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 […]

Fox turns to Technicolor for Sons of Anarchy app

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is to launch an interactive application for its show Sons of Anarchy using Technicolor’s recently announced MediaEcho application feature set. According to Technicolor, the Sons of Anarchy application uses its BD-Live functionality and audio watermarking technology to deliver synchronized content and e-commerce capabilities to Apple iPads. Consumers can download the […]

Technicolor launches second-screen synch app

Video technology company Technicolor has launched MediaEcho, a new app to enable broadcasters to deliver synchronisation of secondary content with Blu-ray, video-on-demand and broadcast programming. MediaEcho is designed to synchronise content including cast, crew and production information, historical facts, audio and video onto a tablet device that allows viewers to engage with the programme without […]

Turner selects Digital Rapids for multiscreen transcoding

Turner Broadcasting System, the broadcaster behind Cartoon Network and CNN amongst others, is using video technology company Digital Rapids’ StreamZHD multi-format encoding systems and the Digital Rapids Transcode Manager automated transcoding software for multiscreen delivery. The solutions transform live feeds and on-demand content for delivery to multiple viewing platforms. 
StreamZHD encoders are used by Turner’s network […]

Netia launches hybrid TV platform with Netgem

Polish telco Netia has launched a TV service using technologies from France-based set-top and home gateway company Netgem. Netgem is providing Netia with middleware and hybrid DTT/IP set-top boxes. The connected TV service offers HBO’s OTT on-demand platform HBO GO, which subscribers can watch on various devices including smartphones and tablets. The addition of TV […]

Intelsat strikes trio of African deals

Satellite operator Intelsat has struck deals with three broadcasters for additional capacity over Africa in 2012. Multichoice Africa has expanded its capacity on Intelsat 904 for contribution services, complementing its agreement for DTH capacity on Intelsat 7 at 68.5° East. India-based Zee Entertainment is also to begin distributing programming via the Intelsat 10 and follow-on […]

ONO hoping for strong TiVo uptake as economy hits results

Spanish cable operator ONO has pre-registered 32,000 customers for its TiVo service, which was soft-launched last month. ONO will roll out the TiVo service across its networks in the coming quarters. The company will be hoping that TiVo will provide a strong marketing tool for its TV services after a difficult third quarter. The company […]

Motive launches Video2Go

TV technology company Motive Television has launched Video2Go, a new software offering that it says provides broadcasters and pay TV operators with a low-cost way of delivering services to iPads and other devices. Video2Go delivers pre-prepared content to set-top boxes or other devices in the home, which can then be transferred, initially to iPads, via […]

Panasonic adds social TV app

Panasonic last week unveiled a new social TV app that will be available on its Viera Connect TVs in North America. The app will provide viewers with access to one or more social media sites including Twitter and Facebook while watching programmes at the same time. In addition to the social TV app, Panasonic also […]