In a recent blog post over at the BBC, Gideon Summerfield, Product Manager, BBC iPlayer on TV at BBC states that their latest figures
show there has already been a 10-fold increase in consumption of BBC
iPlayer content on connected TVs, set top boxes and BluRay players since
June last year.
He added that the BBC is encouraged that device manufacturers continue to adopt HTML, allowing them to more easily build rich IPTV apps, especially where standards for video control - such as HTML5 - are supported. This year, Panasonic and Sony have joined the likes of Samsung, LG, and Toshiba in launching connected TVs in the UK that support HTML.
Sky however, seems to be rather unhappy with the current BBC iPlayer synication rules, that forces rivals to accept running the iPlayer on their own services, as reported in the Guardian.
The provisional conclusion was that on-demand BBC programmes should only be made available to rival operators through the iPlayer, and no other 3rd party players, stated the BBC Trust. And the BBC is going full force into offering the player on multiple platforms.
Fastcompany reports about the novel type of network design could make wireless networks more efficient and more secure, "whereas traditional networks leave packets of information undisturbed, a technique called "network coding" mixes the contents of different packets together." MIT researchers found that the method could increase the data capacity of a network threefold. And since the packets are scrambled, the method also has built-in encryption.
Médard and Montpetit at MIT believe that network coding can help with all three challenges:
So conceived, social TV poses a number of technical challenges. One is the allocation of bandwidth, as AT&T discovered when the popularity of streaming video on the original iPhone threatened to overwhelm its network. Another is the synchronization of video streaming to different devices. And a third is the protection of both providers’ content and the privacy of consumers’ comments.
Demonstration at NBC
In the demo at NBC, a small group of people watched the same streaming video on handheld devices. Only one of the devices, however, was connected to the cellular network. It broadcast hybrid data packets to the other devices, which in turn mixed them together and passed them along. So network coding reduced the burden on the cell network. And since all the devices were broadcasting data to each other, and the researchers’ algorithms were able to descramble coded packets so efficiently that the synchronization between the devices was nearly perfect.
Sheau Ng, the head of technology R&D at NBCUniversal, says that the technology the researchers demonstrated could have applications in cases in which, for example, several family members in a single location were using separate devices to teleconference simultaneously with a distant relative. But, he says, “That’s not as interesting a scenario as the one where users are in entirely different parts of the physical world.” He believes, however, that network coding is applicable in that case as well. “It’s a multiyear project, and we are just now in the first stages of it,” he says. “We’re quite excited about seeing what the team can come up with.”
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Moshi Monsters is the UK social networking website for children, which started in 2008, invites children to adopt a monster, play games and communicate with each other.
The online TV player, Moshi TV, will include cartoons of popular Moshi characters, or "moshlings", such as Lady Googoo, Dustbin Beaver and 49 Pence, as well as animations uploaded by users. Moshi TV has the advantage of tapping into an existing audience of nearly 38m registered users worldwide, mostly aged between six and 11.
Michael Acton Smith, founder of parent company Mind Candy, said:
"That's how kids want to enjoy media. They don't want to sit and be broadcast to – they want to interact and share and comment. We're flipping traditional TV on its head and letting the kids decide what's popular by voting things up and making them more discoverable."
A blue ocean approach for sure, comparing it to the horizontal approaches by Zynga and Facebook, Smith said:
"The internet is a winner-takes-all market. Facebook has won social, LinkedIn has won business and Zynga has won social gaming. But no one has gone deep in the kids' space, even though it's a multibillion offline industry. We want to be the top player so we're expanding rapidly."
Acton Smith will be speaking during two sessions at the marketplace: Digital Distribution: Monetising Content on New Platforms (Monday April 4th, 3.15pm) and Connected Creativity Forum: Innovation from Around the World (Tuesday April 5th, 4.10pm).Add a comment
On Demand Deutschland (ODD) has announced it has made three 3D movies from the German Constantin Group available to Austria’s IPTV platform Aon TV from Telekom Austria.
The line-up initially comprises blockbusters from Constantin Film's library including "Step Up 3D", "Resident Evil: Afterlife" and "Animals United".
The movies can be watched as often as the customer likes within a 48 hour period. In addition to the 3D version, they are also available in standard and high definition. The viewers can access the films on the video-on-demand portal (VOD) at the same time they are released on DVD.
Telekom Austria is the country’s incumbent telecoms operator and its IPTV service has around 150,000 subscribers. On Tuesday, March 29, the On Demand Group announced the availability of 3D movies on Kabel BW in Germany.Add a comment
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