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Pace, Chumby Bring Internet Apps to TV

Pace, Chumby Bring Internet Apps to TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Set-top maker Pace has paired up with Chumby, a developer of software for Internet-connected devices, to let cable operators deliver TV apps for Pandora, Facebook, Twitter and potentially dozens of other services. Chumby CEO Derrick Oien said the company has been working on TV-specific applications for the last nine months. The focus is on enabling access non-video applications, such as music, photo sharing, news, weather and other information. "We are really bringing the other Internet to the TV," Oien said. Pace and Chumby's joint demo at the Cable Show will include applications for Pandora, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Reuters news, Photobucket, Mapquest and AccuWeather. The Chumby platform can work on a variety of low-powered, memory-constrained environments, according to Oien. Its initial development is focused on the Adobe Flash Platform for TV, also known as Stagecraft. The Pace set-top with the Chumby-enabled apps are in a prototype phase, with commercial units targeted to be available before the end of 2011.
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New DLNA guidelines, same old promises about tru2way and streaming from the cable box

New DLNA guidelines, same old promises about tru2way and streaming from the cable box | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
The latest set of Interoperability Guidelines from the Digital Living Network Alliance have been released and the group claims the new standard has been developed with the blessing of global cable, satellite and telecom TV services and will let people stream content more easily around the home. Ideally, this means we'll see cable boxes that pop up just like any other DLNA server on the network, and can stream to the numerous other devices that support the standard and DTCP-IP protected content. We've already seen demonstrations of tru2way boxes with DLNA servers built in, and this press release trots out execs from CableLabs, Comcast, Time Warner, and Cox to talk about how awesome it is (again, just like they did at the 2010 CES) and how it will make their services better. Of course, the last six months have shown some progress in the areas of video sharing at home and abroad, but we'll need to see some real implementations and not just teasers before we're sure it's really coming home this time.
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TiVo to add Comcast video-on-demand support

TiVo to add Comcast video-on-demand support | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
One of the major hang-ups for people switching from a cable provider's DVR to TiVo is that the retail TiVo doesn't offer the cable provider's video-on-demand (VOD) channels. So, while you can get plenty of options from TiVo's built-in video service providers--Netflix, Blockbuster, Amazon, and (soon) Hulu Plus--you can't order, say, a prize fight or even the bevy of "free" VOD options available on most cable systems, thanks to the technical restrictions of TiVo's CableCard technology. Well it looks like that sticking point may soon be unstuck as Comcast and TiVo have partnered up to offer access to cable TV, broadband content, and Comcast's Xfinity On Demand library through TiVo Premiere boxes. Here's how it works: get a TiVo Premiere at retail and Comcast will install it with its cable service at no additional charge for its customers. These customers will then have access to Comcast's Xfinity VOD content as well as their regular programming and Internet services that are available on retail TiVo Premiere units.
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Connected home strategies: multiroom TV and beyond

Connected home strategies: multiroom TV and beyond | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
... While there is broad agreement over the need for a consistent UI there is still debate over the home network architecture best suited to deliver it. Not surprisingly set-top box and DVR makers want to secure a future for their technology, which means retaining intelligence within the home.
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The rise of HTTP-TV

The rise of HTTP-TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
...This may not happen soon but with multi-screen TV taking off, there is already a lot of thought about how TV, Web and mobile can converge around a common video infrastructure. It could well be that HTTP adaptive streaming is good enough to migrate into the world of privately managed, fixed line video delivery.
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Qualcomm's Wi-Fi Chip Could Turn Handhelds Into a TV Set-Top Box

Qualcomm's Wi-Fi Chip Could Turn Handhelds Into a TV Set-Top Box | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Qualcomm today launched a tri-band chip that will offer dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a fast wireless video transfer technology all on a single piece of silicon. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 capabilities have long been integrated together on a single chip, but this is the first to add support for the 60 GHz wireless frequency, which is specific to high-speed video and backed by the Wireless Gigabit Alliance. With the new chip, Qualcomm is adding the potentially final piece to the puzzle of how to best stream video content from smartphones and tablets directly to high definition television sets without interference from other wireless data protocols.
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The Set-top Is Dead! Long Live the Set-top!

The Set-top Is Dead! Long Live the Set-top! | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
Moving to a software model as opposed to a hardware model could lower the cost of deployment, but more importantly, it could improve the pace of innovation in the industry. With more of the user experience controlled by servers in the cloud, as opposed to on a proprietary device, distributors and content companies alike will be able to make updates faster and be better able to adapt to changing consumer needs and preferences. Implementing IP-based control could also improve the ability of operators to create new interactive features and provide more personalization in the program guide. Both capabilities will be important as the industry seeks to add value for consumers, programmers and advertisers.
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Press Release: Solution for TV Everywhere Controversy

"Motive's Television Anywhere technology puts the capability of accessing TV on any screen in the hands of the consumer rather than having cable or satellite operators distributing additional feeds of channels and programs in multiple formats and technologies. By placing our proprietary software into the cable or satellite Set-Top-Box, the cable or DTH provider continues to provide the same service as always, however, the consumer is able to connect to his television source from authenticated registered screens and devices in the home."
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No STBs is realistic with Connected TV

No STBs is realistic with Connected TV | TV Everywhere | Scoop.it
One of the obvious benefits for a Pay TV operator from harnessing connected TV is the ability to extend its service reach beyond its own physical network. Just like any over-the-top provider, an operator can harness Internet video technology to make its content offer available, on a television screen, in any home with a broadband connection and a connected CE device.
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