Ericsson To Acquire Microsoft Mediaroom

ericssonEricsson has reached an agreement with Microsoft to acquire its TV solution Mediaroom business. The deal is expected to close during the second half of 2013.  The agreement is subject to customary regulatory approvals and other conditions. Mediaroom will be incorporated into Business Unit Support Solutions. Mediaroom is situated in Mountain View, California and employs more than 400 people worldwide.

Commenting on this, Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson said: “Ericsson’s vision of the Networked Society foresees 50 billion devices to be connected via broadband, mobility and cloud. Future video distribution will have a similar impact on consumer behavior and consumption as mobile voice has had. This acquisition contributes to a leading position for Ericsson with more than 40 customers, serving over 11 million subscriber households. In addition, Ericsson will be powered with senior competence and some of the most talented people within the field of IPTV distribution.”

The global IPTV market is estimated to reach 76 million subscribers in 2013 with revenues of 32 BUSD, growing to 105 million subscribers and 45 BUSD in 2015.

The total media solution portfolio of Ericsson in the TV and video space combined with a further increased focus on consumer needs will be the foundation for providing services to end users. The importance of video distribution capabilities for the customers and their consumers will be increasing as more and more LTE networks are deployed and filled with smartphone users.

Microsoft Mediaroom is the TV technology behind many of the world’s leading television service providers like AT&T U-verse®, Entertain of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, TELUS Optik TV(TM) and Swisscom. Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered on more than 22 million set top boxes deployed throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

Ericsson already sees that the ever-changing behaviors of TV consumers are evolving faster than ever. Speed of innovation and intelligent solutions drive consumer propositions in TV anywhere. This development will continue to fuel the industry as convergence becomes reality. The development requires content owners, broadcasters, TV service providers and operators to re-think their propositions.

This move builds on Ericsson’s triple Emmy award-winning leadership in the media industry, providing its customers with a truly unique experience in TV anywhere spanning the entire media value chain from camera to consumer.

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Yamgo TV Launches Social TV Facebook App

yamgoMobile TV network Yamgo has expanded its television service to Facebook, bringing over 100 fully licensed live and linear TV channels to the world’s biggest social network. The recently launched Facebook app aims to enable users to watch TV without ever leaving Facebook, meaning viewers can chat with their friends and check their notifications whilst enjoying a wide range of TV channels. Consumers can access the Yamgo app from the Facebook App Centre or by visiting the Yamgo website and opting to log-in with Facebook.

The Facebook app is the latest update to the Yamgo service which claims to have built a user-base of over 35 million views per month through a bouquet of smartphone apps and desktop and mobile websites. Using the Facebook app, Yamgo intends to make television more social by allowing users to share their viewing activity with their friends via Facebook’s Open Graph. Initial numbers for the application are positive with the lure of live TV from content providers such as Sony SAB, France 24 and Zee TV leading to over 9000 users within days of the launch.

Commenting on the launch, Ian Mullins, Founder and CEO of Yamgo said, “Watching TV has become a huge social experience, we’re not just watching along with the people in our living rooms anymore, we’re watching with the whole world. In terms of social TV, Twitter has received a lot of attention regarding television lately for their research with Nielsen and their purchase of Bluefin Labs but Facebook also has a lot to offer as an entertainment platform – the success of current games and applications on the platform are a great example of the potential growth possibilities that the social network offers.”

With the increase in the internet user base, online TV is growing consistently as viewing habits have changed toward instant gratification and on-demand consumption of media. Concurrent to this growth the rise of social media means that audiences can express their views on content in real time via social networks like Facebook, Twitter and GetGlue. An article published by eMarketer noted research by Nielsen for the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) which found that Facebook is the dominating social network for people to share what they’re watching. Up to 40% of viewers used Facebook to discuss what they’re watching compared to just 21% who used Twitter.

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Intel is getting into the set-top box business,will reshape the online video delivery business

IntelAccording to FierceOnlineVideo, Intel is ready to launch a new consumer electronics product and an Internet TV offering it hopes will reshape the online video delivery business.

The product is expected to use an over-the-top model but compete with incumbent pay TV service providers.

Intel is joining a crowded field that already includes boxes from Apple TV and Roku as well as streaming online content delivery from Netflix, Hulu and a bevy of others offering varying levels of over-the-top online video Internet content. It’s also entering a field long dominated by cable, telco and satellite providers with deep pockets and even deeper connections with content owners.

