Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Umami Launches Companion App for iPad

-- GameTree Hits 250,000 Downloads

-- Minerva Buys OTT Software Developer TVBLOB

-- RCN Deploys TiVo DVR with Four Tuners

-- Harmonic Releases ProMedia Capture Engine 

  • Three months after announcing that it had raised $1.65 million in seed funding, New York-based technology firm Umami launched a companion app for Apple's iPad that uses audio fingerprinting technology to deliver information about TV shows that viewers are watching to the tablets. The app detects what a viewer is watching, and then provides cast bios, photos and other information about the programs. It also provides links to fan sites, Facebook, Twitter, Wikipedia and other sites. Umami was founded by former Rovi VP of advanced advertising Scott Rosenberg and former Lightningcast, Leap Wireless and Broadsoft veteran Bryan Slavin
  • IPTV applications and middleware developer Minerva Networks agreed to buy Milan, Itlaly-based over-the-top video software developer TVBLOB. Minerva's xTVFusion and TVBLOB's BLOBbox platform are based on the Linux operating system. "The combination of Minerva's service management platform with TVBLOB's over-the-top video solutions will result in the most advanced and scalable platform for the deployment of television services across multiple networks and devices," Minerva said in a prepared announcement about the acquisition. 
  • Toronto-based TransGaming Inc. said its GameTree TV on-demand entertainment platform for connected TVs has been downloaded by 250,000 users in the first six months since its commercial launch. The company said it expects GameTree TV to reach more than 1 million users in its first year. TransGaming said the average game session on GameTree lasts 65 minutes. 
  • Cable overbuilder RCN is one of the first pay TV providers to deploy a DVR containing four tuners. The company began marketing TiVo's Premiere Q four-tuner DVR and TiVo Premiere HD set-top as part of its "whole home solution." The TiVo set-tops also allow RCN subscribers to access content from both RCN's video-on-demand service and Web content such as Pandora Internet Radio
  • Cable technology vendor Harmonic developed a ProMedia Capture video ingest engine that is designed to help deliver live and tape-based video to TVs, PCs, tablets, mobile phones and other IP-connected devices. The company said the product allows operators to "record directly upon ingest, without requiring an intermediate transcoding step."
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