Technology

Immersive Media Creating 360-Degree, Geo-Coded Interactive Videos of Haiti Earthquake Aftermath

--Videos Intended to Help Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Efforts

Immersive Media, a company that has developed a patented technology, dubbed imLIVE, that enables viewer-controlled, 360-degree, live, full-motion, interactive video experiences (note: the experience of watching video powered by the technology is akin to watching a video version of Google Street View), announced last week that it is making available 360-degree, interactive, online video footage of the earthquake devastation in Haiti free of charge to relief agencies, government departments and news-gathering organizations involved in the ongoing recover efforts.

ActiveVideo Signs Up Trailer Park as First Major Content Developer for its CloudTV Platform

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, and entertainment marketing agency, Trailer Park, announced last week that Trailer Park's recently formed Trailer Park Advanced Content (TPAC) group has become the first major content developer to officially embrace ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform, which the company says is currently available in nearly 5 million homes (note: ActiveVideo's customers include Cablevision and Time Warner Cable), and which it says it expects to be in 10 million homes by the end of the year.

Vpype Begins Public Beta of Social/Interactive Live Video Broadcasting App for Facebook

Vpype, which describes itself as a "social video company," announced last week that it has begun a public beta of its Vpype Live Broadcaster Facebook application (http://apps.facebook.com/vpypebroadcaster), which it says will enable all 350 million Facebook users to create and share live, interactive video. According to the company, the app is easy to use and, among other things, allows end-users to create scheduled or unscheduled interactive live shows, send video notes, store past broadcasts complete with audience participation, and share videos through Facebook.

Brightcove Launches "TV Everywhere" Solution Pack

--Taps Ping Identity for Authentication, Promotes Eric Elia to Head Up New Service Offering

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, today (Monday) launched the Brightcove TV Everywhere Solution Pack (TVE-SP), which it claims provides TV programmers with everything they need in order to operate rich, branded and authenticated TV Everywhere-compatible catch-up TV services.

CreNova to Use ANT's HbbTV Platform for New Range of Hybrid Set-Top Boxes

--Boxes Will Enable Such Services as Interactive TV Advertising, VOD, Catch-Up

Cambridge, UK-based digital TV client software company, ANT, announced last week that Germany's CreNova Technology plans to build its new range of hybrid set-top boxes on the ANT Galio HbbTV platform.

Deutsche Telekom Adds Video Ticker, Other New Interactive TV Features, to its Soccer Package

Deutsche Telekom announced last week that it has added more interactive TV features to Liga Total!, a subscription-based package of coverage of German soccer's Bundesliga that it offers on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, Entertain.

Introducing a New iTV Doctor Feature: "Looking for a Gig"

--New Feature Is Designed to Help Interactive TV Job Seekers
--Plus Villalpando Argues ITV Is Good for Your Health, Foster Says Stop Worrying about Bandwidth

[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, "The iTV Doctor Is In!" This week, the iTV Doctor is launching a new feature called "Looking for a Gig," in which he invites readers who are looking for a new job "whether full-time or part-time, permanent or temporary, salaried or contract," or who are just interested in seeing what's out there, to email him a brief description of their capabilities. He will then publish these in his column as he receives them.

Cisco Taps itaas to Provide Enhancements and Support for SARA EPG

itaas, an Atlanta-based company that provides a range of software development, integration and testing services for interactive TV (including ETV/EBIF, tru2way and IPTV solutions), announced Wednesday that it has secured an agreement with Cisco that designates it as the source for ongoing enhancements to and support for the existing Scientific-Atlanta Resident Application (SARA) viewing guide for Cisco's Explorer set-top box platform.

Boxee to Launch Payment Platform for Content Providers This Summer

--Will Support Pay-Per-View and Subscription Models

In a posting on over-the-top-TV specialist Boxee's corporate blog, Wednesday, CEO Avner Ronen announced that the company plans to release a payment platform this summer that will allow users to purchase content "with one click on the remote." According to Ronen, the content partners the service will launch with (note: Ronen did not identify them) will offer shows, movies and channels that were previously unavailable to Boxee users, and will be able to package and price their content "as they wish," including offering it on a pay-per-view or subscription basis.

Microsoft Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo

--Is Also Seeking to Intervene in Patent Infringement Litigation Between TiVo and AT&T

Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TiVo in a San Francisco federal court, claiming that the DVR company has infringed upon two of its US patents--which cover technologies for securely purchasing and delivering video and for displaying programmable information respectively, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Microsoft, which claims that TiVo is illegally using the technologies described by the patents in its set-top boxes, its software and its subscription service, is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a court order to prevent TiVo from using the technologies.

YouTube Launches "Experimental" HTML5 Video Player, New Rental Program

--Rental Program Kicks Off This Friday with Five Movies from the Sundance Film Festival

In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday afternoon, YouTube announced that it is introducing an "experimental version" of an HTML5-based video player. YouTube recently used its blog to canvas users on what kinds of new features they would like to see on its video sharing service, and, according to the company, the "number one request was that YouTube do more with HTML5." HTML5 is "a new Web standard that is gaining popularity rapidly and adds many new features to your Web experience," YouTube's blog posting explains. "Most notably for YouTube users, HTML5 includes support for video and audio playback.

White House Launches iPhone/iPod touch App with Live and On-Demand Video

--Will Offer Live Streaming of Next Week's State of the Union Speech

In a posting on its official blog, Tuesday evening, the White House announced the availability of a new, free White House App for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch. "One feature that stands out is live video streaming," the blog post stated. "Now anyone with this app can watch the president's public events at the White House, frequent Web chats with administration officials, and other events like key speeches and press briefings, in real time. In fact," the blog post continued, "the president's State of the Union speech next week is a great example.

OpenTV Partners with Coverity to Enhance its Middleware Testing Environment

Kudelski-owned interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, on Wednesday announced a partnership with Coverity, a provider of "software integrity" solutions, that it says will complement its middleware testing environment.

Ooyala in Deal to Power Broadband Video for Telegraph Media Group, Replacing Brightcove

--Brightcove in Deal to Power Broadband Video for Fox on Demand, Replacing Move Networks
--Kaltura in Deal to Power Broadband Video for Unigo.com

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, announced Wednesday that Telegraph Media Group (TMG), which publishes the UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph and its Web site, telegraph.co.uk, has chosen its platform to power its broadband video offerings. The deal--which sees Ooyala replacing rival Brightcove as TMG's broadband video platform provider--also calls for Ooyala to work with TMG's recently launched digital business unit, the Euston Project, to develop new technologies for the delivery and consumption of online media. According to Ooyala, members of its technical team will begin working out of the Euston Project's facilities next week.

BBC To Offer over 2,000 Hours of Winter Olympics Coverage through the Red Button

--Will Also Offer Winter Olympics Social/Interactive TV Channels Online
--Huggers: Project Canvas to Feature App Store, Offer SDK

The BBC has unveiled its multiplatform/interactive TV coverage plans for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. According to the corporation:

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