Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Bluestreak Technology, Brightcove, CableLabs

--Bluestreak Technology Announces its Exhibit Plans for IBC 2011
--Brightcove Appoints SVP of Sales for the EMEA Region
--CableLabs Set to Open Office in San Francisco's Financial District

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011--we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days 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.

  • Bluestreak Technology has announced its exhibit plans for IBC 2011 (Hall 13, Stand 13.123). "[Bluestreak] will demonstrate a variety of new Video Everywhere services," the company (which is claiming a trademark for the phrase "Video Everywhere") states in its press materials. "Video Everywhere is an emerging concept, blending the delivery of content from traditional TV services, over-the-top (OTT) vendors, and social media into connected devices, including televisions, set-top boxes, digital video recorders, smartphones, and tablets...At the event, IBC exhibitor Bluestreak Technology will be demonstrating a variety of new services focused on the areas of: 1) OTT--The company will be unveiling a new customer deployment that delivers premium OTT video services from leading service providers, including Netflix, BBC, and YouTube, on a wide variety of televisions, digital media players, and Blu-ray players worldwide. 2) Multiscreen and companion screen--The company will be showcasing its connected-TV capabilities with a product demonstration that combines live TV, network PVR, video-on-demand (VOD), interactive widgets, and Internet TV into a single service that runs across a variety of connected devices, including televisions, set-top boxes, PC's, smartphones, and tablets. 3) 3D interactive video--The company will be highlighting leading-edge innovations in the area of 3D video with a demonstration that showcases both 3D content and interactive features for IBC attendees to experience. Bluestreak Technology will also be demonstrating the latest updates to the company's MachBlue platform which deliver an outstanding video experience for today's largest connected device vendors and content providers, including Bouygues Telecom, DivX, Mitsubishi, NDS Group, Orange, Panasonic, SagemCom, Soft@Home, Time Warner Cable and Videotron."
  • Online video platform provider, Brightcove, has appointed Sue Thexton as SVP of sales for the EMEA region. Her resume includes stints as VP of EMEA at Datawatch Corporation, as managing director of ITN Source, and as EMEA VP at Brightcove chairman and CEO Jeremy Allaire's old company, Macromedia. "Brightcove first established a presence in Europe in 2007 with the launch of a UK office," the company states in its press materials. "Since then, the company has launched operations in France, Spain, and Germany. Brightcove customers in Europe include a broad cross-section of media companies, leading brand marketers and associations, such as the UK's Financial Times, Turner Broadcasting Europe, BSkyB, the Football Association (FA), BAFTA, Germany's Financial Times Deutschland,, Sky Deutschland, Die Zeit; Italy's Sky Italia, De Agostini Editore; France's Le Figaro Group, Societe Generale, Audi France, Roche; and Spain's Grupo Vocento, Grupo V, Conde Nast Digital Spain, among many others. Thexton's new role follows the appointment of Robert Raiola as senior marketing director for EMEA in February 2011. She will be based at Brightcove's European headquarters in London."
  • US cable-industry research, development and standards organization, CableLabs, is set to open an office in San Francisco, Jeff Baumgartner reports in Light Reading Cable. Located in the Financial District at 180 Montgomery, the new office is slated to be operating within a month. It will be headed up by John Carney, a co-founder of interactive TV technology provider, MetaTV (which is now part of Comcast), with CableLabs' SVP of technology development, Francois Mule, leading the office's technical staff.

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