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Integrating DLNA with the CDN to optimize whole home TV

Integrating DLNA with the CDN to optimize whole home TV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

ACCESS has been presenting a vision of how Pay TV operators can start to marry their broadcast/VOD infrastructure with multiscreen/OTT delivery infrastructure and treat them as a shared resource to optimize the delivery of content to multiple devices around the home, including televisions. It uses its Netfront Living Connect DLNA stack and client software to provide a central view of what each device is capable of and what is currently happening on that device to then manage whole-home resources.

 

Content can be distributed using the new DLNA Commercial Video Profile-2 (CVP-2), which was developed with the cooperation of service providers to enable more secure playback of their content across multiscreen devices. It also gives them more control over the user interface on different devices. CVP-2 leverages HTML5 Remote User Interfaces (RUIs) and HTTP Adaptive Delivery and Authentication on top of the DTCP-IP-based link layer protection, which was already available. ACCESS is actually demonstrating NetFront Living Connect with CVP-2 at the DLNA Members meeting in Hawaii today (Thursday October 10).

 

In this new architecture, DLNA acts as an abstraction layer. Not only does it provide a unified view of activity across diverse devices, it also means platform operators can avoid writing native apps for each DLNA-enabled device. You still need a software client to reach them but not the unique applications development work. “DLNA is a way to overcome device fragmentation,” says Larbey at Alcatel-Lucent.

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France Telecom’s Viaccess hooks up second screen with DEEP (Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform)

France Telecom’s Viaccess hooks up second screen with DEEP (Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

France Telecom’s Viaccess-Orca launched a service package for second screen integration and engagement with a focus on enhanced metadata at IBC2012.

 

Called DEEP (Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform), the package enables pay TV operators to link PCs, tablets, smart phones, games consoles and other IP devices in the home more tightly to the service, and stimulate further activity around the content.

 

DEEP builds on existing standards such as DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) and UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) that facilitate automatic device discovery, and also on browser technology, adding new metadata creation methods developed by Viaccess-Orca itself, along with key contributions from two partners, TVersity and Audible Magic. TVersity provides the media server technology on top of DLNA, UPnP or the browser to enable devices to exchange content, supporting games consoles, most set top boxes, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, phones, PCs, and tablets. This comes as software loaded onto a PC, which can then discover devices automatically if they are DLNA or UPnP client. If not then the device can join in by pointing its browser to the PC.

 

Audible Magic’s contribution is its patented SmartID and CopySense automated content recognition (ACR) system using digital fingerprint technology to identify content by analyzing either audio or video image signals. Audible Magic claims that the system identifies content correctly over 99 percent of the time with zero false positives, at sub-second response time, and can do it on video clips down to five seconds in length.

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DLNA premium video support big step for connected home

DLNA premium video support big step for connected home | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The DLNA’s support for streaming of premium content within the home, announced at IBC and initially for Europe only, is a major milestone in the evolution of connected home services. The move might have come sooner, but DLNA was waiting for maturation of the key underlying technology, DTCP-IP (Digital Transmission Content Protection over IP) to ensure safe and yet transparent delivery of content over IP networks. DTCP itself evolved in the mid 1990s, developed by chip maker Intel in conjunction with four major CE (consumer electronics) companies, Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba.

 

Apart from satisfying content owners, there is another important reason for DLNA’s adoption of DTCP-IP for copy protection around the home, which is to enable consumers to exercise their digital rights to the full. To do this, DTCP-IP enables operators to enforce multi-level rights dependent on the content.

 

DTCP-IP allows consumers to copy and record content subject to permission from the operator or rights holder. The rights are specified in a licence issued by the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator (DTLA), details of which can be obtained from its website. The idea is that the licence encodes rules into the content, so that, for example, free-to-air terrestrial broadcasts could be recorded and copied without any restriction. In the case of subscription channels, consumers may be allowed to record content for their own subsequent viewing, but not copy it for sending to friends. Then premium content such as movies or live sports purchased on demand or pay-per-view via a specific transaction would probably be fully protected against recording and copying.

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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.


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IBC connected home: DLNA now supports premium video

IBC connected home: DLNA now supports premium video | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The announcement by the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) of support for premium video during IBC2011 heralds the coming of age for home networks. The extension of DLNA’s Interoperability Guidelines to include premium video including HD content plugs an important gap in the standard, which previously was confined to streaming user generated content (UGC) between connected devices within the home.

 

The key enabling technology for DLNA’s premium video support is Digital Transmission Content Protection over IP (DTCP/IP), which was developed by five companies: chip maker Intel and CE giants Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba. This group, referred to collectively as 5C, formed an entity called the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator to license the DTCP technology. Designed specifically for the home network, DTCP encrypts content between devices within the home after checking that they both support the standard.

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Zeebox changes channels for good with remote control feature

Zeebox changes channels for good with remote control feature | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

The latest release of the zeebox television companion app adds a remote control feature. Virgin Media subscribers in the United Kingdom will be able to use the zeebox app on an Android smartphone as a remote control, while zeebox will automatically recognise which channel they are watching. Similar features will be coming to Sky+ subscribers and users with an Apple iPhone or iPad.

 

Anthony Rose, the co-founder and chief technology officer of zeebox, told informitv that zeebox connects over a local wi-fi network and uses DLNA Digital Living Networking Alliance and UPnP Universal Plug and Play protocols to query what is playing on the device and can control any number of set-top boxes on the same network, collectively or individually. 

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DLNA premium video will soon be at a screen very near you

DLNA premium video will soon be at a screen very near you | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

One of the most significant announcements to come out of last year’s IBC in Amsterdam was also one of the least reported. It was DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) Premium Video, which was launched again with rather more fanfare at the Las Vegas CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January 2012, but still failed to register the attention it deserved. This may have been because DLNA Premium Video still looked like vaporware, with no certified products yet supporting it, but that has now changed. Soft At Home has become one of the first vendors to embed DLNA Premium Video in its software, bringing the promise of universal access to top movie and sports content, from tablets, PCs, smartphones, and games consoles around the home.

 

The fact that DTCP-IP, as well as DLNA Premium Video itself, enjoys strong industry backing, has already gone some way to winning over the big content houses. DTCP/IP was developed by five companies, chip maker Intel and the four CE makers Hitachi, Panasonic, Sony and Toshiba. This group, referred to collectively as 5C, formed an entity called the Digital Transmission Licensing Administrator to license the DTCP technology.

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Putting the ‘smart’ into Smart TV : 2012 industry trends

Putting the ‘smart’ into Smart TV : 2012 industry trends | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

It is pretty clear where the major Connected TV vendors are heading this year, adding value to their platforms by integrating companion screen experiences (initially focused on tablet/phone remote control and programme guides) and by making multimedia content sharing around the home easier. Both of these will provide a value-add for consumers beyond the provision of on-demand or even increasing volumes of live TV through the apps. The expansion of tablet ranges means there will be more focus on multi-screen delivery of video content as well, with Sony likely to lead the way there thanks to its Video Unlimited content offer.

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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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