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Softel's MediaSphere Powering Showtime's New HD EBIF Interactive TV Application

Softel , a UK-based company that claims to have over 25 years of experience in providing ancillary data solutions--including solutions for interactive TV, opt cuing/ad insertion, subtitling and captioning--to leading broadcasters and service providers across the world, said Tuesday that Showtime Networks is using the Softel MediaSphere ITV playout platform to power its new HD EBIF application. The app, which launched February 26th on Verizon FiOS TV, and which is offered in association with Showtime's...

IP Vision Unveils New Netgem Freeview+ Hybrid HD STB, New Interface for its FetchTV Service

IP Vision --a company which is backed by French set-top box vendor, Netgem , and which offers a hybrid service that combines reception of linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with OTT access to pay-per-view and subscription-based online VOD services, as well as to free, online programming catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is teaming with Netgem to showcase at the IPTV...

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...

DISH Network Upgrading SeaChange Ad Insertion Systems to Meet Demand for HD Ads

--DISH Network in Conditional Access System Agreement with Kudelski's Nagravision
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , announced Tuesday that satellite TV provider, DISH Network , is upgrading its entire platform of SeaChange Spot advertising insertion systems to meet what it claims is a growing demand for HD ad placements across its North American footprint. SeaChange is DISH Network's exclusive ad insertion technology provider, having delivered ads for the satellite TV provider since it launched its DBS service back in 1996.
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News Round-Up I: Connected TV

--DivX Launches DivX TV: Will Be Deployed by LG Electronics
--Home Jinni Launches Social Entertainment Platform/Media Center for Android-Based HDTV's/BDP's
--LG Electronics Expands its Netcast Entertainment Access Service
--Panasonic Adds Fox Sports, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype to Viera Cast
--Samsung Launches App Store, Napster Launches TV Widget on Samsung's Internet@TV
--Sony Launches 3D-Enabled Bravia Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--Toshiba Launches Broadband-Connected CELL TV, Featuring 2D-to-3D Conversion and More
--Trinity Convergence Working with Skype to Embed Skype Video Calling in Connected TV's
--Vizio Launches New Connected HDTV's, Expands its Vizio Internet Apps Service
A number of pieces of connected TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief--and by no means exhaustive--round-up (note: also see " Vudu Unveils Vudu Apps OTT Service ," " ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface ," and " Showtime Networks, Betfair Launch Interactive TV Widgets "): DivX has announced DivX TV, which it bills as a "comprehensive embedded Internet TV platform that provides access to a...

Sonic Solutions to Launch Version 2.0 of Roxio CinemaNow at CES

--Incorporates Support for HD, 3D, Enhanced Storefronts, and Blu-ray-Style Interactivity
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 is launching version 2.0 of Roxio CinemaNow at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. According to the company, the new version, which it will be demo'ing by invitation in the Renaissance Hotel's...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names David Mendels President and COO
--Clip in Touch Tapped by BMW for Personalized Mobile Video Ad Campaign
--Consumer Advocacy Groups Call for Probe of "TV Everywhere," NCTA's McSlarrow Responds
--DECE Announces "Key Milestones," Adds 21 Members
--ProVision Launches Multi-Room Wireless HDTV System
--Skype to Be Integrated into HDTV's from LG Electronics, Panasonic
--Tivit Device to Bring Mobile DTV to WiFi-Enabled Devices
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has named David Mendels president and COO, tasking him with driving its "global expansion strategy and operations." Mendels, who has been a member of Brightcove's board since late 2008, was most recently at Adobe where, according to Brightcove, "he was instrumental in accelerating the adoption of key platform technologies, including...

TVMAX to Launch Evolution Digital's TiVo HD DVR Offering

--Plans to Use TiVo Box's OTT Capabilities to Provide Customers with VOD
Evolution Digital --a division of Evolution Broadband, a reseller of digital equipment to independent cable operators--said last week that it is supplying TiVo HD DVR's to TVMAX , a regional cable operator that specializes in providing services to MDU's and that serves the greater Houston area. The company, which announced a similar deal with Canada's Compton Communications last week ( see the article published in itvt.com, December 16th ), has a partnership with TiVo that...

Compton Communications Becomes First Canadian Cable Operator to Launch Evolution's TiVo Offering

--Evolution Recently Abandoned tru2way in Favor of TiVo HD DVR's as an Interactive TV Platform
Evolution Digital --a division of Evolution Broadband , a reseller of digital equipment to independent cable operators--said Tuesday that Compton Communications has become the first Canadian operator to select its TiVo HD DVR offering. "Now that the TiVo HD DVR is a one-box solution in Canada, acting as the sole cable box, TiVo's brand recognition as the world's leading user interface and DVR made it the logical next step to enhance our product offering," Travis...

HDlogix Demo's 2D-to-3D Conversion Technology before 80,000 Football Fans at Cowboys Stadium

Imaging and video technology specialist, HDlogix (note: the company's main product lines are ImageIQ, a suite of image and video optimization and enhancement technologies; Clique, a set of mobile and desktop video communications client software applications; and Hue, a range of HD Web cameras), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it powered what it says was the first live 3D broadcast ever to be shown on giant screens at a major sporting event...

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