Active-TV Technology for iPhone and iPod touch

Active-TV Technology for iPhone and iPod touch
Navigate YouTube

Navigate YouTube available at iTunes App Sore

An easy to use iPhone and iPod touch App that enables both new and advanced YouTube users to get the best from YouTube.

Browse video Standard Feeds, Categories, Channels and Playlists. Then organize new videos into your own favorites and playlists. Make playlists private or public. Subscribe to other user's playlists and video collections for future viewing. Subscribe to videos matching search-words.

Look at publicly viewable favorite videos, playlists and subscriptions based on your YouTube friends, family and contacts. Send and receive video links with YouTube contacts via YouTube video messages.

Search for new videos tagged for your language or geographical region, using local keyboard. Explore for new videos via easy switching of user ID to the owner of interesting videos - then explore their world.

All actions are kept in sync with PC, Mac or Apple-TV access to YouTube. Available at Apple App Store.

active-TV technology for PC

active-TV technology for PC
Windows PC based home network

Friday, September 16, 2005

Cisco & Microsoft & BT (UK) IP-TV devlopments

Active-TV Ecosystem Developers,

BT in the UK is pushing ahead with their support for a networked DVB-t box for mid 2006 launch. They are calling it “BT Freeview Plus". This is an interesting play on BSkyB naming. The box will have an 80Gb PVR and will be subsidized (by who?) to reach a £70 price point. It is becoming clear that BT will use the Microsoft TV middleware platform for IPTV. Microsoft has been struggling to win business but they have no doubt “made a big effort”.

The BT Freeview Plus box will likely use SigmaDesign 8634 Si. This is new for them, but adds transport stream support; so allowing a hybrid DVB-t and IP-TV solution. The 8634 chip supports H.264, MPEG2 and WMV9.

BT has a deal with the BBC to support the BBC iMP catch-up service. This will likely mean little adoption for the MCE version of the BBC iMP on a living room PC. It is not clear if the BBC port of iMP to an MCE version will also be supported on the Microsoft TV middleware platforms. It is known that a Microsoft TV middleware box can be a networked-client to an MCE Extended-PC, but we don’t know all the BT strategy here. It is unlikely any of the box subsidy comes from the BBC, so their must be another premium content provider involved in the BT-Microsoft plan.

Remember recently that Cisco bought Kiss in Denmark. Kiss has been a user of the SigmaDesign Si. Of course, Cisco also own Linksys. Well, Linksys-KiSS plan to offer an IPTV Edition-compatible set-tops with integrated DVB-T tuners and conditional access support for European network operators. The boxes are scheduled for availability December. I think “compatible” means, supports the MS IPTV direction. Given Kiss and SigmaDesign, limitations, the CA refers to DVB-CI. Kiss in the past have not supported the Microsoft TV middleware stack.

Clearly there is a very strong move in the European market to support networked DVB-t. It is not clear how the Kiss-Linksys DVB-t box will be subsidized or be differentiated from the BT Freeview Plus box. Anyway, it may be directed to countries other than the UK. Possibly the Kiss-LinkSys offering will also support the DivX Codec. However, this may be ‘incompatible” with Microsoft TV.

Comments, corrections and feedback welcome

Friday, September 9, 2005

A user comments on ViiV & MCE lead convergence

Active-TV Ecosystem Developers,

Robert Burns (Scottish poet 1759 – 1796) produced a famous verse - O would some power the giftie gie us to see ourselves as others see us. (Translation: O would some power the gift to give us to see ourselves as others see us). We don’t know what Burns would say about the PC Industry MBA-lead efforts to dominate digital-convergence; but the author linked below has a go at the job.

He writes with an ‘apparent’ perpetual enthusiasm. This state of mind is not shared by his girl friend or other consumers without jobs or careers requiring them to express support to misguided corporate policies. I particularly liked, “maybe I could get $25 for the DMA on eBay”.

Active-TV' technology's Extended-PC efforts plan to create a different reality to the one so far experienced by Entertainment PC Users. This is achived by combining the best of the 2’ world with the best of the 10’ world. The Extended-Notebook or PC is not used as a central hub, but as a software execution engine for Media Applications (TV-web channel formatting). These are used to augment the existing and understood entertainment ecosystem.

Most consumers do not understand why a PC, or the Windows OS, are needed to watch TV. A PC is not needed to time-shift video. A PC is not needed to support NAS (networked attached storage). A PC is not needed to support broadband VOD (video on demand over IP). Access to the Web is not required on a living room TV. However, the PC has accepted 2’ value (photo editing, music ripping, library management and more). The PC is also the best available software execution engine in a home; used correctly, this ability can add to the value of networked entertainment appliances, initially purchased for their understood standalone value.

Comments, corrections and feedback appreciated.

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