News Round-Up (IX): TED, Boxee, thePlatform, Time Warner Cable, TiVo, Hulu, TV Genius, Astra, TVGuide.com, Facebook

--TED App Launches on Boxee
--thePlatform Releases Gold Version of its mpx Video Management System
--CEO Britt: Time Warner Cable to Reduce Reliance on Set-Top Box
--TiVo to Offer Hulu Plus, Appoints New Director, Expands PowerWatch, Launches Interactive TV Advertising Challenge, Launches Online Season Pass Tool, Secures Another "Time Warp" Victory
--TV Genius in Content Discovery Deal with Astra
--TVGuide.com Using Facebook Tools to Enable Social TV Check-Ins

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.

  • The TED (stands for "Technology Entertainment Design") organization has launched an app on the Boxee OTT platform. "With the new TED App on Boxee, users have access to TED's full database of videos," Boxee states on its corporate blog. "Users can search for any video, organized by themes like The Creative Spark, Tales of Invention, Unconventional Explanations, What's Next in Tech, Master Storytellers, Bold Predictions & Stern Warnings, and organized by tags like Technology, Biology, Economics, Storytelling, Brain, Art, Politics, organized by length, and lastly featured by TED..." More.
  • Comcast-owned online video platform provider, thePlatform, has released the gold version of its mpx video management system. Release notes are available here; and an overview of the solution's key features is available here.
  • Time Warner Cable CEO, Glenn Britt, has revealed that the MSO is set to launch new products that will allow subscribers to use PC's and mobile devices to access cable content on any TV in the home. "Multi-room DVR's are going to become an old set of words," he stated at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia conference in New York City last month. "It's going to be amazing what you're going to be able to do, and ultimately you're going to be able to do all of this without set-top boxes." Light Reading Cable's Steve Donohue has more.
  • TiVo has announced 1) that it has partnered with Hulu to offer the latter's premium service, Hulu Plus, on its TiVo Premiere DVR--it says that the Hulu Plus channel will be available via subscription to all TiVo Premiere customers in the coming months; 2) that it has appointed Peter Aquino, the former president and CEO of its customer, RCN, to its board of directors; 3) that it has increased the size of the opt-in panel utilized by its PowerWatch ratings service from 25,000 to 100,000 volunteer TiVo households; 4) that it is inviting "brands and advertisers to take the 'TiVo Challenge' by trading in the value of their least performing primetime 30-second TV spot and instead using those funds to buy 30 days of exposure on TiVo"; and 5) that it has launched a Season Pass manager tool on tivo.com, which allows customers of its service to manage and transfer their Season Pass recordings online. The company has also issued the following statement in response to the US Patent and Trademark Office's reaffirmation earlier this month of the validity of its so-called "Time Warp" patent (the object of a long-running dispute with DISH Network and EchoStar): "We are pleased that the United States Patent and Trademark Office has reaffirmed the validity of all claims of the Time Warp Patent at issue in the second reexamination of the patent at the request of EchoStar. This decision by the PTO is final and not appealable by EchoStar. Today's decision further validates our IP and brings us closer to ending EchoStar's ongoing infringement. Moreover, we remain confident that the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will uphold and enforce an injunction against EchoStar's ongoing willful infringement of the Time Warp Patent."
  • TV Genius has announced that European satellite-TV company, Astra, has selected its content discovery platform "as it relaunches its Web site for consumers of DTH satellite in the UK, France and Germany. The TV Genius platform will enable consumers to search channel listings on the Web for specific programs or more general subjects, as well as schedule reminders," the company states in its press materials.
  • "In October, TVGuide.com will launch a check-in feature that uses basic Facebook technology to let visitors to the site click a button to broadcast on social networks what they're watching, or plan to watch, on TV," Kunur Patel writes on AdAge.com. "So far, networks and movie studios have partnered with apps from social TV startups such as GetGlue, Miso and Philo, and Comcast's project Tunerfish, to reward viewers for posting about their content when they're using their phones or the Internet while watching. But thanks to Facebook tools, TVGuide was able to build check-ins on its own, without a partner." The full text of Patel's article, which, he told [itvt], "explains why TV check-ins are next on Facebook's radar," is available here.

 

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