Monthly Archives: August 2011

Farncombe designs UI for Digiturk’s new hybrid digital TV service

Farncombe has announced that WeAreAka, its design practice, played a key role in the development of the user experience for Digiturk’s new hybrid IPTV service.
Targeting a launch at the end of 2011, the new digital TV service marries satellite with IPTV delivery through a hybrid digital video recorder from Sagemcom – providing sophisticated video-on-demand and catch-up TV features alongside the Turkish operator’s established linear multichannel satellite broadcasts.
The full press release can be found here.

Non-linear delivery: Nielsen and IHS tell traditional broadcasters not to worry… yet

Two new pieces of research suggest a limited impact so far by OTT and non-linear TV delivery systems on traditional forms of TV consumption:
1) First, IHS is claiming that ‘Broadcasters Have No Cause for Panic Over Rise of Nonlinear TV’, based on predictions that DVR, on-demand and other forms of nonlinear programming will account for “only 15.8% of television viewing in the United States in 2015, up from 9.9% in 2010″ – while in the UK, non-linear will account for 12.7% of television viewing in 2015, up from 7.8% in 2010 (see here).
2) Second, Videonuze, citing a new study by Nielsen and CTAM for the US market, concludes - with caveats – that for those fearing that video consumption through mobile and connected devices threatens to disrupt traditional linear TV viewership, it may not be “happening en masse, at least not yet”. The study suggests that 85% of video app users are watching the same or more regularly scheduled [amounts of] TV.

TBone rebrands as ‘Zeebox’, targeting social TV

PaidContent is running an exclusive on TBone, brain-child of Anthony Rose, the man credited with turning the BBC iPlayer into a runaway success.
TBone is to be launched as ‘Zeebox’, in the form of an application initially for iPads, which will allow users of companion devices to control TV sets in line with what their ‘friends’ are watching on Facebook and Twitter.
An intriguing aspect of the technology, according to PaidContent, is the use of an ‘automated content recognition’ system, which will automatically display ‘infotags’ in real time related to the semantic content of the TV programme being viewed, potentially allowing contextual linking to relevant sites.
Zeebox is due to go live in October.