IBC 2014: News Roundup IV

As the IBC show hits the home stretch, here’s another roundup of news snippets from Amsterdam.

Check out our earlier IBC news roundups here, here, and here.

-A+E Networks and Cisco Systems said they have integrated and tested Nielsen ID3 tagging  to track viewing patterns for mobile screen services. Cisco noted that its D9036 broadcast encoder has been enhanced to deliver Nielsen  ID3 tagging, having previously released that capability on its Videoscape AnyRes Live software encoders. A+E Networks is introducing ID3 tagging to support viewer measurement on PCs, tablets and smartphones.

-Elemental Technologies said thePlatform, the Comcast-owned online video publishing unit, has upgraded its mpx Accelerate service to support video processing from Elemental. thePlatform’s mpx Accelerate product enables partners to store high-quality mezzanine video files for transcoding to a variety of formats.

-ONO, Spain’s largest cable operator in Spain, is expanding its relationship with TiVo by supporting TiVo’s cloud service APIs for multi-screen, authenticated TV Everywhere viewing options. The additions will also include cloud-focused search and discovery features and remote DVR management. ONO’s the first TiVo MSO partner to announce its use of the APIs to deliver a consistent TiVo experience across screen types. ONO said it has deployed its TiVo option to more than 400,000 active users, more than half of its user base.

-Cubiware is using the show to demo a prototype of the TiVo UI running on Evolution Digital thin-client set-tops outfitted with its CubiTV middleware platform and access to TiVo’s cloud service APIs. Cubiware said the mix is targeted to cable operators as well as satellite and IPTV service providers.

-Piksel, the recently relaunched online video publishing firm, has unveiled Piksel Mosaic, a proof-of-concept “hyper-personalized” video application that supports “context-based’ recommendations across set-tops and mobile devices. Piksel’s historic custoemrs include AT&T, BskyB, Mediaset and Sky Deutschland.

-Chipmaker Entropic Communications pumped out a bevy of announcements at IBC. Among them, Triax, an international distributor of digital TV and data gear, has added an Entropic-powered MoCA Ethernet-to-Coax Adapters to its product set. Hitron Technologies, meanwhile, has achieved MoCA 2.0 certification for the CGNM, a DOCSIS 3.0 wireless gateway that can bond up to 24 downstream channels and utilizes Entropic’ EN2710 baseband MAC/PHY and EN1410 RF transceiver/analog front-end.  Additionally, Portugal-based Novabase Digital TV Technologies has launched a new line of Digital Transport Adapters (DTAs) powered by Entropic’s EN700-series set-top box chipsets.