News Round-Up (I)

--ActiveVideo Networks to Demo iPhone-Controlled Interactive TV at ANGA Cable
--ADB to Provide Advanced Cable Solution to CableTEL-Eurocom
--Boxee Hires Ex-Googler as Director of User Experience, Launches Developers' Blog
--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for Financial Times
--Cabot, Access Team on HbbTV Solution

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  • ActiveVideo Networks has announced plans to demo an iPhone app--which it says is "designed to transform the interactive television experience for cable subscribers"--in its booth (L37) at the ANGA Cable Show in Cologne next week. According to the company, its demo will show "how the iPhone Remote Control App can enable gesture-based interactivity, improved keyboarding and navigation, significantly improved search and discovery, and the ability to upload photos and intuitively control displays on the TV. The demonstration also will show how the solution--which can be used in combination with any smartphone or Web device--can bring two-way functionality to existing one-way networks," the company continues in its press materials. "Historically, infrared and keyboarding limitations and the need for cursor-based navigation have hindered the use and growth of interactive TV," Ronald Brockmann, ActiveVideo's managing director, Europe, said in a prepared statement. "The ActiveVideo solution enables cable system operators to create a 'touch'-navigated enriched environment that gives consumers unparalleled control over their TV experiences--using the personal devices that the subscriber already owns."
  • ADB has announced a deal to provide Bulgaria's CableTEL-Eurocom with an advanced cable solution. According to the company, the solution "includes home networking functionalities and will come with an array of advanced applications such as over-the-top video, video-on-demand, media player and USB time-shift. These new applications will be made available over time through simple over-the-air upgrades of the installed devices, thus giving a superior lifetime to the entire solution," ADB says. The solution will run on ADB's ADB-2840C set-top box. ADB has also published a business update
  • OTT specialist, Boxee, has announced the appointment of Jamie Divine as director of user experience. According to the company, he previously led visual design at Google, in which role he "contributed to 33+ product launches, three major redesigns across Search, Apps, and Mobile, and countless experiments." Boxee has also launched a developers' blog, where it says it will post information about application updates, API and code changes, code snippets and tips and tricks.
  • Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, has announced that The Financial Times has chosen it to power its ad-supported online video initiatives on
  • Access, a provider of software to the DTV, mobile and "beyond-PC" markets and DVB middleware company, Cabot Communications, have announced a jointly developed HbbTV solution that they say can be plugged into any digital TV or set-top box. The solution consists of HbbTV middleware and DVB components (e.g. a DSM-CC client) from Cabot, and Access's NetFront browser, which has been enhanced to support HbbTV.