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Interactive TV Commerce Expert, Will Keller, Named EVP of International Business at HSE24

--Will Lead the German Home-Shopping Company's International Expansion
Will Keller --who will be familiar to many of our readers from his [itvt] blog and from the highly praised debate session that he organized at TVOT San Francisco last spring--has been appointed to the newly created post of EVP of international business at Munich-based TV home-shopping company, Home Shopping Europe ( HSE24 ). In his new role, Keller will be tasked with managing the company's internationalization strategy, and will report directly to its CEO,...

Smart Electronic Licenses ANT's Galio HbbTV Platform

-- German Set-top Manufacturer Developing Hybrid Boxes
Digital TV software specialist ANT said that it is licensing its Galio Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV platform to German set-top box manufacturer Smart Electronic . ANT said Smart Electronic plans to deliver HbbTV services under the SMART brand to viewers in Germany, using free, over-the-air broadcast signals. Based in Germany's Black Forest region, Smart Electronic is developing interactive services for hybrid set-tops that offer access to a portal featuring Web content, social networks, video-on-demand content...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): KIT digital, Harmonic, MobiTV, Motorola, NDS, Sky Deutschland

--KIT digital, Harmonic Partner to Enable Pay-TV Operators to Embrace Multiplatform Delivery
--MobiTV Claims Record Usage in September
--China's Henan Cable Selects Motorola M3 Media Server to Power VOD and Network DVR
--NDS Powers Push-VOD for Sky Deutschland
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. KIT digital and Harmonic have announced a strategic partnership that they say "harnesses their complementary product portfolios to offer an end-to-end multiscreen video architecture optimally managed for maximum performance. The two companies are working together to create solutions that enable tier-one video providers to expand existing broadcast and pay-TV services efficiently...

Germany's Kabel BW Launches VOD Service Using SeaChange|eventIS Backoffice Software

--Service's Content Provided by SeaChange-Tele Muenchen JV, On Demand Deutschland
SeaChange International said Tuesday that German cable operator, Kabel Baden-Wuerttemberg (BW) , has rolled out a VOD service using backoffice software and systems integration from its subsidiary, SeaChange|eventIS (note: SeaChange acquired Eindhoven-based eventIS back in 2009; for more on the acquisition, see the article published on itvt.com, September 2nd, 2009). Dubbed "Videothek," the new VOD service is now live to 2.3 million Kabel BW subscribers in southwest Germany, and offers hundreds of films and TV...

iN Demand Offering Array of Free Cable VOD, Broadband Video Content to Promote PPV Boxing Event

--HD NBC Programs Added to MyPrimetime, SeaChange Subsidiaries in VOD Deals with Kabel BW
Cable industry-owned VOD content-aggregator, iN Demand , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is offering several free VOD programs on cable systems around the US, as well as two exclusive online documentaries, in order to drive interest in this Saturday's pay-per-view championship boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.

The free cable VOD programs--available on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Bright House Networks, Bresnan, RCN, LodgeNet and a...

NDS to Power Germany's First Cable HD DVR Deployment

At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Thursday, interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , announced that it has secured the first deployment of its XTV DVR solution in Germany: Tele Columbus and PrimaCom , two independent German cable operators which work in tandem (and which, between them, have around 3.5 million subscribers), have selected the solution to launch what is billed as Germany's first cable HD DVR service. According to NDS, the...

Move Networks in Deal to Power Broadband Video Portals for Germany's ProSiebenSat.1

Move Networks --a Utah-based company which offers patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand, HD-quality, buffering-free broadband video (its technologies are used by, among others, ABC, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Fox, Sky News, Televisa and Warner Bros.), and which recently acquired UK-based IPTV company, Inuk Networks (see article posted on itvt.com, April 22nd)--said Monday that it has signed a partnership agreement with SevenOne Intermedia, the multimedia arm of Germany's largest broadcaster, ProSiebenSat.1. According to the company,...

Brightcove in Internet Video Deals with Two More German Companies

At the Next09 conference in Hamburg, Germany Wednesday, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , announced deals with two more German media companies: Discovery Networks Germany and sevenload . Brightcove, which opened a German office in Hamburg late last year, has previously announced deals with OMS, an online sales and marketing network for around 60 German regional newspapers; German magazine publisher, Gruner + Jahr; and German sports portal, Spox.com. Discovery Networks Germany (DNG) plans to...

Interactive TV Technology Provider, NDS, in Deal with Kabel Deutschland

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, said Thursday that Germany's largest cable MSO, Kabel Deutschland, has selected it as an end-to-end solution provider, in order to enhance its digital TV platform. KDG, which operates cable systems in 13 German states and which is facing a competitive threat from Deutsche Telekom's Microsoft Mediaroom-based and interactive TV-enabled IPTV service, T-Home (note: for examples of the advanced interactive TV services offered by the T-Home service, see...

Deutsche Telekom's T-Home Taps emuse for VOD Promotion Application

Dublin, Ireland-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, emuse, has been tapped by T-Home, the Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service of German incumbent telco, Deutsche Telekom, to develop a 24/7 application, called Videoload Presenter Entertain Inside, that offers subscribers VOD content recommendations, trailers, reviews and promos. According to the companies, the application provides subscribers with an improved experience when browsing and purchasing VOD content, and also enables new marketing and promotion opportunities to increase the uptake of...