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Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Time Warner Cable, Fox, TiVo, Best Buy

--Time Warner Cable to Offer Fox Programming on Primetime On Demand
--TiVo to Begin $100 Million Stock Repurchase Program
--TiVo-Powered Insignia TV's Now Available at Best Buy
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. Time Warner Cable...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Rovi, HP, Best Buy, Ziggo, DigiForge

--Rovi's RoxioNow Supporting HP MovieStore App on HP TouchPad
--Rovi in Deal to Support Best Buy's CinemaNow Service in Canada
--Rovi Loses EPG Patent-Infringement Case against Dutch Cable Operator, Ziggo
--Rovi Acquires DigiForge
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 Wednesday that its RoxioNow platform (which it acquired via its $720 million purchase of Sonic Solutions earlier this year--for more on the acquisition, see the interview with Rovi's EVP of product management and marketing, Corey Ferengul, published on, January 7th) is powering a new HP MovieStore application for...

Best Buy Taps Widevine to Provide Video Optimization and DRM for its Insignia Connected-TV Devices

Content protection and video optimization specialist, Widevine , said Tuesday that electronics retailer, Best Buy , has tapped it to be a "preferred" provider of adaptive streaming, virtual DVD-like controls and digital rights management (DRM) for its Insignia-branded connected-TV devices, which include television sets, Blu-ray players and media players. According to the company, its video optimization and DRM technologies will enable content owners and service providers to deliver content directly to Insignia devices in an...

News Round-Up (II): AT&T, BBC Red Button, Best Buy, Bluestreak, Brightcove

--AT&T Advanced Advertising Solutions Names Maria Mandel VP of Media and Marketing Innovations
--BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through July 2nd
--Best Buy Launches Mobile App to Enhance Moviegoing, Home Video Experience
--Bluestreak Tapped to Power New Interface, Media Center and Widget Framework for Bouygues Bbox
--Brightcove Unveils Solution for Delivering Video on Android Mobile Devices
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us 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. We...

TiVo "Non-DVR" Software to Be Integrated into Connected TV's from Best Buy's Insignia Brand

--Legal and R&D Expenses Widen TiVo's Q1 Losses
TiVo and electronics retailer, Best Buy , said Tuesday that development is underway to integrate TiVo's software and advanced TV services (though not the TiVo platform's core DVR functionality) into new connected TV sets from Insignia, Best Buy's in-house consumer electronics brand. The companies did not say when the sets will be available and how much they will cost. This represents the first time that TiVo's software has been integrated directly into a TV set--though...

YDreams, Canesta to Combine Augmented Reality with "Electronic Perception" Technology

--Helios Interactive Develops Augmented Reality Game for Best Buy
Portugal-based augmented reality company, YDreams , and Canesta , a Silicon Valley-based provider of "electronic perception" technology (note: the company offers single-chip CMOS 3D sensors, which it says enable "fine-grained, 3-dimensional depth perception in a wide range of applications," thus allowing devices to "react on sight to the actions or motions of individuals and objects in their field of view, gaining levels of functionality and ease-of-use that were simply not possible in an era when...

Google Launches Google TV

--Partners Include Sony, Logitech, DISH, Intel, Adobe, Best Buy, Jinni, Rovi
As expected ( see the article published on, May 5th ), Google unveiled a connected TV platform at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco last week. Dubbed simply " Google TV " and billed as "an open platform that adds the power of the Web to the television viewing experience," the new platform will, Google says, allow consumers to "search and watch an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources...

Best Buy Launches "CinemaNow" Download Service, Powered by Sonic Solutions

Electronics retailer, Best Buy , on Tuesday announced the availability of its new download service, branded as CinemaNow , which it says will provide consumers with free, same-day instant access to new-release movies and TV shows: titles will be available for rent at around $4 each, and for purchase at around $15. The CinemaNow brand was formerly owned by Sonic Solutions (note: Sonic acquired the pioneering OTT service of the same name back in 2008),...

Best Buy Uses Augmented Reality to Make its Print Advertising Interactive

--Open Source Augmented Reality Tookit for Apple iPhone 3GS Launched
Consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy , is using augmented reality to make the weekly print ads that it inserts in newspapers interactive and three-dimensional. The ads invite consumers to go to a dedicated Web site ( ), where a video instructs them on how to hold the ads in front of their Web cam in order to trigger a 3D-style augmented reality animation: the animation (or at least the version that [itvt] saw: we...

TiVo, Best Buy Form Broad Partnership

The New York Times and the San Jose Mercury News were reporting late Wednesday that TiVo is set to announce a broad partnership with consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy , today. According to the reports, the partnership--whose financial terms are not being disclosed--will see 1) Best Buy aggressively promoting TiVo products in its stores (as part of what the Times described as a "multiyear commitment" by Best Buy to advertise and promote TiVo products); 2)...