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Wowza Media Server 2 at the Show »

Wowza Media Systems offers a unified, any-screen media delivery solution with multiplatform flexibility, reliability, scalability, and extensibility. Wowza Media Systems powers some 70,000 licensees worldwide. At the NAB
Show, Wowza Media Systems will celebrate four years of its server’s success by introducing technology that will change the way adaptive multi-bitrate streaming is delivered to viewers everywhere.
Wowza Media Server 2 unifies delivery of live and on
demand video and audio streams to multiple clients and devices. It extends the reach of content to any platform and any screen, encompassing Flash, Silverlight, QuickTime, IPTV set-top boxes, gaming consoles, as well as mobile devices like Apple iPhone a
d iPad, Android, and Blackberry phones and tablets.
Wowza Media Server 2 makes it easy and affordable to deliver a high volume of audio and video content over IP networks, either public or private, to desktop/laptop computers (Web TV), mobile phones/tablets (mobile TV), or IP set-top boxes (IPTV). Visit http://www.wowzamedia.com

Triveni Will Exhibit GuideBuilder Extensions »

Triveni Digital will have the latest extensions to its industry-leading GuideBuilder metadata platform, along with the latest release of the StreamScope MT-40 analyser, now with CALM support. Triveni Digital will also highlight its well-established StreamScope RM-40 intelligent remote monitoring instrument, including the system’s new Mobile Dashboard, designed to provide access via iPads, iPhones, and Android-powered devices. Triveni Digital CTO Richard Chernock will present two sessions at the Broadcast Engineering Conference to be held during the 2011 NAB Show.
StreamScope MT-40 4.6 software release enhances the MT-40’s comprehensive real-time analysis and verification of DTV transport streams with loudness monitoring that addresses the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act. StreamScope MT-40 provides end-to-end MPEG-2/MPEG-4 transport stream analysis and monitoring for DTV services carried by broadcast, cable, satellite, IPTV, or mobile networks. The new software release also expands the MT-40’s analysis capabilities and extends its support for a variety of stream types and standards.
Triveni Digital will demonstrate its GuideBuilder metadata platform, which has been extended for mobile service support with new ESG (electronic service guide) functionality for program content, as well as for interstitials and channel logos. The GuideBuilder infrastructure widely deployed now supports PSIP, mobile ESG, and NRT management in a unified manner, enabling straightforward extension of existing workflows. Additional enhancements to the GuideBuilder system include development of an open ESG carouselling interface for multiplexers.
Triveni Digital will highlight the RM-40 Mobile Dashboard, a new Web-based interface that gives engineers secure mobile access to all of their StreamScope RM-40 stream comparison and visualisation data and tools via iPhones, iPads, and Android-powered devices. Triveni Digital will unveil the new StreamScope EM-40 2.0, the latest release of the company’s enterprisewide service quality assurance solution designed to support real-time and historical reporting and live troubleshooting, across a collection of StreamScope monitoring units. The EM-40 2.0 oversees a fleet of StreamScope units that continuously detect, localise, analyse, and isolate faults using configurable sets of rules. Visit http://www.TriveniDigital.com

Ericsson, Akamai tie-up to create mobile cloud »

Ericsson and Akamai Technologies have announced an alliance focused on bringing to market mobile cloud acceleration solutions aimed at improving end-user Internet experiences such as mobile ecommerce, enterprise applications and Internet content.
The companies will jointly develop solutions for the fast-growing market of content and applications delivered to mobile devices. As leaders in their respective fields, Ericsson and Akamai bring together the power of mobile networks and the cloud to open new business opportunities for both operators and content providers by creating a new business model built around quality of experience and premium services.
This is the first time that Akamai’s global delivery network is integrated into mobile networks in this way. Working with Ericsson, the content and applications already being accelerated over the Internet by Akamai will now also be accelerated over mobile broadband, giving a true end-to-end quality of experience.
Thomson Reuters (which participated in early prototype testing) is well-known for its market-leading mobile strategies. The company has stressed the importance of delivering consistent, fast and high-quality experiences on mobile devices in order to drive adoption and customer satisfaction.
“The market is becoming increasingly mobile. Advanced Smartphone devices will grow 4-5 times to 2016 and the generated traffic will grow about 30 times, so end-to-end quality of experience becomes key,” says Hans Vestberg, President and CEO, Ericsson. “Ericsson is the world leader in high-performance mobile broadband networks and Akamai handles hundreds of billions of daily Web interactions – this is truly a beneficial partnership for the entire mobile and content industries.”
“Combining the power of Akamai’s global network with Ericsson’s industry expertise will allow the mobile industry to reinvent the way it works with content and application providers and will help end-users get the best possible experience when accessing the Web from their mobile devices,” said David Kenny, President of Akamai.
Visit http://www.ericsson.com http://www.akamai.com

