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New Group Aims For Web Radio Standards; Intel Follows Apple’s Pure Investment

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2009 could be the year internet-streamed audio and video could really become a reality on radios and TVs in the UK. On top of the BBC’s Project Canvas initiative, Auntie and a collection of other broadcasters and device-makers have formed the Internet Media Device Alliance to develop standards and best practice for web-enabled media gadgets. As well as the BBC, the steering committee comprises members from vTuner, Frontier Silicon, Reciva, Pure Global Radio, AwoX, Orange, TerraTec and Audiovox, so IP-enabled radio is clearly the focus. Inaugural meeting is January 9 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Speaking of internet radios – probably the biggest manufacturer, Pure parent Imagination Technologies, looks like becoming the kingmaker not only in DAB and IP radio but also in other chipsets. After Apple (NSDQ: AAPL) bought a stake last week, Intel (NSDQ: INTC) Capital has now added 934,422 shares to the six million it already owned, increasing its stake in e Hertfordshire chip licensing firm to 3.04 percent (RNS announcement).