BBC Develops Prototype Connected-TV App that Pulls Related Web Content into a Live TV Stream

--Radio 4 Offering Comedy Flashmob Program through BBC's Red-Button Interactive TV Service
In a posting Wednesday on the BBC Backstage blog (note: BBC Backstage is billed by the corporation as "a developer network to encourage open innovation and support new talent," and as offering "content and data feeds...for people to build upon under a non-commercial basis"), the BBC's Andrew Littledale unveiled a prototype connected-TV application that is designed to answer the questions: "What [will] set-top boxes connected to the Internet...look like for the user" and "What kind...

OTT Specialist, Boxee, Launches Movie Library

--Launch Partners are EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI and Openfilm
In a posting on the company's blog, Wednesday, OTT specialist Boxee 's VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen, revealed that Boxee has begun "adding the foundations of a new Movie Library" that will complement a TV Show Library that it rolled out in January as part of its Boxee Beta launch (note: the TV Show Library is designed to allow Boxee users to browse and search for full-length TV shows from major networks across the Web)...

Universal Electronics to Showcase "Point-and-Click" Remote Control for 3D and Connected TV at IBC

--Dolphin Remote Incorporates Hillcrest Labs' Freespace Motion-Detection Technology
Remote control specialist, Universal Electronics , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it plans to demo at next month's IBC a "point-and-click" universal remote, called the Dolphin, which it bills as "ideal for subscription broadcast operators looking to provide subscribers with advanced, Web-connected content options and an immersive 3D viewing experience."

According to the company, the Dolphin remote incorporates Hillcrest Labs' Freespace motion-detection technology, which senses user motions and translates...

Metrological, 2L Alliance, Prodrive, Softkinetic, Optrima to Demo Gesture-Driven Hybrid TV at IBC

Metrological Media Innovations said Tuesday that it is collaborating with its partners 2L Alliance, Prodrive, Softkinetic and Optrima to launch "a new and unique Internet-enabled television experience" at the IBC in Amsterdam next month (The Connected World, Hall 9, Booth IP361-364 and IP461, 462-464).

At last year's IBC, Metrological unveiled its flagship Mediaconnect TV offering, which it bills as a "next-generation, generic open media platform device based on the Intel CE...

New Customer Wins Put Minerva Networks Past the 200 IPTV Deployment Milestone

--Company Says It Is Benefiting from Operators' Interest in Merging Pay-TV with OTT Services
IPTV middleware and applications provider, Minerva Networks , said Monday that recent wins--including Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative and Swiftel Communications in North America, ICE in Costa Rica, PCCTV in Cambodia, and Palm Hills Development in the Middle East--have increased the total number of its IPTV deployments worldwide to over 200.

According to the company, it is benefiting from--among other things--a trend that sees operators increasingly interested in IPTV platforms' ability to enable the...

Video of Comic-Con Demo Provides Closer Look at Google TV

--Digg Founder, Kevin Rose, Argues that the Apple iTV "Will Change Everything"
The blog, StuffWeLike , has shot and published a video of a demonstration of the new Google TV platform--working in tandem with DISH Network's pay-TV service--that the search giant gave at Comic-Con in San Diego last month (note: for more on Google TV, see the article published on itvt.com, May 24th). The demo showcases, among other things, the Android-based platform's Universal Search experience, its bookmarking feature, its integration of YouTube, and its Google Queue menu...

Accedo Broadband to Unveil Connected-TV Apps for TV Operators at IBC

Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company, which was founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs, Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson, offers a range of applications, but is best known for its games)--said last week that it plans to unveil a range of applications that will enable TV operators to make their offering available over connected-TV/OTT devices, including Blu-ray players and HDTV...

Clearleap, RCDb Partner on Solution that Transforms Blu-ray Players into VOD-Enabled Cable Boxes

--Solution Billed as Providing Cable with a "Counter Offer" to Direct-to-Consumer OTT Services
Clearleap , a company which offers a cloud-based content management, delivery and advertising platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, and Related Content Database (RCDb) , a company which offers a software platform that it bills as enabling customers to rapidly integrate and deploy a range of Web services to managed-network set-top boxes, connected TV's and Blu-ray discs and players, said Tuesday that they have developed a joint solution that will allow pay-TV...

Vimeo Launches Channel on Roku's OTT Platform

--Vimeo also Launches "Watch Later" and "Universal Player"
OTT specialist, Roku , and IAC-owned video-sharing company, Vimeo , on Tuesday announced the launch of a Vimeo channel on the Roku platform. Roku is Vimeo's first partner in the home entertainment space, the companies said.

According to the companies, the channel, which Roku users can find in the Roku Channel Store, will feature the most popular videos on Vimeo--in "up-to-HD quality"--as selected by Vimeo staff. Roku customers who are also Vimeo...

Livestation Launches Live News App on the Boxee OTT Platform

--App Lets Users Access News from BBC, Al-Jazeera, France 24 and Other International Sources
In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, OTT specialist Boxee announced the launch of a Boxee app from Livestation , a UK-based company that streams live news from a range of international sources, including the BBC, Al-Jazeera and France 24. The app can be found in the Boxee App Library by searching on "live tv news."

While the Livestation app's free channels are available on all versions of Boxee, its premium...