MySpace Mobile Usage Soars »

Social networking website MySpace reports its mobile usage increased 450 percent in 2008, with users now generating 7 billion mobile page views per month. Officials reported mobile traffic increased from 10 per cent of all MySpace traffic to more than 35 per cent. 

Dielectric Launches New Antenna »

Dielectric Communications, a division of SPX and a specialist in broadcast antenna systems, launched a new antenna designed to support the expanding international MobileMedia market. Dielectric’s new L-Band, 1.4-GHz high-power, circularly polarised broadband antenna builds upon the company’s pylon antenna technology by featuring both azimuth and elevation pattern versatility in a single “common box” package. 
Dielectric’s “common box” approach improves network planning capabilities by allowing broadcasters to adjust the transmission pattern without changing the mechanical specifications of the antenna design. Network planners are able to perform a comprehensive analysis of all possible site locations that can accommodate a single specific set of mechanical specifications. The antenna’s pattern versatility then gives network planners the ability to blanket a region with the most effective coverage.
The aesthetically pleasing, low-wind-load construction of the new antenna allows for either side- or top-mounting and provides an excellent axial ratio, a 1- to 4-kW input power rating, gains from 15 to 19 dBi, a VSWR of less than 1.1:1, and 10- to 24-kW ERP/polarisation. Visit www.dielectric.com

 

Talks Preceded Mobile Premium Services Code »

Communications Alliance, the peak industry body for the Australian communications industry, says the newly-finalised Mobile Premium Services Industry Code, which has now been submitted to the ACMA for registration, was the result of extensive consultation with the industry, consumers, government and regulatory authorities.
Responding to comments made by the Consumers’ Telecommunications Network (CTN), Communications Alliance CEO Anne Hurley says the Code was developed on a collaborative basis by a Working Group that included representatives of carriers, content service providers and consumer representatives.
“This Code offers significant protections to consumers and goes well beyond the Terms of Reference in relation to monitoring and compliance obligations on suppliers.  It was developed cooperatively, and while it aims to embrace the views of all members of the Working Group, it is understandable that some members may have differing views. 
“After a 12-month consultation process that included numerous meetings of the Working Group, stakeholder consultation sessions, regular meetings with the government and regulators, the release of a draft Code and the revision of the Code following consideration of public comments, the Board of Communications Alliance believed consumers were best served by registering the Code in its latest form,” Ms Hurley says. 
“Following its registration by the ACMA, consumers will be protected by a Code that is both mandatory and enforceable.  The Code will be reviewed in 12 months and any significant implementation issues can be addressed at this time,” she added.  
Communications Alliance is the peak industry body for the Australian communications sector. Its mission is to create a co-operative stakeholder environment that allows the industry to take the lead on initiatives  to grow the Australian communications industry and foster the highest standards of business behaviour. Visit www.commsalliance.com.au

Beta Release Provides New SDK »

