Category archives for: Middleware

OpenTV, Nagravision sue Apple for patent infringement

OpenTV, and Nagravision, both subsidiaries of the Kudelski Group, have filed a patent infringement suit against Apple in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California. The lawsuit alleges that Apple infringes five US patents owned by OpenTV and Nagravision, and identifies Apple’s infringing products and services as including iOS mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod), Apple [...]

ADB, ContentWise multi-screen recommendations

ADB (Advanced Digital Broadcast) a provider of software, systems and service solutions for service providers, and ContentWise, a specialist in content discovery and recommendation solutions, have formed a global business development and technology partnership. As part of the collaboration, ADB will integrate the ContentWise discovery and recommendation engine for live, on-demand and OTT multi-screen video content in its systems integration [...]

PayWizard on next-gen subs management

PayWizard, the specialist in subscriber management and billing solutions for multiscreen pay-TV, has published an independent report outlining how next generation subscriber management systems (SMS) are helping pay-TV platforms, MSOs and VoD service providers overcome the challenges brought by today’s TV Everywhere era. The explosion of video enabled, internet connected devices has drastically changed the pay-TV market. National and international [...]

Microsoft, Ooyala partner for personalised TV

Personalised video experience specialist Ooyala has agreed a strategic relationship with Microsoft to help develop, promote and accelerate the deployment of next-generation IP video services utilising Microsoft Azure Media Services (Media Services) in conjunction with Ooyala’s SaaS-based video distribution, analytics and monetisation technology. Ooyala also formed a global sales and marketing alliance with Microsoft, which is designed to drive standardisation [...]

Virgin win patent round against Rovi

Virgin Media has prevailed in its latest High Court battle with Rovi Corporation over patents related to EPG and links to content. Rovi had claimed infringement of two patents relating to the ability to conceal chosen channels on the EPG and the “backwards EPG” linking to content. The Court found both patents invalid and that the Virgin Media TiVo box [...]

Facebook pays $2bn for Oculus

Facebook is to acquire Oculus VR, a specialist in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of about $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock. The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on the achievement of certain milestones. Oculus specialises in immersive virtual [...]

iPlayer extending catch-up window


iPlayer chief Dan Taylor has confirmed that the BBC’s streaming service will soon be extending its window for catch-up content from 7 days to 30 days. Taylor also revealed several new features including a Radio 1 video player within iPlayer whilst speaking at TV Connect in London. The new version of iPlayer launched on a limited number of devices this week [...]

Magyar Telekom deploys Zenterio OS

Zenterio, provider of the independent operating system platform for interactive TV, has announced that Magyar Telekom, a Deutsche Telekom Group subsidiary in Hungary, has deployed Zenterio Operating System on two new set-top boxes that will support both PVR and interactive, multi-room TV services. This deployment allows Magyar Telekom to develop its services for its TV subscribers in Hungary and harmonise [...]

New partner in the marketplace for Frog by Wyplay initiative

Wyplay, a creator of software solutions for pay-TV operators and Rovi Corporation, a global leader in entertainment discovery, are hosting a demonstration of a combined technology solution designed to enhance consumers’ entertainment experience. The combination of the Frog middleware platform and Rovi discovery services is designed to showcase a turn-key solution for pay-TV operators and Frog community members aimed at [...]

New look for Sky EPG

Sky customers will start to see a brand new Homepage on their Sky+HD boxes in what the satellite broadcaster describes as the most significant shake-up to its electronic programme guide (EPG) since its introduction at the launch of digital TV in 1998. For the first time ever, On Demand, including Catch Up TV and Sky Store and the Sky+ Planner [...]

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