News Round-Up

--CableLabs Working on "OLCA" Specs for "TV Everywhere"
--DISH Network, EchoStar Demo Google TV to the FCC
--New App from PlayOn Will Let Users Stream Hulu on their iPhone
--ruwido Adds Capacitive Sensor to its tau Remote Control
--Social TV Company, Sofanatics, Closes Seed Funding Round
--Tivo Premiere DVR's Now Available in hhgregg Stores

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • CableLabs is working on a new set of specifications to add "some unification and scale" to the way cable operators and programmers deploy "TV Everywhere" services, according to a report by Cable Digital News's Jeff Baumgartner. The so-called Online Content Access (OLCA) specs follow an RFI that was issued by CableLabs last fall (see the article published on, November 2nd) and that sought to define elements for a common technical approach that would enable consumers to have secure online access to subscription-based video services. According to Baumgartner's sources, the specs will focus on authentication and authorization.
  • DISH Network and its sister company, EchoStar Technologies, last week demo'd to the FCC a Google TV-powered set-top working with the satellite TV operator's ViP 922 SlingLoaded DVR, according to a DISH ex parte filing that was dug up by Multichannel News's Todd Spangler. The stated goal of the demo was to "showcase innovations in video navigation devices already occurring in the market," and the meeting also saw DISH discussing "technological and customer support challenges" that it believes would be caused by the FCC's proposed AllVid regulation.
  • PlayOn will on July 15th launch an iPhone app that, among other things, will allow users to stream the full version of Hulu and video from other online sources on their handsets, according to an article by CNET's Dan Ackerman.
  • Austrian remote control specialist, ruwido, has launched a new model of its tau remote control that features a capacitive sensor area for improved navigational functionality. According to the company, the new model's touch cursor "enables the user to navigate on-screen menus, change channel and adjust volume simply by swiping a finger across the surface of the device," while "LED lights provide visual feedback for accurate use."
  • Sofanatics, a Helsinki-based company that offers a social TV platform for sports fans, has announced that it has closed a seed funding round from high-profile angel investors.
  • TiVo has announced that its Premiere and Premiere XL DVR's are now available for purchase at appliance and electronics retailer hhgregg's stores and through the Web site. The Indianapolis-based retailer operates 157 stores across 15 states.


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