Friday, October 29, 2010
Why it's Fierce: Affinegy developed a suite of software applications, the DigiDo Platform, that move across the service provider's customer care center, business office and into consumer homes to enable and manage a number of connected devices and help the operators keep track of what's going on through the widely connected portions of their networks.
In short, the technology is on hand to help operators exploit accelerating IP convergence trends by delivering real-time information about customer networks that can be used by care agents to understand and solve individual and network problems.
The software received an endorsement from Kurt Scherf, vice president and principal analyst of Parks Associates who pointed out that "assistance with home technologies, including PCs, home networks and AV equipment is the top value-added service that a broadband provider can delver."
To read the full article, please click here.
Thursday, October 28, 2010
The CONNECTIONS™ audience includes over 550 executives, media, and thought leaders gathered to discuss the future of the digital lifestyle, network with partners in the digital living markets, and examine ideas, technologies, and business issues critical to the converging entertainment, media, and service markets for consumers.
Parks Associates is accepting speaker submissions in five core areas:
Entertainment Platforms & Value-Added Services
Customer and Technical Support
Service and Device Management
Set-top Boxes and Residential Gateways
Applications as Drivers
Broadband Value-added Services
New Roles and Functions for Devices
Virtualized Services and Applications/Software
Digital Music “Cloud Locker” Services
Internet TV Services
Encoders and Content Management for Mobile Video
Mobile Internet Devices
Web Devices and the Cloud
Convergence in Voice Services: FMC/Femotcell/Voice beyond Commodity
New Media and Digital Content
Content Management: DRM
Emerging Business Models for Digital Media Monetization
TV Advertising Technologies
Contextual and Behavioral Ad Targeting
Publishing Content for Three Screens
Home Networking Requirements
Home Systems & Controls
Home Area Network
Service Providers - Home Management and Controls
Appliances & Smarter Energy Management
Wireless and Powerline Controls
Entertainment Networks & High-end Media Servers
CONNECTIONS™ panelists present information and analysis with content including new business models, technology trends, case studies, challenges/opportunities, standards/interoperability issues, and consumer research. CONNECTIONS™ runs multiple tracks focused on targeted topics so that the event maintains its unique perspective on current Digital Living areas while looking forward to the next wave of innovation and consumer adoption.
For more information, visit www.connectionsconference.com .
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Technicolor announced that it has achieved the major milestone of 100 million gateways delivered worldwide, out of 500 million broadband connections deployed in households and businesses globally. Technicolor has maintained #1 worldwide position for the last 10 years, and has delivered over 10 million gateways a year since 2005.
The 25 million mark was passed in December 2004, and it only took two years to double, reaching the 50 million threshold in January 2007. It has subsequently taken three years to double it again.
As a member of the Broadband Forum, Technicolor has significantly contributed to the standardisation in DSL and more specifically to reduce the total cost of deployment and ownership of broadband solutions by enhancing CPE remote management capabilities and improving the access products’ life cycle.
For the full press release, please click here.
Alcatel-Lucent, ng Connect, Ruckus Wireless, and Vidiator to discuss mobile apps and revenue opportunities at CONNECTIONS™ Europe
Parks Associates details the challenges for mobile operators, including market oversaturation and diverse user populations, in the new white paper “European Mobile Market: Beyond Price-based Strategies.” The firm illustrates the necessity of data services for mobile operators in order to compensate for the drop in voice revenues. By 2014, data will account for over 46% of mobile service revenues in Western European countries.
Parks Associates President, Stuart Sikes will moderate the session “Mobile Broadband: Devices, Strategies, and Consumer Demand,” November 15 at 2:30 p.m. This interactive session includes the following participants:
-- Andrew Bielinksi, Technical Sales Manager, Vidiator
-- Laureen Cook, Vice President, 4G/LTE Strategy - Emerging Technology and Media Group, ng Connect
-- Steven Glapa, Director, Business Development, Carrier Networks, Ruckus Wireless
-- Yves Tjoens, VP Head of Product - Motive, Alcatel-Lucent
Friday, October 22, 2010
Just as the first Google TV devices became available last week, Hulu said that it would block access to its site from Google TV-enabled devices. Now, major TV networks ABC, NBC and CBS are saying they will block access, too, at least to most of their content.
