Category archives for: Middleware

Pay-TV operator software spend down 5%

Pay TV Operator spending on middleware, conditional access, DRM and other elements of the pay-TV software contracted 5 per cent in North America and Western Europe during 2013, compared to 2012.This decrease was driven by classic end-to-end middleware functions, while newer experiential components—including guide technologies and interactivity—fared better. Further, the growth of pay-TV, especially in developing regions of

Digital TV innovators rewarded

Four digital TV innovations are set to be showcased at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) in Amsterdam following their success in a Dragon’s Den-style event hosted by the Digital TV Group – the members’ association for digital television in the UK. The second annual DTG Television Innovation Awards, in partnership with UK Trade & Investment, saw a shortlist of eight […]

Sky Sports News HQ launching on Sky channel 401


Sky Sports News will relaunch on Sky channel 401 as Sky Sports News HQ from August 12th. Other Sky Sports channels will move one number up the Sky digital EPG. Launched for the new football season, Sky Sports News HQ will boast a new schedule, upgraded studio and improved digital services including redesigned apps and integrated social media coverage. Sports […]

Comcast lets subs test drive STB features

US cable operator Comcast has added a new Labs section to its X1 cable boxes, allowing TV subscribers to test-drive new features before they’re officially integrated into the product. “Gmail has always had the Gmail Labs features,” said Piers Lingle, Comcast’s VP of product development and planning during an interview, adding that his company wanted to bring the same approach […]

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 […]

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