first_imgTechnology firms and device manufacturers ABB, Bosch, Cisco, and LG aim have agreed to set up a smart home software platform consortium in Germany. The firms have signed a memorandum of understanding and, subject to antitrust approval, said they plan to develop an open architecture for data exchange that will allow different devices and services – ranging from security to entertainment – to exchange information with each other.The firms said that a common platform like this has not been available before now and that they aim to make different devices compatible with each other and able to communicate over WiFi and wired connections.“This consortium represents an opportunity to bring together a variety of business ecosystem partners, all working together to help make the ‘internet of things’ for the home a reality. Cisco is looking forward to participating in the consortium and creating a standard that allows consumers to experience a connected home,” said Jesper Andersen, senior vice president and general manager, Cisco Service Provider Video Software & Solutions Group.last_img read more

first_imgUK free-to-air satellite platform Freesat added 6,000 new TV homes in the third quarter, taking its total number of additions this year to 25,000 households.Announcing Q3 figures, Freesat said that more than 4 million viewers watch its service each week and that it continues to be the preferred TV offering for 1.9 million households.Freesat revealled that its connected service, Freetime, has seen 60% year-on-year growth, and that the Freesat App has been downloaded more than 550,000 times to iOS and Android devices.In the last quarter, Freesat also added six new channels to its lineup – including PBS America and Fox UK’s YourTV – taking its content offering to more than 200 TV and radio channels.“It’s been another busy quarter for Freesat and we’re pleased that six new channels see the value in joining the platform. The launch of Fox’s Your TV and PBS America on free-to-air for the first time only reinforces the strength of free TV in the UK,” said Freesat managing director, Alistair Thom.Freesat’s Freetime service is available on TVs and set top boxes and lets users pause, rewind and record live TV, scroll back through seven-days of catch-up programming and access on-demand players including BBC iPlayer, ITV Player, All4, Demand 5 and YouTube.last_img read more