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Updates: Comcast Brands "iTV" and Offers SF Bay Area Caller ID

Noticed that Comcast had created an Interactive Television menu selection on the Main Menu. Once you click it, there is a page branded with a new "iTV" logo (fat, blocky letters) and a call to action offering Caller ID to San Francisco Bay Area Triple Play customers. Is it EBIF-enabled? More on this later. -- Tracy Swedlow, editor, [itvt] UPDATES: Mike Ryan, CEO of A Different Engine , sent us some updated info: 1) the...

It’s TV Everywhere, After All

Perhaps it’s just my post-holiday pre-CES mood, but something has me thinking that somewhere along the line we’ve lost the true message of TV Everywhere. It’s not as strange as it seems — or maybe it is, who am I to judge? — but the combination of a holiday filled with home electronics and big screen TVs and an upcoming trade show that is founded on the concept of highlighting what’s coming next in the...

Allan Thygesen Says: 90's ITV Wink Patent Approved...Finally!

Allan Thygesen reported December 22nd that the patent he wrote while at Wink for analog interactive TV was finally approved at the US Trademark and Patent office December 15th! It was filed June 15, 1999. Here are some comments in the screenshot on his Facebook page. Patent lawyers are certainly thorough.... We hope to hear more on the topic so watch this space. -- Tracy Swedlow LATEST UPDATE: Allan Thygesen wrote in... "We did indeed...

Adobe Myth Hackers: Flash on iPhone!

This funny parody video about the impossibility of Flash on the iPhone features Adobe CTO, Kevin Lynch (right with the beret!), and Adobe's SVP and GM, John Loiacono (left with analogue TV). It was produced for fun for attendees of the Adobe MAX 2009 conference and it expertly echoes the ever popular "Myth Busters" show. -- Tracy Swedlow, [itvt]

Toy Story: For Adults it’s CES

The holidays mean toys for children. Toys in those big catalogs that weigh down mail carriers even in this age of Web-enabled shopping; toys clogging the aisles of the stores and malls; and toys on television. It’s toys to the world. After the holidays, after those toys are broken or discarded into some dusty closet corner, it’s toys for adults… aka the Consumer Electronics Show. For the select few of us who are invited to...

What does Connected TV mean for content producers?

Every programme-maker has a desire to entertain, inform, stimulate or sometimes to shock their audience. This is both a creative challenge – “what should I create?” – and a commercial challenge – “how do I pay for it?” On the face of it, a connected television platform such as Canvas which enables consumers to watch programmes on demand can help to address the second of these two questions. If production companies can deliver their programming...

Subsidized devices for audio and video content services: taking TV Everywhere beyond the PC

TV Everywhere, the industry initiative to bring on-demand pay TV to the general public, continues to gain train traction, but its programs currently focus on delivering services to PC-type platforms. The next step, which is what really interests people, is actually already here: leveraging DLNA-compatible solutions to fill the entire home with paid audio and video content across a variety of devices. Once you’ve brought the media into your house using a service like TV...

Pleyo's Web ecosystem for Hybrid Connected TV and STB

The company provides a unique Web Eco-system for CE Devices, splited into three areas : - an HbbTV Open source Web Browser based on Webkit - Added-value extensions (Widget engine, 3D extension, DLNA.. - A Web-services Widget platform More details : www.pleyo.com

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