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MHP/tru2way Specialist, Alticast Reveals its Exhibit Plans for IBC

Korean MHP, tru2way and Blu-ray specialist, Alticast , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about its exhibit plans (Hall 1, Booth 1.C35) for the IBC show in Amsterdam later this week. Among other things, the company plans to unveil what it bills as "the world's first single-middleware, dual-interactive commercialized hybrid receiver," which is powered by its Alticaptor middleware. According to the company, such hybrid receivers "represent the future of broadcasting," enabling viewers to enjoy...

Viasat Selects Pace's TDS855NV Hybrid HD PVR

--Box Features Middleware, CA, PVR and Progressive Download Technology from NDS
UK-based set-top box manufacturer, Pace , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that its long-term customer, Scandinavian/Baltic free and pay-TV operator, Viasat Broadcasting , has selected its TDS855NV hybrid HD PVR. According to the company, the box's hybrid functionality will provide end-users with access to a broader range of programming and services, allowing them to receive content in a variety of different ways and giving them increased control over their TV experience. Pace provided...

EchoStar President Cautious on Prospects for Cable Deployment of its tru2way-Based T2200S HD DVR

--In Response to Cable Operators' Concerns, Box Now Allows Limits on Its Placeshifting Capabilities
In a conference call with financial analysts, Monday, following the company's release of its second-quarter results, EchoStar Technologies president, Mark Jackson, provided a fairly cautious-sounding update on the prospects for a cable deployment of the T2200S, a tru2way-based, "Slingloaded" (note: the latter is a term that has been trademarked by EchoStar to designate its non-Sling Media-branded set-top boxes that offer TV place-shifting and other Sling Media capabilities), multi-tuner HD DVR that has been designed specifically...

MIPS Technologies Seeking to Bring Android into the Digital Home (Set-Top Boxes, Digital TV's, etc.)

--Makes Source Code Publicly Available, Launches Early Access Program
MIPS Technologies , a company which, among other things, provides processors for home entertainment devices, announced this week that it has met what it describes as a "key milestone" in its ongoing efforts to drive the Android platform beyond mobile handsets: two months after announcing its port of the Android platform to the MIPS Architecture, the company says it is making the source code publicly available. It has also launched an Early Access Program for...

Amazon Video On Demand Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled Blu-ray Disc Players

--Service Launched on Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's in April
Panasonic announced Tuesday that Amazon Video On Demand is now available on its full line of 2009 Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players (note: the Viera Cast over-the-top platform, which has a built-in Ethernet interface, is accessed by pressing a special button on the remote control and entails no usage fees; it also offers access to YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg News and weather information). The company--which launched Amazon VOD on its Viera Cast-enabled plasma HDTV's...

Digeo Launches Moxi Mate, Enabling Multi-Room Functionality for its Moxi HD DVR

--Unveils New Moxi Features, Including Grid Guide Viewing Option, SDV, LaCie Drive Compatibility
Paul Allen-owned set-top box vendor, Digeo , on Tuesday launched the Moxi Mate, a companion thin-client device for its flagship Moxi HD DVR that provides the latter with multi-room capabilities. The company bills the new device as a "small, silent set-top box that connects with the Moxi HD DVR over the home network, so users can browse and play back recorded programs in other rooms." The device can also play media files from the home...

Sonic Solutions Unveils CineVision Adaptive HD to Enable Blu-ray-Quality HDTV Over-the-Top

--Will Initially Be Employed to Deliver 1080p HD on Roxio CinemaNow Broadband VOD Service
Sonic Solutions , the digital media company that last year acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service, CinemaNow (it subsequently added " Roxio " to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Wednesday that it has developed a solution called CineVision Adaptive HD , which it bills as a "next-generation encoding, multiplexing, streaming and decoding system designed specifically to deliver the highest quality HD video possible to Internet-connected...

AnySource Media in Over-the-Top Deals with GetBack Media, ON Networks

--Company's Connected HDTV OTT Service Slated to Launch Later This Year
AnySource Media , a company that offers an over-the-top-TV technology, called the Connected HDTV Platform, which it says will be embedded in certain new HDTV sets later this year (note: the company has not yet announced any partnerships with TV manufacturers) and will allow viewers to access hundreds of "virtual" on-demand channels "out of the box," announced Thursday that it has signed up two more content partners for its service: GetBack Media (offers programming on...

Sonic Solutions in 3D Over-the-Top Initiative

--Will Enable Viewing of 3D Roxio CinemaNow Content on 3D-Enabled PC's, HDTV's, Blu-ray Players
Sonic Solutions , the digital media company that last year acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Tuesday that it is embarking on a 3D initiative, which it says will see it leveraging its various digital media applications, technologies and services, including Roxio CinemaNow, to provide consumers with a convenient way to access 3D movies...

Samsung to Offer Blockbuster OnDemand on HDTV's, Home Theater Systems, Blu-ray Players

Video rental company, Blockbuster , and Samsung Electronics America announced Tuesday that they are partnering to provide over-the-top access to Blockbuster's broadband VOD service, Blockbuster OnDemand, on select new Samsung HDTV sets, home theater systems and Blu-ray players. The companies also said that, as part of their agreement, Blockbuster OnDemand will have preferred positioning on Samsung's Blu-ray interfaces, and that Blockbuster will sell Samsung Blu-ray players with integrated Blockbuster OnDemand service in "thousands" of its...

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