With this year’s TV Connect event just around the corner (March 19th-21st), we take a look at some of the entries that have been shortlisted in the TV Connect Industry Awards – starting with the category ‘Best TV Experience Enhancement’.
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
France’s Bouygues Telecom has reached the shortlist for its Bbox tab application, developed to complement the Bbox Sensation TV experience it unveiled last year.
The app brings a range of new services to tablet devices, including: live TV on the tablet, access to the TV guide, remote scheduling of recordings, browsing the VOD catalogue, using the tablet as a TV remote, and accessing and managing personal content stored on the Bbox media centre.
The app – available for free from the Apple App store and Google Play store – also offers a permanent window containing live TV and an Internet navigator to allow clients to consult the web whilst keeping an eye and ear on their TV programme.
Espial‘s TV Browser combines a compelling user interface, open Web browsing and over-the-top video capabilities to meet growing consumer demand for a sophisticated user experience on set-top boxes.
Based on the same powerful WebKit rendering engine used by Google Chrome and Apple Safari browsers, the Espial STB Client is Web video-ready with built-in Adobe Flash and supports HTML5 and the latest w3c Web and interactive TV standards, including HbbTV and OIPF.
Taken together, these technologies mean the Espial TV Browser can rapidly render advanced graphics and websites more quickly, and allows operators to support new capabilities such as cloud-centric user interface delivery models, new advertising and business models, rapid application development, interactive content, and integrated Web and social applications.
Israeli firm Jinni has been shortlisted for its revolutionary new content discovery platform powered by natural language understanding (NLU) technology, creating a voice-activated video guide that can understand user requests made in “normal” language such as asking for a film that is “uplifting and humorous that I can enjoy with my girlfriend”.
The NLU Discovery Engine leverages Jinni unique Entertainment Genome to interpret natural human speech and derive the underlying meaning to enable rich, intuitive interaction between users and their TVs. It does this by comparing a user’s search request to an index of “genes” which have been assigned to thousands of programmes and films to describe mood, style, plot, setting and more.
Scottish firm ThinkAnalytics has been commended by the judges for its content discovery engine, which serves recommendations to around 100mn pay-TV subscribers worldwide, with operator customers including Liberty Global and Cox Communications.
The ThinkAnalytics solution delivers live EPG and VOD recommendations, supporting “on the fly” recommendations for over 500 channels of dynamic, linear TV and personalising them to the individual, allowing an operator to differentiate their service and shape their user experience.
DEEP – which stands for Data Enrichment and Engagement Platform – is a second-screen application designed by Viaccess-Orca to complement TV viewing by offering a unique way to discover content and explore themes related to the video service.
DEEP’s UI enables an intuitive browsing among thousands of automatically created digital magazines about movies, TV shows, actors and themes. The app uses advanced technology to automatically identify the most interesting topics related to the TV content, transforming data into interesting stories to tell the magazine readers.
Portuguese cable operator ZON Multimédia has been shortlisted for the Timewarp feature of its triple-play service ‘IRIS’, which allows TV viewers to “travel back in time” and watch all the TV programmes that have been broadcast over the last seven days on 80 channels.
The completely free Timewarp feature is based on an Advanced Personal Cloud Recording technology that allows IRIS customers to automatically record, on a remote disk, every programme that has been broadcast in the past week, and is claimed to be the first recording system on the local market that does not need the set-top box’s local disk in order to guarantee content storage.