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Calls for cooperation in the device zoo dominate Day 3 of TV Connect

On the third and last day of TV Connect 2013, appeals from senior figures rang clear both in the conference sessions and out on the show floor for greater cooperation on several strands of the connected entertainment industry.

Delivering a keynote presentation the morning, Daniel Danker, head of iPlayer at the BBC, had some sobering words for those who believe the success of connected TVs is a given, warning that unless these TVs start to offer a common attributes for consumers to confidently grasp, they could disappear down the same rabbit hole that has claimed 3DTV.

Meanwhile, out on the show floor, Matt Stagg, Senior Manager of Network Strategy at UK mobile operator EE, exclusively told IP&TV News that he wishes to set up a work group to improve the delivery of video to mobile devices.

In this afternoon’s conference sessions, Steve Bennedik, Head of Technology at Sky News, spoke in the ‘Managing Media Assets’ stream about the ways in which metadata can deliver accuracy in a news environment, and of his disappointment that little real-world progress has been made on interactive TV services.

Over in the ‘Digital Home’ stream meanwhile, a panel session saw participants unite in the view that the person who makes interconnectivity/interoperability simple and quick, and unite siloed services, will take all.

Finally, in the ‘Optimising Networks for Video’ stream, Deutsche Telekom’s Dr. Randolph Nikutta provided the soundbite of the day (or even the event): “The device zoo will grow and grow – we need to figure out a way of dealing with it, and a standardised framework is the way to do this”.

He was referring to his vision of a common standardised framework for companion screen services, but his comments echoed those made by Daniel Danker earlier in the day: “This is a call to the industry – the market opportunity might be lost, as the whole market chain has to cover very different solutions. So let’s sit down together and do it – together,” said Dr. Nikutta.

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