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LibertyGlobal partners with Metrological

by david.nunes

 

 

Metrological and Liberty Global to partner for web-based TV Apps & Widgets

 

 

 

Rotterdam, Netherlands – 12 September 2011

 

Metrological Media Innovations and Liberty Global, Inc., the world’s

 

leading international cable operator, today announced that Liberty Global

 

will adopt Metrological’s Widget framework for its Next Generation TV

 

platform – Project Horizon. The Widget framework establishes the bridge

 

between Internet delivered content and pay-tv services in order to provide

 

digital television subscribers a broad range of innovative interactive

 

applications and enhanced services.

 

The Widget Framework will power the App & Widget Store that is part of the

 

new TV platform. In this store subscribers will be offered a full

 

catalogue of web-based Apps & Widgets that are seamlessly integrated in the user

 

interface. This brings interactive TV to the next level as the subscriber

 

will be able to access contextual, related Apps & Widgets, while watching

 

TV and video content at the same time.

 

With the social media Widget, viewers can share whatever they are watching

 

with their friends and recommend it. TV-show related Widgets provide

 

background information and the possibility to interact in real-time with

 

the TV program without having to move away from the program itself.

 

The Horizon open platform for apps aims to add a new dimension to

 

experiencing tv in the same way that apps have done for smart phones and

 

tablets. The Liberty Global Horizon ecosystem is an open and scalable

 

platform on which developers can continue to improve and enhance the

 

functionality for consumers. Liberty Global is working with the most

 

influential content providers to develop applications for its

 

standards-based ‘App Store’.

 

Liberty Global is reaching out to potential content partners and third

 

party application developers and will soon launch a software developers’

 

kit for Horizon, inviting them to join the existing 60 content partners

 

that already have developed apps for the new platform.

 

Liberty Global selected Metrological’s Widget framework to secure

 

interchangeability of widgets because of its compatibility with existing

 

platforms. Existing Apps & Widgets, including those based on Yahoo TV

 

widgets, W3C, HTML5, will run on this platform with limited or no rework.

 

This makes it easier for content providers to develop TV Widgets in a

 

market with an increasing number of platforms to choose from.

 

“We are truly honored to have been invited by Liberty Global to join such

 

a prestigious project development team and consider this as an ultimate

 

endorsement of our technological capabilities,” Albert Dahan, Chief

 

Technology Officer of Metrological stated.

 

“Content providers developing a widget for our platform will now be able

 

to have it run on other TV platforms as well and vice versa,” said Doron

 

Hacmon, Managing Director of Products Online Media department for the

 

European broadband operations of Liberty Global.

 

 

Project Horizon

 

“Liberty Global’s Project Horizon” is an elegant media and entertainment

 

platform for the home, which seamlessly integrates cable, web-based and

 

personal content. Horizon puts a multimedia gateway computer at the heart

 

of the digital home. This gateway will create a wireless network that

 

connects TV to all of the personal devices in the home – computers,

 

tablets and smartphones. The TV interface uses 3D graphics and images that

 

will bring content to life and make navigating simple, instant and

 

seamless. Supported by search and recommendation features, it will

 

integrate access to personal media content such as photos, music and

 

movies stored in the home or in the cloud. Horizon will also allow customers to

 

take their entertainment experience beyond their home TVs. Applications

 

have been developed for smartphones and tablet devices (second screens) as

 

well as web browsers that will enable a similar and complementary

 

experience on different devices both in and out of the home. The

 

commercial launch of Horizon is planned for the first quarter of 2012 with Liberty

 

Global’s division UPC in the Netherlands.

 

 

About Metrological

 

Metrological Group, founded in 2003, is headquartered in Rotterdam, The

 

Netherlands. The company focuses on the development and implementation of

 

innovative hardware and software products. It’s subsidiary Metrological

 

Media Solutions specializes in media technology for both the “business to

 

business” and “business to consumer” market. In 2009 the company

 

introduced Mediaconnect TV, a next generation generic open media platform device,

 

based on the IntelR CE Media Processing technology and powered by the

 

Metroconnect Operating System.

 

Metrological enables Media Service Operators, content providers, equipment

 

manufacturers and retailers, to deliver branded tailor-made Over-The-Top

 

Home Entertainment Media services, by offering a white labeled end-to-end

 

media platform, based on standard TV Widget technology.

 

 

About Liberty Global

 

Liberty Global is the leading international cable operator offering

 

advanced video, voice and broadband internet services to connect its

 

customers to the world of entertainment, communications and information.

 

As of June 30, 2011, Liberty Global operated state-of-the-art networks

 

serving 18 million customers across 14 countries principally located in Europe,

 

Chile and Australia. Liberty Global’s operations also include significant

 

programming businesses such as Chellomedia in Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

For more information:

 

Albert Dahan

 

Chief Technology Officer

 

Metrological

 

+31 10 414 2257

 

[email protected]

 

 

Joram Kanner

 

Corporate Communications Manager

 

Liberty Global

 

+31 20 778 9684

 

[email protected]

 

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