RDK4 now available, Humax unveils new RDK voice assistant box and gateway

Open source video and broadband platform body RDK Management has made the latest version of the platform – RDK4 – available for video service providers worldwide. Unveiled fully at the 2020 RDK Virtual Euro Summit, RDK4 provides a carrier-grade software stack designed for deploying apps and managing core technical functions of set-top boxes, according to […]

Less is more as HbbTV strips out unused features for latest release

Hybrid broadband-broadcast standards organisation the HbbTV Association has completed work on an update to its core specification, HbbTV 2.0.3.  The update marks the first time that HbbTV has removed some features and is announcing the intention to remove others in the future. What the body describes as ‘never-used’ parts of the media synchronisation, companion screen […]

Vevo announces partnership with Foxxum

Music video platform Vevo has announced a partnership with smart TV solutions provider Foxxum. The deal will see Vevo’s platform of 46 billion monthly views accessible to over 20 million Foxxum-enabled devices across North America, Europe, Australia, and South America. The companies said that Vevo will retain full editorial control of its content, with audiences […]

Mirada partners with izzi for ‘first ever’ DVB/OTT Android TV set-top box launch

Mirada has announced the commercial launch of its custom launched-equipped Android TV Operator Tier for Mexican operator izzi. The vendor described izzitv smart as “one of the most relevant deployments of Android TV worldwide,” and said that it was the product of close collaboration between izzi, Google and Mirada. The product is an extension of […]

Salto selects Bedrock for streaming tech

French Netflix rival Salto, which launched last week, has announced a deal with Bedrock to power its OTT platform. Salto is the joint-venture of Groupe TF1, France Télévisions and Groupe M6, that offers live channels and a premium SVOD catalogue of over 10,000 hours of content. It said that it is reliant on Bedrock’s tech […]

Xbox streaming stick on the horizon?

While Microsoft is on the eve of launching its next-generation Xbox games consoles, that hasn’t stopped the company from teasing additional Xbox-branded products for the TV for release in the not-so-distant future. Speaking to Stratechery, Microsoft head of gaming and Xbox Phil Spencer said that the company could launch a TV stick primarily for the […]

Rostelecom to acquire Synterra Media

Russian service provider Rostelecom is to acquire Synterra Media, the leading media services operator in the country, from the MTT group of companies, for approximately RUB1.5 billion (€165 million), with the terms providing for a deferred payment depending on the renewal of existing contracts.Rostelecom said that the acquisition would strengthen its competitive position in the […]

Vizio brings Facebook Watch to its smart TVs

Facebook Watch has launched on Vizio SmartCast TV sets. Users in the US will now have access to the fast-growing video app from the social media giant. Facebook Watch promises a personalised TV experience tailored to the user’s interests and social connections across a wide range of subjects including live events, shows, sports, gaming, news […]

Comscore expands CTV ad marketplace globally

Comscore has announced that its advanced brand safety and contextual categorisation segments for CTV and premium video are now available for global application.  The capability first launched in the US earlier this year, but Comscore said that it is now expanding to “all geographic regions.” The segments allow users to meet industry demands for privacy-safe, […]

German smart TV sales up 14%

Despite the economic toll of the Covid-19 pandemic, the German smart TV market has been described as ‘very stable’ by a new report which sees solid growth. According to GfK Retail & Technology, approximately 4.1 million smart TV sets were sold in the European country during the first nine months. This translates to a growth […]

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