CableLabs and the NCTA on Tuesday unveiled the line-up of companies that will be participating in CableNET, their annual "hands-on" showcase of new cable technologies and products at the NCTA's Cable Show (takes place May 11th-13th in Los Angeles). This year's showcase will primarily highlight new EBIF- and tru2way-based interactive TV and advanced advertising solutions; however, it will also feature solutions for DOCSIS 3.0, backoffice management and 3D TV.
--Video Powered by Analysis Systems Research's MATIvision Technology
Australian/British drum-and-bass band, Pendulum, has released a music video that employs a Flash-based 360-degree interactive video technology, called MATIvision, from a Greek company called Analysis Systems Research (note: other companies in the 360-degree interactive video space include Immersive Media and yellowBird).
Norwegian interactive TV software company, never.no, said Tuesday that Norway's largest commercial broadcaster, TV2, has deployed its Auto Dialog System, Interactivity Desk and Dynamic Content Scheduler technologies behind-the-scenes, in order to create a single management hub for one-click publishing of digital content, regardless of its source or destination. The company says that the same technologies are also enabling TV2 viewers to use their mobiles and laptops to make live, real-time contributions during sports broadcasts and talk shows.
--Devices Include Philips-, Magnavox-, Sylvania- and Emerson-Branded Products
Content security specialist, Widevine, said Tuesday that Funai Electric Co.--which manufactures consumer electronics sold in the US under the Philips, Magnavox, Sylvania and Emerson brands--will incorporate its adaptive streaming technology, virtual DVD/Blu-ray-like controls and DRM solution on its Internet-connected HDTV's, Blu-ray players and other connected devices.
--Cyber International Technology Launches Tivia Home-Media Platform
--PGA Ratifies "Transmedia Producer" Credit
--Redbox Gauging Customer Interest in Streaming Video Service
--French Broadcasters Trialing Delivery of VOD Content over DTT
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:
--Connected TV Set Offers Interactive Apps for YouTube, Google Maps, Web Browsing, and More
A Swedish company called People of Lava said Monday that it has become the first company to launch an Android-based TV. Dubbed the "Scandinavia," the new connected TV, which is billed as featuring USB connectivity and a full-HD LED display, is slated to be available in stores following an official launch at the IFA Berlin in September. However, the company says that, starting in early summer, it will offer a beta-test program that will allow "selected early users" to purchase and evaluate the set. The company also says that it is currently engaged in discussions with potential content and application partners.
--Represents First Deployment of Company's "Hypervideo" Technology
San Francisco-based start-up, Coincident TV (CTV), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has been tapped by broadcaster Fox to power a Facebook-integrated, interactive "social trailer" for the primetime musical series, "Glee." The deal represents the first commercial deployment of the company's "hypervideo" technology.
--Says It Will Shortly Launch a Dedicated iPad App
--Envivio Launches iPad Support
In a posting on its corporate blog Monday, Clicker Media--the company which last fall 1) launched Clicker.com, a service which 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)--announced a special "iPad Edition" of its service, to which iPad users who visit Clicker.com will be
--Brightcove, CBS, Discovery, Disney, Howcast, Jackson Fish Market, MTV, NBA, NBC, Netflix, The Weather Channel, Ustream, Yahoo!, and More
Here is a round-up of recent announcements and news related to the Apple iPad which [itvt] readers might find of interest:
--Microsoft Acquired Admira via Purchase of Interactive TV Company, Navic, in 2008
Microsoft announced last week that it has signed a deal with A&E Television Networks (AETN) that will see the latter using Microsoft's Admira television ad marketplace to help optimize sales of select inventory on its Bio and History International channels (available in 47 million US households) and its History en Espanol channel (available in 29 million US households), starting this month. Microsoft acquired the Admira platform via its purchase of interactive TV and addressable advertising specialist, Navic, back in 2008 (note: the acquisition valued Navic at around $230 million). It announced a similar deal for Admira with NBC Universal, one of AETN's parent companies, last June.
Broadband video and home connectivity solutions provider, Entone (note: the company recently announced a deal with OTT specialist, Vudu, to enable hybrid TV for telco operators--see the article published on itvt.com, March 19th), said last week that it has appointed Don Paige as director of sales to lead its efforts in North America, Southeastern Region.
--Widget Offers Extra Features for MLB Extra Innings Subscribers
In a posting on a corporate blog, Wednesday, Verizon FiOS TV announced the launch of a free interactive TV widget for baseball fans. The widget, which became available this week, provides viewers with access to headline news, scores, league standings and player updates.
--Canada's CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD Platforms
HITS (stands for "Headend in the Sky"), a business unit of Comcast Media Center that provides content management and distribution solutions for MSO's, and communications technology company, ARRIS, said Wednesday that four smaller cable operators--Cass Cable TV, Mediastream (formerly Waycross Cable Company), MTC and Plantation Cable--are using the companies' VOD In a Box service to deliver VOD to their subscribers.
Italian clothing company, Diesel, is promoting its new Spring/Summer collection via a vcommerce-enabled interactive video that is the result of a collaboration between advertising agency, Anomaly, and production company, Stink Digital.
--Brightcove: Rival Ooyala "Crossed an Ethical Line that Could Have Harmed Customers and the Industry"
--More Broadband Video Platform Providers Announce iPad/HTML5 Support
--Hulu May Test Subscription-Based Service with New iPad App
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, said Wednesday that it has been tapped by Rogers Digital Media to power a redesigned version of the latter's "Citytv Video Theatre" Web site (http://video.citytv.com).