The future of events is hybrid, IBC declared, as it launched its inaugural IBC Showcase, which runs from September 8–11 and then continues as a once a week event throughout 2020. Leading technology innovators including Dell, Imagine, Intel, Microsoft, Red Bee and Synamedia will host discussions and debate throughout the week, and ‘visitors’ can see product demonstrations within the Exhibitor Showcase.
ThinkAnalytics has boosted its content discovery platform with significant new AI and cloud-native technologies. Content Discovery Platform Version 10 delivers increased user engagement, more business control and new operating efficiencies, alongside proven massive cloud scalability to over 50+ million users, auto-scaling and self-healing.
The company will use the Metrological Application Platform to deliver international and local apps and OTT services, expanding upon the apps already provided. The update will appear on set-top boxes in Australia and New Zealand. Apps content can easily change in line with changing consumer demand.
OpApp means platform owners can deliver their UX to television sets without the need for a separate set-top box, removing costs for operators. A renewal contract between Vewd and Vestel will lead to the first large-scale deployment of Smart TVs supporting the standard.
In time for the new English Premier League season this weekend, the BT Sport app is being made available on Fire TV, Android TV, Roku streaming players and Roku TV models.
A live Videonet webcast on Wednesday (September 9) looks at why and how Proximus, Technicolor, Google and 3SS deployed an Android TV Operator Tier next-generation set-top box platform with world-first functionality and maximum operator control. Among other things, you will hear about the journey that Proximus, one of Europe’s leading IPTV providers, has taken to open up its platform to third-party apps thanks to Operator Tier.
Time-to-market is an important feature of a project that resulted in a new converged OTT, VOD and live TV service, which launched in August. This is said to be the first Android TV deployment in the Netherlands. The service covers televisions and mobile devices and features restart and nPVR functionality for around 100 channels. 24i and Amino provided the end-to-end technology solution.
Orange, Kaltura, AWS and Broadpeak will discuss the role of the cloud in future TV platforms today. Topics on the agenda include how to utilize data to optimize QoE during peak-hours usage, ways to combine your on-prem delivery network and cloud resources, how to ensure always-on service availability with a best-of-breed cloud and on-prem solution, motives for becoming more cloud-centric, where to start a cloud journey and how to handle legacy, and opportunities to reduce costs and improve consumer QoE across operations and services as a whole.
Following deployments in Bulgaria, Austria and Slovenia, the A1 Telekom Austria Group has now released its A1 XploreTV personalised TV solution in the Croatian market. The new platform uses the NeXX 4.0 user experience and back-end solution from Zappware.
Synamedia is claiming an industry first with its upgraded, intelligence-first and data-led content/revenue security model as it enables video service providers and content rights holders to prove the efficacy and ROI of anti-piracy initiatives, moving away from a best-effort cost model. The company has been explaining its approach to tackling industry-scale piracy and outlining a raft of innovations, coinciding with what would have been IBC. It has also warned that pirates used the lockdown, and a barren period of no-sports, to improve their platforms.