Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, LG, Alticast, S&T, ANT, Sunplus
--Accedo Broadband Tapped to Develop Facebook and Twitter Apps for LG Electronics' Connected TV's
--Alticast Partners with S&T to Demo Delivery of Social RFI Campaigns to EBIF Set-Tops
--ANT Galio Integrated with Sunplus's New System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Solutions
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.
- Accedo Broadband, a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices, has announced that it has been tapped by LG Electronics to develop Facebook and Twitter apps for LG Smart TV's. "Facebook and Twitter for LG Smart TV are now available in over 100 countries and 30 languages on 2010 and 2011 LG Smart TV's," the company states in its press materials. "Facebook users can see the latest updates, photos and videos from their friends. Twitter followers can see the latest tweets and send their own updates via the onscreen keyboard." Said Il-geun Kwon, head of LG's LCD TV Lab: "Accedo has deep experience with connected-TV applications, and particularly the LG Smart TV platform. Accedo was a logical choice when we decided to launch TV applications. Their pragmatic approach and dedication to deadlines made it possible for us launch the two applications globally within a short timeframe."
- Interactive TV software specialist, Alticast (whose areas of expertise include DVB-MHP, OCAP/tru2way, EBIF, IPTV and mobile TV), has announced that it is teaming with Strategy & Technology, a provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, to demo the delivery of dynamic social RFI campaigns to EBIF-enabled set-top boxes. The demo, which uses Alticast's altiConnect social RFI system integrated with S&T's TSBroadcaster, is on display at this week's CableLabs Winter Conference in Atlanta. "The altiConnect Social RFI system includes all of the campaign management and headend management server tools needed for content programmers and cable operators to deploy simple, one-click Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare campaigns that allow subscribers to connect with the content and brands they like from their EBIF-enabled set top box on today's cable networks," Alticast states in its press materials. "To ensure altiConnect Social RFI campaigns can reach the widest number of EBIF-enabled set-top boxes, Alticast has partnered with S&T to integrate the altiConnect headend management server with S&T's TSBroadcaster in order to automate the application loading process and dynamically update the EBIF application template on the set-top box using S&T's stream event tools. Through this partnership, content programmers and cable operators now can efficiently distribute multiple Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare campaigns by updating small amounts of campaign event metadata for a single EBIF application instead of distributing multiple fully loaded EBIF applications on the network. This solution gives cable operators the real-world tools they need to manage their network bandwidth and deliver reliable applications experiences that engage and reward their subscribers." Said Alticast's SVP of business development and marketing, Jeff Bonin: "The altiConnect Social RFI system extends the power of simple social connections to the living room by leveraging the millions of deployed EBIF platforms on today's cable networks. We are excited to be collaborating with the great team at S&T on this demonstration. S&T has extensive experience with the creation and distribution of interactive TV content and this demonstration shows both companies' commitment to building solutions for the real world."
- Cambridge, UK-based digital TV software specialist, ANT, has announced that it has licensed its ANT Galio platform and core TV applications to Sunplus Technology, a provider of multimedia systems-on-a-chip (SoC) for home entertainment applications. "The ANT Galio platform will be integrated with Sunplus SoC solutions for a range of connected-TV, set-top box (STB) and DVD SoC solutions, to support the delivery of over-the-top (OTT) services including HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) to the European market," the company states in its press materials. "The ANT Galio Platform is the result of years of experience in high-volume TV platform deployment. It pre-integrates a powerful Web 2.0 CEHTML browser engine into a standards-compliant and feature-rich TV middleware solution, optimized to deliver comprehensive TV functionality and a compelling user experience...Sunplus will integrate the ANT Galio platform and TV applications with its new range of SoC solutions to provide its customers with the opportunity to differentiate their products with a de-risked, turnkey solution. Connected-TV, STB and DVD manufacturers will be able to deliver additional hybrid-TV services such as HbbTV while benefiting from a significantly reduced time to market." Said Sunplus CEO, Chou-Chye Huang: "By working with ANT we can enhance the functionality of our IC solutions without compromising on performance. By adding an established HbbTV solution, we can enable a wide range of home entertainment manufacturers to quickly target the HbbTV market, capitalizing on ANT's vast experience of the delivery of OTT services both in Europe and worldwide."