Next TV Innovation Awards 2022: Geir Skaaden
The Next TV Summit on September 13, part of the 10th annual NYC TV Weekwill for the first time include the Next TV Innovation Awards, recognizing CEOs, technologists, strategists, creatives, marketers and other executives leading some of the most innovative companies in the video business. Each day from Sept. 2-13, our Next TV SmartBrief will profile one of our seven 2022 Innovation Awards honorees. (You can sign up for the SmartBrief here.) For more information about the summit and the award winners and other NYC TV Week events visit nyctvweek.com.
Executive VP and Chief Products and Services Officer Xperi Corp.
Xperi purchased TiVo for $3 billion three years ago.
Geir Skaaden is a key Xperi architect, helping build a global streaming strategy based on that acquisition. Xperi wants its TiVo Stream TVOS to compete on the global stage with the dominant gateway streaming OS companies, Google, Amazon and Roku. Xperi’s TVOS will be “very different from the big tech platforms, which take away the customer and maintain all the economics that go with that relationship,” Skaaden told Next TV in July, shortly after his company announced the purchase of European video software company Vewd, a key ingredient in its product TVOS plan.
Xperi sees its market as being tier-two smart-TV makers in regions like Europe — those that don’t have the wherewithal or desire to supply their own OS, as Samsung and LG do.
Xperi’s Linux-based, TiVo-branded software will give these smart TV manufacturers a customizable platform alternative to the big third-party OS gateways, allowing them to maintain their branding and their economics.
Xperi already has a deal with an unnamed smart-TV manufacturer to use the software. The product will hit the shelves in mid-2023, Xperi said.
Previously announced Next TV Innovation Award honorees:
Co-founder, CEO and President, Evoca
Chief Marketing Officer, Samba TV
VP of Strategy and Business Development YES Network
GM and VP of TV Platforms, Google
Chief Strategy Officer, Cinedigm
William J. Rouhana
CEO, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment