News Round-Up

--ADB's Prototype 3D EPG's Generate Buzz at NCTA Cable Show
--Diva Launches Mobile VOD Platform
--Espial Reports Record Revenues, Swings to an EBITDA Profit
--Zelfy Demo's Remote Control/Two-Screen Interactive TV Application

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

  • At the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles last week, Geneva-based interactive TV and set-top box technology company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), generated some buzz with three prototype 3D TV EPG's that it showcased in a closed-door demo. Among other things, the EPG's were praised publicly by Time Warner Cable CTO, Mike LaJoie, who encouraged attendees of the session he was participating in to check them out. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler has more.
  • VOD company, Diva, has announced the launch of Diva Mobile, which it says will allow "carriers, retailers, content producers and distributors to deliver on-demand content to consumers' mobile phones, regardless of the device type or carrier" and "alleviates the need for the costly and time-consuming conversion of content for each device as it operates agnostically across various form factors."
  • IPTV and VOD technology provider, Espial, has released its first-quarter financial results. Revenues totaled CAN$3.8 million (a record for the company), compared to CAN$3.1 million for the year-ago quarter; while EBITDA totaled CAN$0.1 million, compared to a loss of CAN$0.8 million for the year-ago quarter. Net losses totaled CAN$0.4 million, or CAN$0.03 per share, compared to net losses of CAN$1.2 million, or CAN$0.08 per share, for the year-ago quarter.
  • At the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles last week, a start-up called Zelfy demo'd a remote control/two-screen interactive TV application for iPads, iPhones and similar WiFi- and touchpad-enabled devices. Light Reading Cable's Sarah Reedy has more.


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