RS-DVR

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, Facebook, Netflix, Icareus

--Cablevision Launches RS-DVR in Brooklyn
--Facebook Names Netflix's Reed Hastings to its Board of Directors
--Finland's Icareus Secures Three New Interactive TV Deals
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: Cablevision launched its $10.95-per-month "DVR Plus" Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in the New York City borough of Brooklyn last Friday, following a launch in the Bronx in January and a launch in Connecticut in April. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler has more . Facebook has announced that Netflix chairman and CEO,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Starz, Burger King, CP+B, DirecTV, Canoe, MSA

--Report: Comcast to Begin Testing RS-DVR Later This Year or Early Next Year
--Comcast Ups the Amount of Starz Content on its VOD Platform
--Burger King Interactive TV Campaign Lets DirecTV Customers Watch Hamburger to Win Coupons
--MSA's Media Software to Automate Sale of Canoe Ventures' Interactive TV Solutions
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Comcast plans to begin testing a Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in certain as-yet-to-be-determined markets later this year or early next year, CTO Tony Werner told the Bloomberg news service at the Cable Show, Tuesday. "We like the idea of a cloud DVR because you can virtually service your customers," Werner...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): SeaChange, Avail-TVN, This Technology

--SeaChange Unveils RS-DVR Solution
--SeaChange, Avail-TVN Launch Integrated, Managed Multiscreen Video Service
--Report: SeaChange in Talks to Acquire This Technology
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: SeaChange International has unveiled its "next-generation" Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) solution, which it claims can supplant set-top-based DVR services at roughly 20% of the cost typically incurred by operators to equip and maintain a DVR subscriber. "The SeaChange RS-DVR solution is available today for existing SeaChange Axiom video-on-demand backoffice installations with...

News Round-Up (II)

--Report: Blockbuster to Release "Blockbuster Everywhere" API
--Boxee Updates its Platform, Adds More Content Apps
--Bravo Organizes Social TV Event around "Real Housewives" Premiere
--Cablevision Begins Deploying RS-DVR
--Cisco Powering 3D VOD for French Cable Operator, Numericable
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster , is set to release an API called "Blockbuster Everywhere," that is designed to deliver films, reviews and real-time inventory to set-top boxes,...

News Round-Up

--Quincy Smith to Resign as CEO of CBS Interactive, Will Continue to Advise on Interactive Media
--Comcast Said to Be Working on "Underground IPTV and Video Convergence Project"
--December Issue of Esquire Magazine to Offer Extensive Augmented Reality Features
--Rogers Skeptical of tru2way, Considering Internet-Based Interactive TV Solutions
--SeaChange Showcases RS-DVR Solution at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as some stories from the ongoing SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): CBS said Wednesday that Quincy Smith will step down as CEO of its CBS Interactive arm at the end of the year. However, Smith, who is starting his own advisory business, will continue to advise the...

Supreme Court Gives Green Light to Cablevision's RS-DVR Project

--Cablevision's Rutledge Says MSO Hopes to Launch Simple Pause-Live-TV App This Summer
The US Supreme Court said Monday that it would not revisit a US appeals court's decision last August to overturn a March, 2007 lower court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the Cablevision Remote Storage (RS)-DVR case . The decision is in accordance with a recent recommendation ( see article published on itvt.com, May 31st ) by US solicitor general, Elena Kagan, that the court not hear the case: Kagan was asked by the...

US Solicitor General Recommends that Supreme Court not Revisit Cablevision RS-DVR Case

--Cablevision Hopes to Launch Network DVR Service This Summer
US Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, has recommended that the US Supreme Court not revisit a US appeals court's decision last August to overturn a March, 2007 lower court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the Cablevision Remote Storage (RS)-DVR case. Cablevision was sued by ABC, CBS, NBC Universal, TBS, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, after announcing back in 2006 that it would launch a network DVR service which it...

Cablevision Said to Be in Talks to Offer Interactive TV Travel-Booking Service

--Cablevision Now Offering HD VOD Titles from Starz Entertainment
--Hopes to Launch RS-DVR Service this Summer
According to a report in Bloomberg news, New York-area cable MSO, Cablevision, is in negotiations to offer an interactive TV travel service on its iO TV digital cable platform that would allow viewers to book flights, hotels and vacation packages through their television sets. John Pasmore, president of Voyages North America, one of the companies reportedly in talks with Cablevision about launching the new service (note: Voyages North America recently began offering travel videos on...