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[itvt] Radio: Comcast Media Center Execs Discuss HITS AxIS

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Comcast Media Center (CMC) COO, Gary Traver, and Homer Gonzalez III, product manager for CMC’s HITS AxIS offering (note: the latter, whose name stands for "Headend in the Sky Advanced Interactive Services," is a centralized platform that operates on the National Authorization System and that is billed as being designed to support developers of advanced OCAP/tru2way and ETV/EBIF interactive TV applications and to facilitate th

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): BuddyTV, Facebook, DirecTV, CableLabs, Elsie, YouTube Annotations, Interactive TV Patents, Pac-12, Comcast Media Center, In Demand, Anime Network

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting has been on hiatus for the past few weeks, because our editorial team has been working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We plan to cover the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and then to resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a couple of weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast Media Center, Facebook, Viggle, Loyalize

--Comcast Media Center's HITS Unveils New Cloud-Based VOD Distribution Service
--CBS, CMT, "Daily Show," MSNBC, MTV News, "Today," GetGlue Launch Facebook Timeline Apps
--Function(x) (Viggle) Acquires Loyalize

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, BBC Worldwide, Comcast Media Center, Bluefin Labs

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through January 29th
--BBC Worldwide Taps Comcast Media Center for VOD Delivery of CBeebies
--Social-TV Analytics Company, Bluefin Labs, Raises $12 Million in Series-B Funding

Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

News Round-Up

--Comcast's Annual TV Pulse Survey Shows Significant Increase in Time-Shifted Viewing
--Gary Traver Steps Down as COO of Comcast Media Center
--GetGlue Launches Android Version of its Social TV Service, New Mobile Site, New "Stickers"
--"Heroes" Creator, Tim Kring, and Nokia Claim Success for "Conspiracy for Good"
--Mixed Martial Arts Promoter, Strikeforce, Taps Ooyala to Power its Online Video

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

News Round-Up: Pay TV

--FCC Publishes Notice of Inquiry on "AllVid"
--Arris Sues Harmonic over VOD Patents
--Comcast Media Center Expands into Latin America
--Frito-Lay Using Current TV VCAM for National Campaign
--NetPlayTV in Interactive TV Gambling Deal with UK Broadcaster, ITV
--Verizon FiOS TV Revamps its Interactive TV Widgets Service

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the pay-TV (cable, satellite, telco) space:

CMC Launches Packaged Pricing for its HITS Quantum and VOD In a Box Offerings

--Launches Marketing Kit for Locally Branded VOD Services
--Says Glasgow EPB Saw 117% Rise in VOD Revenues in First 4 Months after Launching VOD In a Box

Comcast Media Center (CMC) announced Tuesday that its HITS (stands for "Headend In The Sky") service--which provides centralized content-management and distribution solutions for cable operators serving smaller markets--has introduced packaged pricing for its linear programming platform, HITS Quantum, and its video-on-demand service, VOD In a Box (note: the latter is offered in partnership with Arris). The company says that the new pricing structure allows cable operators to offer linear programming from HITS Quantum's HD, SD and "Classic" line-ups, while adding the managed VOD service at a reduced rate--thus lowering the bar for launching VOD.

Comcast Media Center Launches VOD "Express Lane"

--Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV-Related News from CMC

At the NCTA Cable Show in Washington, DC last week, Comcast Media Center (CMC) launched Express Lane, a new service for VOD content providers. According to CMC, the service offers automated workflows and remote management capabilities that enable TV networks, advertisers, cable MSO's and other content services companies to accelerate the delivery of VOD content to "near real time" by publishing that content directly into the company's VOD distribution platform (currently reaches around 30 million VOD-enabled households across the US).

Comcast Media Center Trumpets Growth of its MPEG-2 VOD Platform

Launches "VOD Valuation Tool"

Comcast Media Center (CMC), a business unit of the eponymous MSO that provides centralized content-management and distribution solutions for cable systems, says that the national content distribution footprint for its MPEG-2 VOD platform now encompasses over 90% of top US cable MSO's and over 30 million VOD-enabled households. The company claims that it currently delivers over 9,000 VOD assets, including both standard- and high-definition titles, from over 275 content providers to Comcast and other cable MSO's. "As industry analysts are confirming, HD is a game-changer in the video space, and HD VOD provides cable system operators with a significant competitive advantage," CMC COO, Gary Traver, said in a prepared statement.

itaas in tru2way/ETV Deal with Comcast Media Center

--Adds Four New Members to its istart ETV Developer Program

CMC Holds Live Demo of ETV/EBIF Apps Running on HITS AxIS

Comcast Media Center recently conducted a live demonstration of ETV/EBIF applications running on its HITS AxIS platform at the CableLabs Summer Conference (took place August 10th-13th). The applications, which were hosted at the CMC, were delivered via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to the headend for Comcast's Summit County cable system, which then transported them over its local network to the Keystone Convention Center where the conference was being held. The apps ran on Motorola and Pace set-top boxes, and could be viewed at Pace's and Vidiom's exhibits at the conference. The demo represented the first end-to-end delivery of ITV applications using the HITS AxIS platform.

More Companies Sign Up for CMC's Centralized Interactive TV Platform

--New HITS AxIS Clients are NDS, Softel-USA, S&T, and Unisoft
--Buckeye CableSystem to Serve as Beta Site for HITS AxIS ITV Services

Comcast Media Center Launches HITS Broadband

--Says it will Enable Small Operators to Offer Advanced Interactivity

Comcast Media Center (CMC)--a business unit of the eponymous MSO
that provides centralized content-management and distribution services
for cable operators, programming networks and advertisers--has
launched a service called HITS (stands for "Headend in the Sky")
Broadband, which it says will provide IP connectivity to cable
operators and enable them to launch advanced, interactive services that
it will support.
"By tapping into Comcast's terrestrial fiber capabilities,
the CMC can provide a cost-effective alternative to cable MSO's for
addressing their IP connectivity needs," CMC COO, Gary Traver, said
in a prepared statement. "This is becoming increasingly important as

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