Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VIII): Nagra, Technicolor, Qualcomm, DirecTV, TCL, TWC, TiVo, Harmonic, TMS, thePlatform, ThinkAnalytics, Com Hem, TV App Agency, Twitter, Verizon, Vevo

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), and because of the huge volume of news generated by the IBC and IFA conferences, we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format (note: if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us):

  • Nagra's OpenTV 5 Middleware Integrates Technicolor's Qeo Communication Framework to Facilitate Development of Apps that "Bridge the Mobile, Smart Home, Communication, Social Media and Video Ecosystems"
  • Nagra Demo's "Project Ultra" Content Navigation and Discovery Solution for 4K Environments; Solution Is Based on OpenTV 5
  • Nagra Unveils "JoinIn" Open Reference Architecture; Billed as "Enabling a Wide Variety of Advanced Connected-Home Scenarios, Like Home Gateway Content Streaming to Multiple Devices in the Home, Whole-Home PVR Functionality, Content Sharing on Companion Screens and Access to both Broadcast and Cloud-Delivered Content from any Device"
  • Technicolor Teams with Qualcomm Technologies on Portable "SVELTE" Set-Top, Featuring LTE Technology, Terrestrial Broadcast Support and Android OS
  • Technicolor Signs Three-Year Extension of its Set-Top Contract with DirecTV
  • Technicolor Launches HEVC Media Server
  • TCL Adopts Technicolor 4K Image Certified Port for its Future 4K TV Products
  • Technicolor Names Sandra Carvalho Group CMO
  • Incoming CEO Rob Marcus: Time Warner Cable Should Be Able to Let Customers Access their Cable TV Service via OTT Devices like Roku and Xbox, instead of Set-Top Boxes, within about a Year
  • TiVo Unveils Prototype Network PVR; Says Service Will Offer "New Consumer Features that Enable Co-Viewing Experiences through Social Networks and Recommendations across Disparate Libraries of Content"; Teams with Harmonic on nPVR Demo at IBC 2013
  • TiVo Showcases Hybrid QAM/IP and IPTV Offering to Facilitate Operator Migration to IPTV
  • TiVo Says It Is Broadening Range of Third-Party STB's that Support its Cloud Services, Including Devices Running Cubiware and Entone Software
  • TiVo Appoints Former Motorola Mobility President, Daniel M. Moloney, to its Board of Directors
  • TMS in Deal to Provide its "On Entertainment" Metadata to thePlatform for Use in its mpx Video-Management System
  • TMS in Deal to Provide its "On Entertainment" Metadata to ThinkAnalytics for Use in its Recommendations Engine
  • Swedish Pay-TV Operator, Com Hem, to Use TMS's "On Entertainment" Metadata in its New TiVo Service
  • App-Development Consultancy, TV App Agency, Unveils Solution that Uses RealNetworks' Helix Broadcaster and Helix Universal Server to Enable Organizations to Bring Live and On-Demand Content to Smart TV's via Customized Apps; Solution Touted as "Allow[ing] Companies to Create their Own Smart TV Apps without the Middleware or Backend Systems Traditionally Required for Development"
  • MasterCard-Subsidiary, DataCash, Teams with TV App Agency to Offer Smart-TV Payment Solutions; DataCash to Integrate its Payment Gateway with TV App Agency's TV App Engine, Enabling Brands and App Developers to Accept Payments through their Apps
  • Report: Twitter iOS App Re-Design to Focus on TV; Will Feature Dedicated Stream of TV-Related Tweets
  • Report: Verizon in Talks with Major Programmers about Delivering FiOS TV OTT Nationwide
  • Report: Vevo CEO Sees Connected TV as Key to Company's Growth; Company Currently Offers Apps for Xbox, Roku and Apple TV, Expects to Expand to 6-10 More TV Platforms in Coming Months
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