TiVo Co-Founders Launch Qplay Streaming Device, Service25 Feb, 2014 By: Erik Gruenwedel, Chris Tribbey
The co-founders of TiVo Feb. 25 launched a new streaming video service and device that lets users curate video content from around the Web and put all their favorite streams in one spot.
A $49 adapter connects to any Internet-enabled TV and uses an iPad app (which also acts as a remote) to deliver the content. Users pick their favorite Internet video streams across the Web, add them to their list, and they automatically play when the app is launched.
“With TiVo, [we] focused on creating a great consumer experience that put the viewer in control of the video they watched,” Qplay CEO Mike Ramsay said in a statement. “We’re applying the same focus to Internet video with Qplay and are creating a new kind of consumer experience that exploits the full potential of the Internet to give viewers a unique way to control their video entertainment.”
The system also includes a social media aspect, allowing users to share streams across social networks.
“I have always been passionate about solving difficult technical problems in a way that enriches consumers’ lives and can scale to a “mass audience,” said James Barton, CTO and president of Qplay. “The delivery of compelling video experiences to consumers presents some unique and important technical challenges, far beyond those of the broadcast world.”