News Round-Up (II): BBC iPlayer, Boxee, Cedar Point, itaas

--BBC's New Five-Year Deal for British Open Includes Red-Button, iPlayer Coverage
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for June
--Boxee Releases Video Demo of Boxee Box
--Cedar Point Joins itaas's istart Program to Facilitate Deployment of its EBIF Communications Apps

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  • The BBC has signed a deal with The R&A that will give it exclusive live TV rights to the British Open golf championship through 2016, and that also covers radio, online, the BBC iPlayer and the BBC's red-button interactive TV service. The corporation's coverage of this year's Open saw it offering around 40 hours of content through the red button.
  • The BBC has released June usage statistics for its online catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer. In total, the iPlayer received 117 million requests for programs across all platforms. Full details are available here.
  • OTT specialist, Boxee, has released a video in which its chief product officer, Zach Klein, discusses the company's new Boxee Box, which is expected to launch in November (it was originally scheduled to launch at the end of the second quarter). The video--which was featured on the front page of the New York Times' online edition--is embedded above.
  • Cedar Point Communications, a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, has announced that it has joined itaas's istart application developer program. Cedar Point recently launched (see the article published on itvt.com, June 1st) its SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite, a collection of "visual communications applications" for cable operators and network service providers, that it bills as being compatible with EBIF, tru2way and other standards, and as being capable of being delivered to any device, including set-top boxes, connected TV's, PC's, iPads and mobiles. The company says that itaas will help it "facilitate deployment of EBIF-based visual communications applications."
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