Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Alticast, Brightcove, Das Vierte, Avail-TVN
--Alticast's Windmill Ecosystem Integrated with Brightcove's Video Cloud Platform
--Germany's Das Vierte Deploys Brightcove Video Cloud
--Avail-TVN Launches Managed Service for "TV Everywhere" Authentication
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.
- Interactive TV software company, Alticast, said Monday that it is integrating its Windmill ecosystem (note: for more on the latter, see the article published on itvt.com, March 6th) with Brightcove's Video Cloud platform, in order to "expand television outside the living room." "Windmill allows operators to add advanced interactivity to existing systems while providing new revenue models and future-friendly expandability," Alticast states in its press materials. "Based on a set of modular technologies, Windmill enables TV operators to bring their content to any device in the home easily and cost-effectively. This end-to-end system is built on the company's longstanding expertise in open, standards-based software and supports a variety of systems including cable, satellite, DTT, hybrid and IPTV. Brightcove's cloud-based Video Cloud online video platform and Alticast's Windmill offer an intuitive television user experience that spans devices and consumer technologies. Viewers can navigate and enjoy their digital content from anywhere, anytime and on any device." Said Alticast CMO, Thomas Jung: "Alticast is very excited to be partnering with Brightcove. This relationship brings together two market-leading innovators offering customers easy access to high-quality online video content on any connected device."
- In other Brightcove news: The company says that Munich-based broadcaster, Das Vierte, has deployed its Video Cloud platform to manage content for its Web site and to facilitate video publishing to tablets, connected TV's, smartphones and PC's. "With Video Cloud, Das Vierte is also extending the reach of its content to additional platforms, including a Hybrid broadcast broadband TV (HbbTV) portal that will give viewers access to its programming through broadband-enabled television set-top boxes," Brightcove states in its press materials. "As Das Vierte's centralized content platform, Video Cloud will support its entire library of catch-up content and also function as the distribution infrastructure to deliver digital video to third-party programming partners."
Avail-TVN has launched AnyView Authentication, a managed service that it says will "give service providers a quick and easy route to offering TV Everywhere access to high-quality, high-demand content via programmers' federated content portals. AnyView Authentication allows service providers to securely authenticate and authorize subscribers to the TV Everywhere portals of major content providers such as Fox, Turner Networks, MTV Networks, ESPN, NBCU and HBO," the company's press materials continue. "Avail-TVN has also been approved as a third-party vendor for authentication services to NBC's London 2012 Olympics programming. Delivered as a managed service, AnyView Authentication includes real-time authentication and authorization to programmers' federated TV Everywhere content. AnyView Authentication links directly to portal authentication systems via the OATC and CableLabs Authentication standards where the programmer is using Adobe Pass (the primary security technology for programmers' federated content), or a proprietary authentication system such as HBO Go. In addition to managing the authentication process, Avail-TVN can manage all billing and support systems integration, provide an API for self-integration, or synchronize to service-provider information via automated flat file exchange...AnyView Authentication is available and delivers the following features and functions: 1) Quick and easy on-boarding for automated flat-file exchange. 2) Integration with authentication systems used by federated network programmers. 3) Support for the familiar three-way authentication process used by content owners for existing VOD services. 4) Fraud detection and notification. 5) Monitoring and reporting for failures or operational issues. 6) Password recovery. 7) Scalability to support unlimited network programmer integrations. 8) Scale-out caching to handle 'flash crowds' in support of live events. 9) Transaction reporting. 10) A roadmap to broader TV Everywhere ecosystem solutions."