Showing posts with label IPTV. Show all posts
Showing posts with label IPTV. Show all posts

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Exaring deploys Juniper for delivery of IPTV

Juniper Networks announced that Exaring, a digital service provider based in Germany, has deployed its solutions to create a scalable and fully-automated infrastructure to support delivery of next generation, IP-based TV services.

Exaring's platform offers German households broadcast TV services in the cloud via a smart device. The company operates an extensive fibre infrastructure that is used exclusively for the transmission of IP entertainment services, combining high-definition TV content with intuitive apps and the flexibility of the web. Exaring has also created its own TV platform, waipu.tv.

The flexible and automated network architecture created by Juniper's technology is designed to enable Exaring to integrate and deploy new services faster and reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), as well as meet increasing demand for its IP TV playout platform. The automated solution also allows the company to monitor and dynamically adjust network performance based on data analysis.

For the deployment, Juniper supplied its QFX Series switching technology to support the automated delivery of TV services, including HD and 4K (ultra HD) video, to end-users utilising customers' existing Internet connections and without the need for additional installations.

Exaring's services run in a cloud environment created by the QFX switches, high capacity, high-density switching platforms featuring an open architecture that are designed to serve as universal building blocks for automated, programmable fabric architectures.

Specifically Exaring has deployed the Juniper QFX10000 at its data centre edge, which offers IPv4 and IPv6 peering functionality and enables low latency transport, together with Juniper's ASIC functionality, including Virtual output Queueing (VoQ) technology. The new network infrastructure runs on the Junos OS operating system, allowing centralised management to help streamline and simplify network operations, and integration into Exaring's existing orchestration and automation infrastructure.




  • * Earlier this year, ADVA Optical Networking announced that Exaring had deployed its technology to cerate what was claimed to be Germany's first integrated platform for the delivery of IP entertainment services. Based on the ADVA FSP 3000 solution, Exaring's upgraded national 100 Gbit/s backbone was designed to transmit on-demand TV and gaming services to approximately 23 million households across the country.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

DT Deploys Cisco’s Videoscape for

Deutsche Telekom is using Cisco’s Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS) enhanced content delivery technology to power its recently launched TV Everywhere service called "Entertain to go."

Cisco VDS, part of Cisco’s Videoscape Unity TV services delivery platform, enables the distribution of video content across multiple screens, protocols, applications and networks. VDS serves as the network distribution engine behind the Videoscape architecture. It is an open, component-based, complete, interoperable and holistic solution that bridges cloud and network functionality – providing greater levels of insight into, and management of, content delivery networks.

Deutsche Telekom’s "Entertain to go" service allows subscribers of its Entertain IPTV service to view 40 TV channels on their PCs and mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. Priced at €4.95 per-month the service gives access to the Entertain content on devices that are connected to the users’ home WiFi network, as well as allowing them to view on demand content from the Entertain video library.

http://newsroom.cisco.com/press-release-content?type=webcontent&articleId=1264174

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Ericsson Completes Acquisition of Microsoft Mediaroom

Ericsson completed its previously announced acquisition of Microsoft's Mediaroom business and TV solution. The deal, which was first announced in April 2013, makes Ericsson the world's largest, by market share, and the most experienced provider of IPTV middleware technology and solutions.

The Mediaroom IPTV platform holds about a 25% share of the global IPTV market. Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered by nearly 60 of the world's leading operators, delivering services to almost 13 million households, and close to 24 million set top boxes, throughout the world. Customers include AT&T U-verse, Entertain of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, TELUS Optik TV and Swisscom.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson said: "This acquisition places us even more securely at the heart of an exciting and highly innovative industry. IPTV subscribers alone are predicted to grow by more than 18% each year to reach 105 million subscribers and revenue of USD 45 b. by 2015. By incorporating Mediaroom into our broad portfolio of solutions we will ensure our customers have the ultimate partner as they transform towards true TV Anywhere multi-screen services and optimized video delivery in any network"

Mediaroom is based in Mountain View, California, and is comprised of more than 400 people worldwide. The former Mediaroom business unit, including staff, will be integrated into the Ericsson group under the Business Unit Support Solutions, and will be called Ericsson Mediaroom .

http://www.ericsson.com


Monday, April 8, 2013

Microsoft Sells IPTV Business to Ericsson


Ericsson will acquire Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV business.

