Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, Vestel, ADB, ALi, Cubiware

--Accedo Broadband to Offer Interactive TV Apps on Vestel TV Sets
--ADB Reveals its Exhibit Plans for IBC 2011
--ALi Corporation, Cubiware Team to Target Hybrid Set-Top Box Market

Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA and IBC trade shows--and because the [itvt] editorial team has been 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 several 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.

  • Swedish interactive TV applications developer, Accedo Broadband, and Turkish CE manufacturer, Vestel, have announced a partnership to bring Accedo's applications and services to Vestel TV devices and to "jointly drive the development of attractive applications and services." The first Accedo apps on Vestel TV's are slated to launch in the fourth quarter, with additional apps and services expected to launch in 2012. "Accedo's experience and knowledge of the TV industry made them an ideal partner for us," Hakan Kutlu, Vestel's deputy general manager for marketing, said in a prepared statement. "Consumers want all types of Internet content in their living rooms and TV remains the most desired device for consuming digital media. With Accedo applications, Vestel connected TV's will increase technology and innovation to meet consumer demands."
  • Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) has announced its exhibit plans for IBC 2011 (Stand 5.B48). "The ADB stand at IBC will have several exciting solutions on display," the company states in its press materials. "1) ADB's multi-room pay-TV platform, unique in its ability to deliver on both consumer experience and operating costs, and vouched for by a successful field implementation. 2) ADB's Connected Home software suite, [which] remotely manages consumer devices using the TR-069 standard, already adopted by leading service providers in Europe and in the Americas, who benefit from improved consumer satisfaction and lower operating costs. 3) ADB's Connected TV Portal, a comprehensive launch pad for connected-TV services, equipping operators with a complete tool to develop and launch over-the-top services on multiple screens, fast and independently, providing viewers with one-click access to services, even on entry-level set-top boxes, from our award-winning Carbo interface. Other broadband and pay-TV innovations will be unveiled during the show."
  • ALi Corporation, a provider of system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for set-top boxes, and Cubiware, a provider of DVB/IP middleware, have announced a partnership to "provide best-of-breed, yet cost-efficient hybrid set-top box solutions for pay-TV operators. ALi's first SoC series based on this partnership includes the advanced CA-enabled Linux-based STB SoC's, M3603 and M3383, which will be pre-integrated with CubiTV middleware and available to STB vendors as a reference design," the companies' press materials continue. "The products will be exhibited at IBC 2011, Friday, September 9 through Tuesday, September 13 at Cubiware's booth at Hall 5 C35." Said Cubiware CEO, Jakub Gorski: "We are glad to be the first middleware company to adopt ALi's industry-leading Linux platform. By closely working together, ALi and Cubiware have developed a high-performing and feature-full hybrid solution, which is available to STB vendors for immediate adaptation. With ALi's solution, we can now effectively address a growing demand for fast, efficient and cost-effective solutions from our customers worldwide."
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