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Beamly to support Android TV

Social TV platform Beamly is bringing its personalised TV guide, content discovery, content recommendation, remote control, personalised news feeds, community and show engagement platform to the first screen. “We’ve always seen the future as being not about the first screen or the second screen, but a two-way connection between the device in your hand where you browse and interact with […]

Wyplay launches Bull Frog 2.0

Wyplay, creator of software solutions for pay-TV operators, has announced the immediate availability of version 2.0 of its set-top box middleware, codenamed “Bull Frog”. This new version notably provides fully-integrated support of DTH satellite broadcast pay TV services using the DVB standard on top of already-supported Cable and Terrestrial front-ends. With Bull Frog, including support for DVB, all Frog by […]

Virgin Media defeats eighth Rovi patent claim

The High Court has delivered its judgment in an eighth patent claim brought by Rovi against Virgin Media. Mr John Baldwin QC, sitting as a Deputy Judge of the High Court, comprehensively dismissed Rovi’s claim. Rovi’s claim centred on the ability to pause-and-resume On Demand and live programming on different set-top boxes. Rovi asserted that Virgin Media TiVo’s ability to […]

Rovi renews Samsung

Rovi has renewed a multi-year patent licence agreement with Samsung for the use of Rovi video discovery patents and technologies across Samsung’s TV and related products. The renewal adds new regions to encompass Samsung TV products sold on a worldwide basis. “We have had a long-standing relationship with Samsung, one of the most recognised TV brands across the globe,” said […]

TIM Brasil STB with ContentWise discovery

ContentWise, a provider of all-in-one digital content discovery and recommendations solutions, has revealed that TIM Brasil has selected its platform to power personalised recommendations and video search for “Live TIM Blue Box”, an entertainment centre that integrates Netflix and YouTube for free to air TV channels. TIM Brasil reaches approximately 93 per cent of Brazil’s urban population and recently introduced […]

Sharp expands Espial Smart TV deal

Espial, a specialist in on-demand TV software and solutions, has announced that Sharp has selected the Espial TV Browser for additional mid-range smart TV models in select geographies to offer rich Smart TV Apps and HTML5 user experiences. Espial software is currently already deployed in various Sharp AQUOS LED TV models in North America and other regions globally. “Smart TV […]

Android systems to prosper in OTT market


A review of the OTT TV and video market from Noa TV Technologies suggests that Android based system are likely to prosper in this fast moving sector and, in particular, the report highlights the advantages of the PeerTV system over the many other manufacturers vying for sales in the market. The OTT TV market is certainly booming – recent launches […]

BT TV updates UI

BT TV is giving its user interface a fresh new look that is says will make it easier and faster for viewers to find the programmes they want to watch. The update will enhance the BT TV Player on YouView and the user interface on the previous BT Vision service. BT TV has responded to customer feedback and research to […]

ThinkAnalytics for Swisscom

ThinkAnalytics, a developer of multiplatform TV search and recommendations engine, has been selected by Swisscom to power personalised recommendations and search on its new TV 2.0 Android IPTV set-top boxes and legacy set-top boxes. Swisscom TV 2.0 uses ThinkAnalytics’ personalised, multi-language recommendations and intelligent search system for live, linear TV, replay TV, as well as VOD. The Recommendations Engine is […]

Philips wins Nintendo Wii patent lawsuit


Philips has won a UK court ruling in a global battle over patents for recognising hand gestures and motion on Nintendo’s Wii gaming consoles. Judge Colin Birss said a Nintendo unit infringed two Philips patents in a ruling. Nintendo didn’t violate a third patent pertaining to modelling a body in a virtual environment, Birss said. “The common general knowledge did […]

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