It all depends, of course, on Intel’s ability to get the right content at the right price for packages that will entice consumers away from what’s already there. There’s also the question of Intel’s hardware prowess when it comes to developing consumer electronics, but that’s another matter as the chipmaker moves into the content delivery business with packages, rather than standalone content options.

Eventually it is going to be a content play business, if Intel is able to provide high quality content with the boxes and a better subscription package, they will have a good chance.

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Opera TV Store integrated into MediaTek's series of Smart TV solutions, 140 Plus HTML5 TV Apps available

Opera-and-MediaTek-smart-TV-app-storeOpera today announces that MediaTek Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions, has integrated the Opera TV Store into its Smart TV solution. Manufacturers that implement MediaTek chipsets can now provide web functionality and application environments for their TVs, set-top boxes and media players.

Smart TVs are rapidly gaining share worldwide. NPD DisplaySearch forecasts that shipment of Smart TVs with open internet access will grow to 95 million in 2016. The connected TV industry is embracing open standards, such as HbbTV and HTML5.

The Opera TV Store, an HTML5-based app store for connected TVs, set-top boxes and media players, offers a selection of high-quality, easily navigated web apps. Side-by-side applications allow viewers to use TV apps without losing focus on the program they are watching. The Opera TV Store has also been enhanced with the ability to display ads, thereby enabling publishers and content providers to inject pre-roll ads and to monetize their applications. The store is now available on Sony Bravia TVs and Blu-ray DVD players. It will be soon shipped by other leading TV and set-top-box manufacturers, such as TCL and Humax.

“MediaTek is an important partner for us. Our two companies share the vision of bringing more web to more people,” says Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “Implementing the Opera TV Store in MediaTek’s Smart TV solution will help to move Smart TVs from being a novelty to the mainstream. Millions of app-hungry users will be able to enjoy a comfortable, ‘leanback’ experience on their TVs.”

The Opera TV Store is now integrated in MediaTek’s chipsets. TV and media player manufacturers that want to provide the complete Smart TV solution to their end users can now reduce the time to market significantly. Currently, in the Opera TV Store, there are more than 100 high-quality, HTML5-powered TV apps available, such as Associate Press News, Facebook, AUPEO!, Tunein Radio, Redux TV, Twitter, Viewster, Vimeo and more. The number of the apps in the store is constantly growing, since developers can easily repurpose existing HTML5 applications running on computers and phones to work on TVs, creating cross-platform applications that work on any device running the Opera TV Store.

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Samsung's 2013 Smart TV's To Have Promising Features, TV App Developers will Benefit

Samsung Smart Hub
Samsung has recently released the much awaited SDK 4.0 for the 2013 series of Smart TV Platforms. This means a whole lot of new features and functionalities have been added and the TV app developer community can build TV apps with these new features and functionalities for an amazing user experience. To experience some of the Smart TV Apps on the Samsung TV’s visit the Samsung Smart Hub (Smart TV App store ) US Store , India Store

Lets look at what the SDK 4.0 has to offer. The toolset includes an Eclipse-based application editor, Visual Editor, debugger, and Smart TV Emulators for current and past TV platforms.

The Mac OS X and Linux platforms are now supported by the Samsung Smart TV SDK. In addition to the Eclipse-based App Editor, a new Linux-based Emulator has been released. This Emulator executes in an Ubuntu virtual machine that is run in the Virtual Box virtualization tool.

This release also marks the introduction of the Cloud Emulator. The Emulator is hosted on a remote server that developers can connect to using a “thin client” Emulator on their development machine. Currently, this feature is supported only on the Mac OS X platform.

■ [Editor]

– Open Samsung Smart TV Semantic Service
– Support for Mac OS X and Linux platforms
– Full WYSIWYG code editing (visual editor and code editor are synced)
– 6 new Visual Editor components (arrowbutton, hscrollbar, pageindicator, slidern, togglebutton, tooltip)
– Smooth re-sizing of components
– Web Inspector (debugger) support

■ Features for 2013 Platform on Windows

– Smart Interaction: Gesture events have been added (New HI (including Gesture) Simulator).
– Apps Framework
– 2013 App Engine (HTML5 Video/Audio, WebSocket, WebGL)
– UniPlayer
– SEF (Service Extension Framework)
– Convergence Framework
– OCI (Open Convergence Interface) : MIDI support
– MPEG Dash
– AllShare
– In-App Ads
– Flash 11.1
– Smooth Streaming
– Web Inspector support
– ATT (Automatic Test Tool) : User can record and playback input events for testing.

