Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ATIS, Concurrent, ES3, Pace, Microsoft Mediaroom

--ATIS Releases Spec for Identifying and Authenticating IPTV Devices
--Polish Cable MSO, Vectra, Selects Concurrent's MediaHawk VX to Support VOD, Multiscreen Services
--ES3, Pace Partner on Customer Self-Care Apps for the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV Platform

Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 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 more 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.

  • Standards body, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), on Wednesday released a solution for "securely identify[ing] and authenticat[ing] computers, TV's and other devices for connection into IPTV networks to enable video and other multimedia content to flow freely to users wherever they want it on the device of their choice...The new specification provides the format and syntax to create a globally unique device identifier, as well as a device and subscriber authentication mechanism for each device to enable it to connect securely to different parts of IPTV networks," ATIS's press materials continue. "As the business paradigm shifts from single-device static users to multi-device mobile users, this capability is essential as it helps to more accurately define the roles and rights associated with each device. Developed by ATIS' IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), the specification utilizes Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP) Subscriber-Bound Transport Layer Security, a new authentication architecture that binds subscribers to devices using strong cryptography. The authentication process between the receiving device/subscriber and the IPTV's authorizing servers is explained in IPTV Device Identity and Device and Subscriber Authentication Interoperability Specification (ATIS-0800037). This document is available through the ATIS Document Center. The IIF also has released several new reports for the interoperability of key components of IPTV architecture, including: 1) Scenarios for ATIS IIF IPTV Interoperability Testing (ATIS-0800047). 2) Test Cases for Network Attachment, Service Provider Discovery and Attachment, and Services Discovery (ATIS-0800048). 3) Test Cases for Linear TV Service Selection, Attachment, and Usage (ATIS-0800049). 4) Test Cases for Content on Demand Service Attachment and Service Use (ATIS-0800050). 5) Test Cases for Remote Management of Consumer Domain Devices and QoS Metric Reporting (ATIS-0800051). In addition to this test case suite, the IIF recently published a standard to specify the data structures (metadata) and transaction protocols to support the IIF’s Content on Demand (CoD) architecture as defined in IPTV Content on Demand Service (ATIS-0800042). Content on Demand Metadata Schema and Metadata Transactions (ATIS-0800042) defines the metadata for use on interfaces related to the delivery of CoD."
  • Concurrent said Wednesday that Poland's second-largest cable operator, Vectra, has selected its MediaHawk VX unified content-delivery solution. Vectra plans to launch the solution to support a VOD offering this quarter and to use it to support multiscreen services in the future. Said Vectra CEO, Tomasz Zuranski: "Interest in high-quality video-on-demand (VOD) is growing rapidly in Poland, on both TV screens and connected devices. Concurrent offers an innovative content-delivery solution that combines their best-of-breed VOD solution for TV environments with new multiscreen functionality that allows us to address PC's, tablets, and smartphones in the future. We believe Concurrent's software is uniquely capable of satisfying both our immediate-term needs and our long-term strategic goals as we continue to expand the range of video services we offer to our subscribers."
  • Interactive TV applications developer, ES3, and digital TV hardware company, Pace, on Wednesday announced that they are partnering to deliver "intelligent" customer-care and self-service applications for operators that have deployed the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform. "Under this new partnership, ES3 and Pace will work together on utility-based TV applications leveraging the intelligence of Pace's hardware, customer-care and service-management programs," the companies state in their press materials. "Pace and ES3 will work to integrate these capabilities into Pace's Services Management System (SMS) to enable rapid deployment into Pace's customer base. SMS is part of Pace's Broadband Management Solution, which also includes its third-generation Device Management System, marketed under the CMS brand, and the related hosted customer-care offering that support IPTV deployments around the world." Said ES3 CEO, Doug Edwards: "This deeper, strategic partnership is very important to ES3's TV application strategy. Under a collaborative roadmap, our utility-based TV applications program is about to be injected with a level of capabilities and integrated intelligence that only Pace is able to deliver! Pace's offering, when combined with ES3's penetration of consumer-based TV applications in the Microsoft Mediaroom market, make this a '1 and 1 equals 3' scenario." Added Pace's SVP of services, Jonathan Cobb: "This extended partnership builds on our existing relationship with ES3 and enables us to provide support for the IPTV service on the TV. The new application will boost subscriber satisfaction, and may even eliminate the need for them to call for support at all."
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