Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): SeaChange, Comcast, S&T, Synacor, Grab Networks, SyncTV

--SeaChange Releases Fiscal Q2 Results, Is Powering Comcast's New Hybrid STB's
--S&T Reveals IBC 2011 Exhibit Plans, Secures Deals with Arion, Airwave Europe
--Synacor Partners with Grab Networks to Expand its Video Library
--SyncTV Trumpets Customer Wins, Announces IBC Exhibit Plans
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 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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Oregan Networks, thePlatform, ThinkOptics

--Oregan Launches Hybrid DTT/IP Browser
--thePlatform Updates its Player Dev Kit
--ThinkOptics Launches iOS App Combining Universal Remote Control with EPG Functionality
Because the [itvt] editorial team is catching up with a backlog of news--and has also been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. UK-based media browser company, Oregan Networks , has launched version 4.2 of its software--a hybrid digital terrestrial (DTT)/IP browser that is available in variants for Latin American, European and Asian markets that have adopted the DVB-T or ISDB-T digital broadcast standards. "As part...

BigBand to Unveil Solution to Help Cable MSO's Expand Broadcast TV and VOD to iPads, PC's, Consoles

--Solution Offers "Hybrid Approach" to Managing HTTP Adaptive Streaming Traffic

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...

GoBackTV Trumpets its Work on Chilean Operator's New DVB-C/IPTV Hybrid Pay-TV Platform

--Platform Will Feature Mosaic Navigation, VOD, nPVR and More
GoBackTV , a Silicon Valley-based provider of digital video headend and edge solutions, said Monday that it is working with systems integrator, I-Systems , to enhance Chilean operator, Gtd Manquehue's existing DVB-C TV platform with new hybrid DVB-C/IP "personal TV" services (note: the project also sees the participation of content protection specialist, Verimatrix--see the article published on itvt.com, July 6th).

According to the company, components of its flagship RetroVue product suite will...

Verimatrix Teams with I-Systems to Deploy DVB-C/IPTV Hybrid Pay-TV System for Chilean Operator

--Deployment Also Employs GoBackTV Middleware and VOD Servers, Xavi Set-Top Boxes
Content security specialist, Verimatrix , said Tuesday that it has teamed with Santiago, Chile-based systems integrator, I-Systems , to deploy a hybrid DVB-C/IPTV system for Chilean operator, Gtd Manquehue. According to the company, I-Systems is using its Verimatrix Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for DVB as part of a digital TV platform that includes middleware and VOD servers from GoBackTV and hybrid set-top boxes from Xavi.

Gtd Manquehue's new hybrid TV service...

BT in Deal to Offer Sky Sports 1 and 2 on its Hybrid DTT/IPTV Service, BT Vision

UK incumbent telco, BT , said Monday that it has signed a contract with BSkyB for the wholesale supply of the latter's Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 channels. The channels will be made available, via digital terrestrial, on BT's hybrid DTT/IP platform, BT Vision, the IP element of which is powered by Microsoft's Mediaroom software. They are slated to launch August 1st--i.e. in time for the August 14th kickoff of the UK Premier...

Digisoft Unveils Support for Hybrid DVB/IP Personalized Digital Video Services

At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, Cork, Ireland-based digital TV technology provider, Digisoft , announced the general availability of its DigiHost Service Delivery Platform and Java-based middleware for the delivery of advanced, hybrid DVB/IP personalized digital video services. The company says it will be demo'ing the solutions, together with various "revenue-generating" applications and services, in the NAB's Destination Broadband Pavilion (Upper South Hall, Booth SU9506D).

According to Digisoft, the DigiHost...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Widget for Baseball Fans

--Widget Offers Extra Features for MLB Extra Innings Subscribers
In a posting on a corporate blog, Wednesday, Verizon FiOS TV announced the launch of a free interactive TV widget for baseball fans. The widget, which became available this week, provides viewers with access to headline news, scores, league standings and player updates.

In addition, the new widget allows FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the $189 MLB Extra Innings premium programming package (offers up to 80 out-of-market regular-season baseball games each...

Zappware's iView Middleware Powering Hybrid DTT/IPTV Service in Croatia and Slovenia

Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has deployed its iView middleware platform with Slovenian telecom operator, Amis . The platform is powering a service, called AmisTV2.0, which launched commercially last September in Slovenia and Croatia and which offers such services as network PVR, pause-live-TV, restart TV, catch-up TV, and an EPG, as well as VOD services that feature reminders, favorites, user profiles, application skinning, search...