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Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amino, Apple TV, Arris, BigBand, Avail-TVN, "Big Brother"

--Amino Plans US Debut for its OTT-Enabled IPTV Set-Tops at TelcoTV
--Apple TV 4.4 Released
--Arris to Acquire BigBand Networks
--Avail-TVN Names Laurie Lawrence CMO
--New "Big Brother" Play-Along Game Encourages Viewers to Keep Watching During Commercials
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Amino Communications plans to debut its OTT-enabled IPTV set-top box range in the US in its booth (133) at the TelcoTV trade show later this month. It also plans to debut a new user interface for its Freedom Jump OTT Companion Media Center. "The company's Aminet A140 and A540 DVR devices...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Fox, ABC, Google, Motorola Mobility, Music Choice

--Fox Implements "TV Everywhere" Model for its Online Programming, ABC Set to Follow
--Google to Acquire Motorola Mobility for $12.5 Billion
--Music Choice Says its Interactive Music Video Network, SWRV, Has Generated 20 Million Interactions
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on our second annual TVOT NYC Intensive event--we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Yahoo!, IntoNow, NDS, Pushbutton, Amazon.com

--Yahoo!'s IntoNow Launches Android App, Supports "Project Runway"
--NDS Names Dave Habiger CEO; Ex-CEO Abe Peled Becomes Executive Chairman
--Pushbutton Acquired by Amazon.com
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. IntoNow , the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: BBC, SeeSaw, HBO, Hulu, Rovi, Suddenlink, Cogeco, Shaw

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 4th
--Criterion Capital Partners Set to Acquire SeeSaw
--HBO Go to Offer Preview of "True Blood" Episode
--Hulu Considering Sale
--Rovi in TotalGuide Deals with Suddenlink, Cogeco
--Shaw Launches Gateway in Edmonton
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has released the schedule of programming and interactive content that will be available via the BBC Red Button service through July 4th. Criterion Capital Partners , the company that acquired the struggling social media service, Bebo , is set to buy SeeSaw , the broadband TV service from UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, according to a report in The Guardian...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Google, SageTV, HBO, Limelight

--Google Acquires SageTV
--App Lets Fans Insert themselves and their Facebook Friends in "True Blood" Video
--Limelight Launches Interactive In-Stream Video Ad Formats for iOS and Android
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: Google has acquired SageTV , a provider of media center and PVR software for the PC, presumably with the goal of using that company's technology to enhance its Google TV platform. "We're thrilled to announce that SageTV has been acquired by Google," a statement on SageTV's Web site reads. "Since 2002, we've worked...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): SeaChange, Avail-TVN, This Technology

--SeaChange Unveils RS-DVR Solution
--SeaChange, Avail-TVN Launch Integrated, Managed Multiscreen Video Service
--Report: SeaChange in Talks to Acquire This Technology
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: SeaChange International has unveiled its "next-generation" Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) solution, which it claims can supplant set-top-based DVR services at roughly 20% of the cost typically incurred by operators to equip and maintain a DVR subscriber. "The SeaChange RS-DVR solution is available today for existing SeaChange Axiom video-on-demand backoffice installations with...

News Round-Up (II)

--BSkyB to Acquire Virgin Media Television
--Cellcast Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Loss
--Coincident TV Beta-Launches "Interactive Video Experience Builder" for HTML5/iPad
--Comcast Announces World Cup Programming Plans, Including 3D, VOD, Online
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. BSkyB and Virgin Media have announced that BSkyB will acquire Virgin Media Television for up to £160 million in cash. As part of the...

KIT Digital Expands Asian Presence via Acquisition of Benchmark Broadcast Systems

Broadband video platform provider, KIT Digital , said Monday that it has executed a definitive agreement to acquire privately held, Singapore-based Benchmark Broadcast Systems , thus giving it a significant foothold in the Asian market. The Benchmark acquisition is the latest in a string of acquisitions by KIT Digital (formerly known as ROO), which in recent months has also acquired US-based Multicast Media Technologies and The FeedRoom, Germany-based Nunet, and UK-based Narrowstep. "Benchmark was a...

IPTV SoC Company, Sigma Designs, to Acquire Home-Networking Chipmaker, CopperGate

Sigma Designs , a provider of system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for IPTV set-top boxes and consumer electronics, announced Wednesday that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire CopperGate , a Tel Aviv-based company that provides Silicon-based modem solutions for distributing broadband digital content in the home over coax, phone and power lines. The cash and stock deal, which has been approved by both companies' boards, values CopperGate, which also maintains operations in the US and...

DivX Acquires Over-the-Top-TV Company, AnySource Media

--Vudu OTT Service Launches on LG Electronics HDTV Sets
--Sony Announces European Launch of Bravia Internet Video
DivX , a provider of video encoding technology, announced Tuesday that it has acquired AnySource Media , a company that has developed an over-the-top-TV solution, called the Connected HDTV Platform, which it says will be embedded in certain new HDTV sets later this year (note: the company has not yet announced any partnerships with TV manufacturers), and will allow users to connect their TV sets directly to a range of content and services on the...

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