News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, Widevine, ActiveVideo Networks, Cisco, Alticast

--Accedo Broadband in OTT Video Partnership with Widevine
--ActiveVideo Networks Teams with Cisco to Demo Cloud-Based Interactive TV
--Alticast Demo's Range of Interactive TV Products at IBC

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.

  • Accedo Broadband, a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices, and content-protection and video optimization specialist, Widevine, have announced a partnership to deliver OTT video services. "Widevine's adaptive streaming, virtual DVD controls and digital rights management (DRM) platform will be available for integration with Accedo's application solutions," the companies state in their press materials. "With this partnership, operators will be able to deliver the highest-quality viewing experience to their customers using Accedo applications."
  • Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, has been demo'ing its flagship CloudTV platform in collaboration with Cisco in the latter's booth (Hall 1, D.71) at the IBC. "Leveraging ActiveVideo's CloudTV Platform and Cisco's multiscreen Content Delivery System (CDS), an end-user will be able to navigate the interactive program guide (IPG) application on an iPad to select live, time-shifted or VOD content to be displayed seamlessly on their TV or directly on their iPad anywhere throughout the home, through a WiFi network," the companies state in their press materials. "The companies anticipate the combination of ActiveVideo's cloud-based platform and Cisco's multiscreen Content Delivery System (CDS) will allow cable system operators and IPTV providers throughout the world to quickly introduce innovative interactive applications to digital set-top boxes (EBIF and tru2way), CI+ connected televisions and IP-connected devices."
  • Interactive TV software specialist, Alticast (whose areas of expertise include DVB-MHP, OCAP/tru2way, EBIF, IPTV and mobile TV), has provided some information on the interactive TV products it is showcasing at the IBC (1.C35). It describes its IBC demos as follows: "1) N-screen service--a service that combines mobile smartphone devices and set-top boxes allowing the viewing of the same TV programs and movies over multiple platforms; 2) Social networking application--application enabling viewers to interact with social media in an intuitive non-obtrusive manner on their TV; facilitates a live community conversation focused around content and other social media features; 3) Next-generation UI--The latest GEM-based content navigation UI developed, offers a truly innovative and immersive UI experience that includes Wii-style navigation; 4) Over-the-top TV (OTT)--seamless consumer experience for accessing linear content through the broadcast network on a TV set, as well as non-linear services such as catch-up TV and video-on-demand via the IP network; 5) iDTV (Philips)--Alticast-powered integrated digital TV combining all the features of a TV and STB in one device; 6) Viewer measurement--collects and analyzes metrics from the set-top box. This valuable data can be used to help operators understand how subscribers interact with channels, VOD, PPV and ITV applications; 7) Remote monitoring system--collects and analyzes data from key network components like CMTS, cable modems, and set-top boxes to help operators monitor the health of their live plant and troubleshoot network and device issues."