Apple previewed its iPhone OS 3.0 software and announced the immediate availability of a beta software release to registered developers. The iPhone OS 3.0 beta release includes an updated Software Development Kit (SDK) with over 1000 new Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) including In-App Purchases; Peer-to-Peer connections; an app interface for accessories; access to the iPod music library; a new Maps API and Push Notifications. Apple also announced over 100 new features that will be available to iPhone and iPod touch users and will include cut, copy and paste; MMS; landscape view for mail, text and notes; stereo Bluetooth; syncing notes to the Mac and PC; shake to shuffle; parental controls for TV shows, movies and apps from the App Store; and automatic login at Wi-Fi hot spots. The iPhone OS 3.0 beta release will also include a new Voice Memo app and expanded search capability for all key iPhone apps, as well as Spotlight search across the iPhone or iPod touch.
The iPhone OS 3.0 beta software and SDK include over 1000 new APIs and are available for all iPhone Developer Program members to use for development and testing of their apps for iPhone and iPod touch. Included in these APIs is the ability to leverage the incredible purchase model of the App Store within apps. In-App Purchases will allow developers to offer subscription content and provide the ability to sell new content and features in a simple and secure process. Developers can also more easily create peer-to-peer games for iPhone and iPod touch by using Bluetooth.
Another key developer feature in the iPhone OS 3.0 beta software is the ability for apps to interface with hardware accessories, creating a whole new element of control for iPhone and iPod touch accessory developers as well as a new ecosystem of solutions for customers.
Developers will also be able to use Apple’s new Maps API to integrate Google Mobile Maps services within their apps, which will offer Google Map tiles, current location, custom annotations and geocoding. The iPhone OS 3.0 beta software includes the Apple Push Notification service, which provides developers with a mechanism to alert users with sounds, text or a badge.

Samsung Memoir is in the Market »

Samsung Telecommunications America (Samsung Mobile) and T-Mobile USA, along with photographer and model Helena Christensen unveiled the Samsung Memoir, a touch-screen phone with an impressive 8-megapixel camera for premium imaging functionality, to be available exclusively through T-Mobile USA.
Christensen was the first to gain hands-on experience with the Memoir, using it as her official phone and camera to shoot images during her travels.
Visit www.samsungmobileusa.com/

MEF Launches Smart Pipe Enablers »

Smart Pipe Enabler Services are to be provided by operators to third-party providers of content and services, enabling the delivery of a simpler, faster, more intuitive and more enjoyable user experience for the consumer. MEF’s initiative will make a major contribution to industry efforts in this area by devising a coherent, profitable and workable model for enabling services, and accelerating their uptake through education and promotion.
The initiative has been founded by three full MEF members – the BBC, mBlox and Vodafone Group – and was formally launched at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Enabler services offered by network operators will deliver many capabilities to content providers, including age-verification, location, identity authentication, reliable phone applications, specific tariffs to consumers and delivery with specific quality of service. Enabled by these services, content providers can offer the consumer a better user experience, a key objective for much of MEF’s work.
The Smart Pipe Enablers Initiative will create an industry-wide framework of business requirements for standards, complementing and supporting work in other bodies such as the GSM Association on the development of technical standards.
MEF will form a working group with its members and will be liaising with regulators and other industry bodies to ensure the guidelines become the de facto reference point for enabling services across the globe.
The MEF Enablers Initiative is fundamental to the future growth of the $32bn mobile entertainment industry, of which half is based off-portal.
The MEF Enablers Initiative is global in scope and the first phase will be the production of a white paper, due in June 2009.

Visit www.m-e-f.org/index.php?id=1

 

Bitstream Launches BOLT Mobile Browser »

Bitstream Inc. launched BOLT, a fast mobile browser. BOLT provides a desktop-like view of the internet on virtually any mobile phone, from basic phones to smartphones. Optimised to conserve battery life and data transmissions, BOLT is focused on speed. BOLT offers fast downloads of streaming and flash video, standards compliance, rich media and graphics enabling people to view websites just as they do on a PC. BOLT allows streaming videos on the average mobile phone from such popular video services as YouTube, video.yahoo.com, blip.tv, dailymotion.com, metacafe.com and more. Built with proprietary compression, navigation and rendering technologies, BOLT enables users to find and read information easily. Once users have navigated to the specific section of the large web page they are viewing, they can then zoom in to display clear text and images that look crisp on even small mobile phone screens. Features of the BOLT public beta release include fast, secure, desktop-style web browsing on both high-end and low-end handsets, streaming video capabilities, split screen and full screen modes for easy navigation and viewing, add and select favorites and view browsing history, keystroke shortcuts for easier navigation and content selection, protection against spyware and malicious or faulty add-on, and extended battery life. BOLT is now available for free to anyone as part of its public beta test. Visit boltbrowser.com and www.bitstream.com