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Condensed News From CES: The Stuff That Matters for Streaming and Online Video

Condensed News From CES: The Stuff That Matters for Streaming and Online Video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Last week I read through over 3,000 posts in my RSS feeds covering news from the CES show. I've sorted through all the noise, stripped out all the releases about WiFi washing machines (seriously), and condensed it down to bring you the most important topics pertaining directly to the streaming and online video industry.

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Fraunhofer Shows Low-Bandwidth MPEG Surround at CES

Fraunhofer Shows Low-Bandwidth MPEG Surround at CES | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Visitors to CES and the Detroit Auto Show can sample 5.1 surround sound streamed at only 64 kbps bandwidth. That’s because those are the two locations where Fraunhofer is publicly debuting its MPEG Surround audio codec.


Surround sound audio typically takes 160- to 400 kbps for a stream, notes a Fraunhofer representative, but with MPEG Surround the requirement is far less. That gives content providers the ability to stream to new locations, such as cars using a 3G connection.

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Rovi introduces DivX Plus Streaming and UltraViolet support on Store

Rovi introduces DivX Plus Streaming and UltraViolet support on Store | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Interactive TV technology provider Rovi is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil an update to its Rovi Entertainment Store, the company’s white-label product for over-the-top storefront creation and management.


This new version will offer software development kits to streamline customer storefront launches, features including DivX Plus Streaming to help enhance the consumer viewing experience, and support for companies that wish to introduce UltraViolet-compatible services.

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ACCESS Sets New Standard for HTML5 WebKit Browsers With NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile

ACCESS Sets New Standard for HTML5 WebKit Browsers With NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ACCESS, a global provider of advanced software technologies to the mobile, beyond-PC and digital TV markets, today announced the availability of NetFront Browser NX 2.0 DTV Profile, an advanced new WebKit-based HTML5 browser that features extremely efficient memory usage, high stability, high portability and comprehensive support for DTV and IPTV standards including HbbTV, BBC iPlayer, major video-on-demand (VoD) services in Japan and CE-HTML.


Key features

- HTML5 support - Audio/Video tag, Canvas 2D, Web Workers, Web Storage, WebSocket and WebGL

- CSS3 support, CSS3 3D Transforms, Transitions and Animations

- HbbTV, BBC iPlayer

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ViXS Systems and Wistron to launch next generation side-loading/transcoding Media Hub products at CES 2012

ViXS Systems and Wistron to launch next generation side-loading/transcoding Media Hub products at CES 2012 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Using a single XCode 4210 System on Chip (SoC), Wistron has created a feature-rich family of products which offer one of the smallest form factor and lowest power Blu-ray / Media Hubs on the market today.

The products offer consumers a combination Blu-Ray player solution with the ability to simultaneously transcode media content for increased storage space, media format conversion, and multi-screen support to devices such as smartphones and tablets.

These Media Hub products also include rich graphical user interfaces (GUI), 3D TV support, media storage, media management and controlled media streaming.


Product features include:

- Video content streaming with integrated adaptive Transcoding for Multi-Screen support

- Video content side-loading with integrated Transcoding

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Trickplay to Embed Audible Magic’s Content Recognition Solutions Into Its Digital TV Platform

Trickplay to Embed Audible Magic’s Content Recognition Solutions Into Its Digital TV Platform | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Trickplay and Audible Magic today announced a technology partnership that will make Audible Magic’s industry-leading automated content recognition (ACR) solutions an integral part of Trickplay’s digital TV software platform. Based on Audible Magic’s patented digital fingerprint content identification technology, the company’s SmartID and SmartSync solutions enable consumer electronics devices to provide more engaging content and offer other outstanding user experiences.


The Audible Magic solutions enhance Trickplay’s platform in two specific ways. SmartID, for example, enables developers to recognize content that is being played, whether the content is delivered from terrestrial broadcast, cable, Internet streaming, Blu-ray, or another source. And SmartSync synchronizes events to the media being watched with frame-to-frame accuracy.

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1st Quarter 2012 Video Breakthroughs Events List

1st Quarter 2012 Video Breakthroughs Events List | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Here is a non-exhaustive list of interesting video events to watch in early 2012... Thanks for adding your watched events in comments !


January

>> 10-13 : CES 2012 http://www.cesweb.org

>> 16-27 : FIMS specification v.1.0 http://bit.ly/s4vxOj


February

>> 6-10 : 99th MPEG meeting (San Jose, California) : work on CFF and common DRM scenario (ISO/IEC 23001-7 finalized ?), HEVC Committee Draft (complete draft of standard) http://bit.ly/Ava27a

>> 22-24 : Multimedia Systems Conference 2012 http://www.mmsys.org/?q=node/49

>> 22 : 2nd Screen Summit http://www.2ndscreensummit.com


March

>> 20-21 : Over-The-Top TV Conference (OTTCON) http://www.xmediaresearch.com/ottcon/

>> ? : Publication by ISO of MPEG-DASH (ISO/IEC 23009-1) as an International Standard


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DLNA Premium Video sends protected TV shows and film to any DLNA device

DLNA Premium Video sends protected TV shows and film to any DLNA device | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The Digital Living Network Alliance used CES 2012 to introduce DLNA Premium Video — an extension to existing standards that enables service providers like cable companies to stream protected films and television shows to DLNA certified devices. While this sounds significant given the hundreds of thousands of DLNA certified TVs, tablets, smartphones, Blu-ray Disc players, media streamers, and game consoles already sold, the standard requires at least one DLNA Premium Video certified device in the home.


