Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Google TV, IneoQuest, Envivio, KIT digital, Polymedia
--Google TV Remote Control App Launched for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
--IneoQuest, Envivio Partner on Video Quality Assurance for CDN's and OTT Services
--KIT digital Acquires Polymedia for $34.4 Million
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. Once again, 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 see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.
- Google has launched a Google TV remote control app for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices running iOS3 or higher. The roll-out follows the launch of a remote control app for Android last December. The new app allows users to "interact with your TV in ways you never have before," Google states on its Google TV blog. "For instance, try using the voice search to find your favorite shows and movies just by speaking into your phone. There should be less fighting over the remote, too, since multiple phones can work as remotes at the same time--you just need to agree on what to watch!"
- Video quality assurance solutions provider, IneoQuest, has teamed with multiscreen IP video processing and delivery solutions provider, Envivio, to offer quality assurance tools to CDN's and OTT services using adaptive bitrate video delivery technology. "The result of this alliance is the first video headend to merge high quality multiscreen video encoding with real-time, end-to-end monitoring and analysis, which is designed to provide operators with the confidence that the adaptive bitrate streams they send into CDN's or mobile infrastructures are robust, intact and meet the quality viewing expectations of their subscribers," the companies state in their press materials. "Full adaptive streaming of OTT and multiscreen video using HTTP Live streaming and other HTTP delivery methods are powerful new mechanisms for video providers to offer expanded services choices and enable consumers to enjoy TV everywhere. The operational challenges for such systems can significantly affect the end-user experience, as any problems arising with adaptive streaming can be extremely difficult to pinpoint and simply manifest as a poor experience at the end client device. The integration of the Envivio 4Caster C4 multiscreen video encoding/transcoding platform with IneoQuest products such as IQDialogue ASM and Expedus DVA provides visibility into the health of the video service delivery platform for all forms of HTTP-based adaptive bitrate transports...As part of the agreement, IneoQuest and Envivio will exchange core technology that will be built into each company's products to provide tighter integration within the ecosystem."
- KIT digital, a Prague-based provider of video asset management software and services for multiscreen and social video, has announced that it has signed an agreement to acquire Milan-based IP video platform provider, Polymedia, for $34.4 million, plus certain performance-based earn-outs (note: KIT recently announced that it had acquired New York-based KickApps, Paris-based Kewego, and San Francisco-based Kyte for a total of around $77.2 million--see the article published on itvt.com, February 1st). "Polymedia's core technology revolves around a set of proprietary tools that will allow KIT digital to more rapidly deploy its network operator and broadcaster solutions, and support various revenue models for premium IP video content," KIT digital states in its press materials. "Deployments include video-on-demand (VOD) stores, subscription VOD, catch-up TV, ecommerce-integrated product placement promotions, and advertising-sponsored content."