Archive for January, 2011

Digital TV – News – Virgin’s TiVo platform: The Future of TV? – Digital Spy

BBC director general Mark Thompson recently said that emerging connected platforms such as the BBC-backed YouView will trigger an “intense battle for the living room” over the coming years. For Virgin Media, that battle has already begun. Last month, the cable operator launched its new converged TV platform powered by US DVR giant TiVo. Using the conduit of a high-powered set top box, the service offers 160 television channels, 4,600 hours of standard and high definition on-demand content, and a variety of apps and games for the TV. Most interestingly, the new system actively learns each user’s TV preferences, and then throws up suggestions about what they should watch next. Digital Spy checked out the TiVo box to see if this really is the future of TV, or just an expensive sideshow.

via Digital TV – News – Virgin’s TiVo platform: The Future of TV? – Digital Spy.

informitv – Time to Oggle at Smart TV

Green Button Media, established by Barry Rubery, the co-founder of set-top box company Pace, is launching its connected television platform under the name Oggle. Not to be confused with ogle, which means to look at greedily or leer at lustfully, he believes that Oggle can become the brand name on everyone’s lips when talking about Connected TV. “Viewers will definitely want to Oggle at their TV and the huge range of engaging features and content our innovative platform can bring.”

via informitv – Time to Oggle at Smart TV.

Android Grows To World’s Biggest Smartphone Platform -Canalys – WSJ.com

STOCKHOLM (Dow Jones)–Google Inc.’s (GOOG) open Android platform turned into the world’s most widespread smartphone operating system in the fourth quarter, surpassing Nokia Corp.’s (NOK) main smartphone platform Symbian, research firm Canalys said Monday.

Shipments of Android-based smartphones surged sevenfold on-year to 33 million, driven by strong sales from handset vendors including South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (005930.SE) and Taiwan’s HTC Corp. (2498.TW), Canalys said.

That growth gave Android a 33% share of the worldwide smartphone platform market in the fourth quarter, ahead of Symbian’s 31% and Apple Inc.’s (AAPL) iPhone operating system with a 16% market share, the research firm said.

The overall smartphone market soared 89% on-year to 101 million units, Canalys said.

via Android Grows To World’s Biggest Smartphone Platform -Canalys – WSJ.com.

MediaPost Publications Computers Hooking Up With TVs 01/28/2011

According to SideReel, an independent Web TV destination with a base of more than 10 million monthly unique users, 40% of respondents had connected their computer to their TV in the past month, a three-fold increase over last year’s results. 60% of people connecting a device to a TV connect their computer, and 5% use a box like Roku, Boxee or Google TV.

via MediaPost Publications Computers Hooking Up With TVs 01/28/2011.

Connected Devices Proliferate, But What Works Best? | homemediamagazine.com

While their presence was more subtle than 3DTV and not as in-your-face as non-iPad tablets, connected consumer electronics devices were more diverse and pervasive at the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, with every major manufacturer showing off new electronics that have their own built-in apps and can access content from the Internet.

With devices that incorporated complete Internet browsers, HDTVs that offered hundreds of applications, even set-tops that turned current HDTVs into a completely connected device, the theme of combining the home theater set-up with a PC experience was everywhere.

“We’re starting to see some real trends develop here,” said Kurt Scherf, VP and principal analyst with Parks Associates. “And connected TV is not just about online video.”

via Connected Devices Proliferate, But What Works Best? | homemediamagazine.com.

Analyst Angle: CES roundup – bigger isn’t better – RCR Wireless News

Connected HDTVs: Looking for a trendy buzzword? Try this one: “smart TV’s.” Nearly every mid- to high-end HDTV is now “Internet ready” via Wi-Fi or wire. And if you missed getting a “connected” TV, a plethora of adaptors are ready to confound you with Internet to TV choices. Fending off IPTV disruptors like Apple, Google and Vudu TV manufacturers want their full-featured TVs in the center of your media universe … user interface be dammed!!

Each smart TV has an “app platform,” including the horrific (and intrusive) Yahoo Inc. TV Apps. Your business and media imagination can run wild with ideas for TV apps. Most of the demo TV’s included Pandora, Netflix, Facebook and YouTube. Among the many exhibitors, Samsung’s Smart TV platform is the winner for connected TV. Their “Smart Hub” competes with the likes of Microsoft’s media center but integrates network attached storage to the television.

Sony’s proprietary Internet video-on-demand platform has the absurdly Japanglish name QrioCity. It works with their connected Blu-Ray disc players, TV and the PlayStation 3 Live platform. Amazingly, it did not work with Sony’s online video site, Crackle.

Prefer to save a few shekels and retrofit your existing television for Internet connectivity? In that case, the Sony BD player is your choice. You can onboard Wi-Fi, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora, Cinema Now, DVRs and even 3D at affordable price points. The TV industry will never be the same.

via Analyst Angle: CES roundup – bigger isn’t better – RCR Wireless News.

Verizon offering BlackBerry 6 upgrades for Bold 9650 and Curve 3G tonight — Engadget

RIM and its partner carriers have been promising BlackBerry 6 updates for a number of recent models, and Verizon’s getting a couple of the heavyweights out of the way today with the introduction of official upgrade packages for the Bold 9650 and Curve 3G 9330. In addition to universal search and an overall streamlined UI, one of the most important improvements here is the addition of RIM’s WebKit-based browser that makes hitting your favorite pages moderately less painful than before. Look for the update to become available at 8:00PM Eastern this evening, both online (see the Source links for instructions) and over-the-air.

via Verizon offering BlackBerry 6 upgrades for Bold 9650 and Curve 3G tonight — Engadget.

BSkyB buys The Cloud to give broadband users Wi-Fi access | News | New Media Age

BSkyB will offer its 2.8m broadband customers access to Wi-Fi hotspots following the purchase of network The Cloud, according to reports.

via BSkyB buys The Cloud to give broadband users Wi-Fi access | News | New Media Age.

Meet HTML, The Spec Formerly Known as HTML5 | Webmonkey | Wired.com

It won’t be an unpronounceable symbol, but HTML5 is getting a Prince-style name change. From here on out HTML5 will simply be HTML — according to the WHATWG anyway.

Just a day after the W3C unveiled its new HTML5 logo, the Web Hypertext Application Technology Working Group (WHATWG) has announced that it will drop the term “HTML5,” stop the versioning of HTML altogether and instead treat the evolving specification as a “living standard.”

via Meet HTML, The Spec Formerly Known as HTML5 | Webmonkey | Wired.com.

informitv – YouView: mixed signals on new television platform

The new YouView internet-connected television platform, backed by a consortium of British broadcasters and network operators, is now unlikely to launch before next year, according to a further damaging media report. Mark Thompson, the director general of the BBC, took the opportunity of a speech at the Oxford Media Convention and an audience including Jeremy Hunt, the government minister with responsibility for media, to defend the role of the BBC in defining the increasingly troubled YouView platform.

“The universal delivery of high quality free-to-air content faces immediate threats and a future which is by no means certain,” he said. “Unless the broadcasters take an active role in defending it, it could disappear entirely.”

via informitv – YouView: mixed signals on new television platform.