■ Features for 2013 Platform on Linux (First Release)

– Apps Framework
– App Engine / WebKit
– UniPlayer
– SEF (Service Extension Framework)

■ Features for 2013 Platform on Mac (First Release)

– Apps Framework
– App Engine / WebKit
– UniPlayer
– SEF (Service Extension Framework)
– Cloud Emulator client for Mac OS X

With this release I see a great potential in Video streaming apps for entertainment companies. TV channels / Video on Demand categories can best utilize these features. With motion sensors, the Minority Report style of  experience is very much possible in the apps. Gaming experience will be amazing. Social interactivity will increase. Education is another space which can better utilize this platform. A whole new world of opportunities awaits . I am sure with Samsung and other OEM’s focusing a lot on R & D , we can expect this space to evolve.

The TV Apps space will do well in  countries where broadband speeds are good. To experience the streaming content on the smart Tv’s a high speed internet is required. India is yet to catch up, once 4G/wimax is launched, this space will see some growth. But in countries like US where Technology adoption is faster and better, will see tremendous growth with Europe and Australia markets picking up well.

If you are interested in keeping  track of this space you can follow the following Networking/Professional/Developer Groups @ Linkedin

Smart TV/Connected TV/Social TV App Developers  (700+ Members)

Samsung Smart TV Apps ( 170+ Members)

 

 

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Comigo Offers WatchApps – A New Type of Contextual TV Interactive Applications

comigoComigo, an Israel-based company has announced that it will use its presence at CES 2013 to demonstrate its unique social and interactive applications (WatchApps) which allow viewers to engage with the content they watch and interact with their friends.

The WatchApps are offered as part of Comigo’s multi-screen Smart TV platform. The viewers can participate in polls, betting or trivia questions, get extended internet-based information related to the content they watch, buy merchandize or other items – all while watching the show with no need to surf the web or search in the application store.

For example, while watching a Sports match, the viewer can enter the Facebook page of the league, get the history of the players, receive real-time results of other games being played at the same time, re-play interesting events that took place during the game, minute-by-minute, make a bet, purchase tickets for the next game and more.

Viewers can purchase specific products related to the viewed content and invite their friends to join this purchase – in return they can get a discount.

Viewers can also use the WatchApps to send virtual multimedia messages to friends while watching a show, such as Birthday Cakes and wishes and throwing a tomato when their friend’s team scores.

Comigo offers SDK, enabling developers to build such interactive-applications and back-end tools for the TV Service Providers to manage and correlate the interactive-applications with their EPG.

About Comigo

Comigo is the creator of a feature-rich smart TV platform which combines the TV/Video/Broadcast viewing with the Internet capabilities. Comigo developed an advance Smart TV platform, including middleware for Android based STB, Applications for iOS/Android Smartphones and Tablets, as well as a strong Server side that manages and enhances the solution.

 

 

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Video: Samsung's New Launches at CES US, Check out the Cool Gadgets Samsung is Launching

Samsung CES 2013 Press Conference was held on January 7(PST) in Las Vagas with the theme of ‘Discover the world of possibilities’. At the conference, Samsung introduced full of innovative products including Smart TV F8000, 85′ UHD TV, Series 7 Chronos, NX 300.. Check out the Samsung’s Full Press  Video Conference at CES 2013

See the Press Conference (49 mints) Video (Full version) 

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Facts And Predictions Regarding India’s TV Market – Infographic

tvDuring the last two decades, television has become a very popular medium of entertainment in India. Recent forecasts by Strategy Analytics show that the Asia-Pacific market, driven by India and China, will account for 42% of all connected television sales by 2016, with the penetration in India reaching 14%.

Here’s an inforaphic that presents some of the outstanding facts and predictions regarding India’s TV market:

 

 

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Job: Lead Application Developer – iOS/Android & HTML5 for CodeCube

JobsJOB title – Apps Team lead for CodeCube

We are looking for highly motivated individuals with pleasant personalities and good organizational skills to work as an Applications team lead.  At least five app on the iTunes App Store or Android Play store is a must.

