First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Combines Console Video Games, Live TV,
Streaming, Web Content and Any Other Media onto a Single Screen to Meet
the Multi-Experience Expectations of a New Generation
LAS VEGAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–CES: Venetian – Eureka Hall – booth 80134; Showstoppers – Wynn –
announced that it was awarded a U.S. patent for aspects of its
technology that combine multiple HDMI signals with web content onto a
single display controlled by a tablet or smart device, delivering an
immersive, personal media experience. For users, bringing all of their
media and social experiences together as one means finally having full
control of their media, in exactly the way they want it.
“The future of media will enable viewer control of the media they want
to watch or interact with,” says Marc Todd, Skreens Entertainment
Technologies Founder and CEO. “Whether passively watching linear
content, gaming, 3D/360° VR video or the emerging media phenomena of
streaming your own channel, Skreens is the first device to empower the
viewer to control all of their content on a single display without lag.
We’ve all been mesmerized by the visions of the future of media
experiences that many science fiction movies have brought to life.
Skreens makes those visions a reality.”
This new innovation will enable exciting new capabilities across the
digital media and entertainment ecosystem. Skreens gives content
providers, cable operators, gaming services, advertisers, set-top box
OEMs and other companies powerful new options for attracting and
retaining customers by delivering a broadcast-quality, web-centric
experience perfectly suited for the mobile generation. In light of
massive declines in TV viewership and single-device engagement among
millennials, Skreens is the platform that can spark a full revolution
for everyone creating media experiences. Recent research has tracked the
steep decline in TV ownership among millennials, where second screens
have become the first choice.
“The benefits of mobile devices — easy switching between applications,
or chatting with friends while watching shows, or checking your fantasy
stats while keeping the game on — has become the expectation of this
next generation. Traditional TV just doesn’t work like they work,” Todd
The patent and patents pending cover the foundational concepts and
technologies inside the Skreens semiconductor and software stack:
Control any and all HDMI or web content directly from a tablet or
smart device to a single display with no discernable lag. Perfect for
Stack and control the transparency of HDMI sources, and blend into
full-screen HTML5 backgrounds for studio-quality compositions.
Save layouts and reload them at any time at a touch of a finger, or
load predefined layouts to get ramped up quickly.
Mix and tune all audio sources and output 5.1 surround sound over HDMI
or stream over IP, giving users even more control of their experience.
H.264 compression and streaming output directly from the Skreens Plus
Pro device — delivering the “broadcast studio in a box” for Twitch,
YouTube or any other compatible service — to radically simplify the
processes for anyone to create a streaming channel anytime, anywhere.
Extend all of the capabilities of the platform using a completely
reconfigurable, proprietary FPGA processor, future-proofing consumer
investments and giving Skreens and its partners the ability to create
and release new features without deploying new hardware. Through
“Skreens Personality Modules,” tailored services can be rapidly
developed for specific needs.
“Twitch and cord-cutting are just two examples of how consumers are
taking control of their own media marketplaces, but we hear their
frustration that legacy technologies limit and undermine the
entertainment experiences they crave,” Todd says. “Skreens gives them a
platform for easy and intuitive integration of all of the games, movies,
social media and other content they own or stream. In the process,
Skreens opens new opportunities for content providers, gaming services,
advertisers and others to take a greater part in the media revolution
that’s already happening.”
The Skreens platform is a fully embeddable system, where possible future
licensees will be able to deliver:
A new breed of set-top boxes (STBs) that enable cable
operators, telco TV providers and satellite companies to give
subscribers new capabilities such as watching multiple sporting events
simultaneously. These capabilities could provide those companies with
new market-differentiation opportunities and encourage subscribers to
get STBs for all of their TVs.
Richer, connected virtual reality experiences, whose appeal and
market potential will increase significantly when users have a
convenient, intuitive way to blend and control 2D, 3D and 360° video
without a PC.
A completely new branded content platform for TV networks and
other traditional content providers to publish innovative experiences
that engage the audiences being lost in the move away from attendance
Enterprise collaboration systems that get multiple devices on
one screen, saving money and space with far-reaching impacts on
industries like finance, government, education, restaurants, bars,
digital signage and more.
New advertising options, including the ability to reach
millennials, a demographic whose limited TV viewership and peripatetic
media usage confounds brands.
Transforming the TV into the hub for Internet of Things (IoT),
where consumers can bring nanny and security cameras, telemedicine
feeds, home automation alerts and other IoT applications on largest
and most central display in their house right alongside entertainment,
social media feeds, games and other content.
Skreens has already demonstrated market traction. Recently featured on
Kickstarter, Skreens was able to reach its initial funding goal within
the first 24 hours.
For more information about the Skreens patent, No. 9,210,361, visit www.uspto.gov/web/patents/patog/week49/OG/html/1421-2/US09210361-20151208.html
Skreens revolutionizes and democratizes the way people experience and
interact with their entertainment, including games, social media, live
TV and streaming. Skreens’ patented technology enables users to send
multiple content feeds from their gaming console, cable box, Blu-ray
player, PC, Roku, Apple TV and more to any large display, where they can
then add, move, remove and resize each feed using just their finger.
This consolidated, personalized view means Skreens users never miss a
key play in a game because they were looking down at their tablet to
check Facebook. It also makes it easier for consumers to enjoy multiple
sources of content simultaneously that otherwise would be too confusing
to watch and manage across two or more screens. For more information
about Skreens’ devices, the technology and people behind them and the
company’s partners, visit http://skreens.com.
GRC (Global Results Com)
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