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News Round-Up (I)

--ActiveVideo Networks to Demo iPhone-Controlled Interactive TV at ANGA Cable
--ADB to Provide Advanced Cable Solution to CableTEL-Eurocom
--Boxee Hires Ex-Googler as Director of User Experience, Launches Developers' Blog
--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for Financial Times
--Cabot, Access Team on HbbTV Solution
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. ActiveVideo Networks has announced plans to demo an iPhone app--which it says is "designed to transform the interactive television experience for cable subscribers"--in its...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Sky to Abandon Red-Button in Favor of Green-Button Interactive TV Advertising
--STB Company, TechnoTrend Goerler, Licenses ANT Galio HbbTV Platform
--TiVo Announces Availability of Wireless N Network Adapter
--Tremor Media Raises $40 Million
--Interactive, Cross-Platform Reality Format, "uMan," Sold into Portuguese-Speaking Markets

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. Sky says that it will abandon red-button interactive TV advertising, as a result of diminishing demand from advertisers. It plans to focus its...

German TV Manufacturer, Loewe, Selects Opera's Connected TV Solution

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , said Tuesday that its Opera Devices SDK 10.15 for Linux has been selected by German television manufacturer, Loewe (founded in 1923 and claims to have generated 325 million Euros in sales last year), to enable Web browsing, interactive TV widgets and HbbTV implementation (note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and...

News Round-Up

--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic
--Justin.tv Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for Rowdy.com
Here is a round-up of some of other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB has announced that Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is deploying its set-top boxes to support a new IPTV service. Amino Communications has announced that it has secured a contract to deliver HD set-top boxes to Mahaska Communication Group , a triple-play provider serving the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The company says...

Opera, Ocean Blue Team on HbbTV Solution for Connected TV's and Set-Top Boxes

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , and Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue Software , on Monday announced what they are billing as a modular, scalable and integrated HbbTV solution for connected TV's and set-top boxes. (Note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer...

Humax Launches New Set-Top Based on ANT Galio HbbTV Platform

--Box Began Shipping to German Retail Outlets Earlier this Month
Digital TV client software provider, ANT , said Monday that it has partnered with set-top box manufacturer, Humax , to bring what it claims is the first Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) set-top box to market. According to the company, Humax has chosen the ANT Galio HbbTV platform for its new iCord HD+ satellite set-top, which began shipping to German retail outlets earlier this month. The box is billed as allowing viewers to access a...

EBU General Assembly Endorses Hybrid Broadcast Broadband, Calls for Common Approach

--IMPALA Hails Freesat's Beta-Launch of MHEG Interaction Channel
The General Assembly of the European Broadcasting Union (note: the latter, generally referred to as the EBU, is a confederation of 75 mostly public service broadcasters from 56 countries) has issued a public statement of support for " hybrid broadcast broadband " (i.e. for technologies that make "both broadcast and broadband available on the same television display"), describing the emerging phenomenon as "one of the most exciting developments in the media today."

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Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) Specification Submitted to ETSI

--Recent HbbTV Interop Event Saw Participation by over 20 Companies
Germany's Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik (IRT) , a founding member of the industry consortium behind " Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV" (HbbTV) , a pan-European initiative that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection" (note: other consortium members include Canal+, France Televisions and TF1; satellite operator SES Astra; and software providers OpenTV, ANT and Opera...

Opera Software Joins HbbTV Consortium

--HbbTV Initiative Aims to Harmonize Broadcast and Broadband Delivery of Programming and Services
Browser specialist, Opera Software , announced last week that it has joined the industry consortium behind " Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV " (HbbTV), a pan-European initiative that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer through TV's and set-top boxes with an optional Web connection" (note: other consortium members include Canal+, France Televisions and TF1; Germany's Institut fuer Rundfunktechnik; satellite operator SES Astra; and...

European Broadcasting Union Technical Committee Agrees on Steps for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband

The Technical Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (note: the latter, generally referred to as the EBU, is a confederation of 75 mostly public-service broadcasters from 56 countries) announced this week that it has agreed to a set of measures for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband (HBB) services and devices. In a statement published on the EBU Web site, the Committee says that, while it recognizes the "exciting opportunities" HBB technologies present for viewers and broadcasters, and...

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