Charter CEO Touts X1, ActiveVideo Cloud Guide Options

By Steve Donohue, for [itvt]
Charter Communications is talking to Comcast about using its X1 operating system on its cable systems, CEO Tom Rutledge said Monday. “We have had preliminary discussions with Comcast about that [X1], and have a similar view with regard to cloud-based user interfaces. If we can find a way to efficiently work together on that, we’d be interested in doing so,” Rutledge said on a conference call Charter and Comcast held Monday morning.

LG Electronics CES News Round-Up

--Revamps its NetCast Connected-TV Platform
--Launches Google TV-Based Connected 3D TV Line
--Unveils "Magic Remote" for its 3D Connected TV's
--Partners with Gaikai to Bring Cloud-Gaming Service to its 3D Connected TV's
--Will Launch Verizon FiOS TV App on its Connected-TV Devices Later This Year
LG Electronics generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related announcements and news from and about the company: The company unveiled its new Cinema 3D Smart TV 's, which among other things feature an upgraded version of its NetCast connected-TV platform. "Over the past year, LG has elevated the user experience of its smart-TV function by adding over 1,200 apps and a range of premium content services," the...

Rovi CES News Round-Up

--Launches Second Generation of its TotalGuide Programming-Discovery Solution for Connected TV
--Launches TotalGuide on New Connected TV's from Toshiba
--Works with Samsung to Bring Interactive TV Advertising to Connected-TV Platforms
--Expands Feature Set, Device Support and Reach of its Rovi Entertainment Store
--Launches Digital Copy Solution to Enable Cloud Access to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Collections
--Adds Twitter Verified Accounts to Rovi Data
--Says Multiple Companies Now Using Rovi Cloud Services to Power Entertainment Apps
--Says Amlogic Will Launch First DivX Plus HD Certified Chipset for Android
Rovi generated a fair amount of news over the past couple of weeks at CES and beyond. Here is a round-up of recent major announcements from the company: The company has unveiled TotalGuide G2, the second-generation of its programming search and discovery solution for connected-TV platforms, which is slated for availability in the second quarter. "TotalGuide G2 will bring together a comprehensive range of Rovi technologies and services such as multimedia-rich and deeply descriptive entertainment...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Microsoft, Miramax, Ooyala, Nagra

--Microsoft Launches Programming-Discovery/Social-TV iPhone App, TeleBing, in Japan
--Miramax Launches Ooyala-Powered Facebook App
--Nagra to Showcase Multiscreen TV Solution, Cloud-Based Services at IBC 2011
Because the [itvt] editorial team was recently on the road for several weeks--and has also been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --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 news covered...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Netgem,, Nickelodeon, Twitter

--Netgem Launches N Cloud to Facilitate Delivery of TV Content on Connected Devices in the Home to Showcase its New Synchronized Companion App Framework at IBC 2011
--Nickelodeon to Offer Original "SpongeBob SquarePants" Story on Twitter
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: French DTV technology provider, Netgem , has launched a solution dubbed the N Cloud, which it bills as "enabl[ing] operators to meet customers' demand for simple and consistent access to all content, including live TV and video-on-demand, from any connected device within the home." According to Netgem, it has signed up...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo, BBC iPlayer, BigBand, Clearleap, CableLabs

--ActiveVideo Demo's Delivery of HTML5 Interactive TV Apps by its CloudTV Platform
--BBC iPlayer's Global Roll-Out to Begin in Western Europe
--BigBand, Clearleap Team on IP Video Delivery Solution
--CableLabs Updates Technical Report on Converged Cable Access Platform
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: ActiveVideo Networks has announced that it will demo at the Cable Show this week (Suite ES-8) how its flagship CloudTV platform can be used to deliver HTML5 applications to any digital set-top box or streaming decoder. "The role of HTML5 in enabling many of the most compelling user experiences delivered by...

New NDS Solutions Bridge Pay-TV and OTT

--NDS SDP Enables Operators to Extend their Offerings to Companion Devices via Third-Party Apps
--Infinite TV Exchange Leverages OTT Delivery to Bring Special-Interest Channels to Operators' Line-Ups
NDS on Wednesday unveiled two new offerings: its Service Delivery Platform (SDP), an application development portal that it says "marries" digital TV platforms with OTT content; and the Infinite TV Exchange, a B2B content marketplace that is designed to connect service providers with content owners, in order to enable the creation of special-interest programming channels. According to the company, the NDS Service Delivery Platform is a fully scalable platform that enables TV operators to extend...

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...

New iTV Doctor Column Examines How the Cloud Will Impact the Future of Media

--Features Interviews with Orb's Joe Costello, FourthWall's Ellen Dudar, Ceton's Ed Graczyk, ivi TV's Todd Weaver, and Arlen Communications' Gary Arlen
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This edition sees the iTV Doctor asking a group of industry experts--Joe Costello, chairman and CEO of Orb Networks; Ellen Dudar, chief product officer at FourthWall Media; Ed Graczyk, chief marketing officer at Ceton Corporation; Todd Weaver, CEO of ivi TV; and Gary Arlen, president of Arlen Communications--what the world will be like when all...

Miniweb to Showcase woomi, its Cloud-Based Video Distribution Platform for Connected TV, at NATPE

--Says Platform Will Be Available on Half of All Connected TV's Worldwide by Mid-2011
Miniweb , a London-based company that offers cloud-based video distribution for connected TV's, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it will be showcasing its flagship woomi "connected-TV marketplace" at the NATPE show in Miami next week (January 25th-27th). The company says that it will demo how woomi helps online and video content publishers extend their reach, maximize their audience and generate new revenues from advertising and commerce. "We are not streaming video or...