Microsoft Mediaroom is used by many leading IPTV service providers, including AT&T U-verse, Entertain of Deutsche Telekom, Telefonica, TELUS Optik TV and Swisscom. Mediaroom-powered TV services are offered on more than 22 million set top boxes deployed throughout the Americas, EMEA and APAC.

Per Borgklint, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit Support Solutions at Ericsson said: "Ericsson's vision of the Networked Society foresees 50 billion devices to be connected via broadband, mobility and cloud. Future video distribution will have a similar impact on consumer behavior and consumption as mobile voice has had. This acquisition contributes to a leading position for Ericsson with more than 40 customers, serving over 11 million subscriber households. In addition, Ericsson will be powered with senior competence and some of the most talented people within the field of IPTV distribution."

Microsoft's Mediaroom business unit is based in Mountain View, California and employs more than 400 people worldwide.  The group will be incorporated into Ericsson's Business Unit Support Solutions.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1691160
http://www.microsoft.com/mediaroom/

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Cisco's 'Videoscape Unity' TV Platform -- Streaming Under the Cloud

Cisco introduced its "Videoscape Unity" TV Platform featuring a multiscreen cloud digital video recorder (DVR), which enables consumers to restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back DVR-captured content from anywhere, on any screen.

Videoscape Unity, which is designed for service providers and media companies, is an open software platform that was created by combining the assets of NDS (which Cisco acquired last year ) with its own Videoscape portfolio.  The new platform comprises a set of cloud, network and client based components, connected by open interfaces.  Some pre-integrated components include:

  • Multiscreen Cloud DVR: Offers cloud-driven video recording with capture and storage in the cloud instead of the end device. Consumers can restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back DVR-captured content from anywhere, on any screen.
  • Video Everywhere: Broadens the TV Everywhere proposition with unified search, discovery, and viewing functions to allow consumers to watch premium live and on-demand content on any (service provider managed or unmanaged) connected device regardless of location.
  • Connected Video to Any Device in the Home: Cisco's Connected Video Gateway serves as a single entertainment hub, with back-end management of IP and QAM video, for distributing video content and metadata to any IP-connected device in the home, while providing a unified user experience.
  • IP Video over Cable: Gives consumers expanded choice of content and IP video services, with faster delivery of on-demand and interactive offerings, across a wider range of service provider managed devices - with the flexibility to add unmanaged devices.

Cisco said a key advantage of Videoscape Unity is that the cloud can now be used "to power personalized video services and enable multiple screens to be synchronized to create a single unified experience for the subscriber, so things look and feel the same no matter what device they use."

Significantly, Cisco is offering Videoscape "as a service," allowing operators to have Cisco build, monitor, operate and even host their video infrastructures.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/netsol/ns1043/networking_solutions_market_segment_solution.html


  • In March 2012, Cisco agreed to acquire NDS Group in a deal valued at approximately $5 billion. NDS, which was owned by News Corp.(49%) and Permira private equity (51%), developed video software and content security for media companies, cable & satellite TV operators and IPTV service providers. Key products included its MediaHighway Set-top Box middleware software, its "XTV" Digital Video Recorder software, its "Snowflake" electronic program guide (EPG), and its "VideoGuard CA" and "VideoGuard Connect" digital rights management system.  NDS customers include some of the largest cable, satellite and broadband pay-TV operators, including Astro, Bharti, BSkyB, Canal Plus, China Central Television ("CCTV"), Cox, DIRECTV, Kabel Deutschland, Sky Deutschland, Sky Italia, TataSky, UPC and Vodafone. The company notes that a significant portion of its business is recurring, with long-term contracts, typically with an average duration of approximately five years. NDS, which is based in the U.K., has approximately 5,000 employees with facilities in Israel, France, India and China.

