IP Vision FetchTV version of BBC iPlayer
A new digital video recorder is about to go on sale in the shops, offering a combination of broadcast and broadband programmes, including video-on-demand services, with no ongoing subscription. The FetchTV Smartbox has been developed by IP Vision, which is backed by the French company Netgem. Providing access to BBC iPlayer programming on the television, it appears to offer the sort of service envisaged by the BBC Canvas project.
Former DirecTV executive heads to Move Networks
Online video innovator Move Networks has appointed a former DirectTV executive to run the company. A former partner at Deloitte, Roxanne Austin helped transition DirecTV from the Hughes defence and aerospace corporation and became chief operating officer of the satellite television company. Speaking to informitv shortly after her appointment as president and chief executive of Move Networks was announced, she said the company now has an end-to-end system that aims to set the standard for television delivered over the internet.
PVR users watch far more live TV than they say
Homes with personal video recorders to do not use them as much as they think. That is the conclusion of researchers that found people claimed to watch recorded or time-shifted programmes much more than was actually observed. They also found that the availability of a personal archive of programmes reduced demand for video on demand.
Microsoft Silverlight 3 adds support for MPEG-4 video
Silverlight 3 is the latest release of the rich internet application runtime platform from Microsoft, which is becoming a more competent competitor to Flash, adding support for H.264 video. This recognises that H.264 is increasingly becoming the online format of choice, although Silverlight developers will still have to use the VC-1 format developed by Microsoft if they wish to use encryption. It also seems that licensing issues will prevent H.264 becoming part of the HTML5 standard.
Industry experts argue Priorities for Digital Britain
A London conference provided industry reaction to the recent Digital Britain report. Generally, industry stakeholders welcomed the statement of government policy on the future of communications convergence. There was a sense that the devil is in the digital detail. Any initial excitement already seems to be wearing off, with concerns that the project could lose momentum.