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 gun to its head."
  • "Purefold," an audience-driven, interactive sci-fi franchise that was to be monetized through brand integration and that saw the involvement of director, Ridley Scott (note: for more on the project, see the article published on, June 5th), will not be produced, due to lack of funding. "Combining so many innovations proved to be a challenging recipe for most agencies and advertisers and despite advanced collaborations with several A-list brands, a lack of sufficient funding meant that 'Purefold' was unable to move from script development stage into production stage," a statement explains on the Web site of Ag8, the independent production company that was developing the project with Scott and his company, RSA Films.
  • Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, will likely seek a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2012, and expects to be valued at over $3.6 billion, the company's chairman and CEO, Abe Peled, told Reuters last week. The company may also consider a secondary listing in China, he added. NDS, which was previously listed on the NASDAQ, became private last year, in a deal that sees its ownership split 51%/49% between Permira and News Corp.
  • NeuLion has been chosen by Major League Soccer (MLS) as its broadband video partner. The company has created MatchDay Live, an "integrated digital experience" on the MLS homepage, which is powered by Microsoft Silverlight and which it says offers "DVR-like functionality and HD-quality video, enabling fans to watch and engage with the game through a number of exciting, interactive real time services."
  • Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, has been voluntarily delisted from NASDAQ and is now a wholly owned subsidiary of the Kudelski Group.
  • Mixed martial arts fight promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), has partnered with Spike TV to launch, an ad-supported broadband video site that the companies are billing as making available "every episode, every fight and every fighter from all 10 seasons of 'The Ultimate Fighter,' which premiered on Spike in January, 2005." The new site also features social-media integration with Twitter and Facebook.


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