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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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Google Media Framework: Making online video simple

Google Media Framework: Making online video simple | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

We’re excited to announce an open source video player framework to make online video and video monetization with the IMA SDK easier than ever. The Google Media Framework (GMF) is available for iOS and Android, and we have a Video.js plugin for web based video players.


MF Features

  • Ready to use Video player for your apps and websites
  • Demo apps include production ready integrations with the IMA ads SDK
  • GMF is free and open source, so can be customized to meet your specific needs (Send us a pull request!)
  • Easily customize the UI color and add or remove buttons
  • Support for iOS 7+ and Android 4.1+


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BBC : Making the TV Application Layer Open Source

BBC :  Making the TV Application Layer Open Source | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Building for Connected TV is complicated


The TV Application Layer originated from our ambition to run BBC iPlayer, News and Sport applications for Connected TVs on as many different devices as possible.

 

There are hundreds of different devices in the marketplace and they all use slightly different technology to achieve the same result.

 

Having figured out how to build an application on a specific device we want to use this knowledge to build additional applications for that device.

 

Our answer to this challenge is the TV Application Layer (TAL). By abstracting the differences between devices and creating a number of TV-specific graphical building blocks (like carousels, data grids and lists), we provide a platform upon which we can build our applications.

 
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A major contribution in the frontend development area !

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Nicolas Weil's comment, March 28, 2013 1:03 AM
Read also : http://www.iptv-news.com/2013/03/bbc-takes-its-tv-application-layer-open-source/
Khitam A Al-Utaibi's curator insight, March 28, 2013 6:24 AM

Wonderful news!!! 

As each new application faced a similar set of device specific challenges, such as media playback, animation or networking, we set about making the TV Application Layer a standalone product that could support our entire Connected TV product needs both now and in the future.

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Samsung Expands TV SDK for Developers - Moves Closer to HTML 5

Samsung Expands TV SDK for Developers - Moves Closer to HTML 5 | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Samsung Electronics announced that it will be releasing the Smart TV SDK (Software Development Kit) 4.0 at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) from January 8th to 11th, 2013. The Smart TV SDK will allow Smart TV software development on Linux and Mac, in addition to Windows O/S.

 

By expanding and supporting HTML5 in the Smart TV SDK 4.0, a standard programming language, Samsung has laid the foundation for many software developers to easily take part in development of Smart TV applications which will also help reduce some of the fragmentation for developers and make is easier for cross development from the Opera TV SDK which is largely consolidating the rest of the TV market in terms of rendering engines.

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Microsoft provides select developers with Xbox SmartGlass toolkit

Microsoft provides select developers with Xbox SmartGlass toolkit | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Microsoft made available for download on June 21 the software development kit (SDK) for its recently announced SmartGlass Xbox companion application.

 

The SmartGlass SDK is available to “partners that have agreements to develop Xbox games or entertainment applications for the Xbox 360 console,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. It also appears to be available to Microsoft employees.The SDK is downloadable here.

 

The SDK includes Xbox SmartGlass Studio for building SmartGlass “activities”; a JavaScript library, which includes “a set of device APIs that are consistent across all platforms”; and sample code.

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Collabora and Fluendo Launch GStreamer SDK for Multimedia App Development [PR]

Collabora and Fluendo Launch GStreamer SDK for Multimedia App Development [PR] | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Collabora Ltd. and Fluendo S.A., the leading companies in open source multimedia, have released a free and open source cross-platform software development kit (SDK) for the GStreamer multimedia programming framework. Designed for programmers developing multimedia applications such as video editors, streaming media broadcasters and media players, the new SDK works on Linux, Windows and Mac OS X, and is available for free at http://www.gstreamer.com

 

GStreamer is widely used in server, desktop, mobile, automotive (IVI) and set-top box (STB) environments. An upcoming release of the SDK will include support for Google Android and other mobile platforms.

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Microsoft Launches Transform Manager

Microsoft Launches Transform Manager | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
At Streaming Media West 2010 last November, Microsoft launched IIS Media Services 4.0. This HTTP-based media server stack plugs into Internet Information Services (IIS), the web server built into Windows. Unlike traditional streaming servers, IIS Media Services scales out using any HTTP caching server, rather than requiring specific downstream streaming media servers. Today, Microsoft announced it is releasing the beta of a new IIS extension we previously discussed called IIS Transform Manager.

