Archive for the ‘PVR’ Category

Multichoice’s Future Plans

June 21, 2007

Today, in an article on ITWeb, Multichoice‘s CEO spoke about the companies future plans to compete in the South African television market.

The introduction of mobile TV, IPTV and VOD forms part of the broadcasters key strategy of new platform development and delivery channels.

New offerings from the company will include:

  1. DSTV Mobile – Mobile TV via DVB-H to mobile devices
  2. DSTV Broadband – VHS quality content via the DSTV website. The ability to view or download content that has appeared on the DSTV channels.
  3. DSTV Extra – Video on Demand (VOD). Content automatically downloaded to the PVR decoder unlocked for a fee to be viewed at any time. Expected end of 2007.

About 18 months ago, whilst working for Multichoice, I pitched the concept of PVR Podcasting to the Exco. I produced the following video explaining the concept.

The idea was to simply allow for user generated content such as Podcasts to be automatically downloaded to a PVR decoder. Users would subscribe to community produced shows and have them streamed to their decoders via satellite. Imagine submitting a home made movie featuring your new house and then having all your friends and family view it on their decoders right in their living rooms. No need for a computer, a slow internet connection, downloads, live streaming etc.

Here is the video.

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Display Ads during PVR fast forward

September 1, 2006

With the advent of the PVR, viewers now have the ability to fast forward through ads of recorded shows. Advertisers and Entertainment providers like Multichoice need to think outside of the box to solve this problem. Some would like the functionality disabled or even outlawed while others like myself love the new ideas being thought up all the time.

Colin Davies has patented a new system for providing visible messages during PVR fast fowarding. His “System for providing visible messages during pvr trick mode playback” lets advertisers get their message across even when you’re skipping over their ads, by having marketers embed a series of images in the full frames that get displayed when fast-forwarding. There wouldn’t be any sound, and the image wouldn’t be quite as dynamic, but they’d still be able to get their point across.

Link to Engadget story