Freeview set-top company TVonics will use the internet port in some of its devices to stream live coverage of the WBO boxing title fight this Saturday.The fight between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew from the Liverpool Echo Arena will be streamed live on Freeview channel 112 at 19:00 on Saturday via the internet port on TVonics’ high-definition products, the DTR HD500 and DTR Z500HD. It will be delivered via Frank Warren’s new boxing channel, BoxNation, which is usually only available to Sky and Virgin Media customers.TVonics recently activated the IP connection on its latest HD DVRs, enabling the delivery of on-demand and catch-up services including the BBC’s iPlayer.“Freeview users have been missing out on BoxNation, but that is set to change, said TVonics chief technology officer, Andy Carr. “Our latest generation of digital TV recorders give viewers the very best of traditional broadcast television and now they can also access high quality, on-demand content via the internet port. It’s the best of both worlds without having to shell out for pay-per-view.”
Connected TV platforms are too complicated and are deterring consumer from using services, according to BBC iPlayer general manager Daniel Danker.Speaking at the Digital Television Group (DTG) summit in London this morning, Danker said the bulk of growth in the use of iPlayer was now on connected TVs. While iPlayer on PC grew by 14% and iPlayer on tablets grew by 580%, use of the service on TVs grew by over 1,000%.However, he said, “The majority of this growth came from operator services that have nicely integrated processes, with no need to fumble with the remote or switch between menu systems.”In total, use of iPlayer on the iPad was still four times that of connected TV, despite the far higher penetration of connected devices, he said. There was an urgent need to make connected TV services more user-friendly, he said.“This for us means a renewed focus on the red button,” said Danker. “In the UK red button services allow us to reach an audience that has no interest in watching our services on a computer.”Danker said that access to iPlayer from the living room screen had grown to 2.6 million homes. “However, if we are going to bring the connected TV experience to audiences, it must be simple. We know will have succeeded when the technology becomes invisible,” he said.
Canal Plus has struck a deal with Gaumont to make the latter’s catalogue of films available on its CanalPlay Infinity subscription video-on-demand offering.The deal will add over 60 Gaumont titles including Les Barbouzes, Le Pacha, Clara et les Chics Types, Leon, Nikita and Le Grand Blond Avec Une Chaussure Noire to the CanalPlay Infinity line-up.CanalPlay Infinity provides a range of movies and TV shows for €9.99 a month to subscribers of SFR, Free and Bouygues Telecom’s TV services as well as via PCs, tablets and Xbox 360 games consoles. Canal Plus has also launched a ‘second screen’ version of the service available via PCs and tablets for €6.99.