  • In January 2011, Cisco's John Chambers outlined a new "Videoscape" portfolio of five major product families aimed at "transforming the TV experience." From the outset, the goal was to work with Service Providers to allow any device over any network to access any content to which they are entitled. Cisco Videoscape would enable service providers to monetize activities outside their own network or traditional device footprints.  A key facet of Videoscape is about delivering a consistent interface across multiple devices, while providing a universal guide and search capabilities across all content sources. This requires building capabilities into the service provider's video back-office using APIs extending across content management systems and virtualized storage. The capabilities would be social network-aware and open to advertising opportunities.



Sunday, January 6, 2013

Google TV Offers Voice Search & Content from Amazon, France24, Dramafever

Google TV is getting a boost with a new Voice Search capability as well as new content partnerships including Amazon, France24, Dramafever. Voice Search provides access to both live TV and streaming options for a wide range of content.

In addition to the content partners, Google TV is expanding its own library of title inside of Google Play and YouTube. The company said it now has hundreds of TV-optimized apps and thousands of supported mobile apps available on Google TV.

Google now has nine equipment partners with Google TV capable set-top boxes or Smart TVs, including Asus, Hisense, LG, Sony, TCL, Vizio and others.

http://googletv.blogspot.com/2013/01/bringing-more-entertainment-to-your-tv.html

 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

LG to Launch Google TV Models at CES

LG Electronics (LG) is preparing to launch seven new models in its Google TV lineup at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas.

With Google TV, LG is aiming to redefine the user experience with a interface matched to its redesigned Magic Qwerty Remote, which combines a complete keyboard with the convenient benefits of the Magic Remote's point-and-click control. An updated Home Dashboard also adds to the user experience by offering convenient, streamlined access to premium video on-demand, such as HBO GO, content from YouTube and more apps.

"LG is committed to providing diverse home entertainment options that offer the most satisfying user experience and the latest LG Smart TVs with Google TV do just that," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. "They deliver a stellar user experience by merging the latest Google TV platform with LG's proven Smart TV technology. The result is a comprehensive system that is groundbreaking in its simplicity."

The GA6400 series will be available in 42-, 47-, 50-, 55- and 60-inch class screen sizes.

http://www.lg.com

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Bell Labs: Internet Video to Push Networks to their Limit

Driven by tablet usage at home and on the go, consumers in the United States alone will access seven hours of video each day – as opposed to 4.8 hours today, according to a new study from Bell Labs.  The research points to a dramatic shift in viewing habits, as consumers switch from broadcast content to video-on-demand services, which will grow to 70% of daily consumption compared with 33% today.

Some highlights of the 16-page report:


  • The proportion of time spent watching managed video-on-demand services and web-based video will grow from 33% to 77%. This will come at the expense of traditional broadcast TV services, whose relative share of time will drop from 66% to 10%.
  • Internet-based video consumption each year will grow twelvefold, from 90 Exabytes to 1.1 Zettabyes.
  • Consumption of managed video-on-demand from services providers versus OTTs is expected grow at 28 percent annual rate, from 44 Exabytes to 244 Exabytes.
  • 10.5% of managed video consumption and 8.5% of OTT video consumption will occur at the peak hour, 8:00 p.m.

Bell Labs is warning that this shift to unicast distribution will put disproportionate pressure on the IP edge of broadband networks.

"Delivery of video from the cloud and from content delivery networks to tablets, TVs and smartphones - with guaranteed quality -, presents an exciting new revenue opportunity for communications service providers, but only if they are prepared to take advantage of it. Left unmanaged, the rapid growth in video traffic can turn into a deluge and spell disaster. It is important to look at where service providers’ investments can have the most impact, and this research makes clear that the IP edge of both wireline and wireless networks – which are increasingly becoming one and the same - offers the greatest opportunity to improve network performance. At the same time, it also presents the greatest source of risk if not managed appropriately,” stated Marcus Weldon, Chief Technology Officer, Alcatel-Lucent.

