News Round-Up (I)

--ADB Supplying Interactive TV-Enabled HD Set-Top Boxes to Poland's INEA
--AFDESI Announces New Board
--Amino Reports "Record" H1 Revenues, Secures IP Set-Top Deal with Romtelecom
--BBC to Offer Extensive Red-Button Coverage of Glastonbury Festival

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  • ADB has announced that it is supplying Polish cable operator, INEA, with two interactive TV-enabled HD set-top boxes: the ADB-5810CD and the ADB-5810CDX (incorporates DVR functionality). "Both products include EuroDOCSIS 2.0, a USB 2.0 port for media access and Timeshift, and Ethernet for interactivity and future services such as video-on-demand," the company states in its press materials. "The products are also home networking-capable and come with ADB's advanced user interface."
  • International interactive TV industry body, AFDESI (the Association for the Development of Enhanced TV Services and Interactivity), has announced the members of its new board, who will serve for the next two years. The board members are Philippe Alcaras of Selevision (president), Philippe Fau of Partouche Image (vice president), Regis Saint Girons of OpenTV (general secretary, standards), Muriel Sangouard of TDF (broadcaster relations), Laoreato Santonastasi of Hyperpanel (technology), Colas Overkott of Visiware (marketing, finance officer), and Bachir Ghalayini of Vianeos (events).
  • IP set-top box company, Amino Technologies, has announced "record" revenues and unit sales for the first half of the year, and also claims that it had a "healthy" order backlog as of May 31st. The company also says it expects to report a significantly reduced loss. In addition, the company has announced an IPTV set-top deal with Romania's Romtelecom.
  • The BBC has announced plans for extensive coverage of the Glastonbury music festival, including four red-button streams (showcasing performances on all four festival stages, as well as the corporation's own BBC Introducing stage), and a dedicated video-enabled Web site that will offer live streaming.