Exclusive: Zodiac Delivers its PowerUp HTML5 Platform to Two "Tier-One" North American MSO's

--CEO Brandon Brown Discusses the Deployments with [itvt]
Interactive TV software company, Zodiac Interactive , says that two tier-one North American MSO's have contracted with it for the integration of its PowerUp HTML5 Application and Services platform with their service environments.

The PowerUp HTML5 platform, which launched last spring, is billed as delivering a Web browser presentation engine coupled with a service layer, in order to provide a rich authoring environment with full browser control of all systems and...

Samsung CES News Round-Up

--Launches AdHub Interactive Ad Platform for its Smart TV's, Partners with Rovi and YuMe
--Redesigns Smart Hub UI with "Smart Interactions" Voice- and Motion-Control, and Other New Features
--Reveals Plans to Future-Proof its Connected TV's via "Smart Evolution"
--Launches Camera System that Brings Connected-TV Functionality to Regular HDTV's
--Expects to Achieve 20 Million App-Downloads Milestone this Month
--Launches New Family-Focused Apps
--Partners with Rovio to Bring "Angry Birds" to its Connected TV's
--Partners with DirecTV to Enable "Boxless" Viewing
--Will Offer UltraViolet-Powered "Disc to Digital" Feature on its Blu-ray Players
--Demo's Pay-TV Apps from Comcast, TWC
Samsung generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up: The company has launched Samsung AdHub , an interactive advertising platform for its Samsung Smart TV platform. "Through the newly announced AdHub service, brands can deliver 3D, video and interactive advertisements into the living room via Samsung's market-leading Smart TV's," it states in its press materials. "Samsung AdHub allows delivery of advertisements to the front page of Samsung's Smart TV interface, with...

Rovi CES News Round-Up

--Launches Second Generation of its TotalGuide Programming-Discovery Solution for Connected TV
--Launches TotalGuide on New Connected TV's from Toshiba
--Works with Samsung to Bring Interactive TV Advertising to Connected-TV Platforms
--Expands Feature Set, Device Support and Reach of its Rovi Entertainment Store
--Launches Digital Copy Solution to Enable Cloud Access to DVD and Blu-ray Disc Collections
--Adds Twitter Verified Accounts to Rovi Data
--Says Multiple Companies Now Using Rovi Cloud Services to Power Entertainment Apps
--Says Amlogic Will Launch First DivX Plus HD Certified Chipset for Android
Rovi generated a fair amount of news over the past couple of weeks at CES and beyond. Here is a round-up of recent major announcements from the company: The company has unveiled TotalGuide G2, the second-generation of its programming search and discovery solution for connected-TV platforms, which is slated for availability in the second quarter. "TotalGuide G2 will bring together a comprehensive range of Rovi technologies and services such as multimedia-rich and deeply descriptive entertainment...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): STMicroelectronics, Nagra (OpenTV), TiVo, AT&T, Charter

--STMicroelectronics Releases First Validated Drivers for Nagra's OpenTV 5 Middleware
--TiVo Secures $215+ Million Settlement of AT&T Patent Dispute
--Charter Launches TiVo Premiere in Texas
Because the [itvt] editorial team has a backlog of news to cover following TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 and our post-event vacation, 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,...

Interview: Founder and CEO, Somrat Niyogi, on Miso's New SideShows Offering

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, " Radio [i]tvt ," Somrat Niyogi , founder and CEO of second-screen social-TV specialist, Miso , discusses his company's recently launched SideShows offering (which it bills as "interactive content experiences that play on your phone while you watch TV"--note: for more on SideShows, see the article published on, December 14th), its partnerships with AT&T and DirecTV, and more.

Splat Interactive to Host TVOT NYC Intensive Workshop Session, "Connected TV: Not as Smart as You Think It Is"

Announcing the Schedule of Sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

Announcing the Schedule of Sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive 2011
[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for the second annual TVOT NYC Intensive ( Monday, December 5th, at 730 Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan ). A PDF version can be downloaded here . TVOT NYC Intensive packs all the excitement of our flagship TV of Tomorrow Show into a highly focused, dialog-driven, one-day event. In addition to compelling and timely...

Interview: Jeff Siegel, Rovi's SVP of Global Media Sales, on the Company's Connected-TV Advertising Efforts

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, " Radio [i]tvt ," Jeff Siegel , SVP of global media sales at Rovi , discusses the company's connected-TV advertising network, which delivers ads to such platforms as Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Among other things, he explains how viewers are interacting with the ads on the network, describes the kinds of data these interactions are generating, and provides information on other recent and forthcoming developments in...

INdustry: How Apple's Smart Genius TV Could Win Big

Is it a rumor? Or is it now a foregone conclusion? Seems the bandwagon has started to roll on Apple 's entry into the Smart TV market. The question is, what are they going to do? I guess we all expect Apple to enter the TV market with something very different, very competitive and very creative...a better Smart TV...a smarter Smart TV. Genius TV? So, how might a Genius TV be better than today's Smart...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Canoe Ventures, Comcast, Opera, Digital TV Labs

--Canoe Ventures Continues Hiring Spree, Outlines How New Hires Will Support its Strategy
--Comcast Casts Light on its Connected-TV Plans
--Opera Using Digital TV Labs' Ligada Test Tool to Facilitate HbbTV Browser Integration
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. Canoe Ventures has appointed David Kelly as VP of affiliate relations, reporting to CFO, Neil Schaffer. The company has also provided more information on its recent hires and promotions of industry veterans Chris Pizzurro, Jonathan Bokor and Sanjay Patel (see the article published on, September 15th), explaining how they will...