I know, Thursday, but Thursday morning! So still two days left in the work week. Well, there are a lot of announcements coming as NAB is just round the corner. But none of them were really full-on article treatment pieces that I could see, so here's a round up of the newest of the news. It covers a broad swatch of online video including taste-and-mood-based video discovery, streaming 3D HD, some business deals and some cool new tech from Onkyo and Motorola in regards to media streaming and a cool video stream capture system.

Sintecmedia and Jinni Partner on Taste-and-Mood-Based Video Content Discovery platform.

This unique solution for broadcast management paves the way for networks, stations, and operators to deliver individualized content to multiple device types including televisions, tablets, and other hand-held devices through the new generation of set-top boxes and Connected TVs. Combining the leading taste-and-mood based discovery engine into the system enables content providers to give their users a truly user-centric discovery experience and generate personalized recommendations of content that perfectly suit each user's unique Entertainment Personality. Content providers will also gain a real-time understanding of consumer trends and the ability to manage and enhance revenue streams with that knowledge. In addition, broadcasters gain an advantage with OnScreens as it eliminates the need to maintain separate applications for managing traditional television and new emerging forms of content distribution.

OnScreens is a new module of OnAir, the leading broadcast management system combining traffic, sales, and programming into a single framework OnAir, utilized by some of the world's leading networks including ABC, BBC, CBC, STAR and NBC Universal, will extend, with the new addition, standard TV services and advertising operations to multiple screens and platforms.

Jinni supplies the taste-and-mood based engine powering video discovery using content genetics and nuanced understanding of user tastes, the Jinni engine powers a uniquely intuitive, personalized experience that increases content consumption and reduces churn.

Internet Broadcasting Taps Kaltura

Internet Broadcasting, the leading provider of solutions that deeply engage audiences and increase revenue for media publishers and advertisers, and Kaltura (www.kaltura.com), developer of the first open source online video platform, announced today that Internet Broadcasting has selected Kaltura to power video in its new Content Management System for media companies. Kaltura's platform will be fully integrated with ibPublish 2, IB's next generation publishing platform to provide IB customers with built-in video management tools.

Internet Broadcasting customers will enjoy Kaltura's full range of video and rich-media tools for media companies, including content management, syndication and distribution, mobile delivery to iOS and Android devices, rich media advertising, player and playlist design and configuration, metadata management and the creation of custom metadata fields, and the capability to support images, audio files, analytics and more.

Telestream Launches Pipeline 2.5 Video Capture Systems

Telestream, the leading provider of digital media tools and workflow solutions, today announced a new release, version 2.5, for its award-winning Pipeline video capture systems. Pipeline is an industry-first network-based video capture and playout device for moving HD and SD video in and out of file-based workflows. Pipeline version 2.5 capabilities include immediate access to media for editing while it is being captured into Avid workflows, as well as a new Controlled Playout interface that turns Pipeline into a virtual VTR. Additional new features provide support for DVCPRO 50 and ProRes LT/Proxy formats plus automated ingest of baseband video and metadata into Telestream Vantage workflows. The new features allow for more flexibility and control of video capture and playout for broadcasters and post-productions houses.

Next3D Teams with Turner on Live Streaming 3D HD

Next3D and Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. (TBS, Inc.) have expanded their collaborative alliance to include efforts to deploy 3D technology for the real-time production and streaming delivery of Live events to the emerging home 3D audience.  The relationship leverages Next3D's proprietary stereoscopic encoding technology and content delivery service to implement industry leading tools and techniques for end-to-end stereoscopic content acquisition and delivery.

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Unlike current 3DTV broadcasting methods, which squeeze the 3D image into a single 2D image frame, Next3D's patent-pending technology enables stereoscopic 3D video encoding and delivery in full high-definition 1080p.  Reducing the amount of data to deliver a high definition 3D image by up to 75%, Next3D encoding reduces the bandwidth needed for home-delivery without sacrificing image quality.  The ground-breaking technology also retains and enhances image details, critical to pristine 3D HD.

That's sweet! -Me

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I missed the webex they had on this but it could be valuable for many of you. -Me

Motorola VAP2400 video bridge wirelessly streams HD video content to multiple TVs throughout the home

Motorola Mobility, Inc. today announced the launch of the Motorola VAP2400 video bridge solution, a wireless access device capable of transmitting extremely reliable and high-quality video content over Wi-Fi spectrum throughout the home. The VAP2400's design enables wireless home networks to deliver a full range of video services and applications without having to run wires through the home.

As compared to complex wireline solutions, the Motorola VAP2400 enables service providers to reduce installation costs creating cost savings which can be passed directly to the consumer. Motorola's VAP2400 delivers improved reach and video viewing performance compared with previous generations of the technology.

Key features of the Motorola VAP2400

  • Next generation IPTV video bridge solution, first true beamforming 4x4 solution
  • Support for multiple HD and SD streaming in the home at high data rate and larger home coverage (multiple concurrent HD streaming supported through multiple walls)
  • Carrier grade solution that offers low latency and near zero packet loss
  • Seamless setup with auto-detection and auto-provisioning capabilities, so it can be self installed
  • Support for TR-069 remote management
  • High quality wireless alternative to wireline solutions such as Ethernet, PLC, MoCA, HPNA

Two more AV receivers join Onkyo's 2011 lineup

Less than two months after unveiling three new AV receivers with loads of extra features, Onkyo is already expanding its 2011 lineup. The new models feature Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling, USB audio support, and the ability to stream some Internet audio services such as Pandora, Rhapsody, and XM. HT-RC360 and HT-RC370 replace last year's HT-RC260 and HT-RC270, respectively.

Key features of the Onkyo HT-RC360:

  • 7.2-channel AV receiver with Audyssey 2EQ room correction
  • Marvell Qdeo 4K video upscaling processor
  • Six HDMI inputs, including one front-panel HDMI input
  • Advanced HDMI features like 3D pass-through, standby pass-through and audio return channel (ARC)
  • Ethernet port
  • Wi-Fi-ready (requires $40 UWF-1 USB adapter, sold separately)
  • Networking functionality including Internet radio and DLNA compatibility
  • Can be controlled by iPhone/iPod Touch using Onkyo's free Remote app
  • Can directly connect iPod/iPhone via front-panel USB port
  • Powered second zone audio
  • $549 list price; available in April