The full paper is available here:
http://bit.ly/12oijPC
http://www.alcatel-lucent.com


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Telefónica Digital Picks Ericsson as Prime integrator of Global Video Platform


Ericsson has been selected as prime integrator of Telefónica Digital's next-generation video platform.

The multi-year, multi-country deal includes IPTV middleware, OTT back-office, Digital Rights Management Systems and Content Management Systems, Managed Services, as well as Ericsson Operations Support System (OSS) and Business Support System (BSS).   Telefónica's own R&D is developing and launching the user experience interface for GVP. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Telefónica's Global Video Platform (GVP) will allow its subscribers to access video services such as live TV, video on demand and premium services, simultaneously over any network for any device.

http://www.ericsson.com/news/1663941


  • In November, Telefónica Digital announced the selection of Microsoft's Mediaroom for its new Global Video Platform (GVP) for all video entertainment services across Telefónica’s Operating Businesses. Telefónica's GVP is an IPTV-based pay-TV subscription service --  including DVR, video on-demand and and other applications -- that can be delivered either on the carrier's own access network or as an over-the-top offering.  It supports a range of devices inside and outside the home, including set top boxes, Xbox 360s, tablets and smartphones.  Launches are already underway in Brazil (Vivo TV Fibra), Chile (Movistar IPTV) and Spain (Movistar Imagenio on Xbox 360).  The service is Spain provides subscribers with 12 linear channels focused on sports including the Spanish First Soccer League (Liga BBVA) under Canal+ Liga Channel.



Friday, November 30, 2012

Espial to Acquire ANT plc


Espial, a leading supplier of digital TV and IPTV middleware, agreed to acquire ANT plc, which also develops embedded software for the TV industry. The all cash offer of £0.205 per outstanding share values ANT at approximately £5 million.

ANT's Galio Suite is an HTML5 browser, client and applications stack supporting a wide range of consumer TV platforms. ANT's software has been extensively deployed by ADB, Amino, Bouygues Telecom, Cisco, Chunghwa Telecom, Coship, HwaCom, France Telecom, Humax, Pirelli, Sagemcom, Samsung, Technicolour, Telecom Italia and YouSee. ANT plc's shares are listed on AIM, a London Stock Exchange regulated market, under the ticker ANTP.

Espial's middleware, video-on-demand, and browser products power a diverse range of pay-TV and Internet TV business models. Over 10 million licenses of its patented software are in use across the world.

Espial is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada.  ANT is based in Cambridge, UK.

"Multiscreen video services on set-top boxes, smart TVs, tablets, PCs and smart phones are quickly becoming the new expectation for today's consumers. Delivering a superior user experience across these devices is a critical element to the success of TV service providers" said Jaison Dolvane, CEO of Espial. "The acquisition of ANT provides Espial with the increased scale, resources and depth of experience to extend our HTML5 market leadership. ANT provides rich expertise in delivering HTML5 user interfaces and applications as well as delivering complex vertically integrated client software solutions. We believe the acquisition of ANT will extend our capabilities to establish Espial as a clear market leader as TV service providers aggressively move to IP video delivery. We're excited about this combination and are committed to continue working with ANT's existing customers and partners to ensure their ongoing success"

http://www.espial.com
http://www.antplc.com


  • In 2008, Espial, a specialist in IPTV middleware and applications, acquired  Kasenna, which developed a "PortalTV" suite that allows TV providers to deliver advanced features such as recording and pausing live TV, PVR - both Network-based and Local, StartOver TV, Customized EPG, On-Screen Caller ID, Pay-per-View, Video-on-Demand, Favorites, Reminders, Weather Services, Network Games, etc. 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Telefónica Digital Selects Microsoft Mediaroom for Global Video Platform

Telefónica Digital has selected Microsoft's Mediaroom for its new Global Video Platform (GVP) for all video entertainment services across Telefónica’s Operating Businesses.

Telefónica's GVP is an IPTV-based pay-TV subscription service --  including DVR, video on-demand and and other applications -- that can be delivered either on the carrier's own access network or as an over-the-top offering.  It supports a range of devices inside and outside the home, including set top boxes, Xbox 360s, tablets and smartphones.  

