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More news from IBC 2008

Wed, 09/10/2008 - 8:10am
Traci Patterson

IBC 2008 kicks off in Amsterdam on Thursday. Here is some more news related to that show:

• At IBC 2008, OpenTV and Adobe Systems will announce that they have agreed to integrate Adobe Flash Lite software onto OpenTV middleware as an additional application environment, complementing OpenTV’s standard and HTML offerings, further enhancing Web browsing capabilities, and strengthening the development of rich applications and user interfaces.

OpenTV is also joining the Open Screen Project and will be working with Adobe and other members of the initiative to define the TV profile and Open Screen requirements to help enable a better user experience on television screens.

“This collaboration is significant in that it brings two market leaders together to provide the best solutions for consumers of digital television,” said Tracy Geist, OpenTV’s senior vice president of market development. “By combining our technologies, the authoring and development benefits of Adobe Flash with the digital TV experience and technology of OpenTV, we’re opening the door to a host of new service possibilities for operators and developers worldwide.”

The first commercial deployment of OpenTV Core2 middleware with integrated Adobe Flash support is expected to be targeted at the Japanese market in the second half of 2009.

• Tandberg Television has launched a next-generation solution for network PVR (nPVR) services. The company’s Xport Time-Shifted TV (TSTV) solution enables service providers to expand the number of broadcast channels they can offer as part of a delayed viewing experience (including ‘re-start’ functionality where consumers can watch the recorded program while the linear version is still on-air), according to the company.

The Xport TSTV has been designed to manage multiple content receive/record sites simultaneously with a single interface. The solution combines scalability, centralized management of recording rights, broadcast capture with ‘live TV’ redundancy and an open architecture.

“Tandberg Television has considerable experience in delivering time-shift TV products to market, with ‘re-start’ and ‘delay-TV’ deployments worldwide,” said Andrew Rowe, vice president of software product management at TandbergTV. “Drawing on this experience, and our understanding of what operators need in order to support more delayed-TV choice and consumption, we are introducing the next-generation Time-Shifted TV Solution. By providing centralized management of recording rights and open interfaces that do not lock operators into specific video servers, our new solutions enable operators to capture and maintain new viewers without the requirement of expensive replication of hardware or expansive use of operational resources.”

The Xport Time-Shifted TV Solution will be launched at IBC and will ship in Q4 2008.

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