Dutch telco KPN is teaming up with telecoms specialist firms Alcatel-Lucent, KPN, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Sofia Digital under the auspices of industry body the bmcoforum to allow seamless consumption of TV and video either from mobile device, TV or computer. Member companies are identifying necessary standard enablers and profiling them for common industry recommendation.
Recognising that consumers want to watch TV and videos on any screen, anytime, anywhere not tied to a device brand or a service provider, the Forum accepts that agreeing common standard enablers between service and equipment providers is increasingly important to ensure the consumer gets the best experience possible. It is showcasing a number of approaches at IBC, including:
Consume live, on-demand and stored content directly on Connected TVs, PCs or mobile devices; Search, select and control consumption with the mobile device; Browse Electronic Program Guide (EPG) on mobile and switch channels on TV; Consume video on demand content, set and view recordings with Network Personal Video Recorder (NPVR). Push in content to device storage as a background download to improve mobile user experience.
“Increasingly people want to access TV and Video content without limitation to time or place. Nokia is working with the bmcoforum to enable easy access to TV and Video content from the mobile device. Common industry approach is needed to enable this choice between multiple screens,” said Mika Suomela, Director, Connected Entertainment Program Management, Nokia.