MywishTV from Thomson is the first connected TV on the French market that offers direct access to the VOD Canalplay service from Canal+. It also serves as a media centre in the home with the ability to view locally stored personal content.
Delays in the launch of Project Canvas have led to a significant increase in the costs surrounding the proposed hybrid platform and associated user interface, according to new figures from the BBC Executive released by the BBC Trust.
Apple has rolled out the Version 3.0 software for its Apple TV, offering a new user interface as well as new features including direct access to internet radio. A new update for iTunes software takes care of full interoperability.
The BBC has published new guidelines for the growing number of connected devices that are intending to support the BBC iPlayer catch-up television service.
There are plenty of iPod docking systems around, but Lenco has announced the introduction of an iPod docking system that shows video on a 22 inch screen. Its TFT-2277 television with built in iPod docking system also display photos and movies.
Opera Software has announced that it has joined the cross-industry consortium that is leading the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) initiative.
Mipcom 2009 – Cannes. Two years ago, research among Slingbox users in the US and the UK showed that 40% of the users never sling television outside of the home.
IBC 2009 – Amsterdam. “It is the EBU job to try and harmonise the initiatives for internet to the TV services,” said Peter MacAvock of the EBU. Over-the-top delivery of content on hybrid devices is one of the hot issues at this year’s IBC.
IBC 2009. WebTView and Pirelli Broadband Solutions have announced that the WebTView Platform has been selected for Pirelli’s set-top boxes. WebTView’s software platform specializes in automatic scanning of the internet to build a normalized and unified internet video catalogue.
IFA 2009 – BERLIN. Several members of the HbbTV consortium are showing a number of applications for hybrid television services. They include broadcasters ARD, ZDF and RTL, the Eutelsat Kabelkiosk platform and manufacturers including Philips and Humax.