Launches are already underway in Brazil (Vivo TV Fibra), Chile (Movistar IPTV) and Spain (Movistar Imagenio on Xbox 360).  The service is Spain provides subscribers with 12 linear channels focused on sports including the Spanish First Soccer League (Liga BBVA) under Canal+ Liga Channel.

“This new agreement focused on Telefónica’s GVP further extends our alliance in the world of TV and video entertainment to a range of screens throughout the home and on the go, and the benefits will be enjoyed by many millions of people globally. Through its use of IP-based broadband networks and the Microsoft Mediaroom platform, Telefónica’s next-generation TV services are poised to delight and entertain millions of consumers across their markets in Europe and Latin America," stated Tom Gibbons, corporate vice president, Operator TV Business, Microsoft.

http://www.microsoft.com

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Accenture Buys NSN's IPTV Assets


Accenture has acquired the software and skills of Nokia Siemens Networks' IPTV business.  Financial terms were not disclosed.

Accenture already offers pre-integrated Over-the-top TV (OTTV) solution that has been deployed by several large video providers.  The software delivers a seamless consumer experience for accessing linear video content, such as traditional, real-time video, through the broadcast network, as well as non-linear services, such as catch-up TV and video on demand (VOD) through a broadband network.  The newly-acquired IPTV software, assets and capabilities from NSN will be integrated with this Accenture Video Solution.
“The combination of Nokia Siemens Networks’ IPTV assets with Accenture’s over-the-top TV software and capabilities, will deliver an exciting new combination of services to the global video industry,” said Marco Vernocchi, managing director of Accenture’s Media & Entertainment industry group. “The scalable and flexible end solution we are creating will help video service providers dramatically change the way they approach content distribution while balancing costs.”


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

AT&T U-Verse TV Adds Facebook App


AT&T began offering a Facebbok on TV app to its U-Verse TV customers.

The Facebook on TV interactive app lets the user view news feeeds, post status updates, interact with friends and easily share info on the show they are watching.  U-verse TV customers can add up to ten different accounts on a single receiver.

"The TV experience is becoming more social, and we've always focused on delivering interactive TV apps that are more engaging and provide an overall better experience," said Maria Dillard, Vice President of U-verse and Video Products, AT&T Home Solutions. "This app gives U-verse TV and High Speed Internet customers the ability to share information about what they're watching on their TV with their remote, on any U-verse TV screen. It's another example of how we continue to enhance and bring more value to the U-verse experience."

http://www.att.com/

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Samsung Releases Verizon FiOS App

Samsung Electronics America released a FiOS TV app on compatible Samsung Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray players.

 The app on the Samsung Smart Hub platform lets Verizon’s FiOS TV and FiOS Internet subscribers watch 26 live FiOS TV channels and more than 20,000 FlexView on-demand movies and TV shows on these TVs and blu-ray players without requiring a set-top box.
Channels carried at launch include CNN, MTV, HBO, TBS, TNT, Food Network and HGTV, based on the subscribers’ current FiOS TV package.
The app also offers access to more than 20,000 movie and TV show titles available monthly through FiOS TV’s Flex View, which offers FiOS customers the ability to buy or rent these titles and watch them on the TV, PC or mobile device and now compatible Samsung devices.


http://fios.verizon.com 
http://www.samsung.com 
06-Aug-12




Monday, July 2, 2012

Samsung Electronics Adopts Windows Azure for Smart TV Infrastructure in the Cloud

Samsung Electronics Co. will adopt Windows Azure cloud technology to manage its Smart TV infrastructure. The companies said the Windows Azure cloud provides a tenfold cost reduction compared with building out in-house infrastructure. In addition, Windows Azure gives Samsung the ability to help secure the server and storage resources it needs quickly, giving Samsung the time to focus on providing high-quality software and services to its customers.
http://www.microsoft.com

AT&T U-verse TV Reaches Programming Deal

AT&T announced a distribution agreement with AMC Networks enabling U-verse TV to continue offering AMC, IFC, Sundance and WE tv. The deal was reached on Sunday, July 1. Financial terms were not disclosed.
http://www.att.com

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Google I/O Highlights Ambition as Premium Content Aggregator

 The Google I/O event in San Francisco drew a capacity crowd of app developers as the company updated its Android road map and rollout two key products.