Networks don’t see enough of a payoff and don’t feel that Google is guaranteeing enough content protection. Could these blocks actually level the playing field between Google TV and Apple TV, which has been roundly criticized for its lack of content partnerships?
Apple has the most to gain in this scenario because they can at least say that it has content from ABC and Fox. Some observers of the initial Apple TV revamp announcement found the platform to be limited by a lack of content partnerships, but Google may be even more limited—at least in terms of the traditional TV content it can offer—if it doesn’t resolve these disputes.
For the full article, click here.
Smartphones promise to be the highest selling product through the end of the year, fueled by both repeat and first-time purchases. Twenty-one percent of broadband households intend to purchase a smartphone by year’s end, according to the report Consumer Decision Process: 1H 2010 and 2010 Summer Update. Of those intending to purchase a new smartphone in the next four months, 28% report an iPhone preference, 23% want a Blackberry, and 20% want an Android-based phone.
The study found that, on average, buying households purchased 4.3 CE products and spent $1,094 in the first half of 2010. Smartphones were a top purchase across most demographic segments, particularly among younger consumers, and 3-4% of broadband households bought at least one Apple iPad tablet. The study also reveals that standard iPad buyers are typical early adopters – they are younger than 35 with a graduate degree and household income greater than $100,000.
Parks Associates is currently launching 2010 Holiday Intentions, which will provide incidence of product ownership and data on 3Q 2010 purchases and purchase intentions for the 2010 holiday season.
NewNet Communication Technologies, a Skyview Capital portfolio company and recognized leader in mobile messaging and network signaling solutions for wireless, IP, and wireline networks, announced it has successfully completed the acquisition of 3ple-Media, BV. Headquartered in Schiphol-Rijk, the Netherlands, 3ple-Media is a leader in providing innovative multi-media messaging solutions to wireless carriers worldwide.
3ple-Media's award-winning Mercury platform enables carriers to implement highly cost effective, media rich, campaigns such as live media broadcast, mobile advertising, streaming video and premium content subscription services. Optimized for multimedia messaging, Mercury delivers unsurpassed performance and scalability in a carrier grade platform, allowing carriers to capitalize on revenue generating multimedia opportunities.
The acquisition of 3ple-Media and the Mercury platform represents a significant milestone in the evolution of NewNet's product portfolio and market focus. 3ple-media's globally deployed employees will become part of NewNet's team, ensuring business and product development continuity.
To read the complete article, click here.
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Verizon has launched its new Room to Learn social media website to help customers get full value from their digital lifestyle and the connectivity that allows them to access their digital content anywhere, anytime. As digital entertainment and connected applications continue to generate excitement for consumers, more and more of them are looking for answers about today's enabling technologies.
The Room to Learn interactive site has been developed in conjunction with Powered, a leading social media agency that is based in Austin, Texas, and that is working with the Verizon Community, the company's online hub for customer forums, blogs and idea exchange.
Room to Learn will initially focus on popular home-entertainment and home-networking topics that include introductions to digital entertainment, wireless networking, making sense of 3D TV, and organizing and backing up digital media collections. The site includes helpful tools such as online workshops, how-to articles, videos, shopping guides and check lists.
To read more please click here.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
CONNECTIONS™ Europe will address key issues for manufacturers, operators, and content developers on value-added services, mobile data applications, Web-enabled CE devices, and consumer access to video content.
The special session “Consumers and Connected Consumer Electronics” will be Monday, November 15, at 4:45 p.m. and feature an interactive panel addressing new business models, key applications for Web-enabled CE, and technology trends in the design of connected solutions.
New research from Parks Associates indicates the number of European households with a connected TV will grow from less than 4 million in 2009 to 47 million in 2014. The number of households with a connected Blu-ray player will jump from 5 million in 2010 to approximately 66 million in 2014.
