Verimatrix, the specialist in securing and enhancing revenue for multi-screen digital TV services around the globe, announced its partnership with Vestel to create a versatile IP-enabled range of connected TVs ready for premium service delivery.Vestel previously partnered up with Yahoo! and Access to enhance their positioning.
TelecomPaper on the deal:
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Vestel's range of MB36 IP enabled TV's are available for deployment with embedded Verimatrix ViewRight client security supporting VCAS protected digital TV services. The Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for Internet TV, together with VCAS for IPTV, provides a complete digital TV security service for IP video services. Vestel LCD TVs with built-in IP and DRM are available as 26-inch, 32-inch, 40-inch and 46-inch models. They support HD panels and secure content from server to display.
Vestel TVs can be deployed as full client devices in services protected by VCAS for internet TV and VCAS for IPTV as a digital TV security service for IP services. Featuring multi-format support, VCAS services to multiple screens and across multiple transports, including both broadcast and VoD delivery modes.
Espial, a provider of On-Demand TV solutions, announced that the Espial TV Browser is powering consumer electronics major Hitachi's latest Connected TV models being shipped into the Japanese market.This is in order to achieve its goal of being one of the premium TV suppliers to the Japanese Market
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Gala TV is one of the examples how the industry is changing and adapting to its changing, more ubiquitous and social, environment. The Gala Bingo channel is moving off Sky and exclusively onto the web. Gala Bingo was the first to bring online bingo onto the television screen and has stuck with it for a long time, despite the competition deciding that the format was not worth investing in.
However, Gala Bingo has now decided that the channel Gala TV needed a complete new look and new offers and at the same time have taken the decision to cease broadcasting as a TV channel.Add a comment
Startup service TweePlayer, which launched its public beta Tuesday, does something very interesting, it synchronizes archived tweets about a show to non-lineair programming. Here’s a demo page that marries a “Dancing with the Stars” video with tweets about that particular show. You can tweet, as well, which would be seen by others who replay the same event later (but obviously, you can’t respond to each other in real-time).
LostRemote further elaborates:
TweePlayer says it harvests conversations for most major TV shows — using hashtags and algorithms to figure out which tweets are about the show — and it has a growing list of 5,000 events including sports events, conferences and even podcasts.
eHomeUpgrade on the hashtags:
TweePLayer uses AI that tracks a conversation about an event and discovers new parts of the conversation. It dynamically adjusts target keywords to a particular event. “We are constantly adding new layers of intelligent tools to sift through all of the Twitter conversations for not only relevant but higher value parts of the conversation so users won’t be overwhelmed with tens of thousands of relevant but unimportant Tweets. We believe this will lead to a more vibrant and intelligent social media conversation.” said TweePLayer CEO Mick Darling.
When it comes to monetizing the tweet harvester, CEO and founder Mick Darling says there are a few options. Tomorrowish, the startup behind TweePlayer, might provide white box solutions for companies like Hulu, or it might sell premium accounts that include commentary from people like actors and conference keynotes. Darling is also talking with several brands about providing sentiment and engagement analytics for specific television shows.Add a comment
BuddyTV, who claim to be the world's largest independent TV entertainment site, has launched an updated version of the BuddyTV Guide.
Andy Liu, CEO of BuddyTV, explained:
"One of the great things about BuddyTV Guide is that users quickly find what they want to watch via TV show listings and search. They also never have to learn where buttons are for a new remote control since they can tap to watch or use powerful gesture swipe commands for all devices."
Bill Baxter, CTO of BuddyTV, stated:
"After people find what they want to watch, they can easily comment and check into their show via Facebook and Twitter. In addition, they can also see what other people are watching to catch on to trends like a season premiere or finale."
The BuddyTV Guide app is available as a free download for a limited time at the Apple iTunes Store.Add a comment
Ocean Blue Software, the digital TV developer, is targeting the growing number of IT companies that are looking to move into the connected digital TV market. The company has today released a paper “Software Technologies and Variations in Global Digital TV Markets”, designed to give IT companies a brief insight into some of the key challenges in tackling the digital TV market.
"As digital TV is increasingly delivered as internet-based, we have seen a growing number of IT and communications companies eyeing up the global TV market," said Ken Helps, Founder and CEO of Ocean Blue Software. "But it's not all about IPTV " the broadcast media cannot be ignored, and the manufacturers need to source MHEG middleware, for example, to provide complete solutions."
Available for free download from www.oceanbluesoftware.com, the paper cites the fundamental difference between US and UK markets as a prime example. The US is dominated by cable services, whilst the UK's primary services are Freeview, Sky and Freesat. This leads to fundamental differences in digital standards that manufacturers must accommodate to address each market.Add a comment
Access, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, and Vestel Electronics, the largest TV manufacturer in Europe, today announced that Vestel HbbTV ( Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV ) set-top boxes ( STBs ) and new generation iDTVs ( integrated DTVs ) are now shipping with the Access NetFront Browser DTV Profile HbbTV Edition. This is an important development for Europe's TV landscape, as the devices are the first cost-effective, mass-market solutions enabling TV viewers to access and enjoy HbbTV interactive services. The availability of HbbTV functionality also helps future-proof consumers' current iDTV purchases. The Vestel Group accounts for 16% of the LCD TV market and 25% of the digital set-top-box market in Europe and is comprised of 25 companies operating in the manufacturing, technology development, marketing and distribution fields in the consumer electronics, IT, digital technologies and household appliance markets, with €3.7 billion turnover. Vestel is one of the largest ODM LCD TV manufacturers in Europe.
"It's very exciting to see the acceleration of HbbTV's acceptance throughout Europe, which makes it more and more likely that HbbTV will be the dominant standard in Europe for next-generation TV services, blending broadcast TV with broadband delivered video and services," said Klaus Merkel, Manager of the HbbTV Project, IRT.
Commenting on Access and his own company making HbbTV a mass-market proposition, Hakan Kutlu, Deputy General Manager for Marketing, Vestel Foreign Trade, said:
"We chose the Access solution because it uniquely provides an embedded TV browser that meets the needs of the operator at the same time as providing the exciting new TV user experiences. I look forward to seeing Access and Vestel making HbbTV a hit with operators and consumers throughout Europe."
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Javier Lasa has created a brilliant visual starter kit for anyone interested in TV App development on the single screen with his presentation at Slideshare. Castro is R&D Manager digital area for PRISA, the trading name of Promotora de Informaciones, S.A, also known as Grupo PRISA, a Spanish media conglomerate with presence in 22 countries, and 15000 employees. He blogs in Spanish at Blog sobre web TV, video online y multimedia interactiva. This presentation is in English.
As millions of people hook up their videogame consoles to the Internet for network gaming and Netflix streaming, add new devices to their living rooms like Apple TV or Roku boxes, and as more TVs themselves ship with Internet access and apps, the potential for advertising on these devices is increasing.
So mobile ad companies are apparently starting to tinker: