Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): EchoStar, iPowow, Miss Universe, Liberty, Metrological, Intellicore

--EchoStar Europe Launches Android-Enabled IP Set-Top Box
--iPowow Powers Second-Screen Interactivity for "Miss Universe" Telecast
--Metrological Tapped to Power Web-Based Interactive TV Apps on Liberty Global's Horizon Platform
--Intellicore Develops iPad App for Liberty Global's Horizon Platform
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 (I): ADB, Antik, Griffin Technology, Dijit Media

--ADB Delivering its Commercial Video Solution to Charter Communications
--Antik Launches "End-to-End IPTV Outsourcing Solution for OTT Video"
--Beacon Device Transforms iOS Devices into Universal Remotes
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: ADB has announced that it is delivering its Commercial Video Solution to Charter Communications (note: it says that it began shipping equipment to the MSO last month). "ADB's Commercial Video Solution plays a role in Charter's plan to enhance hotels' video entertainment services with the latest in-room video solutions, including a...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo, BBC iPlayer, BigBand, Clearleap, CableLabs

--ActiveVideo Demo's Delivery of HTML5 Interactive TV Apps by its CloudTV Platform
--BBC iPlayer's Global Roll-Out to Begin in Western Europe
--BigBand, Clearleap Team on IP Video Delivery Solution
--CableLabs Updates Technical Report on Converged Cable Access Platform
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: ActiveVideo Networks has announced that it will demo at the Cable Show this week (Suite ES-8) how its flagship CloudTV platform can be used to deliver HTML5 applications to any digital set-top box or streaming decoder. "The role of HTML5 in enabling many of the most compelling user experiences delivered by...

Apple in Multi-Year Deal to License Intellectual Property from Rovi

In a Form 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) , Monday, Rovi (formerly Macrovision), a company best known for its EPG solutions (note: its other solutions include entertainment data, content protection and content networking technology; among other things, it recently announced a cloud-based advertising solution for connected devices ), announced that it "has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple, Inc . whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from the company."...

Companies Showcase Advanced/Interactive TV Technologies at CableLabs Innovation Showcase

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization, CableLabs , has provided some information on the technologies that were featured at its Innovation Showcase, Monday. The Innovation Showcase , which was part of CableLabs' Summer Conference , saw 11 companies pitching new technologies to conference attendees, who then voted for the one they deemed most likely to succeed in the marketplace. The winner was BelAir Networks' new BelAir100SP Strand Picocell (see below): ActiveVideo Network s' demo...

Cedar Point Holds First North American Public Demo of its Visual Communications Applications

--Apps Work with EBIF, tru2way and IPTV to Deliver Communications Services to STB's, Connected TV's, Other Devices
--CableLabs Innovation Showcase Technologies Focus on Connectivity between Cable Infrastructure and IP Devices
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, said Monday that it is holding the first North American public demonstration of its new SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite of applications at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado this week.

According to the company, which recently announced that it had joined itaas's istart application developer program, the applications are designed to optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities. The...

Comcast Unveils "Xfinity Remote" for iPad, Other IP-Enabled Devices

Comcast Labs has developed a prototype of a Web-based remote control application that it says will extend its interactive programming guide to many IP-enabled devices. Dubbed the Xfinity Remote and designed to work with EBIF-enabled set-top boxes, the prototype was demo'd on an Apple iPad, Wednesday, by Comcast CEO, Brian Roberts, at the NCTA Cable Show.

According to Comcast, the Xfinity Remote will allow users to search for their favorite shows on...

Liberty Global Taps Samsung, Intel, NDS, Nagravision to Develop New Multimedia Home Gateway

--Buckeye CableSystem Taps BigBand Networks for IP Video Delivery
International cable operator, Liberty Global , on Wednesday announced plans to work with Samsung, Intel, NDS and Nagravision to build a new multimedia home gateway device for its digital TV customers. According to Liberty Global, the device will be an all-IP platform, capable of distributing video, voice and data throughout the home and to multiple video displays; and will sport a user interface that will "seamlessly" integrate video content, widgets, apps, and an advanced search...

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...

BT Launches New "Energy-Efficient" Hybrid DTT/IP Set-Top Box for its BT Vision Service

UK incumbent telco, BT , has launched a new set-top box for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid IP/DTT service, BT Vision . According to BT, the new Vision+ box--which connects to users' existing TV antennas in order to allow reception of linear TV from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial service, Freeview, and connects to BT broadband lines via BT's Home Hub wireless router, in order to provide access to on-demand and interactive content and services--comes in...