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[itvt] Has Just Published New Videos from the Cable Show, and an Interview with Tim Hanlon

--Videos Feature ActiveVideo Networks, ADB, Arris, OpenTV, Synacor and Universal Remote Control
--Hanlon Discusses his New Role at Catalyst S+F, and Opportunities for Marketers on New ITV Platforms

ActiveVideo Networks has sent [itvt] a series of videos that it shot both in its own and in various other companies' booths at the recent NCTA Cable Show.

thePlatform Says It Has Launched the First Commercially Available, Ad-Supported, HTML5 Video PDK

Comcast-owned broadband video platform provider, thePlatform, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has launched what it bills as "the first commercially available, ad-supported video player development kit (PDK) with HTML5 support from a major online video publisher." The company has also published a detailed technical white paper, which it says outlines a variety of issues and considerations that need to be taken into account when designing HTML5 video solutions.

Clicker Beta-Launches Clicker.tv, a "10-Foot" Version of its Service, Designed for the Living Room

--HTML5-Based Interface Works Entirely in the Browser

Clicker Media--the company which last fall 1) launched Clicker.com, a service that it bills as "the first complete programming guide to Internet television" and as "the first truly comprehensive, structured and unbiased resource for navigating all broadcast- and broadcast-quality programming online" (see the article published on itvt.com, November 16th), and 2) revealed that Sling Media co-founder, Blake Krikorian, had invested in it and joined its board (see the article published on itvt.com, November 9th); and which earlier this month (see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th) announced the launch of a service called Clicker Live, which it bills as

Verizon FiOS TV Expands Availability of its Mobile Remote and Remote DVR Manager Apps

--Adds New Features to Mobile Remote

Verizon said Wednesday that it is expanding the availability of two of the mobile applications--Mobile Remote and Remote DVR Manager--that it offers to customers of its FiOS TV service, and that it is also adding new features to the Mobile Remote app.

metaio Launches Commercial and Residential Real Estate Search on its junaio Mobile AR Platform

--New Services Enabled through Partnerships with Rofo and HotPads

Munich-based augmented reality specialist, metaio, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has partnered with commercial real estate search service, Rofo, and with rental housing search service, HotPads, to launch separate real estate search services from those companies on its junaio mobile AR platform (note: version 2.0 of junaio is currently available as a free app for the iPhone 3GS and is slated to be available soon on Android devices).

Comcast Set to Roll Out i-Guide EPG in its Cisco/Scientific-Atlanta Markets

In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, by Ted Hodgins, its senior director of video product development/navigation, Comcast revealed that it is set to roll out the i-Guide--the advanced EPG that was developed by GuideWorks, its joint venture with Rovi (note: earlier this year--see the article published on itvt.com, March 19th--Rovi announced that it was exiting the joint venture)--in its Cisco (Scientific-Atlanta) markets, replacing the existing SARA guide.

Espial TV Browser Pre-Integrated with Sigma Designs Chipset Reference Platforms

VOD and IPTV technology provider, Espial, and system-on-a-chip specialist, Sigma Designs, said Wednesday that they have pre-integrated the WebKit-based Espial TV Browser version 6.0 and Adobe Flash on Sigma Designs SMP865x chipset reference platforms, in order to enable device manufacturers to achieve rapid time-to-market.

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Launches Operations in France
--Google Launches WebM Open Web Media Project
--Kyte Launches Android SDK and Application Framework
--QuickPlay Media Launches PrimeTime2Go on Android-Powered Motorola Smartphones
--Project Canvas Gets Green Light from Office of Fair Trading
--Roku Publishes Demo Videos of its New Netflix UI and its UFC Channel

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

Interactive TV Technology Company, NDS, to Triple its Investment in China

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, said Tuesday that it plans to triple its investment in China, with new hires, new facilities and other local infrastructure. Earlier this year, the company announced that it had increased its headcount in China by 73% over the prior 12 months, in what it said was a response to strong local demand for its products and services. It says that its staff numbers in China will increase further this year, both via local hires and via the relocation of a number of its existing research and development resources from India and Israel.

Skype Voice and Video Calling Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's

--Feature Enabled by New $170 Communication Camera which Will Be Sold Separately

Panasonic and Internet communications software provider, Skype, on Tuesday announced the activation of a service called "Skype on your Viera" on 2010 Panasonic Viera Cast-enabled HDTV sets (note: Viera Cast is the brand through which Panasonic designates its OTT offering; other services available through Viera Cast include Amazon VOD, YouTube, Google's Picasa, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, Fox Sports, and a weather service), and also announced the availability of a new Skype-enabled communication camera from Panasonic, dubbed the TY-CC10W. Skype first announced its integration partnership with Panasonic in January at the Consumer Electronics Show, where it also announced partnerships with rival HDTV manufacturers, LG Electronics and Samsung.

LOVEFiLM Launches OTT Service on Internet@TV-Enabled Samsung TV's in the UK

UK-based video rental subscription service, LOVEFiLM, has announced the availability of its OTT service on new Samsung TV's in the UK. The service is currently available to LOVEFiLM customers with unlimited subscription packages on all Samsung TV models equipped with the consumer electronics manufacturer's Internet@TV platform, and is slated to launch on its Blu-ray players and home theater systems at a later date. LOVEFiLM has previously launched its service HDTV's, Blu-ray players and home theater systems from Sony.

Veeple Demo's Prototype Interactive Video Platform for Mobile Phones

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  • Ocean Blue's Voyager MHEG-5 Engine Supports Interactive TV on Freeview HD

    Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue, said Tuesday that its Voyager MHEG-5 engine is now compliant with the UK's specification for DVB-T2 Freeview HD receivers. The announcement comes in time for an anticipated surge in demand for HD services on Freeview, the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial television platform, in the run-up to the World Cup, the company points out.

    Live Interactive Internet Broadcasting Company, Ustream, in Asian Joint Venture with Japan's Softbank

    --Two New Ustream Apps Launched for Japanese iPhone Users

    Live Internet broadcasting service provider, Ustream (note: in addition to enabling live one-to-many streaming, the company offers users of its service a social TV experience via its Social Stream capability, which enables real-time interactions through Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and AIM integrations), and Japan's Softbank--which in February was revealed to have led a Series B funding round for Ustream that could provide the company with as much as $75 million in new funding--on Tuesday announced the launch of Ustream Asia, a joint venture partnership expanding Ustream's business into the Asia Pacific region.

    News Round-Up

    --ADB Demo's tru2way Set-Back Box with Limited DVR Functionality
    --Australian OTT Service, FetchTV, Selects Envivio's Delivery Platform
    --Report: Hulu Plus Will Not Launch This Month
    --Project Canvas Seeking Eighth Partner
    --Discovery's Zaslav Will Not Stand for Re-Election to TiVo's Board
    --YouTube Launches Localized South African Version of its Service

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

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