News Round-Up (I): ABC (Australia), Sony, ADB, Alcatel-Lucent
--ABC iView Launches on Sony Bravia
--ADB Secures Hybrid TV Deployments in Slovakia, Poland
--Alcatel-Lucent's MiViewTV Interactive TV Platform Selected by Spain's TeleCable
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- ABC iView, the online catch-up service of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, has launched on Sony's Bravia connected TV platform. iView is also available through the Sony PlayStation3.
- ADB has announced that it has delivered two hybrid HD interactive digital satellite solutions to Slovak Telekom for the expansion of its Magio Sat offering. "ADB's open standards based solutions are delivered via the ADB-5810SX high-definition digital video recorder and the ADB-3820S high-definition set-top box," the company states in its press materials. "ADB's high-definition user interface makes it easy for subscribers to access Magio Sat's extensive features, including program recording, pausing, rewinding, electronic program guide and the Magio Internet Portal. Both products are prepared for software functionalities to enrich the user experience such as access to personal media files and pause live TV via a USB stick. Capabilities for future interactive services such as video-on-demand are also already built-in." ADB has also announced that Polish satellite TV operator, ITI Neovision, is using the ADB-2850ST hybrid HD platform to power its new TNK HD retail offering, which is billed as allowing customers to "view a range of free-to-air satellite and terrestrial channels, as well as have the option to buy premium content via a smartcard, and access over-the-top services." Finally, ADB has released financial results for the first half. Revenues totaled $141 million, compared to $183 million for the year-ago period; and earnings before interest and taxes totaled $3.7 million, compared to $12.4 million for the year-ago period. At the end of the half, the company had a net cash position of $44.4 million and a gross cash position of $75 million.
- Alcatel-Lucent has announced that Spanish pay-TV operator, TeleCable, will deploy its MiViewTV interactive TV platform. According to the company, the platform will allow TeleCable to offer its approximately 143,000 customers "advanced multimedia services, such as broadcast TV and audio channels, VOD, pay-per-view, a personal video recorder (PVR), time-shifted TV, pause-live-TV, videoconferencing, interactive advertisements and an electronic programming guide (EPG)." Alcatel-Lucent is touting the deployment as showing that "MiViewTV, the Alcatel-Lucent middleware proposal originally developed for IPTV deployments, also perfectly fits with cable operators [that] need to deliver rich media experiences."