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Post Its Acquisition of OpenTV, Kudelski Says It Has Been Ramping Up Its Investment in Middleware

--Wins for OpenTV with HOT and Numericable
In a press release in which it announced its financial results for the first half of 2010, the Kudelski Group , the company which last fall acquired full control of pioneering interactive TV middleware provider, OpenTV (see the article published on itvt.com, November 16th), revealed that it has, since then, been investing heavily in its middleware operations: "Personnel expenses rose by CHF [i.e. Swiss Francs] 20.5 million from the first half 2009, representing an 11.1%...

CableLabs Trumpets Success of Advanced Advertising Interop Event

--Event Sought to Prove Interoperability of SCTE-130 Interfaces, Develop Profiles for SCTE-130 and SaFI
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , is trumpeting the success of an Advanced Advertising Interop event it held, June 14th-18th, to prove interoperability, based on the SCTE-130 standard, across a number of advertising interfaces. The weeklong event was organized in partnership with SCTE DVS/Working Group 5, the SCTE committee charged with working on advanced advertising, and with Canoe Ventures, the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and...

Strategy & Technology Appoints Ex-OpenTV Exec as Director of Sales for the Americas

--Herb Scannell Named President of BBC Worldwide America
--Frances Berwick Named President of Bravo Media
Strategy & Technology --a UK-based provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, which recently received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the significant growth in international sales of its products that it has achieved over the past four years (see the article published on itvt.com, April 21st)--said Wednesday that it has hired Vincenzo (Enzo) D'Anna as director of sales for the Americas.

D'Anna joins the company from interactive TV...

OpenTV Launches Campaign Management Solution for VOD Advertising

--Vendors Team at Cable Show to Demo Dynamic Linear Ad Insertion, Interactive EBIF Ads
--SeaChange Launches Advertising System Evolution Program
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , on Tuesday unveiled a new campaign management solution designed specifically to serve the VOD advertising marketplace. Dubbed EclipsePlus/xG OnDemand and scheduled for beta release next month, the new solution--which OpenTV is demo'ing in its booth (1301) at the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles--is billed by the company as supporting the backoffice requirements to monetize dynamic VOD inventory such as short-form (pre-, mid- and post-rolls) and...

News Round-Up (VIII)

--OpenTV Now CEO-less
--RCN Launches "TiVo Premiere from RCN" in Washington, DC
--Roku Unveils New Netflix Channel
--Rovi Touts New Methodology for Measuring Ad Campaigns on EPG's
--The CW Holds "Watch and Tweet" Social TV Promotion
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Ben Bennett has stepped down as CEO of OpenTV , but still remains on the company's board, following its acquisition by Kudelski , Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner...
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (V)

--Nagravision, Samsung, NBC Universal, NDS, ODG, OEDN, Ofcom, Ooyala, OpenTV, Oxygen, PBS, Playcast Media, Press Association, Vizimo
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: Kudelski-owned Nagravision has announced that it is partnering with Samsung Electronics America to provide TV...

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...

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.

Starting this month, OpenTV says, it will begin offering Coverity Static Analysis software models to its integration and development customers and partners. According to the company, these Coverity models will help those customers and partners enhance the quality...

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: access a list of films nominated for this season's film award shows; view trailers for nominated films; read bios; watch previews and trailers; vote for their favorite award-nominated films, actors...

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