Veveo launches next-gen speech interface; Brazil to approach 4M IPTV subs in five years

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> Semantic technologies vendor Veveo has added new conversational interface capabilities to its SmartRelevance Conversational Platform and is making them available for trial by pay TV and video services operators. News release

> Nine percent of Brazil's pay TV customers--about 3.9 million people--will subscribe to managed IPTV services by 2017, according to consultancy firm Dataxis. Story

> Portugal Telecom has shipped about 500,000 Motorola IPTV set-top boxes. Story

> Telefonica will use Microsoft Mediaroom for worldwide IPTV and OTT deployments, starting with Brazil, Chile and Spain. Story

> What's in a name? YouView may soon find out after losing a legal battle with another telecom firm with similar trademarks. Story

> Even though telco TV as a category gained in the face of cable and satellite losses, North American telcos are having problems gaining fixed broadband customers as cable operators consume a bigger share, according to a report in Broadband Trends.

> Telekom Austria announced a lackluster 14.6 percent gain in its TV customer base, reaching 213,000 total customers. Story

Online Video

> Tablet owners are taking advantage of their devices to watch an increasing amount of video, according to third quarter data collected by Ooyala's video analytics platform. Story

Cable

> Comcast will soon launch its Xfinity X1 video service in its hometown of Philadelphia, the MSO told the Philadelphia Business Journal. X1 runs on the six-tuner, 500 GBN XG1 home video gateway from Pace. Story

And finally... Microsoft has held talks with Dutch operators about introducing its Mediaroom IPTV platform in the Netherlands. Story

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