Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Access, BBC Red Button, BBC News

--Access Launches DLNA-Certified Solution for Sharing Content on TV's, PC's, Tablets and Smartphones
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through February 5th
--BBC News App Now Available for Android Tablets

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.

  • Connected-TV software company, Access, has launched Access MediaPilot, a DLNA-certified app that is billed as enabling consumers to share music, movies and photos on connected TV's, PC's, iPads, tablets and smartphones "without hooking up cables, copying files or becoming a networking expert." The app is available via iTunes or its own dedicated Web site. "By removing the technical barriers to content sharing in the networked home, Access MediaPilot enables content owners and distributors, operators and CE device manufacturers to provide consumers with exciting new ways of enjoying content as well as opening up new business models," Access states in its press materials. "Access MediaPilot is based on Access NetFront Living Connect, a DLNA Technology Component solution which enables seamless multimedia access and sharing in the digital home. The Access MediaPilot iPad app is DLNA Certified. The Windows version is available free to consumers at Access is also making SDK's available to developers who want to provide seamless media sharing in their products and services...Key Access MediaPilot features include: 1) Media sharing and playback of movies, music and photos. 2) Stream movies and music to any DLNA Certified or UPnP device in your house. 3) 'Swipe-to-TV' feature. 4) Media discovery and search. 5) Available for Windows PC and iPad. 6) Start remote playback by simply dragging and dropping media files. 7) Remotely adjust device playback volume." Said Access's VP of global sales, Neale Foster: "Up until now, you have had to be pretty geeky to share media over a home network. Access MediaPilot changes that by making it easy for any movie or music lover to share and control their media over a PC, phone, tablet and TV."
  • The BBC has released the schedule of programming and interactive content that will be available via the BBC Red Button service through February 5th.

  • In other BBC news: The corporation has announced the availability in the Android Market in the UK of a version of its BBC News App for Android tablets. The BBC's international/commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, is expected to announce an international version soon. The new BBC News app for Android tablets was preceded by a version for Android smartphones that the corporation says has been downloaded over 3 million times globally since launching last year. The new app "gives an optimized experience for larger tablets--on devices running Android's Honeycomb 3.0 operating system and above (smaller 7.1-inch tablets will continue to receive the smartphone app)," BBC mobile product manager, Kate Milner, explains on a BBC blog. "It offers a simple way of navigating through the key news sections in both landscape and portrait mode. You can personalize these to suit your interests; we've made it easy to share stories and the app also provides on-demand video within stories, in both 3G and WiFi. We'll be offering the News Channel live in a later release. We're also working on homescreen widgets. Growing numbers of people are accessing BBC News on mobiles and tablets. In an average week, the BBC News sites and apps are visited by around 9.7 million users worldwide on mobile and tablet devices. That represents about 26% of the total. The BBC News product development team will be working on further mobile and tablet improvements over the coming year."

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