Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Canoe Ventures, Espial, Fanhattan

--Orduna Says Canoe Has Delivered 35.3 Million Interactive TV Overlays to Date
--Espial Unveils New Release of its MediaBase VOD Platform
--Fanhattan Updates its iPad-Based Programming-Discovery App

Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA 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 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.

  • At the Broadcasting & Cable/Multichannel News Advanced Advertising 4.0 event, Tuesday, Canoe Ventures' chief product officer, Arthur Orduna, revealed that the company has delivered 35.3 million interactive TV overlays to date. He also shared metrics that appear to show that Canoe's interactive TV commercials are proving effective. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler has more.
  •  IPTV and VOD technology provider, Espial, contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about Espial MediaBase 10.0, the latest version of its VOD platform, which is scheduled to launch in the fall. "The latest version of Espial's on-demand video platform provides high performance servers for streaming, capturing and distributing adaptive bitrate (ABR) content," the company states in its press materials. "Service providers can provide a full range of pay-TV services to multiscreen devices including live TV, network personal video recording (PVR), timeshift TV and video-on-demand (VOD) services." Espial lists the key features of MediaBase 10.0 as follows: "1) Espial MediaBase 10.0 gains first-mover advantage for TV Everywhere 2.0 services with support for live TV, network PVR, timeshift-TV and VOD services. Operators can now begin planning for TV Everywhere 2.0 services to smart TV's, smartphones, tablets and PC's. 2) Espial MediaBase 10.0 supports the capture, distribution and streaming of adaptive bitrate content in Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Microsoft Smooth Streaming formats. 3) Espial MediaBase 10.0 includes a patent-pending high-performance adaptive (HPA) module to maximize utilization of computing, storage and networking resources for adaptive bitrate video formats. 4) Espial MediaBase 10.0 offers two server configurations: Internet Servers and Unified Servers: a) Espial MediaBase--Internet Servers: Powers TV Everywhere 2.0 services including live TV, network PVR, VOD and timeshift TV--such as catch-up TV and startover TV; delivers video services to a full range of smart devices including PC's, TV's, mobile phones and tablets; efficiently manages content delivery networking (CDN) for adaptive content over multi-tier implementations and to both private and third-party CDN's. b) Espial MediaBase--Unified Servers: Provides a single platform for on-demand, RTSP/HTTP-based services to set-top boxes, home gateways, smartphones, tablets, PC's, smart TV's and other CE devices in the home and beyond; powerful content distribution networking (CDN) engine supports multicast distribution of both MPEG and ABR video formats; delivers the simplest operations with fewer servers and the highest utilization of storage, computing and networking resources."
  • Programming-discovery company, Fanhattan (note: for more on the company, see the article published on, June 5th), has released a new version of its flagship iPad app. Among the new features offered by Fanhattan for iPad 1.1: recommendations from friends, extensive Facebook and Twitter integration, and the ability to playback Vudu content from within the app. Fanhattan's corporate blog has a detailed overview of the app's new features.
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