OTT Video News, Deals, Launches and Products

Intel is supplying its True View technology to three English Premier League soccer clubs, Arsenal FC, Liverpool FC and Manchester City to power new features including multi-angle views of play, be the player capabilities, and a laser wall giving viewers a clear picture as to where players are positioned on a pitch. Intel True View uses the volumetric video capturing and rendering technology to record 38 5K UHD cameras, processing a substantial amount of data on servers running Intel Core i7 and Intel Xeon processors. Software then re-creates all the viewpoints of a fully volumetric 3D person or object – rendering a virtual environment in multi-perspective 3D with true 6 degrees of freedom.

Esports production firm Espat Media has partnered with video delivery and sharing platform developer BCaster to serve brands seeking exposure through esports tournaments. BCaster will supply custom integration of its real-time platform for contextual delivery for Espat’s clients, enabling curation of user-generated content, while Espat says its real-time event content service for video and photo delivery is syndicated globally within major media outlets.

US live sports streaming service FloSports has selected additional equipment from TVU Networks to simulcast events, produce live programming from remote locations, record footage for raw archiving material, and more. This includes its TVU One cellular mobile units, brought to every venue as a backup system. FloSports says equipment from other VoIP providers did not perform well covering events like cross country where the camera has to move with the athletes across a course, causing fluctuations in cellular connections.

QoE monitoring firm Witbe found that OTT devices like Roku and Apple TV performed better than regular set tops during Super Bowl LIII. Based on measurements from six video and media robots in 6 locations around the world, the best overall QoE was reached when watching the game on CBS on the DirecTV Now app for Apple TV, with the highest Witbe VQ-MOS (video quality mean opinion score) of 4.4 out of 5, while also boasting the second-best Video Initial Buffering Time of 2.1 seconds. Also interesting to note is that the same channel, when played on the Verizon Fios set top, obtained the second-lowest Witbe VQ-MOS score of 3.5 out of 5.

Discovery Deutschland has extended its deal with media services supplier MX1 for playout and content management services. MX1 will continue handling media asset management tasks for a range of linear and non-linear content, in HD and SD, via the MX1 360 unified media platform.

The BT Sport app is now supported on Apple TV, Samsung smart TVs and the Xbox games console, including its 4K Ultra HD channel and on-demand content. The UK telco added that subscribers will get live sports content in HDR this year.

Italian telecommunications company Open Fiber says it will open an additional 2,000 FTTH construction sites in the country this year in localities where the digital divide is most apparent – aiming to cover 1.3 million premises this year. It comes as new legislation was published to accelerate the process of obtaining authorizations for fiber roll outs to meet EU targets by 2025, according to Italy’s Ministry of Economic Development.

Liberty Global subsidiary Virgin Media has completed trials of an 8 Gbps home broadband connection, some 216 times the average UK connection speed, using a FTTP connection with ethernet passive optical network technology supplied by Arris.

Premium content provider Cinedigm has bought VoD platform Viewster and will integrate the anime-focused service into its existing library. Cinedigm also wants to bring ad-supported Viewster content to cable and telco operators, plus OEMs and other digital partners, over the next few quarters.

Video platform provider Ooyala and non-profit UK media group the Digital Production Partnership are working on news industry standards for the use of metadata, covering planning, newsgathering, production, distribution, display and archive. The initiative aims to accelerate getting breaking news stories to air, and to manage rights issues more easily as news packages and clips are clearly marked with copyright and restriction information. Content search and discovery will be improved, says Ooyala, with access to keyword search, enabling greater lifespans for content.

SiriusXM has completed its acquisition of Pandora Media, making the majority Liberty Media-owned company the world’s largest audio entertainment group.

Video ad platform SpotX is integrating a unified ID solution from US ad tech company The Trade Desk, increasing the addressable audience pool by improving user match rates across the digital ad ecosystem.

Arkansas-based operator Windstream is trading in its managed video network for an app-based streaming video environment through the launch of Kinetic TV, powered by the Connect platform from video technology vendor MobiTV. Kinetic TV will cost a hefty $75 a month and will be available on connected devices, smart TVs, PCs and mobile devices.

Viacom could add a paid subscription tier to Pluto TV to complement its current ad-supported offering, following the $340 million takeover of the OTT video service last month, according to comments made by CEO Bob Bakish this week.