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Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 2/10/14 (II): Ericsson, Azuki, Facebook, Google Chromecast, Telstra, NBC, Twitter, Netflix, Hulu, Alticast, Espial, S3 Group, RDK, Roku, Verizon, Viddler, Vungle, Freeview

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014 (June 10th-11th in San Francisco --purchase your Super-Early-Bird Discount tickets here !), and because we are catching up with a backlog of news (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Ericsson Acquires "TV Everywhere" Delivery Platform Provider, Azuki Systems; Azuki "Complements" Mediaroom IPTV Platform,...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Freeview, Grand Union, HBO, "Game of Thrones," Disruptor Beam, Trendrr, BitTorrent, Holoxica, Hopskoch, Hulu, LodgeNet, Luke Bryan

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 ( June 25th-26th in San Francisco ), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: UK's Free-to-Air DTT Platform, Freeview, Relaunches its Web Site with Backwards-Scrollable Guide Featuring Links to Major Catch-Up TV Services; New Site Was Developed by Grand Union Update to PrimeTime Android App for Google TV Enables Support for Amazon Prime HBO Sports President...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Freeview, GEM 3DTV, ESPN, Facebook, ITV Player

--DTG Unveils New Features for Freeview and Freeview HD
--DVB Publishes GEM Profile for Plano-Stereoscopic 3DTV
--ESPN Launches ESPN3 Player on Facebook
--ITV Player Micropayment Trials Delayed until June
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. UK DTV-industry body, the Digital Television Group (DTG) , on Wednesday unveiled a range of enhancements to Freeview and Freeview HD, the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial TV platforms. The enhancements will be published March 31st in an updated version of the DTG's D-Book. According to the DTG, the new...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CableLabs, Canoe Ventures, Comcast, TiVo, Connect TV, Freeview

--CableLabs CEO, Liao: Interactive TV Is "as Important and Relevant to the Cable Industry as Ever"
--Comcast, TiVo Launch Sign-Up Page for Comcast's New Service for Retail TiVo Premiere DVR's
--Connect TV Brings 45 Internet-Delivered Channels to Freeview
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 ( note: early-bird discount registration ends tonight! ), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. CableLabs CEO, Paul Liao, has issued the following statement in reaction to last week's news that Canoe Ventures and its cable parents have decided to pull the plug on its efforts to implement a national interactive TV advertising platform: "Interactive television (ITV)...

ANT Galio Powers Humax's New TV Portal

--Portal Brings BBC iPlayer, Internet Radio, Flickr and Other OTT Services to Freeview STB's
Cambridge, UK-based digital TV software specialist, ANT , contacted [itvt] Thursday to let us know that its ANT Galio platform is powering set-top box manufacturer Humax 's new TV Portal. The company says that an automatic, over-the-air update to all Humax's HDR-FOX T2 Freeview+ set-top boxes in the UK ran from Friday, February 4th through Sunday, February 6th, and that the update included the addition of ANT Galio in order to facilitate the new portal...

Inview Interactive Taps Radio Times to Provide Branded Freeview EPG

BBC Worldwide-owned TV listings magazine, Radio Times , has been tapped by EPG specialist, Inview Interactive , to provide a branded EPG for the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, replacing Inview's existing Teletext Extra guide. The EPG, branded as Radio Times Extra and slated to be available on 37 Freeview set-top models from 21 different manufacturers (which collectively serve around 3.8 million Freeview households), offers 14 days of programming listings and synopses and some...

Strategy & Technology Forms Dedicated Hybrid Systems Business Unit

--Taps Freeview Australia Veteran to Lead New Unit
Strategy & Technology , a UK-based provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, said last week that it is setting up a dedicated Hybrid Systems business unit.

The new unit will be headed up by Matt Whitfield, who joins S&T following a stint at Freeview Australia, where he most recently served as technical director of phase 2 (MHEG-5 Platform EPG) of the national free-to-air digital TV platform. He will have the...

News Round-Up (VI): Opera, Toshiba, PlayJam, Freeview, Tesco, Project Canvas (YouView)

--Opera Browser to Be Offered on New Toshiba HbbTV Devices
--PlayJam Games Now Available on Freeview Set-Tops through Partnership with Tesco
--Project Canvas Incorporates as YouView, Names Richard Halton CEO
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , has announced that a customized version of its Opera browser will be offered on Toshiba's latest HbbTV sets in Europe, the REGZA VL and WV series. (Note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV"--is a pan-European initiative...

News Round-Up (II): BBC iPlayer, LG Electronics, Plex, Miniweb

--BBC Launches New Version of the iPlayer, Says iPlayer Is Coming to More TV Devices
--LG Electronics in Connected-TV Deal with Media Center Software Company, Plex
--Miniweb Enables Broadband Video on Freeview and Freesat HD Devices
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to 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...

BBC Red Button Team Announces Open Source Release of its MHEG+ Interactive TV Toolkit

--MHEG+ Programming Language Powers BBC's ITV Services on Freeview and Freesat
In a posting on its Internet blog, Monday, by Mark Hatton, a senior software engineer from the BBC's TV Platforms Group , the BBC Red Button team announced the open source release of its MHEG+ toolkit under the Apache 2.0 license.

According to the BBC, MHEG+ is both a programming language and a suite of tools that was developed in-house by the corporation itself for building interactive TV services on the UK's...

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