--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 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.
--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.
--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:
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.
--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.
Interactive TV and advanced advertising software provider, OpenTV, on Thursday released financial results for the second quarter:
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.
--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.
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
--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.
--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.
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, and Sigma Systems, a company that specializes in IP service fulfillment solutions, announced Thursday that they are developing an integrated solution that they say will allow TV service providers to use subscriber data for addressable ad placement in video-on-demand environments. The companies say the integrated solution will also work for linear TV.
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, announced late Tuesday that a special committee of its board of directors has rejected an unsolicited proposal by its largest shareholder, Kudelski (note: the latter 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 not already owned by Kudelski. The committee determined that the price of $1.35 per share offered by Kudelski was "inadequate and not in the best interests of the Company and its stockholders," OpenTV said (note: the company's share price was $1.74 at the close of business Tuesday).
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, said Tuesday that it has teamed with advanced advertising technology provider, Arris, to create a turnkey digital advertising solution, dubbed "Ad Insertion In A Box," for cable operators and telcos. According to the companies, the solution--which combines the Arris ConvergeMedia SkyVision advertising applications suite with OpenTV's Eclipse campaign management platform, in order to provide what is billed as "a world-class, end-to-end Digital Program Insertion advertising system"--supports the advertising-sales, insertion, reporting, campaign-management and related functions necessary for advertising sales operations.