News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo Networks, ANT, Ocean Blue, AT&T, Microsoft

--ActiveVideo Networks to Demo Cloud-Based 3D TV User Interface at IBC
--ANT, Ocean Blue Partner to Develop Integrated HbbTV/Connected-TV Solution
--Report: AT&T Working to Enable U-verse TV on Xbox 360

Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

  • Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, has announced plans to demo at the IBC (booth 3.B20) a 3D TV user interface which it says can be delivered to any existing set-top box, CI+ television set or Web-connected device. According to the company, the demo will show "how the network processing and ultra-efficient streaming and scaling capabilities of its CloudTV platform can create 3D navigational and menuing environments that surpass the 2D limitations of CI+ modules and existing set-top boxes." In addition to its 3D UI demo, ActiveVideo Networks says that it plans to show how cable and IPTV providers can "use communication from customers' existing iPhones, other smartphones and Web-connected devices to the CloudTV platform to enable true, real-time interactive and on-demand services over legacy one-way cable plant; utilize ActiveVideo's iPhone Remote Control App to enable gesture-based interactivity, improved keyboarding and navigation, significantly improved search and discovery, and the ability to upload photos and intuitively control displays on the TV; and provide a uniform experience across any combination of one-way and two-way plant and STB's, CI+ televisions and Web-connected devices."
  • UK-based digital TV software specialists, ANT and Ocean Blue, have announced that they are partnering to develop a fully integrated software stack that will support connected-TV services (including HbbTV-based services) by integrating ANT's Galio platform with Ocean Blue's Sunrise DVB and Voyager MHEG technology. "The ANT Galio HbbTV Platform is already the software solution of choice for many of the industry's leading device manufacturers targeting the HbbTV and connected-TV markets," the companies state in their press materials. "The new partnership utilizes Ocean Blue's advanced Sunrise DVB middleware client and Voyager MHEG system to provide a fully integrated connected-TV software stack. This is ideal for CE device manufacturers such as TV and set-top box manufacturers looking to quickly roll out connected devices targeting the HbbTV and other hybrid markets...The partnership between ANT and Ocean Blue meets the requirement of large mainstream CE manufacturers looking for an industry-weight solution that reduces the development complexity of delivering connected-TV devices. The widespread industry support for HbbTV is a strong reflection of this growing hybrid market trend."
  • AT&T may be working with Microsoft to enable subscribers of its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, U-verse TV, to access that service on the Xbox 360, according to a report in Engadget. The capability is currently being tested internally with friends and family of AT&T personnel and will likely launch in a "couple of months," Engadget's source told it.


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