Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Metaswitch, CableLabs, Oregan, Sharp, Panasonic, Omek Interactive

--Metaswitch Networks Wins CableLabs Innovation Showcase
--Oregan's Onyx Browser Now Available on Sharp Connected TV's in Italy
--Panasonic in Gestural Control Partnership with Omek Interactive
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Metaswitch Networks '...

IPTV Technology Vendor, Minerva Networks, Opens Sales and Support Offices in Italy and Argentina

Minerva Networks , a company that bills itself as a provider of open-platform, carrier-class solutions for the delivery of pay-TV services over broadband IP networks, said Monday that it has opened two new international sales and support offices in Italy and Argentina.

According to the company, its new Milan-based European Sales and Support Office, which will be led by Gaetano Franzini, will provide sales and field support for customers located in both...

Mirada Powers Interactive TV Advertising for Sky Italia

Mirada , the Anglo-Spanish interactive TV company that was formed via the merger of YooMedia and Fresh IT (note: for extensive background on the merger, see the article published on, January 15th, 2008), announced Monday that it is partnering with News Corp.-owned pay-TV provider, Sky Italia , to deliver interactive TV advertising on the latter's OpenTV middleware-powered platform.

According to the company, the new interactive TV advertising service allows Sky Italia...

Interactive Programming Round-Up: Current TV Punks Italian Newspaper, "1 vs. 100" Returns to Xbox

--Oxfam Uses Interactive Doc to Raise Awareness of Climate Change
--Fox and Lionsgate Enhance New Home Video Releases with iPhone Apps
Current Media --the company founded by former vice president, Al Gore, and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, that operates Current TV, an interactive TV channel devoted to short-form informational programs, dubbed "pods," around 30% of which are contributed by viewers via its Web site (note: the channel, whose distribution partners include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, AT&T, BSkyB, Virgin Media, and Sky Italia, also invites viewers to help determine its programming schedule...

ADB Launches Interactive Digital Terrestrial HDTV Set-Top Box for Italian Retail Market

--i-CAN3810-HD Supports MHP-Based Interactive TV Services via Ethernet Port
Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (note: the company, generally referred to as ADB, is the corporate stablemate of interactive TV software and services specialists, Vidiom Systems and Osmosys), announced last week that it has launched its first high-definition interactive digital terrestrial set-top box for the Italian retail market. According to the company, the i-CAN3810T-HD, as the box is branded, is being distributed in retail outlets throughout Italy by ADB partner ZAP, and will...