Through a major collaborative effort the Open TV Forum has updated and published a new HTML profile for developers of Connected TVs. The forum hopes that by providing clean and open standards for the smart TV platform it will accelerate the creation of a mass market for IPTV. Supported by most of the major consumer electronics manufacturers, the standard defines the base specification for end-to-end IPTV devices and services of the future.
The global market for Home Media Servers is growing and growing fast, in the next five years (2013-2018) it is estimated to worth approximately US$141.3 Billion. This is according to a report done by GIA titled “Home Media Servers: A Global Strategic Business Report”. They have found that we are spending more to entertain ourselves at home and the growth in digital content is forcing us to centralise content storage and management.
Siano wants to make it possible for us to watch regular broadcast TV over our mobile and tablet with the release of Meron. The wireless accessory transforms regular Android and Apple devices into digital TVs without the need for internet TV subscription. So if you don’t mind the bulk for the convenience of watching live TV the Meron allows you to watch live TV at a location convenient to you.
Caribbean broadcaster Caribcast TV have launched their Google TV platform with help from CDN services and IPTV CRM solution provider Tulix Sytems. Caribcast offers programming aimed at Caribben expat already are already part of the Roku Channel Store. With Tulix, now they can reach those who want to watch programmes via Google TV.
The features discussed during the unveiling of game consoles usually based around speed, graphics quality and general performance. Microsoft yesterday unveils it next game console – Xbox One but unlike before the tone was different and features discussed were softer and circle more around entertainment via the web. A look closer and it seems that Xbox One will eclipse the need for a set-top box in the home.
With the global IPTV market predicted to grow in revenue to $105 Billion (US) between now and 2015, Ericsson have move to become the number on IPTV provider by acquiring Microsoft Mediaroon platform. The acquisition according to Microsoft will give them room to concentrate on developing their Xbox platform even further.
Netgear has expanded their range of smart TV solution NeoTV with NeoTV Prime. Unlike the other models NeoTV Prime comes with Google TV adding Netgear to the list of companies offering Google TV. The new addition to the Netgear family of streaming players offer advance flexibility to your home entertainment; NeoTV Prime allows you to easily search and find what you want to watch.
LIME, a Caribbean division of Cable & Wireless is to roll out Entone’s FusionTV services in the region. Using adaptive bitrate (ABR) and HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) technologies, within the FusionTV solution LIME will offer the first premium PayTV service via the Internet. Program that will be streamed from networks such as CBS, NBC and ABC, sports from ESPN, music from MTV , Nicklodean and lifestyle programs from Warne Brothers.
For most of us buying gifts this Christmas will undoubtedly have a request for a tablet. If the request is not brand specific then the Sony Xperia Tablet S is worth considering. The price is reasonable (just about) for what you are getting and the features are comparable to other tablets on the market.
Master of the Living Room
Mobile devices are too small to give the quality sound that some music deserves; therefore, to get the quality you want dock/connect the device to an adapted entertainment system. Phorus has decided to address both issues with a new DTS based solution. They have adopted the DTS Play-Fi wireless technology to create a new entertainment package for Android based devices. The Play-Fi solution has a Receiver, Android App and Speakers.