Interview: ActiveVideo President and CEO, Jeff Miller

Last week (see the article published on, September 26th), cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , announced that it had resolved its long-running patent dispute with Verizon . While the terms of the settlement are confidential, according to ActiveVideo it sees Verizon paying it the $260 million previously ordered by the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as "an additional unspecified amount of money." It also sees the companies...

Google TV CES Round-Up

--Google Says Google TV Activation Rates Have More than Doubled Since October 2011 Software Update
--Marvell's ARM-Based Foresight Platform Incorporated into Next Generation of Google TV's
--MediaTek Launches 120Hz SoC for Google TV and Other High-End Connected-TV Platforms
--LG Launches 3D Google TV
--Vizio Launches Multiple Google TV Devices
--Sony Unveils Two Google TV Devices
--OnLive Connected-TV Games Platform Integrated with Google TV
--Newly Updated Google Patent Appears to Describe App Marketplace for Video Channels
Google TV generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of announcements and other news from and about the platform: Just prior to CES, a posting on the Google TV blog announced that the platform has seen its activation rates "more than double" since an update last October that enabled "a simpler interface, a new way to discover great Web and TV content, a more TV-like YouTube experience, and Android Market,"...

Verizon Ordered to Pay ActiveVideo $11 million Monthly

-- Following Patent Infringement Ruling, Court Tells Verizon to Find Alternative Interactive TV Technology by May 23
A U.S. District court ordered Verizon to pay ActiveVideo nearly $11 million monthly to continue using technology in its FiOS TV service that it found infringed on the company's interactive TV patents. The injunction issued Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Jackson is a big score for ActiveVideo. The ruling will likely force Verizon to strike a licensing deal to use ActiveVideo's CloudTV technology, since Jackson said the telco has until May 23 to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo Networks, Verizon, BBC, Boxee

--ActiveVideo Awarded $115 Million in Patent-Infringement Case against Verizon FiOS
--New Version of BBC iPlayer for Connected-TV Platforms Launched
--Boxee Launches iPad App, New Boxee Box Firmware Release
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. Cloud-based interactive TV...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Audible Magic, Charter Communications, HBO

--Audible Magic Launches SmartSync Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Solution
--Audible Magic Awarded US Patent for its ACR Technology
--Charter Launches HBO's "TV Everywhere" Services
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: Digital audio and video fingerprinting specialist, Audible Magic , has launched an Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) solution, called the SmartSync System, for synchronizing events on smartphones, tablets and other "smart" devices with content being delivered on TV sets and other media-playing devices. The solution can be used to facilitate social TV,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): GetGlue, Channel 4, MIG, Morega Systems

--Social-TV Check-In Service, GetGlue, Secures Deal with UK's Channel 4
--Mobile Interactive Group Publishes Research on "Social Participation TV"
--Morega Systems Awarded US Patent for its "TV Everywhere" Technology
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: US-based social-TV check-in service, GetGlue , has secured its first international deal: UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4 , is partnering with the company to offer stickers and rewards for a number of shows on its digital channel, E4, including the new drama series, "Beaver Falls." "The cross-promotion coincides with the series...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Rovi, HP, Best Buy, Ziggo, DigiForge

--Rovi's RoxioNow Supporting HP MovieStore App on HP TouchPad
--Rovi in Deal to Support Best Buy's CinemaNow Service in Canada
--Rovi Loses EPG Patent-Infringement Case against Dutch Cable Operator, Ziggo
--Rovi Acquires DigiForge
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: Rovi said Wednesday that its RoxioNow platform (which it acquired via its $720 million purchase of Sonic Solutions earlier this year--for more on the acquisition, see the interview with Rovi's EVP of product management and marketing, Corey Ferengul, published on, January 7th) is powering a new HP MovieStore application for...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, BBC

--Apple Seeking Patent for "Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm"
--AT&T U-verse TV Launches "Troubleshoot & Resolve" Interactive TV App
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for May
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: Apple has applied for a US patent for what it describes as "an enhanced TV widget paradigm." The existence of the patent application was first reported on by Patently Apple. "Apple states that they recognized a limitation of existing widget technology as applied to a TV environment--in that conventional widgets, while...

Rovi, Delivery Agent Partner to Bring Contextual Tcommerce to EPG's

--Rovi Signs Multi-Year EPG Patent License Agreement with Cablevision, Releases Q4 Financial Results
EPG provider, Rovi , and tcommerce specialist, Delivery Agent , on Tuesday announced that they are partnering to launch the first-ever contextual commerce capability within Rovi EPG's for television programming. With this capability, the companies say, viewers will be able to buy products and services directly from the EPG, using their remote controls. The companies say that they are also planning to offer similar commerce capabilities to consumers who access their EPG's through the Web...

News Round-Up (V): Logitech, Google TV, DISH Network, Move Networks, Netgem, Toshiba

--Report: Logitech's Google TV Device to Launch September 29th, Will Be Discounted for DISH Subs
--Move Networks Awarded Adaptive Streaming Patent
--Netgem Enables Access to Toshiba's Connected-TV Portal on Any TV Set
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Logitech 's Google TV set-top box, the Logitech Revue, will launch on September 29th with an MSRP of $299, according to a report in Engadget that cites an "industrious tipster." However, Engadget's report continues, DISH Network subscribers will be able to purchase the...