app this month for a major TV broadcaster."
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