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Monitoring innovations in post-production, head-end, streaming, OTT, second-screen, UHDTV, multiscreen strategies & tools
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LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast

LG releases open source Connect SDK, wants every TV to behave like Chromecast | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

LG likes Chromecast’s way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices.


Mobile app developers just got a bit of a break when it comes to bringing their content to the TV screen, courtesy of LG: The consumer electronics maker released an open source Connect SDK Thursday that helps developers cast media to a wide variety of connected devices, ranging from LG’s own TV sets to Google’s Chromecast adapter to Roku’s streaming boxes. Think of it as Chromecast, but for a wide variety of devices.

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LG, Sharp And TPV (Philips) Form Smart TV Alliance with common SDK using HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV

LG, Sharp And TPV (Philips) Form Smart TV Alliance with common SDK using HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Smart TV Alliance, an open-standards based app development platform that will allow developers to create one version of their software to run on TV sets from Sharp, LG and TPV, has been officially launched today.

 

Sharp, LG Electronics and TPV - a company that owns Philips' TV bussiness - are the current members of the alliance. The members' ambition is align on technology that will allow app developers to create apps and run them on all supported Smart TV Alliance platforms.

 

Smart TV Alliance utilizes open solutions technology and apps can be developed using open standard (HTML5) systems. A common SDK has been released using HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV.

 

SMART TV ALLIANCE WEBSITE : http://www.smarttv-alliance.org/

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DIY BROADCAST : How to build your own TV Channel with Open-Source & other goodies

DIY BROADCAST : How to build your own TV Channel with Open-Source & other goodies | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

Here is our scenario : you are the technical director of a web startup, already having proven your talents with your thematic VOD streaming channel – and your boss suddenly thinks you’re a grown enough company to jump on the broadcast wagon and manage your own 24/7 live TV channel, targeting IPTV and multiplatform OTT, with a mix of some live studio shows and mainly pre-recorded programs. And of course readify it for later iTV DTT distribution. Quite an exciting challenge !

 

But once you passed the wow effect, you just realize that despite his high expectations for the TV channel, your boss has got just a web budget – which is close to 0$ – and of course a tight launch schedule. Therefore, your first duty is to be creative on how to build the platform for the lowest possible cost : that’s why, using your web reflexes, you naturally turn yourself towards the open-source world to achieve this impossible mission. Inexpensive or free closed-source software will eventually fill the gaps (and obviously there are some).

 

Fortunately, the web attitude has contaminated many industries with its desire to promote interoperability and avoid vendor lock-in with full-IP standard worflows. The BBC has shown the way for a long-time, funding many developments like the Dirac codec for its own needs of tapeless workflows and open-sourcing them quickly afterwards. Other TV channels like SVT from Sweden (with CasparCG) and many independent developers have jumped onboard, and by combining their efforts with your usual web video tools like FFmpeg or other free tools, you can for sure build the target platform.

 

Apart from this software layer, you’ll just need :
- commodity IT hardware to run all the software
- some inexpensive SDI cards
- the minimalistic general audio/video routing hardware & cables
- a reasonable amount of time to configure and interface all pieces
and of course the right IT/dev skills to bring it all together…

 

OK, Let’s build it now !

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Massive launches N-Screen UI Framework Toolkit

Massive launches N-Screen UI Framework Toolkit | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

IPTV technology software developer, Massive Interactive, announced today the launch of the Massivision Framework, a universal, cross-platform user interface development toolkit for IPTV, online video and mobile TV services. The Framework fulfils the write once, deploy everywhere promise, reducing the cost of development and time to market for telcos, broadcasters and other content providers offering movies-on-demand, catch-up TV, live channels and other applications in the rapidly growing IPTV sector.

 

The Massivision Framework and software development kit (SDK) enables the TV Everywhere vision through a single storefront core application which translates and cross-compiles to Flash, HTML/Javascript, C++ and other technologies enables client applications on a diverse range of devices including PCs, set-top-boxes, IP connected TVs, game consoles, tablets and mobile phones. As well as facilitating user interfaces across multiple devices, the Framework also enables second screen two-way point-to-point communication functionality where, for example, an iPad can be used as a remote control for a television providing a richer range of interactions including the integration of social media into the viewing experience.

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Asynchronously streaming HTML5 video with ASP.NET Web API

Asynchronously streaming HTML5 video with ASP.NET Web API | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

A lot of people think that ASP.NET Web API is basically a fancy framework for building APIs – which couldn’t be further from the truth. Web API is mainly about the new .NET HTTP programming modelit brings to the table – embracing HTTP to perform a whole magnitude of web related tasks; and APIs are just a small portion of that. Hopefully if you follow this blog, you have seen examples of that already, as we often wander in the unkown areas of ASP.NET Web API, beyond building “traditional” APIs.

 

Today, let’s go back to the HTTP programming model and use Web API to asynchronously stream videos.

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OpenMAX (Open Media Acceleration)

OpenMAX (Open Media Acceleration) | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it
OpenMAX (Open Media Acceleration) is a royalty-free, cross-platform set of C-language programming interfaces that provides abstractions for routines especially useful for audio, video, and still images.

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KIT digital Launches KIT Connected Device Framework

KIT digital Launches KIT Connected Device Framework | Video Breakthroughs | Scoop.it

KIT digital launched today the KIT Connected Device Framework, a collection of native application templates and a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) designed to help organizations simplify the process of delivering unified socially-enabled video experiences across multiple internet connected devices, including connected TVs, game consoles, set-top boxes (STB), smartphones and tablets.

 

The KIT App Studio features: Customizable template applications for a growing number of leading smartphone, tablet and connected TV devices, including Android and iOS-powered devices, as well as TiVo, Boxee, Google TV and others Extensible partner plug-in architecture with support for leading advertising platforms such as Doubleclick, Freewheel, and Tremor Media; analytics platforms such as Adobe Omniture; and global distribution platforms such as the Akamai HD Network Seamless, simple and secure user verification for "TV Everywhere" federated user authentication, such as Adobe Pass Support of video, audio, pictures, and interactive engagement features such as member check-in, chat, comments, ratings, social sharing, and activity notifications.

 

The Connected Device Framework also includes a comprehensive SDK that provides documentation, sample applications, application programming interface (API) connectors and digital rights management modules to support the rapid development of highly customized applications. Leveraging the framework's APIs and code libraries, KIT digital's world-class professional services team can also build completely custom applications for proprietary set-top boxes or emerging connected device platforms, making even the most complex app concepts achievable.

 

The Connected Device Framework is also tightly coupled with KIT digital's Social TV offering that provides interactive TV applications and true second screen capabilities for multi-platform IPTV and OTT customers.

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