Panasonic to offer direct billing for Viera Connect Market

Panasonic has teamed up with e-commerce specialist Digital River to deliver direct billing functionality on its Viera Connect Market to Europe, beginning with the UK. Digital River is supporting purchases made via the Panasonic Viera Connect Market in 27 European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden and the Netherlands […]

Harmonic launches Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter SSD

Technology provider Harmonic has launched Omneon Spectrum MediaCenter SSD, adding solid-state drive (SSD) technology to the company’s midrange multichannel media server. According to Harmonic, MediaCenter SSD is the first modular server system to offer a choice of SSD or hard-disk drive storage. The system is designed for broadcasters and remote playout facilities requiring from four […]

YuMe gains funding from Samsung Ventures

Video advertising technology specialist YuMe has received a strategic investment of US$12 million (€9 million) from Samsung’s venture capital arm, Samsung Ventures, and Translink Capital. The company said the funding would be used to aggressively expand its footprint in the connected TV space and fuel its global expansion. YuMe’s system for connected TVs, the Embedded […]

Humax to deliver Opera-powered set-tops

Humax has teamed up with Opera Software to launch HD set-top boxes with read-made web apps. Humax iCord HD+/ME set-top with Opera browser software onboard has already been launched in the Middle East and will be made available in other regions soon, according to Humax. The HD set-top also features the Humax TV Portal, enabling […]

Harmonic passes two million QAMs

Technology provider Harmonic has passed the milestone of shipping over two million edgeQAMs to cable service provider worldwide, doubling the figure of one million it announced in August last year. Harmonic’s edgeQAM technology now delivers services for an estimated 70 million cable subscribers worldwide, including video-on-demand, broadcast, switched digital video, modular cable modem termination system […]

Antik adds HLS streaming to Juice

Slovakia-based set-top provider Antik Technology has launched HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) on its Juice line of IPTV set-tops. Antik’s implementation of HLS adaptive streaming is part of an IPTV solution called Juice Media Server Family for HTTP Live Streaming, based on Antik’s streaming server platform that supports OTT and  multiscreen video.

Arris unveils new products

Technology company Arris has unveiled a raft of new products at the SCTE Cable-Tech Expo in Atlanta. Arris has launched AdManager, standards-based platform enabling cable providers to offer new advertising services. AdManager allows providers to extend advertising campaigns across addressable, IP-capable devices including tablets, connected TVs, game stations, laptops and smartphones. The AdManager Suite is […]

Harmonic launches Outdoor Hub

Technology vendor Harmonic has launched Outdoor Hub platform at the SCTE Cable-Tech Expo in Atlanta, which it says enables cable operators to extend their existing HFC network without the expense and time delay associated with building facilities to house new hub functions. Employing an optical node housing, the Outdoor Hub acts as an optical distribution […]

Adobe pulls back from mobile, TV to focus on HTML5

Adobe will no longer provide Flash for mobile devices and is also pulling back from browsing on TVs to concentrate on PC browsing and mobile apps. Vice-president and general manager of interactive development Danny Winokur said on a blog posting that HTML5 was now universally supported on major mobile devices, in some cases exclusively, and […]

Sony’s Stringer: industry needs to focus on new kind of TV

TV manufacturers will need to focus their efforts on “a different kind of TV set” to reverse losses, according to Sony CEO Howard Stringer. Stringer used a breakfast hosted by the Wall Street Journal to say that manufacturers could not continue to sell loss-making TV sets and acknowledged that he had no doubt that Apple […]