ON THE SAME DLNA TOPIC : http://bit.ly/xHW7O9 

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SoC integrations could make place-shifting widespread

SoC integrations could make place-shifting widespread | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Sling Media’s place-shifting technology, which until now has been limited to the company’s retail devices, DISH Network customers and the SlingLoaded pre-integrated platforms offered via parent company EchoStar (e.g. EchoStar Europe), is going to be made available more widely. At CES the company has announced the integration of the Sling Media SDK into Broadcom’s latest set-top box SoC (System on Chip) platforms, notably the Broadcom BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA Gateway SoC. The collaboration paves the way for manufacturers of STBs and CE devices to offer place-shifting capabilities so consumers can shift their content to any compatible device via the Internet.

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Google TV Rebounds with New Chipset Partners and Devices

Google TV Rebounds with New Chipset Partners and Devices | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

On the eve of the Consumer Electronics Show, Google makes a splash with key partnerships that promise a strong year for the battered connected TV platform.


Just a few days ago, you could probably forgive any of Google TV's product managers who might consider cashing in their chips in Las Vegas next week at the Consumer Electronics Show. But what a difference a few days makes.

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Sling Media SDK integrated into Broadcom’s latest set-top box SoC platforms

Sling Media SDK integrated into Broadcom’s latest set-top box SoC platforms | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Sling Media Inc. and Broadcom Corp.  today announced the integration of the Sling Media SDK into Broadcom’s latest set-top box system-on-a-chip platforms. The collaboration paves the way for manufacturers of STBs and CE devices to offer consumers a solution to enjoy watching their favorite television content wherever they want on whatever device they want, with an Internet connection.


Sling Media’s licensed software ecosystem supported on the Broadcom BCM7425 Dual HD Transcoding MoCA Gateway SoC gives users a full-featured multi-screen, multi-platform viewing solution.


Sling Media’s pioneering placeshifting technology coupled with Broadcom’s leadership in high performance STB platforms enable a wide range of content with a consistent viewing experience for service operators’ customers who demand a simple, high-quality way to watch television on the go.


ON THE SAME TOPIC, SEE : http://www.readwriteweb.com/enterprise/2012/01/the-android-based-hdtv-higher.php

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Civolution To Debut Real-Time Content Triggering Service For App Developers At 2012 Consumer Electronics Show

Civolution To Debut Real-Time Content Triggering Service For App Developers At 2012 Consumer Electronics Show | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Civolution announces that it will be demonstrating its new real-time content triggering service at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). The new service enables synchronized ad delivery to second screen applications by leveraging Civolution’s extensive broadcast monitoring infrastructure of more than 1,700 TV channels worldwide, of which more than 1,250 are national and local channels in North America covering all 210 Designated Market Areas.


The new content-triggering service complements Civolution’s award-winning SyncNow - 2nd screen synchronization solution. Upon client-based identification through audio watermarking or fingerprinting, the SyncNow product enables identification and synchronization between broadcast, on-demand or recorded television content and interactive applications on devices such as a tablets, smartphones or laptops. Additionally, Civolution is providing automatic content recognition technology for integration with smart TVs, enabling all the value-adding opportunities of SyncNow on the larger main screen of the TV set itself.

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ViXS Systems and PacketVideo put DLNA Server on VIXS SoC

ViXS Systems and PacketVideo put DLNA Server on VIXS SoC | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

At CES 2012 ViXS Systems Inc. will be demonstrating PacketVideo’s TwonkyServer 6.0 connected home solution running on it’s XCode 4208 NAS SoC.TwonkyServer from PacketVideo makes finding media and playing it back on connected home and mobile devices as simple as drag and drop. Adopting DLNA and other networking and streaming software this solution provides compatibility with more devices and file formats than any other connected home solution in the industry making the sharing of photos, video and music a seamless experience for beginners and experts alike.


On show at CES will be the TwonkyServer running on a video NAS base platform based on the XCode 4208. The XCode 4208 performs all the data and video NAS functions and hardware audio and video transcoding functions. The TwonkyServer is performing all the home networking and streaming management functions to DLNA based clients.

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Multi-Screen To Join Big Screen At International CES

Multi-Screen To Join Big Screen At International CES | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Most of the noise in Las Vegas this January is expected to come from new advances in IP connectivity in many 2012 step–up models, and how online video services and apps will now tie together TVs with handheld smartphones and tablets to further the burgeoning multi–screen entertainment experience.

 

Also expect to hear more news on the rollout of the UltraViolet initiative, which promotes a virtual content locker system that allows consumers to purchase a movie or video program on a Bluray Disc (for ex– ample) in the traditional way, and also get access to that title via their handheld devices through streaming portals, downloads and digital copies. International CES will also be the showcase for the launch of next–generation Mobile DTV devices that will now be equipped with back–channel connectivity to allow user authentication for video–on–demand services and viewer metering.

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