News Round-Up (VI): HSN, Project Canvas, Monsoon Media

--HSN Awarded Interactive TV Commerce Patent
--Kip Meek Named Project Canvas Chair
--Monsoon Multimedia Touts New Vulkano Platform as Replacing TiVo, Roku and Slingbox
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. It will likely take a short while for us 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...

Cloud-Based Interactive TV Company, ActiveVideo, Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Verizon

--In March, Verizon Filed Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against ActiveVideo Customer, Cablevision
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , said last week that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Verizon Communications , Verizon Services Corp ., Verizon Virginia and Verizon South . Earlier this year (see the article published on, March 19th), Verizon filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the Delaware federal court against ActiveVideo customer, Cablevision, and also filed a complaint against the...

DISH Network Granted "En Banc" Review in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case

--Last-Minute Reprieve Means DISH Will Not Have to Disable its DVR's Anytime Soon
The US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC last Friday granted DISH Network and its sister company, EchoStar , an "en banc" (i.e. full-court) review in the so-called "Time Warp" patent case brought against it by DVR vendor, TiVo . (Note: the case began back in 2004, when TiVo sued DISH Network--then called EchoStar--alleging that it was violating its US patent, number 6,233,389. The so-called "Time Warp" patent, which was granted...

MONKEYmedia Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Apple

MONKEYmedia --a company which holds a portfolio of patents that it says include "claims directed towards telescopic video-on-demand (VOD) and other enhanced viewing experiences," and that it claims "are essential to the practice of various industry-governed standards such as DVD-Video, Blu-ray and tru2way (e.g. Enhanced TV & SCTE-130)" (note: the company has launched a "SeamlessTV Partner Program" for licensing those patents, and, back in 2006, announced that it had succeeded in convincing none other than... to Use Video Recommendations Technology from Peter Gabriel-Backed The Filter

--Microsoft Files Patent for TV Recommendations System
The Filter , a white-label provider of video recommendation and relevance systems that is backed by rock musician, Peter Gabriel, announced last week that it has been tapped by NBC (which will be its biggest client to date) to power short-form video recommendations for the broadcast network's Web site. According to the company, its technology will bring to the fore relevant video selections from NBC's catalog (which includes clips from such shows as "Chuck," "30...

AT&T, Verizon File Patent-Infringement Counterclaims against TiVo

Last August ( see the article published on, August 31st ) TiVo--whose six-year-old patent infringement lawsuit against DISH Network and EchoStar appears to be approaching its final conclusion ( see the article published on, March 29th )--filed complaints in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against AT&T and Verizon for infringement of three of its US patents: 6,233,389 B1 ("Multimedia Time Warping System"), 7,529,465 B2 ("System for Time Shifting Multimedia...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

BIAP Changes Name to FourthWall Media, Secures Patent for Interactive TV App Personalization

Plano, Texas-based interactive TV software provider, BIAP (note: last year, the company--whose name is an acronym for Broadband Interactive Applications--secured a five-year license agreement for its ETV User Agent with Time Warner Cable-- see [itvt] Issue 8.23 Part 2B ), announced last week that it is launching a new brand identity that sees it changing its name to FourthWall Media. The company says that the new name is designed to express its "focus on breaking...