It's CES week and the press releases already started pouring forth on Monday. Since I won't be at CES this week I'll just compile all the interesting ones into this news round up for you. Some interesting things in terms of integration and TV everywhere showed up early in the week, and then the onslaught of information began in earnest.
First up is Audible Magic, the digital fingerprinting people. Their systems are all about content recognition.
Audible Magic, the leader in automated content recognition (ACR) solutions and services, announced that it has joined with several partners to roll out advanced television advertising solutions including interactive and addressable advertising across smart televisions, set-top boxes and second screen devices. Interactive advertising solutions use the company's SmartID ACR technology to identify ads in real-time watched by users on TV and then, in real time, display supplemental, promotional and informational options. SmartID ACR technology also power's Audible Magic's solution for addressable advertising, which makes possible personalization of television advertising using ad identification and replacement.
This could be big for syncing up a second screen. It could even sync up advertising on a tablet with the content on TV. So say you're a broadcaster and you want to offer advertisers an innovative two-screen option, etc.
Accedo TV Everywhere
Accedo also announced their TV Everywhere solution.
Accedo’s TVE Solution provides an integrated solution, which connects content distribution and management platforms with attractive Pay TV applications on any connected device.
- A best-in-class user experience through TV Everywhere Reference Apps available on every major device platform from Smart TVs and game consoles to tablets and mobile phones.
- Control and management of applications after launch through Accedo’s AppView application management product.
- Pre-integrated second screen experience, allowing full device-to-device communication and control.
- Integration interfaces with major TV Everywhere ecosystem partners.
- Social networking integration and unlimited integration possibilities with third parties from your TVE app for an enhanced user experience.
- Revenue generation possibilities with pre-integration of Accedo’s AdMediate an ad network management solution, which supports selected devices and markets.
- Delivery and support by Accedo’s global Professional Services and Support organization.
YuMe Announces Click-to-Ngage (bet that gets them sued by Nokia)
Viewers start by clicking the Click-to-Ngage icon on an advertisement to see more from that brand. After opening the ad, they get a variety of content choices. The format combines the big screen and lean-back viewing of television with the interactivity and measurability of online.
Cisco Videoscape Unity - Multiscreen Video and TV
Remember that fiasco where Cisco sent a firmware update that made everyone who was using one of their Internet routers sign up for some new service they were offering? I wonder if they'll pull something like that again (though they wisely backed down).
Cisco will unveil Videoscape Unity, its new and expanded Videoscape video services delivery platform. This new platform empowers service providers and media companies to deliver new intuitive and synchronized multiscreen video experiences. These include a multiscreen cloud digital video recorder (DVR), which enables consumers to restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back DVR-captured content from anywhere, on any screen.
New Preintegrated Offers Enabled by Videoscape Unity Include
- Multiscreen Cloud DVR: Offers cloud-driven video recording with capture and storage in the cloud instead of the end device. Consumers can restart shows, catch up on past programs, and play back DVR-captured content from anywhere, on any screen.
- Video Everywhere: Broadens the TV Everywhere proposition with unified search, discovery, and viewing functions to allow consumers to watch premium live and on-demand content on any (service provider managed or unmanaged) connected device regardless of location.
- Connected Video to Any Device in the Home: Cisco's Connected Video Gateway serves as a single entertainment hub, with back-end management of IP and QAM video, for distributing video content and metadata to any IP-connected device in the home, while providing a unified user experience.
- IP Video over Cable: Gives consumers expanded choice of content and IP video services, with faster delivery of on-demand and interactive offerings, across a wider range of service provider managed devices -- with the flexibility to add unmanaged devices.
Brightcove Play Registration opens
It's that time of year again, Brightcove invites everyone out to PLAY 2013 in Boston. Brightcove PLAY 2013 brings together industry leaders, customers and partners for keynotes and break-out sessions discussing how global brands are reaching consumers through digital media.
Interested parties can register now and save $500 during the early bird special.
AT&T Online Video Streaming
The phone company’s U-Verse television service will start offering an online video streaming service called “U-Verse Screen Pack” for $5 extra a month, available to U-Verse television subscribers, AT&T said today at the Consumer Electronics Show.
It's going to have most of the content of Netflix and Amazon from the sound of it, but it's slightly cheaper than either.