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News Round-Up (I)

--Cablevision Rolls Out Multiple Interactive TV Channels Based on ActiveVideo's CloudTV Technology
--Accedo Broadband Offering Paid Games on Philips Net TV
--ADB Unveils Cable Show Line-Up
--Alticast, Rovi Team on NCTA Cable Show tru2way/IPTV Demo
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ActiveVideo Networks and Cablevision have announced that Cablevision has deployed over two dozen new interactive TV channels to its entire digital subscriber base, based on ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform. According to the companies, Cablevision is using CloudTV to "offer an expansive menu of personalized television content--including hyper-local...

3D TV Round-Up

--CableLabs to Offer 3D TV Testing
--Comcast On Demand Offering 3D Horror Movie
--Discovery, ESPN to Launch 3D TV Channels
--JVC Launches 2D-to-3D Converter
--MPEG Industry Forum Launches 3D TV Working Group
--Samsung in 3D TV Partnership with RealD
--Sigma Designs to Demo New 3D Technologies at CES
--Vizio Launches New Line of 3D TV's
As was widely anticipated, 3D TV has emerged as one of the major themes of this year's Consumer Electronics Show--and a number of pieces of 3D TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: CableLabs has announced that it is providing testing capabilities for 3D TV implementation scenarios over cable. According to the organization, these capabilities "cover a full range of technologies including various frame-compatible, spatial multiplexing solutions for transmission." The...

Interview: John Callahan, CTO of ActiveVideo Networks


ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV) recently appointed interactive TV pioneer,
John Callahan, as its CTO. Callahan previously spent 15 years at Time Warner
Cable, where he was involved in many of the operator's interactive TV and
VOD initiatives, and where he served most recently as SVP of software
engineering for its Advanced Technology Group. He was a significant
contributor to the creation of the Time Warner Cable Pegasus digital television
system architecture, and to such seminal interactive TV technologies and
standards as the Interactive Services Architecture (ISA), VOD, OCAP and