Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo, Deutsche Telekom, ANT, BendBroadband, Arris, Comcast RDK

--Accedo Powers IPTV Apps for Deutsche Telekom's Entertain
--Digital TV Software Vendor, ANT, Runs into Difficulties
--BendBroadband Teams with Arris to Launch iPad App for its Alpha Whole-Home Service
--Arris Licenses Comcast RDK, Secures SDV Deployment with Korea's ABN

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format:

  • OTT and IPTV applications specialist, Accedo, said Monday that Deutsche Telekom is using the Accedo Application Sphere solution to power the new TV Apps service on its Microsoft Mediaroom-based Entertain platform. "Accedo Application Sphere...provides a powerful, cloud-based, scalable and open application management platform," the company states in its press materials. "It provides attractive administrative tools to manage applications for multiple platforms and devices."
  • Cambridge, UK-based digital-TV software vendor, ANT, has warned investors that it "is exploring all options to maximize shareholder value, which may involve continued trading, voluntary liquidation, the sale of the company or asset sales." The company--whose CEO, Simon Woodward, stepped down last month--says that it has experienced difficulties completing a number of projects, and that these difficulties "may result in material disputes with several customers, which are yet to be quantified in resolution." Broadband TV News's Julian Clover has more.
  • Regional cable operator, BendBroadband, has teamed with Arris to launch an iPad app for its Alpha whole-home system. "Available now through iTunes, the app allows subscribers to view their TV channel listings and manage recordings while on the go," the companies state in their press materials. "While inside the home, the user can use the app on the iPad, like a remote, to navigate the TV guide and tune to a new channel. Features of the Alpha iPad app: 1) Browse the TV channel guide without interrupting the TV shows you are watching. View guide listings up to 14 days in advance. 2) Schedule a TV show or movie to record. 3) Browse recorded TV shows. 4) Manage your recordings. 5) Delete and reprioritize recordings for favorite shows. 6) Instantly search, schedule and browse shows while on the go with a sophisticated search tool. 7) Navigate the TV menu using gestures or the remote control app. 8) Start watching a show on your media player at the flick of a finger."
  • In other Arris news: 1) The company, along with Evolution Digital, recently licensed Comcast's Reference Design Kit (RDK), reports Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner. 2) The company's Switched Digital Video (SDV) solution is being used by South Korean independent system operator, Areum Broadcasting Network (ABN), to expand its HD linear and VOD programming. "The deployed SDV solution is based on the Arris software-based video control plane, CVEx platform, which provides true convergence between RF and IP video transport," Arris states in its press materials. "The solution also includes a comprehensive suite of management, reporting and optimization software to enable smooth deployment. The Arris SDV solution was tailored for the local Korean ecosystem and integrated with the local EPG, middleware and set-top box vendor solutions to provide a standard solution for all Korean cable operators. The Arris SDV deployment at ABN also leverages the industry's most widely deployed SDV QAM platform, the Arris BEQ solution. Overall the Arris SDV solution continues to lead the market with deployments covering over 39 million homes passed. ABN's broadcast TV infrastructure will also leverage the Arris SDV solution to drive more efficient utilization of the RF spectrum. The Arris SDV server's highly interoperable software optimizes bandwidth utilization, while ensuring that subscribers' experience during channel changes is unaffected."
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