With this year’s TV Connect event just two weeks away (March 19th-21st), we take a look at the entries that have been shortlisted for ‘Best Multiscreen TV Solution’ in the TV Connect Industry Awards.
The 2013 TV Connect Industry Awards will be held at prestigious London venue One Mayfair on March 20th. For more information and to book a seat, please visit http://tvconnectawards.com
Japanese firm ACCESS has secured a nomination for its NetFront Living Connect solution, which enables OEMs to quickly and efficiently implement DLNA functionality on consumer devices including mobile phones, tablets, digital cameras, printers, DVD players, digital TVs, set-top boxes and network attached storage (NAS) devices.
NetFront Living Connect combines all the functionality the consumer wants with the security, tracking and reporting that the studios need to ensure operators can successfully monetize multiscreen. It includes a set of consumer applications and pre-integrated security features which provide innovative use cases for operators.
Turkey’s AirTies has been nominated for its new Air4641 Mesh video bridge, designed to enabled reliable wireless multiscreen sharing and 100% wireless coverage. Content from a central set-top box can be streamed directly to other STBs while simultaneously accommodating four HD streams to tablets, phones and laptops.
The Air4641 combines the speed of 600 Mbps, with interference-free 5GHz, with reliable coverage-range from 4×4 MIMO. The included AirTies Mesh software enables 100% wireless coverage range and automatic network optimisation.
Dutch firm Civolution has reached this year’s shortlist for its media interaction solution SyncNow, which allows broadcasters, content producers, application providers and advertisers to offer time-synchronised-to media applications or content such as ad-replacement, live voting and content-related overlays.
Based on Civolution’s powerful watermarking and fingerprinting technologies, it allows for accurate and rapid synchronisation or triggering of interactive/contextual content. The solution has been designed for easy implementation and uses various content identification technology, watermarking and fingerprinting.
Harmonic has been shortlisted by the judges for its ProMedia Suite of software solutions, designed to perform a broad range of processing and streaming functions to enable high quality video creation and delivery on TVs, PCs, tablets, smartphones, and other IP-connected devices.
The ProMedia family supports a variety of multiscreen applications, including live streaming (adaptive streaming for Internet TV, mobile TV, etc.) and live-to-VOD (catch-up TV, start-over TV, etc.) — all from a single, highly scalable software platform that can easily grow to support a user’s evolving needs.
US firm MobiTV has been nominated for its TV Everywhere solution, which allows the delivery of live, video on demand (VOD) and downloadable television, both in and outside the home, with all user actions such as search, personalisation, user settings, recommendations and favourites managed in a cloud-based account management environment, rather than tied to specific devices or local hardware.
Key features include the ability to pause, resume and transfer content between devices and equipment, as well as network DVR (nDVR) capabilities. Users can record on any screen, and access content and account settings on any screen.
Motorola has reached the shortlist with its Medios+ portfolio of software-based solutions for end-to-end multiscreen video delivery, which include: enterprise asset management; workflow, merchandising, multi-screen consumer experiences; service assurance; and security, on the network side and on the consumer playback device.
The Medios+ portfolio has been designed to address the challenges faced by operators and service providers in the era of internet TV, and allows operators and service providers to manage media across multiple screens; allowing them to quickly deploy new multi-screen TV services to give them a competitive advantage and to keep customers loyal.
US firm SeaChange International has been nominated for its Nitro multiscreen subscriber experience, which delivers intuitive navigation and video presentation of linear, VOD, OTT, and time-shifted video across IP-enabled screens and devices, regardless of location. The solution makes it easier to deliver, personalise and monetize the viewing experience throughout a subscriber base.
Nitro supports most of the latest platforms to expand how and when subscribers can access their content. The HTML5-based TV Anywhere application offers a highly customisable user interface in order to meet corporate branding requirements and provide a familiar experience to subscribers.
Finally, US content protection specialist Verimatrix has been shortlisted by the judges for its ViewRight ONE secure client management framework, to be integrated within each set-top box (STB)or embedded CE device in a pay-TV system to provide a single logical point of control for content streams from multiple networks, even multiple service providers.
Originally announced at IBC 2011, ViewRight ONE is a key component of the Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) platform, and includes a single operational client subsystem, providing benefits for both the integration partner and the operator.