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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  • 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.

  • One of the team members initiates a text chat with another user. The system supports both text and video chat. Users can simultaneously video chat while the TV content is streaming at the backend.

  • The school is now in talks with a local telco and some foreign vendors to commercialize the technology.

    The demonstration was supported by this setup which includes small servers to act as the cloud backend supporting media transcoding.

Topics: Cloud, Emerging Tech, Singapore

Liau Yun Qing

About 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