News Round-Up

--BigBand Networks Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Exhibit Plans
--Endavo in White-Label Broadband Video Deal with Etisalat
--OpenTV Not in Compliance with NASDAQ's Audit Committee Requirements
--Rogers-Owned OLN Offering Full Episodes on its Web Site
--New Broadband Video Service, Vevo, Receives Significant Investment
--YouTube to Live-Stream U2 Concert, Launches Real-Time Comments Search Feature
--Over 700 VOD Services Now Available in Europe
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Digital video networking specialist, BigBand Networks , has announced its exhibit plans for next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo . The company says that it will "highlight advanced media processing technologies that leverage the existing network to monetize and deliver high-quality video services with an evolutionary roadmap to converged video delivery." Emirates Telecommunications Corp . (Etisalat), which recently...

Financial News Channel, CNBC Launches Free iPhone/iPod touch App

--New Version of iPhone Remote for Roku Launches
NBC Universal's financial news channel, CNBC , has become the latest broadcaster to launch a free, interactive application for the Apple iPhone/iPod touch. Dubbed the CNBC Real-Time App , the app is billed as providing: Real-time stock quotes before, during and after market hours (4:00AM-8:00PM Eastern), directly from both the NYSE and NASDAQ. Real-time interactive and historical charts, offering custom timeframes from one day to five years, and including pre- and post-market trading. Company-specific news,...

News Round-Up

--Patent Application Casts Light on Apple's Multiplatform Video Plans
--BSkyB in OTT Deal with IP Vision
--Canoe to Have Canoe Advanced Advertising Platform (CAAP) in Place by Year's End
--Cox Unveils MyPrimetime VOD Service's Fall Line-Up
--Etilasat Acquires 16.6% Stake in SoftAtHome
--IFC Taps Ustream to Power Live Streaming Video of Monty Python Reunion
--Ooyala Launches Closed Captioning Support
--SeaChange to Focus on Three-Screen Video Delivery at Cable-Tec Expo
--Tim Hanlon to Leave Publicis Groupe
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: A new patent application from Apple , which has just been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office, suggests that the company is planning to expand its MobileMe service into video, according to an article in Patently Apple. "Generally speaking, Apple's patent relates to synchronizing media state across multiple devices," Patently Apple writes. "Specifically, the patent...

News Round-Up

--BBC to Offer One-Off "Casualty" Webisode via Web, Mobile and Red Button
--BBC Worldwide Exec Discusses Plans for iPlayer-Like Paid VOD Service for International Markets
--Boxee App for Justin.TV Launches
--McObject Launches Database System for EPG's
--Interactive Video Company, PermissionTV, Changes Name to VisibleGains, Focuses on B2B
--Web-to-TV Browser Company, Personal Web Systems, Raises $1.2 Million
--JD Power Survey Finds Increased DVR Usage, Slightly Lower VOD Usage
--Qualcomm's FLO TV Launches Dedicated Mobile TV Device
--ScanScout Launches New Interactive Video Ad Unit
--India's NDTV Selects Tata Communications' BitGravity-Powered LiveBroadcast Streaming Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has announced plans to offer a one-off Webisode of its medical drama, "Casualty," on October 31st. In addition to the BBC's Web site ( ) the Webisode will be available through the red button and on mobiles. managing director, Luke Bradley-Jones , discusses BBC Worldwide 's plans to launch a paid version of...

Kudelski Makes Another Offer for OpenTV

The Kudelski Group said Monday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kudelski Interactive Cayman, Ltd ., has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding Class A shares of interactive TV middleware and applications provider, OpenTV , not already owned by Kudelski, for $1.55 per share in cash (note: Kudelski is OpenTV's largest shareholder: it has an approximately 32.3% stake in the company that gives it approximately 77.2% voting control). The bid values OpenTV at approximately...

Delivery Agent Raises $25 Mil to Extend eCommerce Tech into Set-Top Boxes, Online Video, Mobile

--Will Also Use New Funding to Expand Internationally
Delivery Agent , a company that specializes in developing what it calls "shopping-enabled" entertainment (i.e. ecommerce marketplaces) for entertainment/media companies (note: it claims to have developed such services for over 125 major entertainment properties, including broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as Discovery Communications, HBO, Showtime, A&E Television Networks, MTV Networks, Univision, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, The Weinstein Company, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls), announced last week that it has...

Interactive TV Company, Mirada, Hails Financial Results as Evidence of a "Clear Turnaround"

--Company Sees Significant Reduction in Operating Expenses
Mirada , the Anglo-Spanish interactive TV company that was formed via the merger of YooMedia and Fresh IT (for extensive background on the merger, see [itvt] Issue 7.87 Part 3 ), released financial results, Tuesday, for the 12-month period, ended March 31st. According to the company, the results--for the first full year of trading since the February, 2008 YooMedia-FreshIT merger that formed it--show that the integration of the two companies has been successful; that global...

Arris in Deal to Acquire Digeo for $20 Million in Cash

Communications technology company, Arris , announced last week that it has reached a deal to acquire Digeo , the Paul Allen-backed set-top box company best known for its flagship Moxi product line's Emmy-winning interface (which replaces the standard "spreadsheet" EPG interface with a so-called "cross-hairs" configuration, consisting of two intersecting animated lines at right angles to each other: customers use the left and right arrow keys on their remote control to scroll through a series...

Interactive TV Company, Ensequence, Raises $20 Million, Names Peter Low President and CEO

--Former CEO/Founder, Dalen Harrison, to Remain on Company's Board
Portland, Oregon-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, Ensequence (note: the company--whose customers include MTV Networks, NBC Universal, ESPN, MLB Advanced Media, QVC UK, HSN, Nike, Ford Motor Company, Hewlett-Packard, Comcast, DirecTV, Time Warner, DISH Network, Verizon and BSkyB--has raised over $100 million to date), announced last week that it had secured an additional $20 million in funding, and that it had appointed Peter Low, who was formerly president and COO, as president and CEO. He...

SeaChange Acquires Dutch VOD Software Provider, eventIS

--Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a Loss
VOD, IPTV and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , announced Tuesday that it has acquired all the issued share capital of eventIS , a privately owned Eindhoven, Netherlands-based company that provides VOD and linear broadcast software and services to cable and telco operators primarily in Europe. According to SeaChange, in 2008 eventIS generated US GAAP revenues of approximately $13 million and turned a profit. The company has around 70 full-time employees. Under the terms...