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Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, Charter Communications, Irdeto, Samsung

--Rovi in TotalGuide EPG Deal with Charter Communications
--Irdeto Acquires Rovi's BD+ Technology for Blu-ray
--Samsung's Connected-TV 3D VOD Service Surpasses 1 Million Views
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Rovi said Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications , enabling the latter to distribute the Rovi TotalGuide solution on its set-top boxes, as well as on mobile and tablet devices and the Web. The multi-year deal also includes a license for the Rovi Remote Record Scheduling Application...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Skype, Concurrent, Hulu, Facebook, Google, LG

--Comcast Publishes Videos Demo'ing its New Skype App
--Concurrent Secures VOD Deals with Four Chinese Cable Operators
--Hulu Launches, then Suspends, Facebook-Powered Social-TV Functionality
--Hulu Suitors Said to Include Google; Hulu Plus Launches on LG LCD TV's
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: At the Cable Show last month (see the article published on itvt.com, June 14th), Comcast revealed that it is teaming with Skype to test HD video calling on the TV, with trials slated to begin in the next few months. Comcast has now published two videos (embedded on this page) that...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): AFDESI, AKQA, ATVOD

--AFDESI Issues Call for Entries for its Ninth Annual International Interactive TV Awards
--AKQA Two-Screen Interactive TV App for Heineken Wins Cannes Gold Cyber Lion for Mobile
--ATVOD Unveils New, "More Progressive" Fee Tariff for VOD Service Providers
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: International interactive TV industry body, AFDESI (the Association for the Development of Enhanced TV Services and Interactivity) , has issued a call for entries for its ninth annual International Interactive TV Awards. The awards, which will be presented at a ceremony at MIPCOM in October, will recognize ITV excellence in eight...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, DISH Network, GetGlue

--Technical Lead for BBC News on Connected TV Outlines Best Practices for TV Software Design
--DISH Launches Independence Day Promotion for its DISH Cinema VOD Service
--GetGlue Launches Mobile Web Site, Sees 100% Check-In Growth since March
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: In a posting on a BBC blog, Robert Hardy, the technical lead for the recently unveiled BBC News app for connected TV's (see the article published on itvt.com, June 20th), has outlined his team's six TV software design best practices: "1) Our internal data sources need to be platform-neutral--meaning we can...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): SeaChange, Melita, Softel, TF1, Facebook

--SeaChange Powers VOD for Maltese Pay-TV Operator, Melita
--Softel Announces its IBC2011 Exhibit Plans
--French Broadcaster, TF1, Launches Social VOD Service on Facebook
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: SeaChange International has announced that it is providing a range of technologies and content for Maltese pay-TV operator Melita's new VOD service, which is slated to launch later this summer. "Melita selected the SeaChange Express solution with the SeaChange Adrenalin video backoffice and SeaChange VOD Managed Services, as well as a...

New Edition of Michael Collette's INdustry Column Focuses on the "Cord-Cutting" Phenomenon

--Argues that Cable May Have Less to Fear from Silicon Valley OTT Upstarts than Many Believe
[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of INdustry , our new column by interactive TV industry veteran, Michael Collette , managing director of MediaTech Strategies . This edition of the column--entitled " VOD II: The Empire Strikes Back "--sees Collette arguing that a number of emerging developments in the VOD space may mean that the cable industry has less to fear from Netflix and other OTT upstarts than many might suspect.

SeaChange to Integrate Civolution's Watermarking Technology into its VOD Solutions

--Companies Say Integration Will Facilitate Launch of Early-Window VOD Services

NDS Powers VOD for Malaysia's Astro

--On-Demand Content Delivered via IP, DTH or "Hybrid Mechanisms"
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said Tuesday that its technologies are powering VOD for the Astro B.yond platform of its existing customer, Malaysia-based Astro. According to the company, the technologies are allowing Astro subscribers to access local and international VOD content over DTH, IP, or hybrid mechanisms that combine both IP and DTH.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Microsoft, Music Choice, Pace, Minerva

--Microsoft Says 40+ Operators Now Using Mediaroom, Stresses Importance of Xbox to its TV Strategy
--New Nicki Minaj Video Breaks Music Choice VOD Record
--Pace to Integrate Minerva IPTV Middleware into HD Set-Tops
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Microsoft contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that its Mediaroom IPTV platform has now been deployed by over 40 operators, and is powering TV services to seven million subscriber households via 15 million set-top boxes. An email from a company representative also stressed that the Xbox 360 games console will play...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Starz, Burger King, CP+B, DirecTV, Canoe, MSA

--Report: Comcast to Begin Testing RS-DVR Later This Year or Early Next Year
--Comcast Ups the Amount of Starz Content on its VOD Platform
--Burger King Interactive TV Campaign Lets DirecTV Customers Watch Hamburger to Win Coupons
--MSA's Media Software to Automate Sale of...
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Comcast plans to begin testing a Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in certain as-yet-to-be-determined markets later this year or early next year, CTO Tony Werner told the Bloomberg news service at the Cable Show, Tuesday. "We like the idea of a cloud DVR because you can virtually service your customers," Werner...

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