Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): NDS, Rovi, Broadcom

--NDS Showcases "Surfaces" at IBC 2011
--Rovi Launches TotalCode Encoding Solutions
--Rovi Releases v.9 of its MainConcept Codec SDK, Integrates DivX Plus Streaming with Broadcom SoC's
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and 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. We anticipate that it will take us several 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...

Civolution Preps OTT Platforms for Premium Content

--By Steve Donohue Civolution took a key step toward allowing movie studios and other content owners to deliver premium content to connected TVs and other devices, integrating its watermark technology with an encoding system from Digital Rapids . The companies said the combination of Civolution's NextGuard watermark pre-processing technology and the StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding systems from Digital Rapids will allow for the delivery of pay-per-view content through over-the-top video services. NextGuard applies a unique...

Envivio Unveils Third Generation of its 4Caster C4 Live Encoder, Targeting Large-Scale Multiscreen TV

--Also Unveils New Version of its 4Caster C4 Firmware
Envivio , a provider of technologies for processing live and on-demand multiscreen IP video, said Monday that it will unveil the third generation of its 4Caster C4 live encoder/transcoder for mobile-TV, connected-TV and IPTV services at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week. According to the company, the 4Caster C4 Gen III, as the new product is called, offers twice the processing power and supports twice the HD channel density of its predecessor, and...

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...

Softel Integrates vFlex HD with Harmonic's Electra 7000 for OP47, SMPTE2031 Data Insertion

Softel , a UK-based company that claims to have over 25 years of experience in providing ancillary data solutions--including solutions for interactive TV, opt cuing/ad insertion, subtitling and captioning--to leading broadcasters and service providers across the world (note: for an in-depth overview of Softel and its work in the interactive TV space, see the interview with its CEO, Sam Pemberton, that was published on itvt.com, July 31st ), said Tuesday that, in advance of the...