Ooyala Partners With Facebook Live, Sees More Video Disruption

LAS VEGAS – When it comes to pay television and “TV Everywhere,” the only constant is disruption, one of the latest examples being Facebook Live, which enables anyone to broadcast live video on the social media platform. As an official Media Solutions Partner for Facebook Live, Silicon Valley-based Ooyala has a ground-level view of the […]

 

New NAB Group Aims To Wrestle Back TV Data Measurement

A new world is coming in to view, in which TV broadcasters will be able to help ad buyers target viewers more precisely. The only problem, TV broadcasters may not be in the picture. That’s why the US industry’s umbrella body, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), is convening members to gain control. For the NAB Show at […]

 

Dolby Readies Deeper Color Palette for Video w/ Amazon, Sharp, others

LAS VEGAS — Can Dolby do for eyes what it’s done for ears? The San Francisco-based firm is best known for its audio developments, but recently unveiled Dolby Vision, its system for encoding pictures with more colors, brightness and more dynamic range than the current TV grading standard. “The way that content being graded today […]

 

Microsoft Unveils Skype TX, a Studio-Grade Solution for Broadcasters

LAS VEGAS – As television, digital, radio and even live events come together, Skype has found a place in the middle of that convergence, connecting people worldwide via live television and digital, says Angie Hill, general manager of consumer marketing at Skype, in this interview with Beet.TV at the 2014 NAB Show last week. Skype […]

 

Dolby Readying “Cinema-Like” Audio for Mobile Video

LAS VEGAS – With the advancement in second-screen and mobile technology as companies like Apple and Amazon rolled out mobile devices that could support high-definition video, consumer expectation for high-quality sound on their tablets and phones increased, says JC Morizur, senior director of professional solutions and products for Dolby. But this experience was still very […]

 

Networks Have Caught Up With Viewers’ Digital Demands: ABI’s Rosen

LAS VEGAS — Time was, viewers grumbled about TV broadcasts being unavailable online and about digital delays on transmission. Now, however, the broadcasters are getting their act together, according to one analyst. “The rights restrictions have often lagged behind the technological capabilities,” says ABI Research practice director Sam Rosen. “What we’ve started to seen in […]

 

Live Video Management Moves To The Cloud: iStreamPlanet’s Babic

LAS VEGAS — Take more than one video management software suite in to the shower? Now a new breed of company wants to wrap them all in to one package. One such outfit is Las Vegas-based iStreamPlanet, which just announced it will use Microsoft’s Azure cloud hosting to locate its product offering that runs software […]

 

Viewers Wield Ultimate TV Power: Broadcom’s Del Rio

LAS VEGAS — Semiconductor firm Broadcom is watching the evolution of a video distribution industry quite different to the one it entered two decades ago. “You’re familiar with the channel guide … that is about to change in a very big way,” says Broadcom’s broadband marketing associate director Joe Del Rio. “Now we’re talking about  […]

 

Adobe’s Towes: thePlatform Deal Speeds Up Publishers’ Workflow

LAS VEGAS — Combine Adobe’s Primetime video suite and thePlatform’s mpx video management service and what do you get? Customers “can get to market faster”, says Adobe’s business development principal Kevin Towes. “We have entered in a non-exclusive agreement to co-sell each other’s products,” Towes says, after the pair announced technical integration, which gets each […]

 

Livestream Strives to Make Live Streaming Accessible

LAS VEGAS – Livestream‘s mission is to connect people and live events, says Sam Kimball, EVP of advertising and brand sales for Livestream which attracts more than 30 million viewers a month. Beet.TV spoke with him in this video interview at NAB. “We have a very sophisticated and global leading platform for streaming live,” Kimball […]

 

Brightcove Aims to Aid ‘Multi-Screen World’

LAS VEGAS – Brightcove, a global provider of cloud content services, is trying to remove some of the complexity inherent in providing content to the breadth of devices available today, says Chris Johnston, VP of Digital Media at Brightcove, in an interview with Beet.TV “Seven years ago, the question was, ‘How do I get video […]

 

KIT Digital’s Social Program Guide Pairs Functionality and Social Media

LAS VEGAS – KIT digital, a leading video software and services company, debuted 2Si, a suite of products for second screen, at NAB 2013. Beet.TV spoke with Alan Wolk, global lead analyst for KIT digital, in this video interview about the new app. At NAB, KIT digital showcased their social program guide which developed from […]

 

Adobe, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Others Support MPEG-DASH

LAS VEGAS – MPEG-DASH, an adaptive bitrate streaming technology that enables high-quality streaming via the Internet, received support from industry leaders such as Adobe, Microsoft and Qualcomm  at the DASH Industry Forum at NAB 2013. There, Beet.TV spoke with seven industry leaders for their take on what MPEG-DASH is doing for the industry and why […]

 

Ooyala Rolls Out Android Video App

LAS VEGAS – To take advantage of the skyrocketing growth in Android devices, online video technology provider Ooyala recently launched a new video tool tailored for Android, says Sean Knapp, Chief Technology Officer at Ooyala during an interview with Beet.TV at NAB. Hook is a new video app that  brings premium video to Android devices. Hook relies […]

 

Microsoft Inks Deal With NBC Sports for Digital Content Delivery

LAS VEGAS – Microsoft inked a deal with NBC Sports for its Windows Azure Media Services to handle live and on-demand streaming for NBC Sports’ digital platforms as part of the tech giant’s efforts to build out its content management platform. At the recent NAB show, Beet.TV caught up with Taras Bugir, Worldwide Managing Director, Media […]

 

Rovi Presents HEVC Encoder at NAB

LAS VEGAS – The big news at NAB is about HEVC, a new compression format and successor to H.264, says Rovi’s Thomas Kramer, VP of product management, in an interview with Beet. TV at NAB. This new video compression standard will improve the online video streaming by providing a better experience with the same internet […]

 

Rovi Accelerates HEVC Technology

LAS VEGAS – HEVC technology, a successor to the H.264 video compression standard, will soon be available on DivX.com. Rovi’s tri-fold plan aims to bring HEVC into the mainstream market. By making this compression standard readily available on DivX.com, consumers will be able access technology once reserved for professionals. Users can encode, decode and playback content in […]

 

Rovi Customizes ‘TV Everywhere’ Watching

LAS VEGAS – Now that TV Everywhere has been established, the next step is customizing the TV watching experience for the individual user – what Rovi is calling ‘Entertainment Unbound’, says Andy Townsend, senior product manager at Rovi, in an interview with Beet.TV at NAB. Entertainment Unbound aims to evolve the TV Everywhere initiative by working […]