Intel winds down smart TV business

Intel has ditched its move into internet connected TVs after closing its Digital Home Group. The company will continue to supply chips to gateway devices and set-top boxes but will wind down its Digital Home business. Digital Home Group staff will be relocated to focus on netbooks, smartphones and tablet devices. Erik Huggers, a high […]

Akamai adds new video features to CDN infrastructure

Content delivery network provider Akamai has added a number of new features to its platform, designed to meet the needs of over-the-top video service providers targeting connected devices. Akamai’s TV Everywhere solution is comprised of delivery, content security, analytics and identity services. “We have seen over the last 18 months to two years that over-the-top […]

Arris agrees US$172 million BigBand acquisition

Cable technology group Arris is set to acquire video networking specialist BigBand Networks. Arris has agreed to acquire BigBand for US$2.24 (€1.64) per share in cash. This equates to a diluted equity value of approximately $172 million. The acquisition will extend Arris’s capabilities in the processing, management and distribution of digital video content. The company […]

Digital TV Labs teams up with Opera for HbbTV

Standards conformance specialist Digital TV Labs has partnered with browser provider Opera to provide consumer electronics manufacturers with an easy way to integrate the latter’s HbbTV-ready browser technology, the company has said. CE manufacturers who have licensed Opera can now purchase Digital TV Labs’ Ligada iSuite HbbTV Test Tool to ensure a swift route to […]

Convergys strikes reseller deal with Sigma Systems

Billing systems provider Convergys has struck a global reseller agreement with OSS provider Sigma Systems that will see it integrate the latter’s OSS software solutions into the Convergys Smart Revenue Solutions Suite. Convergys will target cable, broadband and satellite TV providers with the joint solutions. “This partnership brings together two global companies with proven expertise […]

Samsung strikes first Arabic connected TV deal

Middle Eastern channel operator Dubai Media (DMI) has struck a deal with Samsung that will see its bouquet of channels launch directly on Samsung connected TVs. The deal will see channels including Dubai TV, Dubai Sports, Dubai One, Noor Dubai Radio & TV and Emirates 24/7 launch via the connected television sets across the Middle […]

KIT digital partners with Harmonic for multiscreen video solutions

KIT digital and Harmonic have announced a partnership to offer an expanded multiscreen video architecture solution. The digital TV technology vendors will develop an end-to-end video solution using KIT Cosmos, KIT digital’s video asset management platform, and Harmonic’s multi-codec, multi-format video processing and storage technology.
 They will also offer customers a unified video infrastructure designed […]

TiVo chief: cable should embrace OTT

Cable operators should consider bundling over-the-top services from the likes of Netflix as part of their offering, according to TiVo CEO Tom Rogers. Speaking at an Advertising Week event in New York, Rogers said that TiVo was now seeing greater interest in its products from US cable operators. He said that it was important for […]

Checks and balances – quality assurance, service providers and the web

QoE and QoS monitoring for pay TV services is increasingly seen as a key feature of the churn reduction toolset, while web-based services are throwing up challenges of their own. Anna Tobin reports. There was a time when the quality control department of most major broadcasters consisted of one person tucked away in a back […]

Q&A: Aleks Habdank, director, digital entertainment product, Virgin Media

Digital TV Europe talked to Virgin Media’s digital entertainment chief about the operator’s launch of TiVo-powered hybrid set-top boxes and the multiscreen future. How should pay TV operators view OTT? Thanks to the strength of Virgin Media’s cable fibre optic network, combined with our TiVo content discovery platform, we’re offering a seamless experience where consumers […]