Interactive TV News Roundup (Part 2)

--DOTSCREEN Launches Interactive Weather Forecasts

--Liberty Global to Launch Horizon Platform in Netherlands

-- Mediacorp To Deploy Oregan Media Browser in Singapore

-- NDS Powers Kabel Deutschland HD Set-top

  • Paris-based application developer DOTSCREEN is distributing interactive weather newscasts that are available on connected TVs worldwide from Philips and Toshiba TVs in Europe. DOTSCREEN teamed up with Switzerland's MeteoNews to develop its MeteoNewsTV service. The company plans to expand the service to connected TVs from Samsung, LG and other manufacturers. 
  • Liberty Global said it will launch its Horizon platform -- which delivers a hybrid of Web video and digital cable content – in the Netherlands early next year. “Our Horizon platform, with a simple and intuitive 3D-rendered interface and a powerful search and recommendation engine, will provide an elegant media and entertainment platform, seamlessly integrating cable, Web-based and personal content. Our consumers will be able to easily navigate, share and view content on multiple screens and devices wirelessly throughout the home," Liberty Global Mike Fries said in the company's third-quarter earnings release. 
  • London-based Oregan Networks said MediaCorp will deploy its Oregan Media Browser on its over-the-top interactive TV service in Singapore. The browser incorporates adaptive bitrate streaming of high definition video programming. 
  • NDS said it struck a deal with German cable operator Kabel Deutschland to deploy its MediaHighway software and VideoGuard conditional access system on its new HD set-tops. NDS is also supplying the company with a customized electronic program guide.