Interview: Mauro Bonomi, CEO, Minerva Networks

In [itvt] Issue 6.12 , we published an interview with Brian Baker, CEO of content-security company, Widevine, in which he warned telcos against using Microsoft TV's IPTV Edition end-to-end IPTV platform, and alleged that Microsoft TV is using that platform's free content-security component, in order to "gain complete control of the customer through a closed, proprietary system" and thus create an effective monopoly in the IPTV space. In the same issue we published a response...

Cartoon Network, TWTV Develop Tech for Measuring Usage of Free ITV Apps

Turner Broadcasting-subsidiary, Cartoon Network UK, has launched a technology that is designed to accurately measure the use of free advertiser-sponsored interactive TV and enhanced TV applications on the Sky satellite platform. Turner Broadcasting UK's New Media and Research teams commissioned Two Way TV (TWTV) to develop the new technology, after receiving feedback from advertisers concerned about the lack of industry-standard usage figures for free games and other sponsored ITV applications. While paid-for applications charge the...

Telewest Using Entone's StreamLiner for its VOD Barker Channel

San Mateo, Calif.-based VOD and IPTV technology provider, Entone Technologies, says that UK cable operator, Telewest, has deployed its StreamLiner network video recorder scheduled playout s

Five to Trial ITV Games from PlayJam, Zone4Play

--PlayJam Developing ITV Game for UEFA Cup Soccer Tournament As [itvt] reported in Issue 6.15 Part 3, UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Five, is planning to trial interactive TV games from several companies on its ITV service, before selecting an exclusive ITV games partner. A selection of four games from Paris-based Visiware has already launched on the service. Now [itvt] has learned that the other companies that will shortly launch games on the service are Zone4Play...

YooMedia News:

--Enables Interactivity on The Poker Channel
--Launches Avago Mobile Gaming Service
--Launches Mobile Version of its Dateline Dating Service

CBS Adding SMS-Based Interactivity to US Version of "Big Brother"

CBS is adding SMS-based interactivity and other mobile services to the latest season of the US version of the Endemol-originated international reality TV format, "Big Brother." Its partners for the new services are GoldPocket Interactive and mobile messaging management technology provider, m-Qube. On August 4th, Big Brother host, Julie Chen, announced that the show's "America's Choice" feature, in which viewers vote to influence the show's course, is now open to cross-carrier SMS voting at 49...

Two Way TV Acquires the Interactive Technology Assets of Mindhouse

--Says Mindset Platform Will Strengthen its Multi-Platform Strategy UK-based interactive TV and mobile services specialist, Two Way TV (TWTV), yesterday announced that it has reached a deal to buy the interactive technology assets of UK-based ITV technology provider and applications developer, Mindhouse, from Antony Batty & Company, the firm overseeing Mindhouse's administration. According to TWTV, the acquisition is a "natural step," as Mindhouse has a similar client base to its own (it says that it...

Zone Vision to Represent Two Way TV's Simcast in Eastern Europe

UK-based interactive TV and mobile services specialist, Two Way TV (TWTV), has signed a deal with TV channel distributor, Zone Vision, under which the latter will serve as the sales and mar

Jeff Miller Replaces Mike McGrail as ICTV President and CEO

ICTV revealed last week that Mike McGrail has stepped down as president and CEO, and that he has been replaced by Jeff Miller, who joined the company in 2000 as SVP of engineering. ICTV did not say why McGrail, who joined the company in 2003 and who was previously president and CEO of cable-customer-management software company, DST Innovis (note: he appointed several former DST Innovis execs to ICTV's senior management team, including director of international...

MeeVee Names Ian Aaron to its Board of Directors

MeeVee--a start-up specializing in the development of personalized programming search and recommendation engines (note: the company was formerly known as MyDTV, but rebranded earlier this year, in order, it said at the time, to reflect the fact that it is developing products for use on multiple platforms in addition to digital television, including PC's, PDA's and mobile phones)--has named high-profile interactive TV industry veteran, Ian Aaron, to its board of directors. Aaron was most recently...

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