IIS Media Services extensions effectively turn IIS into a media origin server, but because IIS Smooth Streaming can use either IIS caching servers or any other standard HTTP caching servers downstream to scale (rather than requiring specific downstream streaming servers, as traditional streaming servers such as FMS or WMS typically do), the scale-out is not at all locked to any one server solution.

Microsoft sees Transform Manager as an integral part of an Expression Encoder 4 Pro encoding workflow in three areas: converting existing content libraries to other formats, such as Smooth Streaming; constant ingest/ transcode; and converting fragmented MP4 files to Apple HTTP Live Streaming segments for on-demand content delivery.
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Client Ecosystem for Windows Azure Media Services

Client Ecosystem for Windows Azure Media Services | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

This blog gives an overview of what kind of client support Microsoft offers as part of Windows Azure media Services. On one side, you could create, manage, package and deliver media asset through Windows Azure media services. Many popular streaming formats are supported, such as Smooth Streaming, Http Llive Streaming and MPEG-dash. On the other hand, we provide various SDKs and frameworks for you to consume media asset by building rich media applications rapidly on many platforms, such as PC, XBox, mobile and etc.

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Smart TV Alliance Announces New Partners, New SDK

Smart TV Alliance Announces New Partners, New SDK | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

New Smart TV Alliance members include manufacturers Panasonic, ABOX42 and TechniSat, and solution providers IBM and Specific Media.

 

The upcoming SDK captures the latest trends and features available to app developers so they will be able to deliver the most current and exciting apps for 2013 Smart TVs from LG, TP Vision and Toshiba. The new SDK features include:

Richer applications available from upgraded HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript specifications3D videoMPEG-DASH support with more reliable audio and video quality with less stuttering and freezingMore and better content choices with updated digital rights management (DRM) features that reflect DRM requirements from content owners
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Onlinelib offers HLS SDK for Flash/AIR and announces the VCS HLS Hardware Stream analyzer (up 100 streams)

Onlinelib offers HLS SDK for Flash/AIR and announces the VCS HLS Hardware Stream analyzer (up 100 streams) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

HLS is available on iOS and Mac OSX Quicktime Player only. Onlinelib brings HLS to millions of devices with help from Adobe Flash Player. The HLS Streaming Solutions from Onlinelb are ready-to-go solutions :

- HLS Player for Adobe Strobe Mediaplayback

- HLS SDK for Developers

- VCS HLS Hardware Analyzer

- HLS Encoder for OSX

- VCS Live HLS Encoder

 

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Motama open-source Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware

Motama open-source Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Traditional client/server streaming consists of two isolated types of applications that do not provide fine-grained control or extensibility. This unnecessarily complicates the design and development of any kind of distributed application.

 

The Network-Integrated Multimedia Middleware (NMM) by Motama overcomes these limitations by enabling access to all resources within the network: Distributed multimedia devices and software components can be transparently controlled and integrated into a common application, which results in completely new “virtual” devices.

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Zeitera Introduces SDK for Vvid ACR platform that enables 3rd party mobile apps to time-align with TV content.

Zeitera Introduces SDK for Vvid ACR platform that enables 3rd party mobile apps to time-align with TV content. | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
Zeitera’s Vvid ACR (Automatic Content Recognition) SDK allows mobile developers to easily synchronize Second Screen applications with Broadcast Television content. The Vvid SDK provides access to Libraries and APIs that enable programmers, networks, and interactive content developers to quickly integrate Vvid ACR technologies into their Smart Phone and Tablet applications to provide an enhanced TV experience :

- Social Networking Check-In and Discussion
- Voting, Polling and RFI (Request for Information) experiences
- Scene-Level Metadata Delivery to the 2nd Screen
- Coupon services for Advertisements and Promotions
- Program Discovery and Recommendation
- Advertisement enhancement, extended viewing and measurement

Video presentation can be seen here : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w7C8PUYOi-o
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