Cloud-Based Interactive TV Company, ActiveVideo, Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Verizon

--In March, Verizon Filed Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against ActiveVideo Customer, Cablevision
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , said last week that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Verizon Communications , Verizon Services Corp ., Verizon Virginia and Verizon South . Earlier this year (see the article published on, March 19th), Verizon filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the Delaware federal court against ActiveVideo customer, Cablevision, and also filed a complaint against the...

Mediacom Deploys Clearleap's Web-Based TV Technology Platform

--Will Use Technology for Advertising Insertion and for Programming Linear and VOD Channels
Clearleap , a company that offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, said last week that it has deployed its Web-based content and advertising management technologies with Mediacom Communications, the seventh-largest cable operator in the US. According to the company, the deployment--which is its largest to date (note: the company has previously announced deals with Atlantic Broadband, Bresnan, and Comcast-- see the articles published on June 30th, September 13th...

News Round-Up (I)

--ActiveVideo Networks Acquires Interactive TV Games Company, TAG Networks
--ActiveVideo Networks Integrates CloudTV Tech with SMiT's CI+ Modules
--ANT Selected by Kathrein for HbbTV Devices
--AT&T Launches U-verse Online Portal Launches Direct-to-Consumer Online Service in Private Beta
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Cloud-based interactive TV technology company, ActiveVideo Networks , has announced that it has acquired TAG Networks , an interactive TV games company with which it has worked very...

New iTV Doctor Column on Interactive TV Advertising

[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column , " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, the iTV Doctor examines methods for solving a problem inherent in interactive TV advertising: how to ensure that viewers who interact with ads during commercial breaks do not miss any of the program they were watching before they initiated their interaction.

In addition, [itvt] blogger, Edgar Villalpando , SVP...

New Interview with CEO, David Del Beccaro, on Music Choice's New Interactive TV Network, SWRV

--Plus New iTV Doctor Column on ActiveVideo Networks and its Cloud-Based Approach to ITV
[itvt] has just published a radio interview with David Del Beccaro , founder, president and CEO of multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice . Del Beccaro discusses Music Choice's new interactive TV network, SWRV , covering such topics as the technology infrastructure that drives the network's interactivity, its line-up of interactive programs, Music Choice's strategy and roadmap for the network, why the company decided to launch an interactive network at this time, and much more.

New Interview with Clearleap Co-Founder and CEO, Braxton Jarratt

--[itvt]'s Daily News Coverage Will Resume Later This Week
[itvt] has just published a radio interview with Braxton Jarratt , co-founder and CEO of Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets. Among other things, he discusses his company's cloud-based approach to on-demand and interactive TV; its recently announced project with FourthWall which saw the companies developing a video-centric, unbound EBIF interactive weather application featuring content from The Weather Channel ( see the article...

ActiveVideo Signs Up Trailer Park as First Major Content Developer for its CloudTV Platform

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , and entertainment marketing agency, Trailer Park , announced last week that Trailer Park's recently formed Trailer Park Advanced Content (TPAC) group has become the first major content developer to officially embrace ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform, which the company says is currently available in nearly 5 million homes (note: ActiveVideo's customers include Cablevision and Time Warner Cable), and which it says it expects to be in 10 million homes...

ActiveVideo Networks Expands Partnership with TAG Networks

--Companies Seeking to Extend Interactive TV Games Offerings to Connected CE Devices
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , announced last week that it has expanded its relationship with its long-term partner, TAG Networks , in order to extend enhanced gaming experiences to broadband-connected consumer electronics devices. This represents the third in a recent trio of CE-related announcements from the company: earlier last week ( see the article published on, January 7th ), it announced an agreement with Blockbuster that it said was designed to enhance...

News Round-Up

--Boxee in Content Partnerships with, Blip.TV and Others, Launches "Bookmarklets"
--Comcast's Roberts: EBIF in 13 Million STB's, Cox: tru2way Enabled in 100% of Headends
--DISH Taps NeuLion to Deliver its International Channels OTT
--Dreamer's Blu-TV Interactive TV Service Deployed on OPPO's BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player
--Microsoft's Ballmer: U-verse TV to Be Available on Xbox 360 Later This Year
--Netflix in OTT Partnerships with Funai, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba
--Oregan Networks Launches "Onyx Widgetry" App Store
--Sling Media Announces Support for Adobe Flash
--Sonic Solutions in Roxio CinemaNow Partnerships with Nvidia, Toshiba, Lenovo
--Static2358/PlayJam Announces
Due to the volume of news generated by last week's Consumer Electronics Show, and because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show ( March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Boxee has announced 1) the general release of Boxee Beta, as well as new content partnerships with/applications from,, IGN and the upcoming movie, "The Wolfman";...

ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface for VOD and EST

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , announced an agreement with Blockbuster , Wednesday, that it says is designed to enhance the consumer VOD and electronic sell-through (EST) experience of the latter's Blockbuster On Demand service across multiple connected platforms. According to ActiveVideo, the deal will see Blockbuster using the company's technology to power a Web-based user interface for its service in the network cloud, that will allow viewers to search, discover and view titles...