Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Concurrent, Cubiware, TiVo, Disney/ABC, Ray Dolby, DVB, Elemental Technologies, Comedy Central, Emmys, Brian Seth Hurst, Equilibrium, Ericsson

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):

  • Portuguese Pay-TV Operator, ZON Multimedia, Deploys Concurrent's MediaHawk VX Unified Content Delivery Solution to Power Multiscreen Network DVR
  • Concurrent Awarded US Patent for Technology that Enables Targeted Video Advertising in EPG's
  • Concurrent Announces New Generation of Software for its MediaHawk VX Unified Content Delivery Solution; Features Improved Support for Off-Network Delivery
  • Cubiware Demo's Prototype Integration of its CubiTV Middleware with TiVo Cloud Services on Evolution Digital Thin-Client STB's (Zappers) at IBC 2013; STB's Render TiVo UI while Interfacing with TiVo Cloud Service API's for Integrated Search and Recommendations; Demo Billed as Showing that "Even Low-Cost Zappers with CubiTV Can Become TiVo Client STB Devices," Enabling "Lower Cost of Implementation and Localization, a Fast Time-to-Market for New Deployments and...Upgrades of Already Deployed Operator STB's"
  • Cubiware Partners with Russian Set-Top Manufacturer, Sinwatec, to Offer Pay-TV Solution for Russian Market
  • Cubiware Launches Development Partner Program to "Train and Certify Software Development Companies to Add Enhanced Capabilities to Pay-TV Systems Running CubiTV Middleware"; First Certified Partners Include Finnish App Developer, Sofia Digital
  • Cubiware Teams with Content-Protection Specialist, Conax, and Systems Integrator, Bold MSS, to Offer Hosted IPTV Solution for Latin American Market (August 5th)
  • Lithuanian Cable Operator, Cgates, Selects CubiTV Hybrid Middleware Client and CubiTV Portal Server to Power Interactive TV Services (June 26th)
  • Disney/ABC Digital EVP Albert Cheng Says Second-Screen Apps Distract Viewers from Episodic Content; Predicts More Consolidation in Second-Screen Space
  • Dolby Labs Founder, Ray Dolby, Dead at 80
  • DVB Unveils Features of New DVB-CI Plus Specification, Billed as "Enabl[ing] IPTV to Be Delivered Directly to the Television, without the Need of a Set-Top Box"; New Features Include Ability to Route High-Bandwidth IP Streams through the CAM with the Facility for the CAM to Control those Streams, a New Online Service Descriptor Table (OSDT), and Support for IP Multicast
  • Australian Broadband Video Service, Access Digital Entertainment, Selects Elemental Technologies' Elemental Cloud Video Processing Technology to Power and Streaming Services
  • Swiss Broadband TV Provider, Wilmaa, Using Elemental Live Systems to Stream 82 Linear-TV Channels OTT; Plans to Scale to Several Hundred Channels
  • Telefonica Using Elemental's Server and Conductor Video-Processing Solutions for its Telefonica Global Video Platform Broadband VOD Service
  • Elemental and Teleste Deploy Integrated Multiscreen Solution for Finland's Anvia TV
  • Comedy Central's "Night of Too Many Stars" Wins Emmy for Outstanding Interactive Program
  • Interactive Storytelling Expert, Brian Seth Hurst, Receives Digerati Award from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group
  • Cloud-Based Video Platform Provider, Equilibrium, Names Interactive TV Industry Veteran, Allan McLennan, to its Advisory Board
  • Ericsson's VOD Dynamic Advertising Solution Wins Emmy from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
  • Ericsson to Acquire Red Bee Media (July 1st)

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