Interactive TV News Roundup


-- BrightLine Names Michael Finn President

-- Dish Network Settles TiVo Patent Dispute

-- SocialGuide Buys Tribune TV Listings Data

-- Kabel BW Licenses S3's Development Suite


  • BrightLine named former Dish Network executive Michael Finn president of the advanced TV advertising company. Finn, who was VP of media sales at Dish, is the first person to hold the title of president at BrightLine since it was formed in 2003. He'll report to BrightLine CEO and co-founder Jacqueline Corbelli. During his tenure at Dish, the company's ad-sales revenues doubled, and he built partnerships with Rentrak, Google, Comcast Spotlight and DirecTV. More
  • Shares in Dish Network jumped nearly 20 percent Monday, after the satellite TV company said it agreed to pay TiVo $500 million to settle a long-running patent dispute. Dish Network had struggled in recent years with concerns that the TiVo suit could force it to disable hundreds of thousands of DVRs. The settlement will help Dish focus on competing against DirecTV and cable operators for new subscribers, and use its recent acquisition of Blockbuster to boost its online video strategy. More
  • Social TV startup SocialGuide struck a deal with Tribune Media Services which will allow it to supply users with TV listings data. The New York-based company said it will add TV schedules and program descriptions from TMS to its "What's On" offering. More
  • S3 Group said that German cable operator Kabel Baden-Württemberg (Kabel BW) licensed its StormTest Development Center solution for automated set-top box validation testing.  S3 said the StormTest product consists of hardware that allows test scripts to control all inputs to each set-top, and captures all the audio and video outputs from each box. S3 announced the agreement with Kabel BW, which counts 2.4 million customers, at the Anga Cable convention in Cologne. More
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