Some highlights:

Google announced several Android milestones -- 400 million devices have been activated so far and there are now 1 million new activations per day.

The Google Play store is of strategic importance to the company. Google Play has just added TV shows and magazines. The Google Play catalog also includes thousands of movies, millions of apps, millions of songs, games and 4 million e-books. Google+ is building social networking tie-ins to this content, including with recommendation engines. The company continues to build partnership with content creators.

Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus and designed for Google Play. The tablet offers a 7” 1280x800 HD display, a Tegra-3 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. The unit is optimized for Google applications, including Gmail and Google+ Hangouts. The units are Wi-Fi only (no 3G or LTE). The price is $199.

Google introduced the Nexus Q sphere -- an Android appliance that is all about social and cloud. The streaming device pulls content from Google Play for viewing/listening on home TVs and stereos. The New York Times reported that Google has chosen to manufacture this unit itself in California rather than outsourcing to Taiwan or China. The Nexus Q is priced at $299.

Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will be released in July for certain Android smartphones and tablets. Key improvements include better syncing between devices; better message notifications; auto-resizable widgets; better predictive keyboard; offline voice typing; better search results using the Google "Knowledge Graph" and a new concept of search result cards; a new service called Google Now that delivers real-time information, such as traffic info, when the device knows that you are commuting; a better camera app that makes it easier to view and organize photos.

Google's Sergey Brin hosted a dramatic preview of Google Glass, the information eyeglasses project. Capturing and sharing real-time video will be a key feature. Developers will be able to purchase prototypes in early 2013. The company has not discussed product plans, specs or price points for a consumer product.

YouTube is releasing a new version of its Android app that pre-caches favorite channels, thereby avoiding buffering where possible

A new release of Google Earth for Android adds 3D maps in select cities.
http://www.google.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Google I/O Highlights Ambition as Premium Content Aggregator

The Google I/O event in San Francisco drew a capacity crowd of app developers as the company updated its Android road map and rollout two key products. Some highlights:

  • Google announced several Android milestones -- 400 million devices have been activated so far and there are now 1 million new activations per day.


  • The Google Play store is of strategic importance to the company. Google Play has just added TV shows and magazines. The Google Play catalog also includes thousands of movies, millions of apps, millions of songs, games and 4 million e-books. Google+ is building social networking tie-ins to this content, including with recommendation engines. The company continues to build partnership with content creators.


  • Google launched its Nexus 7 tablet, built by Asus and designed for Google Play. The tablet offers a 7" 1280x800 HD display, a Tegra-3 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 12-core GPU. The unit is optimized for Google applications, including Gmail and Google+ Hangouts. The units are Wi-Fi only (no 3G or LTE). The price is $199.


  • Google introduced the Nexus Q sphere -- an Android appliance that is all about social and cloud. The streaming device pulls content from Google Play for viewing/listening on home TVs and stereos. The New York Times reported that Google has chosen to manufacture this unit itself in California rather than outsourcing to Taiwan or China. The Nexus Q is priced at $299.


  • Google introduced Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, which will be released in July for certain Android smartphones and tablets. Key improvements include better syncing between devices; better message notifications; auto-resizable widgets; better predictive keyboard; offline voice typing; better search results using the Google "Knowledge Graph" and a new concept of search result cards; a new service called Google Now that delivers real-time information, such as traffic info, when the device knows that you are commuting; a better camera app that makes it easier to view and organize photos.


  • Google's Sergey Brin hosted a dramatic preview of Google Glass, the information eyeglasses project. Capturing and sharing real-time video will be a key feature. Developers will be able to purchase prototypes in early 2013. The company has not discussed product plans, specs or price points for a consumer product.


  • YouTube is releasing a new version of its Android app that pre-caches favorite channels, thereby avoiding buffering where possible


  • A new release of Google Earth for Android adds 3D maps in select cities.
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