The interactive session will include the following participants:
David Borison, VP, Marketing, Ralink Technology Corporation
Richard Bullwinkle, Chief Evangelist, Rovi Corporation
Andy Melder, VP, Business Development, Gigle Networks
Colas Overkott, CEO, Visiware
Vassilis Seferidis, Ph.D., Director, European Business Development, Samsung Electronics Europe
For information or to register, visit http://www.connectionseurope.com.
Monday, October 18, 2010
However, Ruckus Wireless today announced what it calls "carrier grade" Wi-Fi products - including an outdoor access, a backhaul bridge, indoor equipment, and sytem-wide remote Wi-Fi management software - positioned as a strategic solution to the demand for mobile broadband access. Ruckus notes that the consumption of mobile bandwidth is outpacing revenue growth, and operators will need a Wi-Fi solution to augment 3G and 4G networks.
We're pleased to welcome Ruckus Wireless to our CONNECTIONS™ Europe Summit - 15 and 16 November - in Amsterdam. They will be represented on a panel discussion titled Mobile Broadband: Devices, Strategies, and Consumer Demand.
“We’re extremely excited to be offering a line of products available exclusively to dealers and installers,” commented Steve Lee, Business Development Manager for SMART. “The line was really well received at CEDIA, so I expect our product offering and distribution network to expand rapidly.” Lee added, “We have a full schedule of product trainings taking place across the country, and hope those trainings bring our first wave of dealers and installers.”
The initial launch features 13 home control products to control and automate lighting, appliances and temperature. All of the SMART products are compatible with other INSTEON products including Smarthome’s retail INSTEON line of products, ISY and other INSTEON-compatible products. The line is also compatible with popular front-end systems like Crestron, AMX and ELK systems, which allows installers maximum flexibility when presenting solutions to homeowners.
More information on SMART products and trainings can be found at www.smartproline.com.
LOVEFiLM offers a subscription service starting from £5.99 (€6.80) a month. PlayStation users will be able to access the service via the console’s XMB menu system. Lovefilm is set to launch on the console in November.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Now, ADB has joined the fray, offering a solution called the Virtual Gateway. This sofware solution distributes multimedia capabilities throughout the home. Some use cases that ADB highlights are a user's ability to enjoy pay-TV, music and videos from wherever they are in the home: subscribers can use their gaming consoles to tune to a pay-TV channel or watch recorded programs, or access music tracks and videos stored on their DVR and play them on their smart phones.
Also, Widevine continues to make announcements regarding its adaptive streaming solution. The company announced that it has signed a global agreement with LG Electronics (LG) to distribute Widevine’s live and on-demand adaptive streaming, virtual DVD controls and digital rights management (DRM) on LG connected products. Widevine’s DRM and adaptive streaming software are already included in 2009 models of LG Blu-ray players and home theaters shipped in the United States. This agreement enables LG to expand distribution to more devices, on a worldwide basis.
Widevine’s video optimization and DRM platform will now be included on a wide variety of additional LG products, including connected TVs. Widevine’s video optimization technology ensures that consumers using LG products receive an excellent quality of viewing experience for both live and on-demand content. Widevine’s DRM keeps premium content secure, regardless of the LG device to which it is delivered .
Demonstrations will include:
Secure end-to-end delivery of triple and quad play services from a single managed gateway device: featuring NDS’ Unified Gateway - an advanced media server that enables unified delivery of video, data and voice services in and outside of the home network from a single point-of-access. The Unified Gateway integrates residential gateway, home networking connectivity and optional DVR functions through a single home-based device. It helps MSOs to converge and launch new offerings with home network connectivity supporting a wide range of IP-enabled entertainment and communication devices.
Unified end-user experiences across multiple devices: using NDS Snowflake - an advanced user interface (UI) that provides an integrated portal for broadcast, DVR, on-demand and over-the-top programming. Snowflake UI enables high performance and unified experiences for the end user, on a wide variety of connected-devices, such as TVs, set-top boxes, DVRs, PCs, and smartphones.
Thursday, October 14, 2010
Now, Netgem has confirmed that it is evaluating the purchase of Pirelli Broadband Solutions. Pirelli Broadband Solutions specialises in products and platforms for the broadband connected homes and offices. Its business covers residential access gateways, hybrid IPTV set-top boxes , remote management and embedded middlewares.
