Industry effort for multi-screen TV delivery
By Robert Briel
Published: September 12, 2010 16.37 Europe/London
IBC 2010 – AMSTERDAM. Alcatel Lucent, KPN, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Sofia Digital are working together in the bmcoforum to allow seamless consumption of TV and video either from mobile device, TV or computer. Member companies are identifying necessary standard enablers and profiling them for common industry recommendation.
The bmcoforum showcases at the IBC: live, on-demand and stored content directly on connected TVs, PCs or mobile devices; search, select and control consumption with the mobile device; browse Electronic Program Guide (EPG) on mobile and switch channels on TV; consume video on demand content, set and view recordings with Network Personal Video Recorder (NPVR) and push in content to device storage as a background download to improve mobile user experience.
The bmcoforum strives to solve technical issues in the media delivery chain independent of business models in close relation with standards bodies and other industry fora.
Nokia Siemand Networks, for its part, is also showing its Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform. The company is launching a new software client for ‘any device with a screen’ that allows people to watch TV via any network. The Multiscreen TV client integrates Over the Top TV and broadcast TV with the web and social network access. It provides a user interface for services delivered via Nokia Siemens Networks Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform, irrespective of location or device. The client is built on Nokia’s open source Qt cross platform application and user interface framework.
The Ubiquity Multiscreen TV Platform and the new client ensure content is protected across various devices with built in Digital Rights Management. In addition, and depending on permissions, the new client can allow users to share video content via its integration with web apps and social networks. These features are over and above existing digital TV features such as network-based recording, pausing live TV and instant rewind.
The client supports various operating systems (OS) to avoid being locked into a specific device type, including mobile OS such as Android, Symbian and others. The client provides fast booting and channel-changing and supports user interface animation thanks to 3D graphics acceleration.
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