News Round-Up

--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for New Sports Social Media Site, Sportpost
--FTC Seeking Input on Whether COPPA Should Be Updated to Reflect Interactive TV, Other New Tech
--Harmonic Secures VOD and Web/Mobile TV Deals in China and Switzerland
--Hulu Sued by Hulavision
--LG Electronics Demo'ing Mobile Phones with Broadcast DTV Reception
--Twitter-Based Interactive TV Show Launched in Spain
--Widevine and Verimatrix Settle Patent Dispute

Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • Brightcove has announced that Sportpost, a newly launched social media site for European sports fans, is using its platform to power its broadband video offerings. According to the company, the video will be ad-supported and will include "high-def exclusives from Nike Football, Red Bull, Monster Energy, UFC, Laureus Sports and World Sport TV." Sportpost also plans to begin streaming live premium sports events from select partners within the next six months, Brightcove says.
  • The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is seeking input on whether the 2000 Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) needs to be updated to reflect new technologies, including interactive TV
  • Harmonic has announced that 1) Chinese cable operator, Changzhi TV, has deployed a range of its solutions to power its new DTV and time-shifted VOD services; and 2) Swisscom has selected its ProStream 4000 real-time multi-screen transcoder to power its new Web and mobile TV service.
  • A Canadian company called Hulavision is suing Hulu and parent company, NBC Universal, claiming that NBCU executives stole its trademark and trade secrets after a meeting with its founder, according to an article in the Hollywood Reporter.
  • At the CTIA Wireless 2010 conference in Las Vegas, LG Electronics is demo'ing prototype mobile phone models that are designed to receive the new mobile DTV signals now being transmitted by approximately four dozen local TV stations around the US.
  • Spanish TV channel, Veo7, has launched a Twitter-powered interactive TV show called "Twision," according to an article in TechCrunch.
  • Content security specialists, Widevine and Verimatrix, have settled their patent dispute. Back in August, 2007, Widevine filed suit alleging that Verimatrix's VCAS products infringe upon two of its US patents (7,165,175 and 7,376,831), entitled "Apparatus, System and Method for Selectively Encrypting Different Portions of Data Sent over a Network." According to a joint release by the companies, "under terms of the agreement, Widevine granted Verimatrix a license to the two asserted Widevine patents and the foreign counterparts. Verimatrix makes no admission as to infringement of the patents," the release concludes.


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