Universal Electronics | January 09, 2023
Universal Electronics Inc. (UEI), a leader in wireless universal control solutions for home entertainment and smart home devices, introduced its newest technologies and solutions at CES 2023. The company showed how it connects, manages, and helps millions of smart home and entertainment households around the world.
Interoperability between home devices and services is very important as the smart home grows and changes. UEI's QuickSet® gives millions of families this experience every day.
The world's most prominent brands have adopted this entertainment and smart home platform. Customers discovered 1.6 billion devices during 2022, using this platform's 288 billion annual transactions. QuickSet's discovery and setup features saved TV operators and their installation partners 4 million hours of programming time by automating device discovery and setup and increasing the success rate of new devices connected to Smart TVs by 80%.
Millions of entertainment and smart home devices can be easily found, set up, and controlled with QuickSet®. Its smart home services simplify LG TVs' Home Dashboard control. The platform added better communication protocols like Matter, IP, Zigbee 3.0, Zigbee RF4CE, CEC, and infrared.
QuickSet® is a Matter-certified software platform that expands interoperability services. The Connectivity Standards Alliance launched Matter, a new industry-unifying standard for smart devices. QuickSet® now works with Matter. It will also connect devices that don't use Matter to the Matter ecosystem and automate both new and old home devices.
The burden of onboarding, troubleshooting, and managing linked devices grows as more of them are launched. So the company has a white-label companion app and SDK for onboarding, troubleshooting, and controlling devices. This service allows clients to install and set up UEI equipment, including UEI ETERNA remotes and UEI TIDE thermostats.
UEI Virtual Agent simplifies device onboarding by handing off the procedure from a big screen (SmartTV) to a smaller one (mobile phone). QuickSet® streamlines onboarding, feature discovery, and troubleshooting. UEI Virtual Agent will increase support for millions of home products when combined with UEI NetReady.
About Universal Electronics Inc
Universal Electronics Inc. designs, develops, manufactures, ships, and supports control and sensor technology systems. It partnered with Comcast, Vivint Smart Home, Samsung, LG, Sony, and Daikin to serve Fortune 500 video, telecom, security, smart home, and HVAC manufacturers. For over 35 years, the company has been the first to introduce innovations such as voice control and QuickSet cloud.
Genius Sports Limited | December 21, 2022
Genius Sports Limited (NYSE:GENI) (“Genius Sports”), the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media, announced that it has been granted a Sports Gaming Supplier License by the state of Ohio, Casino Control Commission.With the addition of Ohio, Genius Sports now holds 39 licenses, or equivalent, in North America across US states, territories, tribes, and Canada, providing its award-winning products and services to a wide array of clients operating within these jurisdictions.
“We are honored that the state of Ohio has awarded Genius Sports its sports gaming supplier license to provide licensed sportsbooks across the Buckeye State with access to our groundbreaking NFL products and marketing services As a growing majority of U.S. states legalize sports betting, Genius Sports welcomes the opportunity to work with states like Ohio, on providing sports fans with official sports data-driven solutions to power their sportsbooks.”
-Mark Locke, CEO of Genius Sports
Legal sports betting will be available in Ohio beginning on January 1, 2023.
About Genius Sports
Genius Sports is the official data, technology and commercial partner that powers the global ecosystem connecting sports, betting and media. We are a global leader in digital sports content, technology and integrity services. Our technology is used in over 150 countries worldwide, empowering sports to capture, manage and distribute their live data and video, driving their digital transformation and enhancing their relationships with fans. We are the trusted partner to over 400 sports organizations globally, including many of the world’s largest leagues and federations such as the NFL, EPL, FIBA, NCAA, NASCAR, AFA and PGA. Genius Sports is uniquely placed through cutting-edge technology, scale and global reach to support our partners. We are more than just a technology company, we build long-term relationships with sports at all levels, helping them to control and maximize the value of their content while providing technical expertise and round-the-clock support.
Viewlift | January 11, 2023
Viewlift and Bitmovin to Introduce Buffer-free Video Streaming for Global Market
ViewLift, a pioneer in end-to-end streaming and over-the-top (OTT) solutions, has entered a multi-year partnership with Bitmovin.
By incorporating Bitmovin's cloud-based video streaming infrastructure technologies, the collaboration will enhance the quality of streaming on OTT platforms worldwide and improve ViewLift's full-cycle content distribution and monetization potential.
The quality of experience has become the top indicator for viewer retention after recent findings by Bitmovin. The results stated that over half of the users have unsubscribed from a streaming service owing to buffering issues, enabling content owners to bring to the market quickly and at scale, maximizing profits and minimizing churn.
ViewLift's customers can now use Bitmovin to get jerk-free streaming, as the latter’s encoding solutions include the Next-Generation VOD Encoder, which supports multi-codec streaming, 8K, and multi-HDR, and the Live Event Encoder, to handle the traffic.
ViewLift's OTT platform will now also include Bitmovin Analytics. Using an automated device testing solution and Bitmovin Player, it will be able to test, deploy, and improve video playback while ensuring smooth streaming on all devices.
"Partnering with Bitmovin is a win-win for both of us. But the ultimate winners in this partnership are our customers and their viewers. Our joint capabilities are poised to provide them with an unrivaled OTT viewing experience. At a time when streaming quality is critical to viewer acquisition and retention and can make or break OTT businesses, our combined technology advantage will allow content owners to step up their game. Bitmovin's hyper-efficient codecs, cloud-based encoding, and intelligently optimized adaptive bitrate optimized encoding ladders combined with ViewLift's end-to-end content distribution and monetization solutions are a game-changer in the OTT space,"
-Manik Bambha, President of ViewLift, shared about the partnership.
(Source: Business Wire)
ViewLift® was founded in 2008. It is an edge OTT content distribution platform that assists media businesses, sports leagues, and broadcasters to monetize their content via native branded apps on the web, mobile, game consoles, and other connected smart TVs.