News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions

Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • Verizon revealed via Twitter Sunday that it has launched a FiOS Labs site, which it says will allow interested parties to "take a look backstage at some ideas we're working on, along with some of our most recently launched features." Projects listed on the site include an initiative with iheartradio to bring the latter's collection of 15,000 radio channels to FiOS TV.
  • UK broadcaster, ITV, revealed via Twitter last week that nearly 45,000 users watched its live streaming video of the UK election debate on, generating over 600,000 page views; and that over 200,000 users participated in a companion live chat--the biggest such event ever for the broadcaster.
  • The US International Trade Commission has announced that it will investigate certain Cablevision digital set-top boxes, in response to a patent-infringement complaint by Verizon, Multichannel News's Todd Spangler reports.
  • Nokia, Samsung, Silicon Image, Sony and Toshiba have announced the formation of the MHL (Mobile High-Definition Link) Consortium, which seeks to develop a new mobile audio/video interface standard for directly connecting mobile phones and other portable CE devices to HDTV sets.
  • Microsoft has released Silverlight 4. eWeek has more.
  • In a posting on the PlayStation Europe blog, Sony has revealed plans to integrate Facebook with its PlayTV platform.
  • TiVo has called on the FCC to conduct a probe into the economics of the CableCARD and determine why costs associated with the separable security platform have failed to drop much despite volume deployments. Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner has more. The FCC last week released its agenda for an April 21st public meeting at which it will discuss CableCARD and the future of the set-top box, Multichannel News's John Eggerton reports.
  • Arxan Technologies has announced that Widevine has licensed its application hardening and key protection solutions for its multiplatform DRM platform. According to the company, the solutions "defend against tampering and reverse-engineering of code and intellectual property in a durable and proven manner that does not impact source code, application functioning or the development process."


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