It's possible that Viggle will follow the TiVo example and go from a noun to a verb as in, "Did you Viggle that program?" For now, though, President and COO Greg Consiglio is focused on expanding Viggle's profile as a second screen app that is also a social app and a rewards program for broadband-connected pay TV subscribers. Jim Barthold talks with Consiglio about Viggle's value to service providers.
There has, of late, been some effort to dismiss the value of television as just a component of a broadband experience. The misguided thinking is that TV is peripheral, a video component to a wider ranging broadband initiative. That certainly flavored my conversation with Greg Consiglio , president and COO of second screen app provider Viggle.
Japanese IPTV service provider NTT Plala is depending on STMicroelectronics' system on a chip (SoC) technology to serve as the foundation for a new generation of hybrid broadcast/Internet set-top boxes that will allow users to tap into Android-based apps.
Intel Media, the chipmaker's Internet-based pay TV endeavor scheduled to launch this year, has lost its top engineer, Jim Baldwin, according to a published report.
It's difficult to say that Motorola is an iconic brand in cable and IPTV, since it only became a big-time vendor after it acquired cable pioneer General Instrument. On the other hand, when new owner Arris removes the brand name from its product line within a year, it will mark yet another paradigm shift for a former industry duopoly.
Alcatel-Lucent continues to make a name for itself in the growing VDSL2 and vectoring space, reporting that it has shipped its one millionth VDSL2 vectoring line, a technology that enables traditional telcos to get higher speeds out of their existing copper networks.
TDS Telecom is leveraging Metaswitch's Perimeta session border controllers as one of the elements in its growing managed IP services suite for business customers.
Second screen interfaces on connected TVs should mimic what users are getting on their smartphones, George Panayotopoulos, Google's industry manager for entertainment sales, said at the PEVE Entertainment conference in London. There is a dual-edged sword involved here. Many users--especially young ones--are moving away from TVs altogether, which leads to something of a conundrum when determining which TVs should look more like mobile devices when those devices are already replacing the TVs.
Interoute, a European cloud service platform provider, has chosen Infinera's DTN-X platform as its 100G platform of choice on its Pan-European network.
Australian researchers are working with Ericsson's IPTV platform technology on a proof of concept that uses IPTV to deliver tailored educational video content to people with diabetes.