On Wednesday, Alcatel-Lucent announced a strategic alliance program for the Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform to ensure that service providers can benefit from a range of pre-integrated technology components to accelerate the deployment of multiscreen consumer solutions.
Initial members of this alliance program include: 3Crowd, Adobe, Aspera, Blue Coat Systems, Clearleap, Elemental Technologies, Harmonic, Inlet Technologies, Microsoft, RGB Networks, Rights Tracker, thePlatform™, and VidZapper.
Focused on digital media delivery solutions, this program creates an ecosystem of some of the major players in the application and content provider space similar to Alcatel-Lucent’s leading role in the award winning, multi-industry ng Connect Program, which focuses on the development of next generation of broadband services based on Long Term Evolution (LTE). This open collaboration will result in innovative and creative bundled multimedia offers that service provides can quickly deploy and take to market.
This new strategic alliance program brings together key players throughout the industry to foster collaboration in four main focus areas: • Manage – For Content Management, Ingestion and Encoding • Publish – Players, EPG/UI and Feed Aggregation • Monetise – Ad management, Revenue enablers, Transaction processing • Deliver – Velocix Digital Media Delivery Platform provides the delivery capabilities Alliance members will benefit from direct interaction with engineering and development teams to accelerate solution design and enable knowledge and skill sharing to accelerate deal cycles.
Radialpoint enables the world's largest consumer technology providers to unlock new revenues, convert support costs to profit, and increase customer satisfaction, by supplying, supporting and managing consumers' technologies in the digital home. Companies using Radialpoint's expertise, platform, and solutions have experienced significant improvements in customer satisfaction and loyalty.
Radialpoint's integrated solutions are based on ten years of Digital Home Services expertise, access to a wide range of software and services, and an end-to-end SaaS-based technology platform providing the flexibility and control to ensure customer success in the emerging Digital Home Services market.
Radialpoint manages some of the largest and most successful Digital Home Services programs for companies such as Virgin Media, Verizon, and Bell Canada. Radialpoint is one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies, one of Montreal's Top 15 Employers, and a three-time recipient of the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 award for the fastest growing technology companies in Canada. Radialpoint is headquartered in Montreal, Canada with offices in the United States and Europe.
For more information, visit www.radialpoint.com.
Founded in 1998, PacketVideo is the software pioneer powering the world’s leading multimedia services on millions of home and mobile devices.
PV's software products form the foundation for audience-interactive media experiences that give your consumers the freedom to enjoy multimedia however, whenever and wherever they want. PV's software gives users greater access and control over their media experience, increasing the value of your services and helping you differentiate your brand. PV's customers include the world's leading mobile operators, such as Verizon Wireless, NTT DoCoMo and Orange, all top ten handset manufacturers, and numerous consumer electronics companies and media-savvy consumers worldwide.
For more information, visit www.pv.com.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Parks Associates presents new consumer research on video services and set-tops at CONNECTIONS™ Europe
The session “Next-Gen Video Services: Personalization and Flexibility” is one of multiple sessions at CONNECTIONS™ Europe, hosted by Parks Associates, featuring consumer data and insights about new business strategies to differentiate TV offerings.
The interactive session includes the following participants:
-- Eddie Abrams, CEO, IP Vision
-- Giuseppe Flores d'Arcais, CEO and Founder, Bestv
-- Dan Eakins, CEO, Zeitera
-- Daren Gill, Vice President, Product, Veveo
-- Erik Kruse, Strategic Marketing Manager, Senior Expert Consumer Behavior, Ericsson AB
-- Doug Light, Senior VP of Business Development and Sales, Widevine
Consumers want services such as video-on-demand through their existing set-top boxes. Blending broadcast with IP and value-added services such as 3D, widgets, interactive advertising, video mail, caller ID, and interactive gaming is a key strategy for providers to maintain revenues in an increasingly competitive market.
For information or to register, visit http://www.connectionseurope.com.
PacketVideo (PV) announced its new Twonky Mobile Android app, which lets you play and share media directly from your phone with the push of a button. With the app, you can stream personal and online media from your phone to any Web-connected gadget or device. Twonky Mobile lets you have on-the-go access to your media without being tethered to a PC or requiring clunky cables to connect to devices.
