MediaNavi aimed at simplifying content navigation, integration
Technicolor introduced several initiatives on the first day of the Consumer Electronics Show, including a consumer-oriented content platform and several pro technical services for content creators.Technicolor’s corporate portfolio includes Paris-based set-top box-maker Thomson, and its new MediaNavi content platform reflects that expertise. The MediaNavi (short for navigator; no connection to the blue-skinned aliens of “Avatar” fame) is aimed at simplifying content navigation and integrating many sources of video, including pay TV, Web and DVR, in a single searchable interface. A computer app turns the tablet into a navigation aid and remote control for the main TV screen. The MediaNavi system is designed to be compatible with many existing cable and set-top boxes. However, Technicolor also unveiled its own branded set-top boxes, which give the consumer the ability to easily add hard disk storage by plugging in standard laptop drives. System will be available for trial in the spring. Technicolor has already announced its first trial: U.K. broadband provider TalkTalk will try MediaNavi on its own STBs and on consumers’ tablets. On the pro side, the company has launched Certifi3D, a 3D certification for homevideo content, with an endorsement from satcaster BSkyB already in hand. Chris Johns, BSkyB’s chief engineer, broadcast strategy, said in a statement that BSkyB sees “a clear need for innovations like Technicolor’s Certifi3D service that will help the creative community deliver consistently high quality and safe 3D content, which will in turn maximize the comfort and enjoyment of the 3D experience for our customers.” Program checks shots against a 15-point checklist of potential stereo imaging problems. Company is also offering 3D training programs, as there are not yet enough trained pros to meet the demands of current and proposed 3D production. Company also demonstrated pro tools for optimizing color, aspect ratio and other video properties for various viewing platforms, a growing problem for distributors as platforms proliferate.