Technology

RVU Alliance Launches Certification Program for RVU Client Devices

--RVU Spec Aims to Provide Viewers with Consistent UI across Multiple CE Platforms
The RVU Alliance --an industry group that seeks to encourage adoption of a client/server-based technology (RVU) that is designed to allow TV viewers to experience a consistent, pixel-accurate, server-generated user interface across various CE client devices--has launched a certification program for RVU client devices.

LongTail Video Launches LongTail.tv

--Includes Cloud-Based Version of Company's JW Player, Access to "Media Gallery," Monetization through Advertising
Online video platform provider, LongTail Video (note: the company is best known for its JW Player, which it claims is active on over 1.5 million Web sites), on Tuesday announced the public beta release of LongTail.tv, which it says provides users with a free, cloud-based version of the JW Player and has been in private beta with over 300 publishers for more than a month. The company is also launching Media Gallery, a video content...

Australia's Fairfax Media Taps Accedo Broadband to Bring News to LG Connected TV's

Australian media company, Fairfax Media , has unveiled an app that will make content from its newspaper Web sites, smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au, available on connected TV sets from LG Electronics. The app, which is scheduled to be delivered to customer living rooms via LG's next network service update, will also be available free of charge on all new LG connected TV sets sold in Australia, the company says. The app was built by...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: BBC, SeeSaw, HBO, Hulu, Rovi, Suddenlink, Cogeco, Shaw

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 4th
--Criterion Capital Partners Set to Acquire SeeSaw
--HBO Go to Offer Preview of "True Blood" Episode
--Hulu Considering Sale
--Rovi in TotalGuide Deals with Suddenlink, Cogeco
--Shaw Launches Gateway...
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has released the schedule of programming and interactive content that will be available via the BBC Red Button service through July 4th. Criterion Capital Partners , the company that acquired the struggling social media service, Bebo , is set to buy SeeSaw , the broadband TV service from UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, according to a report in The Guardian...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): BBC, Connected TV, QR Codes

--BBC Launches BBC News Product for Connected TV's
--BBC Exec Outlines Plans to Adapt Red-Button Service for Connected TV
--New BBC Cooking Show to Offer Interactivity via QR Codes
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: The BBC has announced the launch of a " BBC News product " for connected TV. "The BBC News product for connected TV combines existing video and text content from BBC News Online and will initially be made available on Samsung's range of Smart TV's," the corporation states in its press materials. "It...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Google, SageTV, HBO, Limelight

--Google Acquires SageTV
--App Lets Fans Insert themselves and their Facebook Friends in "True Blood" Video
--Limelight Launches Interactive In-Stream Video Ad Formats for iOS and Android
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Google has acquired SageTV , a provider of media center and PVR software for the PC, presumably with the goal of using that company's technology to enhance its Google TV platform. "We're thrilled to announce that SageTV has been acquired by Google," a statement on SageTV's Web site reads. "Since 2002, we've worked...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Microsoft, Music Choice, Pace, Minerva

--Microsoft Says 40+ Operators Now Using Mediaroom, Stresses Importance of Xbox to its TV Strategy
--New Nicki Minaj Video Breaks Music Choice VOD Record
--Pace to Integrate Minerva IPTV Middleware into HD Set-Tops
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Microsoft contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that its Mediaroom IPTV platform has now been deployed by over 40 operators, and is powering TV services to seven million subscriber households via 15 million set-top boxes. An email from a company representative also stressed that the Xbox 360 games console will play...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Red Bee Media, Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai, Samsung

--Red Bee Media Teams with Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai to Launch Online Video Platform
--Samsung Says it has Sold over 2 Million Smart TV's in Three Months
--Samsung Teams with University of California, San Diego to Bring Smell to Television
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Broadcast services company, Red Bee Media , has partnered with Cisco , 24/7 Real Media and Akamai to launch an online video platform dubbed the RedPlayer that is targeted at broadcasters and networks and that provides a range of social media features. The company "has developed RedPlayer to introduce to market an enhanced...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Sigma Designs, "The Voice," Time Warner Cable

--Sigma Designs Unveils Reference Design for Ultra-Thin Set-Top Box
--NBC Reality Show, "The Voice," Offers Extensive Social Media Integration
--Time Warner Cable to Launch Version 2.0 of its iPad App Later this Month
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Sigma Designs has unveiled a platform reference design for an "Ultra-Thin" set-top box that it claims will enable "an experience only found in devices that are combined with networking gateways" and "will add more fuel to the growing market of set-top-boxes by enabling these products to stream high-definition content from the Web, in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): TiVo, Toshiba, Irdeto, wireWAX

--TiVo Set to Launch iPhone and Android Apps
--Toshiba to Use Irdeto Security Technology in Cinema Series Connected TV Sets
--wireWAX Teams with FremantleMedia to Study Viewers' Engagement with Interactive Video
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: A full-page ad in the June issue of CEPro, that was noticed by Dave Zatz , reveals that TiVo plans to shortly launch control and management apps for the iPhone and Android platforms, similar to the app it recently launched for the iPad. Irdeto has announced that Toshiba has selected its dynamic security...

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