Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo Announces its Cable Congress Exhibit Plans
--BBC Releases January iPlayer Usage Statistics, Says New iPlayer iPad App Proving Popular
--Mobile Interactive Group Posts Strong 2010 Results
--Report: NDS Seeking $1.05 Billion in Loans to Refinance Debt
--Rovi Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Sonic Solutions Shares
--Sorenson Media, Kulabyte Team on Cloud-Based Live Video Encoding Platform
--Telefonica Unveils Cloud-Based Multiplatform Apps Environment
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , has announced its exhibit plans for this week's (February 15th-17th) Cable Congress show in Lucerne, Switzerland. The company says that it "will demonstrate how its CloudTV Platform can uniformly bring smart-TV functionality and applications to any set-top box or television equipped with CI Plus (Common Interface Plus) modules. During the...

ActiveVideo to Showcase Delivery of Two-Way VOD and Interactive TV over One-Way Networks at IBC

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , has unveiled its exhibit plans for its booth (3.B20) at the IBC in Amsterdam (September 9th-14th). According to the company--which says that its technology is now available in 5 million homes--its presence at the show will revolve around "two-way services that can immediately transform legacy one-way cable networks," and will be designed to demonstrate how its flagship CloudTV platform can use processing within the network to enable operators...

ActiveVideo Networks to Outline "iVOD" Concept at NCTA Cable Show

--Will also Use Show to Demo Range of CloudTV-Based Interactive TV Apps and Services
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , said Tuesday that it will use this week's NCTA Cable Show to showcase what it calls " iVOD "--which it describes as "a new strategic approach for providing the cable industry with a next-generation experience that unifies content across multiple platforms and brings new levels of personalization, recommendation and social networking to traditional on-demand television."

The company says that it will demo how its CloudTV...

New iTV Doctor Columns Featuring Time Warner Cable's Joan Gillman, Zap On Demand's Clayton Banks

--Topics Covered Include Start Over, Interactive Tune-In Spots, iTV-to-Mobile, and More
--Plus ActiveVideo's Villalpando on SpotCrime's New Crime-Mapping App for DirecTV
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, high-profile cable industry figure, Clayton Banks , CEO of Zap On Demand , discusses his company's new iTV-to-mobile technology, which uses interactive TV to sell a product, and mobile phones to complete the order.

We have also just published the second part of the iTV Doctor's two-part profile of Joan...

Introducing a New [itvt] Column, "Sound Off!"

[itvt] has just published the first in a new series of columns from Rick Howe , author of our popular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! "

Entitled " Sound Off! " and sponsored by ActiveVideo Networks , the new column series will, Howe ("The iTV Doctor") promises, "skewer some of the sacred cows of our business, with industry notables taking positions on either side of the arguments."


New Interviews with Sezmi Co-Founder, Phil Wiser, and Microsoft Xbox Live GM, Marc Whitten

--Plus ActiveVideo's Edgar Villalpando on the Emergence of the Connected Car
[itvt] has just published interviews with Sezmi co-founder, chairman and president, Phil Wiser, and with Microsoft Xbox Live general manager, Marc Whitten .

Wiser discusses Sezmi's platform (a set-top box-based offering which the company bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service"), its programming partnerships and its various interactive, social and content-discovery capabilities; the company's monetization strategy and roadmap for the

ActiveVideo Networks to Demo "Cloud-Based" Interactive TV Solutions for CI+-Enabled TV's at IBC

--ActiveVideo's Edgar Villalpando Provides More Detail in his Blog
ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV), a San Jose, Calif.-based company which offers a platform that it bills as intelligently streaming both traditional and Web-based content to digital set-top boxes and Web-connected CE devices and as combining the personalized, dynamic socially connected experience of the Web with the quality, immediacy and remote-control navigation that end-users expect from television (note: the platform, which earlier this year ActiveVideo announced had been deployed by Oceanic Time Warner Cable, and which...

[itvt] Scoop!: ActiveVideo Networks Deploys with Oceanic Time Warner Cable

--Radio Interview: ActiveVideo's Jeff Miller Discusses the Deployment

Interview: John Callahan, CTO of ActiveVideo Networks

ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV) recently appointed interactive TV pioneer,
John Callahan, as its CTO. Callahan previously spent 15 years at Time Warner
Cable, where he was involved in many of the operator's interactive TV and
VOD initiatives, and where he served most recently as SVP of software
engineering for its Advanced Technology Group. He was a significant
contributor to the creation of the Time Warner Cable Pegasus digital television
system architecture, and to such seminal interactive TV technologies and
standards as the Interactive Services Architecture (ISA), VOD, OCAP and

ActiveVideo Networks Enhances its Platform

--Hires Ad-Industry Vet, Nisbet, to Lead New Arm Targeting Advertisers ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV), a company which offers
technologies that bring interactive Web media to television and which
claims that those technologies are now powering such hybrid services
for over a million cable and IPTV viewers, has announced an enhanced
version of its ActiveVideo Distribution Network. According to the
company, the new version of its platform will simplify and accelerate
the availability of Web-based programming and advertising on the
television and enable consumers to experience such services as
user-generated content, social media, Web-based channels, games and