BT Vision in VOD Deal with Twentieth Century Fox

--HD Art-on-Demand Service Launches on Rogers Cable
UK incumbent telco, BT , said last week that it has signed a VOD deal with Twentieth Century Fox that will make a number of the latter's shows available on BT Vision, the telco's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered, interactive TV-enabled hybrid IPTV service (note: the service is enabled via a hybrid set-top box that allows viewers to access linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, alongside IP-delivered on-demand and interactive content).


NDS, DOXTV Enable HD DVR and Push-VOD Service for China's Chongqing Cable

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , and Chinese value-added TV service provider, DOXTV , on Wednesday announced the launch of what they say is China's first HD DVR and push-VOD service. The service, part of an offering dubbed Chongqing Cable TV+, is offered to subscribers of Chongqing Cable (note: the latter claims to have around 5 million analog and digital subs), which, in addition to NDS's XTV DVR technology with push-VOD capability,...

WHDI Releases 1.0 Specification for Uncompressed Multiroom HDTV Streaming

--Billed as Only Full 1080p/60Hz HD Wireless Solution for All CE, PC and Mobile Devices in the Home
WHDI ( Wireless Home Digital Interface ), a consortium of consumer electronics manufacturers tasked with developing an industry standard for multiroom video, audio and control connectivity, has announced the completion and availability of its WHDI 1.0 specification. According to the consortium, the new standard enables full 1080p/60Hz HD video with Deep Color at a distance of 100 feet and through walls. The consortium claims that no other wireless standard combines this level of quality and...

Cello's New iViewer HDTV Sets Allow Direct Streaming of BBC iPlayer, Other OTT Video Services

--BBC Produces Video Explaining How to Access iPlayer on Freesat
UK-based consumer electronics company, Cello Electronics , on Wednesday announced the launch of a line of LCD HDTV sets, called iViewer , that allow users to stream the BBC iPlayer--as well as a range of other broadband video services (note: in its promotional materials for the new devices, the company mentions YouTube--which recently signed deals to offer full-length programming from UK terrestrial broadcasters, Channel 4 and Five--Disney Movies Preview, Movie Rush, Autocar, Sky Sports "Boots...

UK-Based 3View Unveils HD Set-Top that Combines Internet Connectivity with Freeview Reception

A UK company called 3View unveiled a hard drive-equipped, broadband-connected HD set-top box, Tuesday, that combines the ability to receive standard- and high-definition linear-TV programming from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with various Internet/OTT capabilities. The company says that the box--which is slated to be available in retail in March--will allow users to receive a range of over-the-top video services, as well as browse the Web and use Facebook and Twitter. It bills...

Panasonic to Begin Selling tru2way HDTV's in Boston, Seeks FCC Waiver for tru2way Set-Back Box

In an ex parte letter, filed with the FCC December 2nd, Panasonic Corporation of North America revealed that it will shortly be offering integrated tru2way HDTV sets in Boston (note: it already offers them in Chicago, Denver and Atlanta), and outlined its plans to launch a retail tru2way "set-back box" (SBB) that would "take advantage of the continuing nationwide roll-out by major cable operators of tru2way capability in their systems" and would "convert Panasonic HDTV's...

Epix in Social TV Partnership with ClipSync

Epix --a multiplatform subscription-based premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009 (note: the service is currently available only on Verizon FiOS TV and online)--on Tuesday announced the launch...

Alicia Keys Concert to Stream Live in HD on YouTube Today

AEG Digital Media --a company that specializes in the technical and creative production of music, sports, reality and special event programming and that claims to take "a broadcast approach to streaming media to enable the world's most watched and most innovative Webcasts and live events"--contacted [itvt] late Monday to let us know that it is producing a live Webcast of today's (Tuesday, December 1st) sold-out concert by Alicia Keys in AEG's Nokia Theatre Times Square...

News Round-Up

--Adconion Acquires Joost Assets
--Boxee Remote Control Widget Launched
--Ericsson to Cease Using Tandberg Television Brand
--Interactive Mobile TV Services Set to Launch in Korea
--Pace Supplying HD DVR's to Argentina's Cablevision
--Playcast Develops System for Playing Console Games on Legacy Set-Top Boxes
--Rogers' TV Everywhere Service to Launch Today
--English High Court Rules in Virgin Media's Favor in Rovi EPG Patent Case

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Online video advertising network operator, Adconion Media Group , has acquired most of the assets of broadband video service, Joost, and plans to use the Joost brand for a white-label broadband video service. However, Adconion CEO, Tyler Moebius, told Paid Content that the company also plans to continue to operate the Joost.com consumer site and will actively...

New Interview on Calit2's NexCAVE 3D Immersive Visualization System, New iTV Doctor Column

--Note: Due to Thanksgiving, [itvt]'s Daily News Service Will Be on Hiatus until Monday, November 30th
[itvt] has just published an interview with Professor Tom DeFanti , the principal scientist behind the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) new 3D immersive visualization system, NexCAVE . Also participating in the interview is Dave Walton of JVC , the company whose 3D HD LCD monitors form a crucial component of NexCAVE.

We have also just published a special Thanksgiving-themed edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The...