French cable operator NOOS has launched a series of themed interactive video mosaics which offer viewers a graphical way of navigating channels.
Developed by French interactive digital TV specialist httv, the mosaic system presents all the channels related to a dedicated theme (such as sport, music, kids) on one page, with each channel shown as a live thumbnail image with relevant audio. Viewers then navigate with the remote control from one thumbnail to another.
Httv said its new solution fully integrated video, audio and interactive services, which reduced the cost of creating mosaic channels. "Previously, broadcasters such as Canal+, BBC, Sky, DirecTV or Echostar have had to integrate multiple elements of software and hardware to create such multi-screen applications," said httv.
"These systems have typically been relatively inflexible, expensive and complex to manage and update. The httv Prime//Mosaic system incorporates all the necessary hardware and comprises a mosaic builder and an interactive application, which is available for OpenTV, MHP/OCAP and IPTV middlewares."
The mosaic builder can construct a video feed from up to 20 audio and video sources from unencrypted single, or multiple, programme transport streams using ASI or IP digital inputs.
"Interactive Video mosaics are not a new concept," said Jean-Christophe Jubin of httv, "but with the Prime//Mosaic end-to-end solution they become fully interactive, cost effective and easy to deploy".
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