Comcast demonstrates new Xfinity X1 program guide upgrades

Los Angeles -- The Cable Show -- Comcast SVP of Product Development Charlie Herrin demonstrated several new features that the MSO will soon add to its Xfinity X1 interactive program guide. Comcast offers the cloud-based X1 guide on its cable systems nationwide. Some of the new features are designed to offer personalized content recommendations to subscribers. Herrin said Comcast is also looking at offering subscribers the ability to view multiple camera angles during sporting events...

Rovi Promotes Thomas Carson to CEO

-- Gemstar Veteran had been EVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing
Top interactive program guide distributor Rovi Corp. promoted Thomas Carson to CEO. Carson, who had been executive VP of worldwide sales and marketing, succeeds Fred Amroroso , who had run the company since 2005. Carson is a veteran of Gemstar-TV Guide International , which Rovi, then known as Macrovision , acquired in 2008. Carson was president of Gemstar's North American IPG business and president of its North American CE business. Rovi said Carson has also...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Boxee Pitches ‘Live TV stick’ to Cable Cord Cutters -- Netflix Targets Consumers that Buy Nook and Kindle Fire Tablets -- Shaw Deploys Motorola DreamGallery Solution -- YuMe Raises $12 Million from Samsung Ventures, Translink Capital -- Buckeye Launches Rovi TotalGuide

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Verizon FiOS, Virgin Media, Spotify, Wired City, YouTube

--Verizon Resumes Roll-Out of Version 1.9 of its Interactive Media Guide
--Virgin Media to Offer Spotify on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Funding Sought for "Internet Television Network," Wired City
--YouTube Invites Users to Check Out Experimental Re-Design of its Service
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Verizon has resumed the roll-out of version 1.9 of its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide, with launches in the Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay areas. The IMG 1.9 roll-out began in Harrisburg, PA, and Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY in April, but was then suspended so that the company could "make some...

Cable MSOs Tout WiFi, New Interactive Program Guides

-- Comcast to Integrate Facebook Recommendations in XFINITY TV IPG
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – Broadband wireless services won't topple cable, top industry executives said here Thursday. Instead, cable is poised to profit by delivering content to mobile devices connected to its broadband infrastructure via WiFi connections, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said at the closing general session at The Cable Show. "We're as relevant as we have ever been," Roberts said. While more consumers are relying on Apple 's iPad and mobile devices to...

SeaChange Demos Nitro Multiplatform User Interface at The Cable Show

-- Interactive Program Guide Challenges Rovi
Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International i s showing off its Nitro user interface and interactive program guide at The Cable Show this week. Nitro, which is a user interface that cable operators can use to deliver content to TVs, PCs, tablets and other mobile devices, is a product that SeaChange could use to challenge Rovi 's domination of the interactive program guide business. Operators that already have licenses with Rovi – which owns the IPG...

SeaChange Builds Multiscreen User Interface

-- VOD Vendor to Demonstrate Nitro at The Cable Show
Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International is expanding into the video navigation business, developing a user interface that pay TV providers can use to deliver content to TVs, PCs, tablets and other mobile devices. SeaChange plans to demonstrate its Nitro interface, which relies on HTML5, next week at The Cable Show convention in Chicago. The company said Nitro can support live and on-demand viewing, multiroom DVRs, virtual channels, TV listings, bookmarking and search and recommendation. Nitro...

ITVT Test Drives New FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide

-- 'What's Hot' Feature in New Verizon Guide Displays Grid of 16 Most Popular Channels in Real Time
Verizon launched a new version of its Interactive Media Guide for FiOS TV subscribers in a few small markets with several new features, including a mosaic screen displaying thumbnail videos from the most popular channels at any given time. The guide includes a new version of Verizon's "What's Hot," application. In addition to displaying the 16 most popular channels being viewed at any given time, subscribers can track the most popular programs that other subscribers...

Verizon Upgrades its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide

In a posting on a Verizon blog, Wednesday, the company's SVP of media relations, Eric Rabe, announced that it is upgrading its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide in order to "make on-screen purchasing and navigation faster and easier." According to Rabe, the upgrade was in response to feedback from FiOS TV customers: "FiOS TV customers wanted more detailed program information, interactive video-on-demand, more shortcuts and easier ways to upgrade their FiOS TV, and I'm happy...

NXP Integrates NDS's MediaHighway Interactive TV Middleware onto its CX2450x HD DVR SoC

--NDS's Snowflake Conceptual UI Wins "Best Interactive TV Technology or Application" Award at IBC
Dutch chip company, NXP Semiconductors , said last week that it has integrated NDS 's MediaHighway set-top box software onto its CX2450x system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for HD set-top boxes. The company says that the integration will reduce time-to-market and integration costs for set-top box operators and OEM's to bring new, interactive TV-enabled pay-TV services to end-users. According to the company, it collaborated with NDS on the system integration of the NDS CDI system software abstraction...