Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Entone Rolls Hybrid DVR and Streaming Receiver

-- Verizon Launches MY FiOS App for Android Phones

-- CableLabs CEO Paul Liao to Step Down

-- Akoo TV Previews Interactive  Programming

-- BBC Releases Red Button Schedule

  • Entone is pitching cable operators a new hybrid DVR that can deliver linear TV, cloud-based services and over-the-top video content. The Cupertino, Calif.-based company said its Amulet 400 DVR and Kamai 400 streaming video receiver can integrate with home networks, and allow subscribers to blend and connect to a variety of broadcast and cloud-based services. TheAmulet 400-series blends linear TV and cloud content, and is a high-performance, hybrid DVR with modular storage options that offers flexibility for deploying whole-home DVR without requiring additional truck rolls. New options available for Amulet include internal DVR, dual tuners and a front panel clock. Amulet also offers Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n), HPNA, and HomePlug networking options. Entone said its Kamai 400-series is optimized for delivering live broadcast and streaming applications. It offers optional ATSC or QAM tuner for broadcast reception. 
  • Verizon launched an Android app that lets its FiOS TV subscribers use Android phones as a remote control. In addition to allowing subscribers to view channel listings and set remote DVR recordings, MY FiOS lets subscribers watch Flex View movie titles and listen to voice mails from their digital phone service. The app also lets FiOS customers access the company's new Home Monitoring & Control Service. More


  • CableLabs said CEO Paul Liao will step down from the technology consortium after his contract expires in December 2012. Liao, a former Panasonic executive, joined CableLabs in June 2009. CableLabs said it has begun searching for a new CEO, and that Liao will remain at CableLabs until his successor is named. More
  • Shopping mall TV network Akoo TV said it will preview new interactive programming next week at the Association of National Advertiser's annual conference in Phoenix. Akoo, which distributes programming at 161 "Akoo Pavilions," said it allows viewers to make on-demand requests with mobile devices via apps or text messages. It also supplies viewers within its pavilions with free WiFi access. The company said it will demonstrate how major brand advertisers can integrate interactive television, mobile and social content to "deliver magnetic and rewarding consumer entertainment experiences, while driving marketing effectiveness and ROI." More
  • The BBC released this week's schedule of interactive programming available through its Red Button Guide. More


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