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IBC Snippets

As ever, there was lots more at IBC, that I don't have space to include here, but these are some of the other things that caught my eye.

Fraunhofer's new production server for Digital Radio Mondiale supports emergency warnings and a text system called Journaline. The emergency system can make a radio wake up when it's turned off, broadcast the warning, and display menus of text info on screen, such as “Tsunami coming, get to high ground.”

Coming soon, the next generation of Freesat boxes will have a common remote, aiming to give a consistent user experience, just as Sky does it. Look out for kit from Manhattan and Vestel, whose units will be re-badged by other firms.

Freesat Freetime Remote

Freesat's new remote aims to give a consistent experience between devices

Expect to see the first Freeview Play recorder next month, the Humax FVP–4000T. It has three tuners, support for remote recording via apps, home content sharing via DLNA, and both MHEG and HbbTV.

The BBC's Responsive Subtitles work shows how subtitles can be done differently, including formatting for different devices, and even automatically matching clips on the website with the subtitles from the program the clip was taken from.

Ever wondered what happened to TopUpTV? Parent company InView has a service in Nigeria which allows users with low cost set-top boxes to upgrade them by adding USB storage for TUTV-like push-VOD.®


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