28 Vendors Take Part in CableLabs OCAP/ETV Interoperability Event

US cable industry research and development body, CableLabs, earlier this month held an interoperability event for its OpenCable Application Platform (note: the latter, which is generally re

TiVo in Deals with Cablevision, Cebridge

DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo--which earlier this year announced that it had reached a non-exclusive deal with Comcast to integrate its service with the latter's DVR's--has signed an ag

Microsoft Announces Software Update for the MSN TV 2 Box

Microsoft's MSN TV division (note: the division was formed in 1997, when Microsoft acquired Internet-over-TV company, WebTV, for $425 million) has announced a new software update for its MSN TV 2 Internet and Media Player. The update, which will be automatically downloaded to MSN TV 2 boxes, will provide enhanced capabilities for managing digital photos, music and email. According to Microsoft, it will allow broadband and home-networked MSN TV 2 customers to view new video...

Samsung Achieves CableLabs Certification for Two-Way Digital Television

Samsung Electronics has achieved CableLabs certification for an OpenCable Application Platform (OCAP)-enabled two-way interactive digital television set, following a recently concluded test

Interview: Josh Goldman, CEO of Akimbo Systems

This news blog sponsored by: http://www.ibc.org Akimbo Systems offers a subscription-based broadband programming service that features a wide array of mainstream and niche content, ranging from standard cable fare from such companies as National Geographic and Cartoon Network to videoblogs produced by amateurs. (Note: just yesterday, Akimbo announced that it has signed a deal with Major League Baseball's interactive media company, MLB Advanced Media, under which the latter will provide its service with premium programming,...

Concurrent, GoldPocket Announce Plans to Integrate Technologies

Concurrent's Mike Tudisco Explains the Partnership to [itvt] VOD equipment provider, Concurrent Computer, and interactive TV company, GoldPocket Interactive, earlier this month announced plans to integrate GoldPocket's ITV technologies with Concurrent's MediaHawk VOD platform and its Interactive Media Solution (enables MSO's and content providers to design their own branded VOD portals, complete with promotional content such as movie barkers and targeted commercials). The companies say that the integration will not only make it possible to...

*Exclusive: Winners of the 2005 Interactive TV Emmy Awards

This blog is sponsored by: http://www.ibc.org [itvt] can reveal exclusively the winners of the 2005 Interactive Television Emmy Awards, which are organized by the Interactive Media Peer Group of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (note: the Los Angeles-based Academy is one of two organizations behind the US television industry's annual Emmy Awards--the other is the New York- based National Television Academy, which also gives out Emmy Awards for interactive television; the latter organization's...

ITV Folds its Online, Interactive TV Teams into its Consumer Division

The UK's largest commercial terrestrial broadcaster, the Independent Television Network (generally known by the acronym, "ITV"), has combined its online and interactive TV teams u

Digeo Appoints Ex-Sony Executive as CEO

Paul Allen-back interactive TV products and services company, Digeo, has appointed former Sony executive, Mike Fidler, as CEO, effective immediately. He replaces interim CEO, Chris Purcell, who took on that roll after Jim Billmaier stepped down as CEO last April (see [itvt] Issue 5.99 Part 1); Purcell will retain a seat on the company's board. Fidler was most recently SVP of Sony Electroncs' Home Products Division, its largest business group, where he was responsible for...

Comcast Signs Multi-Year Deal to Use Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials

--Deal Follows a Year-Long Trial Following a year-long trial, MSO Comcast has decided to continue using the OnDemand Essentials service from Portland, Oregon-based business intelligence company, Rentrak. (Note: OnDemand Essentials is a Web-based ASP service which measures and reports anonymous, aggregate VOD usage data, such as viewership volumes and trends, and which is intended to provide cable operators, content providers and advertisers with customizable reports designed to help them better understand viewers' VOD content preferences...