Additionally, it remembers your preferences for each network you connect to, and the auto-copy feature lets you opt to have the media on your phone automatically copied to your PC or MAC. So when you come home and launch Twonky Mobile, all new content will be automatically transferred to your PC or MAC.
For the full article, please click here.
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Toshiba announced what it claims are the world's first LCD TVs that render three-dimensional (3D) images without the need for glasses.They will be released in Japan by the end of the year. However, viewers must sit within a specific zone in order to get the 3D effect.
They use an integral imaging system and a perpendicular lenticular sheet to display smooth images. Toshiba's image processing technology creates nine parallax images from the original content and renders them in 3D. Both have high-definition LED backlit LCD panels created for 3D capability without glasses.
One of the major drawbacks of Toshiba's glassless 3D technology is that viewers must sit in a specific zone in order to get the 3D effect. There is a viewing zone that can be seen as 3D; however, outside of this zone, images may not be seen in 3D, in whole or in part, according to the company.
"One of the reasons why these Toshiba sets are small is that you need an optimal seating position," Pietro Macchiarella, a research analyst at Parks Associates, pointed out. "Toshiba's probably targeting an audience of one or two viewers at a time."
To read the full article, please click here.
New York Times reported the car is google's newest endeavor, kept relatively secret but in plain view to other drivers accross around Mountain View California. The project encompasses vehicles that can drive themselves, using artificial-intelligence software that can sense anything near the car and mimic the decisions made by a human driver.With someone behind the wheel to take control if something goes awry and a technician in the passenger seat to monitor the navigation system, seven test cars have driven 1,000 miles without human intervention and more than 140,000 miles with only occasional human control.
Google argues that robot drivers react faster than humans, have 360-degree perception and do not get distracted, sleepy or intoxicated, the engineers argue.There is also their potential to reduce fuel consumption by eliminating heavy-footed stop-and-go drivers and, given the reduced possibility of accidents, to ultimately build more lightweight vehicles.
But the advent of autonomous vehicles poses thorny legal issues, the Google researchers acknowledged. Under current law, a human must be in control of a car at all times, but what does that mean if the human is not really paying attention. And in the event of an accident, who would be liable — the person behind the wheel or the maker of the software? The Google researchers said they had carefully examined California’s motor vehicle regulations and determined that because a human driver can override any error, the experimental cars are legal.
To read the full article, please click here.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Zeitera is a privately held Silicon Valley startup located in Mountain View, CA. and is backed by experienced technology investors with successful track records in building technology companies. Zeitera's team is comprised of experts with a wealth of experience in image processing, data-mining, building large-scale systems at successful start-ups as well as at established technology companies like Sony, AOL, Google, IBM, and Nokia. Zeitera is headquartered in Mountain View, CA.
For more information about Zeitera, visit http://zeitera.com.
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Thursday, October 7, 2010
CONNECTIONS EU, Value-added services session features IBM, Cisco, Accedo Broadband, Cloudberry Associates
This session will examine strategies behind advanced video service options, including online video on the TV, TV Everywhere, and hybrid set-top boxes that offer broadcast and broadband/IPTV options.
Rob van den Dam, Global Telecom Sector Leader IBV, IBM
Jean-Michel Demoulin, Cable, Digital Media & IPTV Strategy - European Markets, Cisco
Michael Lantz, CEO, Accedo Broadband
Trond Neergaard, Founder and Managing Partner, Cloudberry Associates
Moderator: Stuart Sikes, President, Parks Associates
For more information about the CONNECTIONS Europe Summit, click here.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
This new white paper examines challenges for mobile carriers in Europe and strategies to sustain ARPU and expand their base of postpaid users.
Regulations, Competition, and Churn
Evolving Beyond Price-based Strategies
Examples of New Strategies: Vodafone, Telefonica, T-Mobile, & Orange
The Road Ahead - Evolution of Carrier Strategies
Other recent white papers include Google TV- Searching for Success and Consumer Attitudes and the Benefits of Smart Grid Technologies.