News Round-Up (II): CloverLeaf, DTG, Project Canvas, Envivio, Edgeware, Verimatrix

--Three More ILEC's Launch CloverLeaf Digital's Localized Interactive TV Services and Games
--DTG to Offer Testing for Connected TV, HbbTV, Project Canvas
--Envivio, Edgeware, Verimatrix Partner on Multiscreen TV Solution

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 few more 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.

  • CloverLeaf Digital, a Brooklyn-based interactive TV applications developer that specializes in building and managing localized "walled garden" services, has announced launches with three ILEC's: Integra Telecom in Minnesota, North State Communications in North Carolina, and TCT in Wyoming. "All three independent telephone companies are offering both CloverLeaf's DotDaily localized news and information application and Funspot casual games to their IPTV subscribers," CloverLeaf states in its press materials. "The interactive IPTV services also feature local content published by community organizations using CloverLeaf's DashDaily Web-based community content publishing tools." According to CloverLeaf, its interactive TV applications are now available to IPTV subscribers in over 500 US cities.
  • The UK's Digital Television Group (DTG) is upgrading its DTG Testing center by providing manufacturers with a single facility for checking the test and conformance of connected TV's and HbbTV, Freeview and Freesat devices, reports the UK broadcast-industry trade publication, Broadcast. DTG connected-TV test suites are slated to be available for purchase in March, with product testing slated to launch in May. Broadcast also reports that DTG Testing is working with Project Canvas on the development of a test and conformance regime. In other Project Canvas news: Two UK industry bodies, United for Local Television (ULTV) and the Open Source Consortium (OSC), have filed complaints about the initiative with UK communications regulator, Ofcom.
  • Edgeware, Envivio and Verimatrix have announced that they have collaborated on an "integrated ecosystem solution featuring highly scalable video processing, distribution and content security for HTTP Live Streaming video services to multiple screens." According to the companies, the solution has been selected by a global systems integrator that is combining its linear IPTV, time-shift TV and VOD architecture with the solution in order to enable operators to offer "TV Everywhere" services. "Together the three partners have developed a tested, end-to-end, multiscreen solution for IPTV operators that eliminates the need to struggle with a confusing array of new technology and system choices," the companies state in their press materials. "This enables operators to quickly take full advantage of new revenue opportunities within subscriber environments, offering their services to Internet-connected devices such as TV's, computers, mobile devices and game consoles. The combined solution provides full adaptive streaming using the open HTTP Live Streaming standard, enabling dynamic delivery of higher or lower bitrates according to variable network conditions and device capabilities. Within the solution the Envivio 4Caster C4/2 provides the high-quality multi-bitrate video processing and encoding for content protection, the Verimatrix VCAS 3 system provides the trusted conditional access and revenue security system and Edgeware's WTV servers provide the highly scalable distribution and delivery servers." In other Envivio news: 1) The company has announced that a new firmware upgrade for its 4Caster C4 family of three-screen video encoders "brings to market the world's first unified, broadcast-quality, video processing platform with built-in support for all leading IPTV, mobile and Internet TV video formats." 2) The company has announced that its Envivio Three Screens headend is now optimized to support HTTP Dynamic Streaming for the Adobe Flash platform and Adobe Flash Access 2.0 content protection. "The combination of Envivio's video transformation solution with the latest Adobe technologies makes it possible for content owners to securely deliver premium, subscription-based video services at the highest possible quality, across existing networks, to the millions of consumer mobile, PC and TV devices that support Adobe Flash or Adobe AIR applications," Envivio states in its press materials.


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