News Round-Up (V): HTTV, Quadrille, LocateTV, Miniweb, Samsung

--HTTV in Push-VOD Partnership with Quadrille
--LocateTV Launches Android App
--Miniweb Unveils "Woomi" Online Video Service for Connected-TV Devices, Lands Deal with Samsung

Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by 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.

  • French interactive TV technology provider, HTTV, has announced that it is teaming with Quadrille to bring to market a turnkey push-VOD solution with an enhanced graphical user interface. "Quadrille’s QuadriCast, France's best-selling push-VOD off-the-shelf solution, will be integrated with HTTV's outstanding GUI and headend infrastructure under two different ecosystems: a DVB-S, MPEG-4 HD PVR STB running OpenTV and a hybrid MPEG-4 HD PVR STB with native middleware," the companies explain in their press materials. "By associating, HTTV's extensive expertise in broadcast streaming solutions and STB applications development with Quadrille's Quadricast push-VOD platform, both companies can offer a very competitive and fully integrated end-to-end push-VOD solution," HTTV's EVP of sales and marketing, Jean-Christophe Jubin, said in a prepared statement.
  • LocateTV, an online programming guide which is operated by NDS and which allows users to search for programming on TV, the Web and DVD, has announced the launch of an Android app.
  • Miniweb, a London-based company which offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, has launched a solution called "Woomi," which it says delivers multiple online video sources to connected-TV devices via a streamlined gateway. "Woomi provides an effective solution for device manufacturers looking to aggregate video content from hundreds of providers to connected TV's, set top boxes, Blu-ray players and gaming consoles," Miniweb states in its press materials. "The system is enhanced with user-friendly functions such as search, discovery, personalization and single payments. Free to implement, the solution enables manufacturers to capitalize on Miniweb's existing and future global content partnerships and deliver a compelling, connected online video experience to their customers." Miniweb says that it has signed a global application distribution and content collaboration agreement with Samsung to provide the Woomi application to the latter's Internet@TV connected-TV HDTV's and Blu-ray players. Woomi is slated to launch on those devices in the fourth quarter.