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Weekly News Digest

January 20, 2015 — In addition to this week's NewsBreaks article and the monthly NewsLink Spotlight, Information Today, Inc. (ITI) offers Weekly News Digests that feature recent product news and company announcements. Watch for additional coverage to appear in the next print issue of Information Today. For other up-to-the-minute news, check out ITIís Twitter account: @ITINewsBreaks.

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Streaming Media, an Information Today, Inc. company, covered the 2015 International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in a series of articles for its website. The following are some highlights reported by Troy Dreier, senior associate editor of
  • Search and discovery continue to be “a major pain point” for viewers, who don’t have a unified streaming content experience. “Service providers want to own the customer and own the experience, so they don’t want consumers going directly to their content and bypassing the interface,” notes Dreier. 
  • Chris Wagner, executive VP of marketplace strategy for NeuLion, talked about the new features for sports viewers—they can choose how they watch games (via home feed, away feed, or other cameras placed around an arena)—and how serialized entertainment such as Game of Thrones might be able to use this concept by introducing interactive elements (e.g., revisiting a key scene or catching up on missed episodes).
  • Roku announced partnerships with connected TV providers to offer sets with built-in Roku interfaces. It will also team with Netflix for 4K ultra-HD videos.
  • “Netflix will add HDR to its video in 2015, and will begin a Recommended TV Program to endorse sets that make online viewing easy,” reports Dreier.
  • Veygo, a French infrastructure company, helps rightsholders launch over-the-top subscription video services. It plans to offer a personalization engine for analyzing customers’ behaviors in real time, a customer satisfaction tool, and other new features by June. “Veygo helps reduce upfront cost and complexity, so customers can focus on negotiating rights and marketing their products,” Dreier writes.
  • Giraffic, a video acceleration company, will extend its technology (for streaming high-resolution video over low-bandwidth connections) to mobile devices. Samsung adopted its software for its 2014 line of connected TVs and Blu-ray players.


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