Categories: News State Rep. Ray Franz, R-Onekama, was recently invited by Sara Piersma, a 10-year employee at Shop-n-Save, to share her work day as part of the “Take Your Legislator to Work” campaign during the October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Michigan Developmental Disabilities Council has sponsored the campaign to celebrate the achievements of people with disabilities. At Shop-n-Save with Piersma, Franz was given a store tour, received tutoring in grocery scanning, proper bagging techniques and customer service. 28Oct Rep. Franz shares local worker’s day on the job
TiVo-owned Cubiware has agreed a deal with ALi Corporation to integrate CubiTV Hybrid Middleware on ALi set-top box chipsets.TiVo said that the joint solution will let pay TV providers and telecom operators deliver enriched hybrid or IPTV services and that it aims to bring “highly competitive solutions to operators around the world”.The Cubiware Middleware solution runs on ALi’s driver architecture and the unified interface offers portability across set top box platforms and chipsets, according to the companies.“This collaboration will provide viewers with greater choice and content and an exceptional TV viewing experience,” said Cubiware co-founder, Jakub Gorski.ALi Corporation chief operating officer, Tony Chang said that the deal with Cubiware will “move our business forward tremendously” and will “enable operators to bring innovative digital TV experiences to viewers everywhere.”TiVo acquired Poland-based Cubiware, a firm that provides software for emerging market pay TV operators, in May 2015. TiVo said at the time that the deal will allow it to expand in 25 countries and to offer a wider set of cost-effective solutions for TV operators around the world.ALi Corporation works in the set-top box system-on-chip market and claims that hundreds of pay TV operators have adopted ALi Corp’s solutions worldwide.
The HbbTV Association, which promotes the open standard for the delivery of broadcast and broadband services through connected TVs and set-top boxes, has named a new chair, vice-chair and steering group.Vincent GrivetVincent Grivet, head of broadcast at TDF, has been elected as chair, replacing Klaus Illgner from IRT, who resigned for personal reasons earlier this year.Jon Piesing from TP Vision has been re-elected as vice-chair and Xavier Redon from Cellnex Telecom will continue to serve as Treasurer.Representatives of Panasonic, RAI and TDF have been newly elected to the steering group.Over the upcoming two-year term, the HbbTV Steering Group will focus on further extending the consumer benefits of Hybrid broadcast broadband Television with the deployment of HbbTV 2.0. They will create means to support the wider adoption of HbbTV, the introduction of new HbbTV services like operator applications and help the HbbTV ecosystem adjust to new privacy regulations like GDPR and ePrivacy, according to the association.“With over 44 million HbbTV devices deployed and hundreds of services on air, HbbTV is the largest interactive TV platform available for broadcasters and service providers to build new and attractive TV and OTT services,” said Grivet.“HbbTV technology and organization are key to enable the broadcast/TV ecosystem to adapt to new consumer demands and market paradigms. Our new steering Group is further strengthened with the addition of industry leaders who have the experience, vision and determination to take HbbTV services to the next level. HbbTV will continue to play its role as the place where manufacturers and broadcasters work together (along with other standards organizations, regulatory organizations and national TV associations) to prepare and enable the future of TV.”