Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo, Alticast, BBC

--Accedo Joins CASBAA
--Alticast Names John Carlucci CTO
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through March 31st

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.

  • Connected-TV applications specialist, Accedo, has announced that it has joined CASBAA, an industry association for multichannel television, content, platforms, advertising and video delivery across Asia. The company says that the move is part of an ongoing expansion of its Asian operations, in order to meet a growing demand in that region for interactive TV apps and platforms. "We are delighted to be a member of CASBAA," Reuben Verghese, Accedo's VP for Asia, said in a prepared statement. "Asia is an important region for the TV industry and Accedo. We are currently seeing a lot of change in TV across Asia with digital media delivery over IP, new content experiences across multiple devices, and evolving business models. Accedo is really looking forward to being part of the CASBAA family and contributing to the development of next-generation TV in the region within CASBAA's OTT and Connected Media Group. We believe that our award-winning Accedo Application Sphere solution and our market-leading application portfolio will be very attractive in the Asian market as we continue to expand our offering."
  • Interactive TV software company, Alticast, said Monday that it has appointed John Carlucci as CTO for the Americas. "Carlucci who most recently was the chief technology officer for Clearleap, brings over 20 years of both vendor and operator experience to Alticast," the company states in its press materials. "Carlucci has had both vendor and operator experience, having worked at Time Warner for many years as chief network architect and senior director of engineering. He also worked at Policypher as vice president of engineering and held positions at BigBand, Divicom/Harmonic and Sony. Alticast's history in the field of interactive TV software and solutions has seen the company grow since its inception in 1999. Over the last decade, Alticast has successfully deployed a variety of products into the growing digital TV market: user interfaces, applications, ITV server systems, set-top boxes and IDTV hybrid middleware. It has also deployed a host of complementary products around broadcasters' and network operators' needs for better analytics, the new multiscreen environments, as well as social networking and interactive advertising across cable, satellite, IPTV, and terrestrial. Alticast offers a complete ecosystem based on its next-generation service delivery platform to meet the ever-changing market requirements. The latest OTT deployments and 'TV Everywhere' see Alticast adding new products in the field of browsers, Android and HTML5." (Note: Alticast has announced that it is powering Videotron's new, tru2way-based "illico TV new generation" service--see article in this issue.)
  • The BBC has released the schedule of programming and interactive content that will be available via the BBC Red Button service through March 31st.
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