Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Cox, Entone, VTCI, httv, SindiTV

--Cox Launches iPad Streaming App
--Entone Powers Hybrid TV for VTCI
--France's httv Acquires Majority Stake in Singapore's SindiTV

Because the [itvt] editorial team has a backlog of news to cover following TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 and our post-event vacation, 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.

  • Cox Communications last month announced an iPad-based live-streaming app called Cox TV Connect. "TV Connect includes a convenient on-screen guide, and customers can select a full-screen viewing option once a program has been selected," the MSO states in its press materials. "The first version of the TV Connect app is now available at no additional charge in the Apple App Store. At initial launch, Cox customers with Preferred, Premier or Ultimate Cox High Speed Internet service, Cox TV Essential service or higher and a DOCSIS modem can download and use the free application on their iPad. Access to linear programming through Cox TV Connect marks a significant expansion of Cox's online offering. Last May, the company introduced TV Online, which gives Cox Advanced TV customers access to a library of thousands of television and movies titles on-demand. Many of the television shows available at cox.com/tv are available for online viewing starting the day after the premiere. Earlier this year, Cox also introduced Mobile Connect, an iPad, iPhone and Android app that gives Cox Advanced TV and Cox Telephone customers the ability to control and manage their Cox DVR and telephone services."
  • Entone last month announced that Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (VTCI) has selected its FusionTV solution to power the delivery of hybrid-TV services. "Entone's FusionTV solution will enable VTCI to offer its IPTV subscribers the best of live HDTV, DVR and cloud services via a single TV input, remote control and user interface," the company states in its press materials. "The 50+ content and cloud-based services that are available instantly include video-on-demand (VOD) content from Vudu, photo sharing from Flickr and Picasa, and popular social media apps like Facebook and Twitter."
  • French interactive TV company, httv, announced last month that it has acquired a majority stake in Singapore's SindiTV. "The acquisition will create synergies with httv software deployment activities for connected devices and will also optimize httv's international presence," the company states in its press materials. "The joint company will be able to offer advanced HbbTV and HD+ Interactive solutions for connected TV's and STB's. France-based httv has been a leading international technology and solutions provider for interactive digital TV satellite, cable, DTT and IPTV/hybrid operators for the last 12 years. Earlier this year, in September, at the IBC show Amsterdam, httv launched 'httvBox,' its innovative software turnkey solution for STB's available for all TV distribution platforms from pure broadcast (DVB-T/T2/S/S2/C frontends) , pure IP (IPTV, OTT) to hybrid. SindiTV, develops high-end software solutions based on both ST and Fujitsu chipset devices. It has longstanding relationships with major Asian device manufacturers and is highly involved in the German HD+ market. With 50% of the market share, SindiTV is the largest STB software provider for the new HD+ market in Germany (over 600,000 STB's). Beyond the obvious geographical synergies, this acquisition will reduce the cost, the complexity and the implementation time of httv software solutions. The joint forces of both companies will also provide them with a critical mass of over 60 skilled ITV engineers to address larger-scale projects and strengthen their product offering to pay-TV operators, broadcasters and STB/TV manufacturers."
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