Singapore uni develops cloud-based multiscreen TV tech

Singapore uni develops cloud-based multiscreen TV tech

Summary: Nanyang Technological University shows prototype of TV content distribution via cloud-based technology with added social functionalities.


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  • At a media briefing Monday, researchers at the Nanyang Technological University showed off the prototype of the Social Cloud TV which uses the cloud to distribute TV content to different devices including the television set, the computer and mobile phones.

    Different users can view the same video simultaneously while they text or video chat with each other on different devices.

  • On the right is Wen Yonggang, assistant professor at NTU's school of computer engineering, who led the project. According to Wen, current TV distribution technology is challenged by scalability as video streaming cannot support multiple devices.

    Using cloud, the school claims its Social Cloud TV technology can "cost-effectively" transcode videos at the backend and stream the video into devices in the most suitable format.

  • During the demonstration, a team member showed how users can use an app to "pull" onscreen TV content on to a mobile device, which will switch off the streaming video simultaneously, and vice versa. However, the assistant professor said the exact details of this process cannot be detailed due to pending patent applications for the technology.

Topics: Cloud, Emerging Tech, Singapore

Liau Yun Qing

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  • .???

    Not entirely sure how this is different to BBC iPlayer, LoveFilm, fAcetime and Skype which have been around for years, or the new YouView which nicely integrates multi-vendor IPTV and time shifted content via the internet
  • Ans:

    Hello Neil,
    The Social Cloud TV allows the same video to be shared with different users simultaneously so the playback is synchronized.
    The technology will most likely be used by service providers for their IPTV or content strategy.

    -Yun Qing
    ZDNet Asia