Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): DirecTV, ESPN, Tennis Channel, Espial, Google TV, MeeGenius

--DirecTV Teams with ESPN and the Tennis Channel to Offer Interactive TV Coverage of the US Open
--Espial to Showcase its TV Browser at IBC 2011
--Google Offers "Preview" of Google TV Add-On for the Android SDK
--MeeGenius Launches Reading App for Google TV
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...

'TV Browser' Creator Espial Shops for New Owner

-- Digital TV Software Firm Exploring 'Strategic Alternatives'
Canadian digital TV software firm Espial may be shopping for new owner, announcing that it is exploring "a range of potential strategic alternatives." Espial distributes a "TV Browser" capable of delivering Web video content from Google , YouTube , Facebook , Netflix and other sites to pay TV subscribers. The company is banking on the increased competition cable operators face from over-the-top video to secure new distribution deals for its portfolio, which includes IPTV middleware...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ADB, Espial, Kudelski Release Financial Results
--Kudelski Provides an Update on its OpenTV "Turnaround Plan"
--ADB Says it Has Secured Deals with Two Tier-1 US Cable MSO's in 2011
--Reports: "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" to Support Voting via Facebook
--BBC to Offer "Waterloo Road" Spin-Off through the Red Button
--E! Entertainment Television Teams with Trailer Park on Red-Carpet App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
--Liveclicker Enables Interactive Video Shopping via Facebook Pages
--Connected-TV App Developer, MOVL, Appoints Director of Technology, Acquires Interactiva Colombia
--Rdio Social Music Service Launches on Roku
--Report: Samsung May Launch Google TV Devices Based
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB , Espial and the Kudelski Group have all released their latest financial results this week. Kudelski 's results announcement contains the following update on OpenTV , the interactive TV technology provider it acquired early last year: "With the full acquisition of OpenTV completed at the beginning of 2010, the Group launched a turnaround plan, with a...

News Round-Up (V): Ensequence, Canoe Ventures, Time Warner Cable, Bright House, Espial, FourthWall, CSG Systems, FreedTV, Google TV

--Ensequence Enabling Interactive TV Advertising for Canoe Ventures, Time Warner Cable, Bright House
--New Version of Espial MediaBase VOD Platform Supports Bandwidth Reservation
--FourthWall Media's Yellow Pages on TV Attracts 200 Advertisers in Three Months
--FourthWall Teams with CSG Systems on EBIF App for Viewing, Paying Cable Bills
--FreedTV's Social TV Platform Approved for Operator Trials
--Google Unveils Initial Line-Up of Google TV Content Partners
--Google TV Round-Up: Jeff Bewkes, Dell, Samsung, YouTube Leanback
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. Ensequence will today announce that its flagship iTV Manager interactive TV platform is enabling interactivity in national ads for Canoe Ventures and in local ads for Time...

News Round-Up (IV): Digisoft, PMT, Espial, BTI, GoBackTV, Nordija

--Digisoft in Deal with "Personalized TV" Specialist, PMT
--Espial-BTI Solution Combines Espial MediaBase VOD Server, BTI WideCast Edge Services Appliances
--GoBackTV in Multiscreen Interactive TV Mosaic Partnership with Nordija
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. 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,...

News Round-Up

--Broadcom Unveils FastRTV Technology for Fast Channel Changes
--Cablevision Said to Be in tru2way Set-Top Deal with Samsung
--Espial Reports Flat Revenues, Lower Losses
--Hulu Wins Patent-Infringement Case Brought by Ultramercial
--Report: Mafiosi Sending Coded Messages via SMS-Based Interactive TV Show
--Teevox Launches iPhone Remote Control
--Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Kardashians" Award
--TVO in VOD Deal with Rogers Cable
--Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0 in Dailymotion Syndication Deal with AlphaBird
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Semiconductor company, Broadcom, has announced its new FastRTV Channel Change Acceleration technology, which it claims improves TV channel-change speeds by up to five times. According to the company, the technology is now available on a wide range of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for digital cable set-top boxes and universal digital transport adapters (uDTA's). Comcast is the first service provider to...

News Round-Up

--ADB's Prototype 3D EPG's Generate Buzz at NCTA Cable Show
--Diva Launches Mobile VOD Platform
--Espial Reports Record Revenues, Swings to an EBITDA Profit
--Zelfy Demo's Remote Control/Two-Screen Interactive TV Application
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: At the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles last week, Geneva-based interactive TV and set-top box technology company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), generated some buzz with three prototype 3D TV EPG's that it showcased in a closed-door demo. Among other things, the EPG's were praised publicly by Time Warner Cable CTO, Mike LaJoie, who encouraged attendees of...

Rogers Says It Will Offer Canada's Highest Capacity HD DVR

--BH Telecom Selects Espial MediaBase to Power its VOD Services
Canadian cable MSO, Rogers Communications , said Monday that it will offer a new line of Cisco HD DVR's (the Explorer 8642HD) that will include a model with the largest DVR hard drive (500GB) in Canada, allowing customers to record up to 62 hours of HD or up to 280 hours of SD content. "We understand that for our customers, entertainment is about the experience for the whole family and at the center of it...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (III)

--Deutsche Telekom, DISH Network, Google TV, Dreampark, DVB, Ensequence, Entone, Envivio, Epix, Ericsson, Espial, FCC, Freeview NZ, Frontier Communications
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the third of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: Deutsche Telekom has announced the winners of its 2009 Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award...

China's Jilin Cable Network Using Espial MediaBase to Power Range of VOD Services

--Espial Acquired MediaBase Platform in 2008 via Purchase of Kasenna
Espial , the Canadian digital TV software company that in 2008 bought US IPTV and video-on-demand technology provider, Kasenna (note: the deal valued Kasenna, which had raised $90 million in funding since its launch in 2000, at around $6.5 million), said Wednesday that Chinese cable operator, Jilin Cable Network , has selected its Espial MediaBase VOD platform to power a range of on-demand services. Espial acquired the MediaBase product line through the Kasenna purchase. According...