Gadgets Verizon

Verizon FiOS IPTV Service In The Works

Verizon is in the process of working on an IPTV service that will bring its popular FiOS brand to the web, Technologizer has reported. According to an insider source, the company is looking well beyond PCs and is also targeting the gaming console segment in this regard.

There is no information as yet on when the proposed service would launch. But according to the source, the company is working with a sense of urgency considering that they are “late to the game“.

The IPTV segment is seeing a lot of activity of late. Recently, Google announced its foray into the segment with the launch of IPTV. It will be interesting to see how competition builds up moving forward.

[via Technologizer]

Gadgets Microsoft

Microsoft TV Recommendation Engine

Microsoft TV is a small segment of the Redmond based company that develops software products for the television industry. This includes UltimateTV, a DirecTV receiver and IPTV edition.

In a recent patent filed at the USPTO, Microsoft has sought to bolster its product offerings with an interesting recommendation engine. Inspired by the recommendation algorithm incorporated on websites like YouTube, Microsoft TV’s recommendation engine will recommend TV shows, movies based on user interests as well as the program’s functional value.

Microsoft notes,

“Viewers have an ever-increasing selection of media content to choose from, such as television programming, movies, videos, and music that is available for selection and viewing. Given the large volume of the various types of media content to choose from, viewers may want recommendations for movies and television programs provided to them that not only may be of interest, but recommendations that are useful.”

The algorithm is pretty similar to how it works online. The system records the TV shows the user watches and clubs it along with other users watching the same TV show. By clustering groups of people based on their viewing interests, the system will be able to recommend new TV shows or movies that you may have not watched.

TV Movies Recommendation Engine

Acer Gadgets

Acer Technology Helps Your Watch Television Via Instant Messenger Service

Acer is working on a technology that will combine the real-time connectivity offered by instant messengers with Internet Protocol TV (IPTV) technology to build a system that will enable users watch the TV shows of their choice right from the comfort of their instant messengers.

The technology, a patent for which was filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) recently describes a way to connect an instant messaging module to a television card and control the outputted audio and video signals from the IM service.
It is not clear if Acer plans to integrate this service with third party messengers like Skype or Yahoo Messenger