Cloud-Based Interactive TV Company, ActiveVideo, Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Verizon

--In March, Verizon Filed Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against ActiveVideo Customer, Cablevision

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, said last week that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Verizon Communications, Verizon Services Corp., Verizon Virginia and Verizon South. Earlier this year (see the article published on itvt.com, March 19th), Verizon filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the Delaware federal court against ActiveVideo customer, Cablevision, and also filed a complaint against the MSO with the US International Trade Commission. (Note: ActiveVideo and Cablevision recently announced--see the article published on itvt.com, May 10th--that the operator had deployed over two dozen new interactive TV channels that are based on ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform. According to the companies, Cablevision is using CloudTV to offer "an expansive menu of personalized television content--including hyper-local sports and news, advertising showcases, and mosaic programming--to approximately 3 million subscribers in the New York tri-state area." The line-up includes MSG Varsity Interactive, News12 Interactive and a range of other channels and advertising showcases that are designed to serve specific interests of Cablevision subscribers, the companies said. In addition, they said, the ActiveVideo platform is powering Quick View kids, sports and news navigational mosaic channels.)

According to ActiveVideo, its lawsuit states that Verizon's FiOS TV offering infringes on five US patents for technology created, owned and used by ActiveVideo. Those patents are:

  • No. 6,034,678, entitled "Cable Television System with Remote Interactive Processor";
  • No. 5,550,578, entitled "Interactive and Conventional Television Information System";
  • No. 6,100,883, entitled "Home Interface Controller for Providing Interactive Cable Television";
  • No. 5,526,034, entitled "Interactive Home Information System with Signal Assignment";
  • No. 6,205,582, entitled "Interactive Cable Television System with Frame Server."

"Since its inception, ActiveVideo Networks has pioneered the development of technologies for interactive television such as video-on-demand and Web content on television," ActiveVideo CEO, Jeff Miller, said in a prepared statement. "ActiveVideo Networks, its employees and its investors have expended significant amounts of time and money developing these proprietary technologies and successfully deploying them at numerous locations. ActiveVideo Networks respects the intellectual property rights of others and has no choice but to insist that Verizon do the same."

ActiveVideo bills its CloudTV platform--which it says now serves around 5 million homes (major customers include Time Warner Cable, as well as Cablevision)--as providing an interactive TV experience that combines traditional broadcast TV and VOD with Web video and Web 2.0 functionality. According to the company, the platform provides viewers with an "intelligent TV environment of linear, on-demand and broadband programming, including rich interfaces, remote control navigation, games, social networking, personal media, niche content, and targeted, actionable advertising."


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