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Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (V)

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Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the fifth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Reliance Big TV Taps Indiagames to Provide Interactive TV Games for its OpenTV-Powered Platform

--Core of New "iGames" Offering Will be Casual Games from US-Based Oberon Media

Indian satellite TV operator, Reliance Big TV, and Indiagames, a subsidiary of Indian media conglomerate, UTV, have signed a strategic agreement that will see a range of interactive TV games launching on Reliance Big TV's OpenTV-powered platform, under the brand "iGames." Most of the games will be provided by Indiagames' content partner, US-based multiplatform (online, mobile and interactive TV) casual games specialist, Oberon Media. "This initiative, and the DTH partnership with Oberon Media, marks our foray to the third screen of gaming, making us the first Indian triple-play games company with a strong presence across mobile, PC, and now DTH," Indiagames COO, Samir Bangara, said in a prepared statement.

OpenTV Partners with Coverity to Enhance its Middleware Testing Environment

Kudelski-owned interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, on Wednesday announced a partnership with Coverity, a provider of "software integrity" solutions, that it says will complement its middleware testing environment.

AT&T Launches "Film Awards Interactive" Application for U-verse TV, iPhone/iPod touch

--Singapore's StarHub Launches Interactive TV Movie Ticketing App on its OpenTV-Powered Platform
--DirecTV, ESPN Offering Interactive TV App for Australian Open

AT&T has launched an interactive application, called Film Awards Interactive, for the iPhone/iPod touch and for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV. According to AT&T, among other things, the free app lets consumers use their remote control or their iPhone/iPod touch screen to:

Kudelski Lists "Severe Challenges Ahead for OpenTV" as a Standalone Company

--Kudelski Is Attempting to Acquire All Outstanding Class A Shares of OpenTV

The Kudelski Group on Monday published a document in which it enumerates various "severe challenges ahead for OpenTV" as a standalone company, should Kudelski's tender offer to acquire all the company's outstanding Class A shares for $1.55 per share in cash not succeed.

OpenTV Extends Its Relationship with BSkyB

--New Deal Sees Sky Licensing OpenTV IP, Moving Toward Deployment of Core3 Middleware

Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, said Monday that it has extended its relationship with BSkyB, which has been one of its key customers since the launch of its digital satellite TV service back in 1998. According to the company, Sky has licensed its patents and other intellectual property rights to support ongoing development of its digital TV platform, and the companies will now work on a proof of concept which--if successful--could lead to the deployment of Core3, the next generation of OpenTV's flagship middleware platform, on Sky's set-top boxes.

News Round-Up

--BigBand Networks Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Exhibit Plans
--Endavo in White-Label Broadband Video Deal with Etisalat
--OpenTV Not in Compliance with NASDAQ's Audit Committee Requirements
--Rogers-Owned OLN Offering Full Episodes on its Web Site
--New Broadband Video Service, Vevo, Receives Significant Investment
--YouTube to Live-Stream U2 Concert, Launches Real-Time Comments Search Feature
--Over 700 VOD Services Now Available in Europe

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Irdeto, OpenTV, Pace, TeleIdea Team on VOD, HD PVR Solutions for Satellite TV Provider, Digiturk

Content protection specialist, Irdeto, said Tuesday that it has teamed with interactive TV middleware provider, OpenTV, set-top box vendor, Pace, and interactive TV applications provider, TeleIdea, to develop and implement a "highly complex" broadcasting solution for Turkish satellite TV provider, Digiturk. According to Irdeto, the companies' joint solution is now enabling Digiturk to deliver various advanced digital TV offerings, including push- and subscription VOD (P/S-VOD) with HD PVR.

OpenTV Teams with Jinni to Incorporate "Mood"-Based Searches and Recommendations into Core2

--Jinni's CEO Is Cable/VOD-Industry Veteran, Mike Pohl

Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology specialist, OpenTV, and Jinni, a company that offers a semantic search-and-recommendation engine that it says is based on "content genetics and user psychographics," announced Tuesday a partnership that will see Jinni's technology incorporated into the next version of OpenTV's Core2 middleware, which is expected to be released in the fourth quarter.

OpenTV Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Profit

Interactive TV and advanced advertising software provider, OpenTV, on Thursday released financial results for the second quarter:

OpenTV's Core2 Middleware Powers Interactive TV-Enabled Digital Cable Service in China

Interactive TV and advance advertising technology provider, OpenTV, announced Tuesday that it has launched an end-to-end middleware solution for Southern Yinshi Network Media, a subsidiary of Chinese broadcasting group, Southern Media Corp, that has been tasked with implementing the digital conversion of 18 of the latter's municipal and city cable networks.

OpenTV, RGB Partner to Enable Standards-Based Real-Time Localization of Ads via Digital Overlays

--Arris Appoints OpenTV Vice Chairman, Jim Chiddix, to its Board of Directors

Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, and network video processing specialist, RGB Networks, announced Monday that they have developed a demonstration that shows how cable operators can use a combination of the companies' standards-based advertising-related products to generate new revenues from their video-on-demand and linear programming.

Kudelski Group Says it Is "Not Interested" in Selling its Stake in OpenTV

The Kudelski Group, the Swiss holding company that owns a controlling stake in interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, issued a response Thursday to the suggestion floated earlier this week by OpenTV's largest independent shareholder, Discovery Group, that OpenTV should use a portion of its extensive cash reserves to buy back Kudelski's stake in the company: "The Kudelski Group confirms that it is not interested in selling its shares in OpenTV," the response read

Discovery Group Urges OpenTV to Repurchase Kudelski's Stake in the Company

--Says "Multiple Conflicts of Interest...Have Haunted OpenTV" Since Kudelski Became Involved in it

As [itvt] reported last week (see article posted on itvt.com, June 5th), Kudelski last Thursday issued a stinging response to the decision by a special committee of OpenTV's board of directors to reject its unsolicited offer to acquire, at $1.35 each, all outstanding shares of OpenTV Class A ordinary stock that it does not already own.

Kudelski Responds to OpenTV's Rejection of its Buyout Offer

--Criticizes Company for Prioritizing Short-Term Profitability over Long-Term Investment

As [itvt] reported earlier this week (see article posted on itvt.com, June 3rd), interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, announced Tuesday that a special committee of its board of directors had rejected an unsolicited proposal by its largest shareholder, Kudelski--which has an approximately 27% stake in the company that gives it approximately 75% voting control--to acquire all outstanding shares of OpenTV Class A ordinary stock that Kudelski does not already own.

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