Alexa to launch on LG TVs

Amazon Alexa, the AI assistant that launched with the Amazon Echo smart speaker in 2015, will be available on LG Smart TVs in North America later in May. The update will come to sets in Europe and Asia at a later date. It was previously announced in January that Alexa would come to ThinQ AI […]

Cloud video outfit Blackbird hires Dawn Airey as non-exec

Cloud video technology provider Blackbird – formerly known as Forbidden Technologies – has hired media industry veteran Dawn Airey as a non-executive director. Airey, who was CEO of Getty Images until December last year, has previously worked as SVP in charge of operations at Yahoo! EMEA, as a senior executive at RTL Group and as […]

TiVo announces integration of key metrics into TV Viewership Data

TiVo is to incorporate demographics, ad airings and mobile devices into its TV Viewership Data product, the company has announced. The product is being expanded to include Kantar ad occurrences, Drawbridge’s Identity Graph and premium demographic attributes. This will give TiVo customers an “expanded data offering with more flexibility to meet the ever-changing needs of […]

Evergent and Synamedia announce partnership

Revenue and subscriber management provider Evergent and video software provider Synamedia have announced their partnership for “end-to-end video monetisation and delivery”. Evergent’s Revenue and Customer Management platform is now integrated with Synamedia’s Infinite platform in an effort to aid their joint customers. In a joint statement, the companies said that this will allow their telco, […]

bcom and Viaccess-Orca partner up to detect video piracy

Viaccess-Orca a subsidiary of the Orange Group, is partnering with b<>com to advance the development in piracy tracking watermarking, specifically in streaming. Piracy has had seen significant increases in the streaming age. According to a beIN Sports survey, 3.5 million people in France use illegal streaming sites to watch soccer matches, costing €400 million in […]

Cablenet Launches Plume in Cyprus

Cypriot quad play provider Cablenet has announced the availability of Ultra WiFi, Powered by Plume. Plume is the creator of the world’s first cognitive services platform for the smart home. Its open and hardware independent solution enables the curation, delivery, management, optimisation, and support of new services and applications quickly and at a large scale. […]

3SS and Media Distillery tie up AI TV deal

Android TV STB software solutions provider 3 Screen Solutions (3SS), and AI specialist Media Distillery, have announced a partnership to launch and co-commercialise a new pre-integrated AI-based end-to-end platform. The AI-based solution comprises a combination of machine learning methodologies to recognise every visual and audial aspect inside video, including faces, speech, topics, logos and text. […]

MainStreaming secures €5.5 million funding

Milan-based technology provider MainStreaming has announced it has secured €5.5 million in a new round of funding, bringing its total raised to over €9.5 million. This round was led by Indaco Venture Partners SGR, together with Sony Innovation Fund and existing investor, United Ventures. MainStreaming will use the funds to enhance its position in its […]

Netgem names Hautefort as CEO

French technology outfit and service provider Netgem has appointed Mathias Hautefort as CEO, replacing Joseph Haddad, who remains chairman of the company. Hautefort will assume his new position on July 1 and will remain president of Vitis, the unit that holds Netgem’s Videofutur service provider arm. Netgem is in the midst of transitioning to a […]

Digital TV Europe and TBI launch VideoTech Innovation Awards

Digital TV Europe and sister publication TBI are launching the VideoTech Innovation Awards, recognising innovation and achievement in video distribution and the underlying technology platforms that enable it. The inaugural VideoTech Innovation Awards will take place in London on December 3, at the historic 116 Pall Mall. This exciting new awards programme will honour initiatives and innovations […]

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