Must be willing to work in a startup environment where challenges are thrown everyday.

Must be able to understand all aspects of a typical business. We have all varieties of clients and need strong business skills.

The ideal candidate should have atleast 5 years of experience in this Software industry with minimum of 2-3years on the iOS/Android plus HTML5 domain.

 

Duties:
Responsibilities include the following:

  • Development of mobile apps on Android, iPhone and HTML 5
  • Deal with clients data, feeds and designs.
  • Co-operation with other development team members (e.g. Project manager, Web programmers, graphic designers, and authors, quality assurance) in the production of a finished product.
  • Ability to work on project without detailed instructions; taking the initiative with this job is important.
  • On-going maintenance of existing projects.
  • Able to build and manage a small team of developers

 

Required

·       Self starter

·       Passionate about mobile and smart TV apps development

·       Should know how to manage team and their expectations

·       Very strong communication, interpersonal and written skills

·       Able to understand client requirements and handle all technical queries

·       Project Estimation based on FPA method

·       2yrs exp in iOS/Android plus HTML 5 for mobile app development

·       3-5 yrs exp in Java/J2EE technologies (preferred)

·       Hands-On experience in Java/J2ee technologies, Struts/Spring framework (preferred)

·       Experience in one of the applications servers like Web Sphere (is preferred), JBoss, Web Logic

Qualifications:

  • BTech/BCA from a Tier 1 or 2 institute with excellent grades
  • Excellent knowledge of the iPhone iOS SDK
  • Excellent knowledge of Android SDK
  • Excellent knowledge of HTML5, PhoneGap, Sencha Touch or jQuery Mobile
  • Must have worked on HTML5, CSS and JS for web app development
  • Knowledge of XML and JSON is a requirement
  • Knowledge of SqlLite and a working experience in SQL databases
  • Coding standards, organizational programming skills and good commenting practices is important

 

Job Perks

An opportunity to work on exciting Smart TV Apps across all platforms

Also work on Mobile apps across technologies ie iOS, Android, Windows and HTML5

Work on the latest device for testing…

A very cool and chill out place of work right in south Delhi. Open and free work culture and opportunity to interact with other start ups.

5 mins walk from Nehru Place Metro station

Apply for this position

raman@codecube.in

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nexGTv Bags Opera's 2012 Top Apps Award In The Entertainment Category, Symbian Platform

nexgtvDigiVive’s premier mobile TV service nexGTv has been honoured with Opera’s the Top Apps Award for 2012 in the Entertainment category – Symbian platform, in the Opera Mobile Store.  Opera Software introduced the Top Apps Awards this year to acknowledge the most popular apps within its catalog of 80,000 free and paid apps in the Opera Mobile Store, which now has 50 million monthly users and is the world’s fifth-largest mobile app store today. The winners were picked through popular voting by users of the Opera Mobile Store, who voted for their favorite apps between November 15 and November 22, 2012.

nexGTv provides users with content like Indian cricket matches, more than 100 live channels, short and full-length movies, premium content during festivals, etc. Along with this award, nexGTv’s popularity is highlighted by the fact that it has maintained its top app position in the Entertainment category across app stores such as Ovi, Google Play, iTunes and others. These app stores together provide around 40,000 downloads every day of DigiVive’s nexGTv mobile TV service. nexGTv witnessed huge traction during cricketing action, and the average new user count is increasing daily. Currently, nexGTv caters to more than 6.5 million users, which will further help develop mass acceptance of the service.

Commenting on this victory, G. D. Singh, Director, DigiVive, said, “We are glad to receive this prestigious award for our mobile TV service – nexGTv. Our deep technological back-end support, 24/7 customer-care call center, desirable content and user-friendly interface ensure that there is a good attraction towards our service. This award is very important to us, since it echoes the end user’s voice.”

nexGTv is one-of-a-kind service and various features such as replay TV, adaptive streaming, a best-in-class user interface and 24/7 support call center makes it stand out from other prevailing mobile TV services in India. It offers channels ranging from national to regional in the categories of Entertainment, Movies, News and much more. It offers best content, via top channels such as Sony bouquet, Star bouquet, Aaj Tak, Asianet and Raj Channels. One of its unique features is adaptive streaming, which enables seamless, live streaming even on 2G networks.

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