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The Euro50 Q&A – Alberto Claro, Portugal Telecom

Alberto Claro, project manager for DVB technologies at home networking and DVB systems division, has helped deliver Portugal Telecom’s highly-sucessful Meo digital TV service. 

Age 46

Education Dipl Ing. in Electronics and Telecommunications

Previous positions Head of media farm development and implementation on IPTV (Meo) project at PT; head of broadcasting systems on planning and Network Development Divison.

Last year’s highlights Google´s TV entrance on [email protected] The Android v iOS war. The DVB-H RIP at hands of Mobile iTV.

Most significant industry development  Android becoming more widespread. The next move will be into the set-top box, creating a merger between set-top and mobile.

Goals for next year The push to move from broadcast to interactive in all digital TV platforms, deployed in a cost-effective way.

Industry challenges and opportunities Saying ‘goodbye’ to the midleware and CAS bundle and ‘hello’ to the HTML plus DRM shopping list. The need to provide to the operators the ability for customers to submit their own customised apps without certification stamp constrains.