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German TV Manufacturer, Loewe, Selects Opera's Connected TV Solution

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software, said Tuesday that its Opera Devices SDK 10.15 for Linux has been selected by German television manufacturer, Loewe (founded in 1923 and claims to have generated 325 million Euros in sales last year), to enable Web browsing, interactive TV widgets and HbbTV implementation (note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end-consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection") on its connected TV's.

News Round-Up

--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic
--Justin.tv Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for Rowdy.com

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

Vestel to Integrate Miniweb's Connected TV Services Platform into Connected TV Devices

--Miniweb Platform Enables Converged Broadcast/Broadband Viewing Experiences

Miniweb, a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Monday that it has formed a strategic partnership with Turkish "white label" consumer electronics manufacturer, Vestel Electronics, that will see it integrating its Connected TV Services Platform and broadband content guide across a range of the latter's connected TV devices. According to the company, the first Vestel devices to incorporate its technology will be set-top boxes that are built to the HbbTV standard and that are slated to launch in Germany later this year.

Hillcrest Labs Launches Kylo Web Browser for Consumers Who Connect their Computers to their TV's

--Browser Immediately Blocked by Hulu

Hillcrest Labs, a company best known for its Freespace in-air pointing and motion control technology and its Loop pointer (see, for example, the article published on itvt.com, November 11th), on Monday launched a free Web browser targeted at consumers who connect their PC's or Macs to the TV. Dubbed Kylo and competing in the emerging OTT market against Boxee, among others, the browser is designed to provide a "10-foot"/"lean-back" surfing/viewing experience.

GlideTV Unveils New User Interface App for its GlideTV OTT Navigational Device

--Vudu Ships on TV's and Blu-ray Disc Players from Samsung, Toshiba, Vizio
--AETN International Launches "This Day in History" Widget for Samsung Widget Engine

GlideTV--a Pleasanton, Calif.-based start-up which last fall launched its first product, the GlideTV Navigator, a $149 palm-sized navigational device that is targeted at consumers who have connected their PC to their living-room TV and that is billed as combining the functionality of a keyboard, a mouse and an AV remote (see the article published on itvt.com, October 15th)--on Monday unveiled a new user interface application that is designed to work in OTT environments in conjunction with the Navigator product.

Opera, Ocean Blue Team on HbbTV Solution for Connected TV's and Set-Top Boxes

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software, and Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue Software, on Monday announced what they are billing as a modular, scalable and integrated HbbTV solution for connected TV's and set-top boxes. (Note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection." It is designed to enable such hybrid interactive services as VOD, catch-up TV, interactive advertising, digital text, games and social networking.)

Widevine DRM and Video Optimization Tech Incorporated into Metrological's Mediaconnect TV

DRM and video optimization solutions provider, Widevine, said Monday that its adaptive streaming, virtual DVD/Blu-ray features and DRM technologies are being integrated with Metrological Media's Metroconnect operating system for use on Metrological's new hybrid/OTT device, Mediaconnect TV, in order to ensure that "subscribers enjoy highest-quality, over-the-top video content" on the device.

Sonic Solutions in Electronic Sell-Through Deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution

--TV Episodes to Be Available in HD on Roxio CinemaNow the Day After Network Broadcast

Sonic Solutions, the digital media company that in 2008 acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service/platform, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Monday that it has signed an electronic sell-through (EST) deal with Warner Bros. Digital Distribution that will see it digitally distributing commercial-free standard- and high-definition TV episodes the day after their network broadcast. The company, which says that the deal will "further expand the broad content library" available through Roxio CinemaNow-powered devices and services, has already begun offering a selection of episodes covered by the deal, priced from $1.99.

Pace Unveils Set-Top Solution for Making PC Games Available on HDTV Sets

--Solution Developed as Part of EU-Funded Games@Large Project

UK-based set-top box company, Pace, has unveiled an HD set-top box that is designed to make games developed for the PC accessible in the living room. According to the company, the device, which was developed under the auspices of the European Union-funded Games@Large project (of which Pace is a consortium member), allows high-quality PC games to be played on the TV, using a combination of game servers and streaming technology. It is being demo'd this week in Pace's stand (89) at the IPTV World Forum in London.

France Telecom to Use Orca Interactive's Compass Content Discovery and Recommendations Solution

Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive, said Monday that France Telecom has selected its Compass technology in order to implement a multi-screen content discovery and recommendations solution across all the services offered in association with its Orange IPTV platform.

Round-Up of Media Coverage of the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010

Here is a round-up of some of the coverage of the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 from the trade press and blogs:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (II)

--CTAM, CableLabs, Canoe Ventures, Cablevision, ActiveVideo Networks, CBS, Charter Communications, Concurrent, FourthWall Media, Cisco, Clicker Media, Comcast, Cox, C-Span

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the second of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (III)

--Deutsche Telekom, DISH Network, Google TV, Dreampark, DVB, Ensequence, Entone, Envivio, Epix, Ericsson, Espial, FCC, Freeview NZ, Frontier Communications

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the third of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV)

--Gotuit, ICE Innovative Technologies, Idioma, Immersive Media, Irdeto, Selevision, HTTV, itaas, ITV Network, Jinni, KickApps, Latens, Liveclicker, MatrixStream, MediaFriends, Minerva Networks, MobiTV, Motorola, Music Choice

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the fourth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (V)

--Nagravision, Samsung, NBC Universal, NDS, ODG, OEDN, Ofcom, Ooyala, OpenTV, Oxygen, PBS, Playcast Media, Press Association, Vizimo

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the fifth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

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