Industry

Adobe Says Multiple Companies Supporting its New Framework for Building Media Players

Adobe announced Wednesday that over 20 companies are "embracing" its recently announced open framework for building media players (note: for more on the new framework, see the article posted on itvt.com April 21st ). The company bills the framework, code-named "Strobe," as helping establish an open industry standard for media players and as offering production-ready software components to streamline the development of custom media players, thus reducing the time content publishers spend creating their own...

Digital TV Software Company, ANT, Names John Gooch Engineering Director

UK-based digital TV client software provider, ANT , which recently announced that it had surpassed 10 million units deployed worldwide (note: for an in-depth overview of the company, see [itvt]'s interview with its EVP of sales and marketing, Richard Baker, in Issue 7.80), said Thursday that it has hired John Gooch as engineering director. According to the company, Gooch has over 30 years of industry experience, working in a range of high-profile engineering roles: his...

TBS Taps Andrew T. Heller to Coordinate "TV Everywhere" within Time Warner

Time Warner-owned Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) said Tuesday that it has promoted Andrew T. Heller, who previously served as the company's president of domestic distribution, to vice chairman, and tasked him with assuming "a coordinating role within Time Warner" on the "TV Everywhere" initiative. The initiative, which has been championed by Time Warner (see, for example, the article published on itvt.com, April 30th, on the update that Time Warner chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes, provided...

Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Acquires Innosonic China

--Says Acquisition Will Allow it to Better Target China's Mobile Video and IPTV Spaces
--Round-Up of Recent News from Icareus
Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus (note: the company's offerings include a range of authoring and delivery solutions for MHP, OCAP/tru2way, MHEG and other platforms, as well as an extensive catalog of off-the-shelf interactive TV games and other applications), said Wednesday that it has acquired Shanghai-based Innosonic Information Technology, a subsidiary of Finnish mobile company, Innosonic . According to Icareus, the deal means that it now owns all Innosonic China's products and rights. "The acquisition strengthens...

In Submission to BBC Trust, BSkyB Voices Concerns about Project Canvas

--Project Canvas is a Joint OTT Venture between the BBC, ITV and BT
[itvt] recently reported ( see article posted on itvt.com, April 27th ) that Project Canvas --a joint initiative between the BBC , UK commercial broadcaster ITV , and UK incumbent telco BT , which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to broadband-connected set-top boxes (specifically, set-top boxes designed for reception...

Move Networks in Deal to Power Broadband Video Portals for Germany's ProSiebenSat.1

Move Networks --a Utah-based company which offers patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand, HD-quality, buffering-free broadband video (its technologies are used by, among others, ABC, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Fox, Sky News, Televisa and Warner Bros.), and which recently acquired UK-based IPTV company, Inuk Networks (see article posted on itvt.com, April 22nd)--said Monday that it has signed a partnership agreement with SevenOne Intermedia, the multimedia arm of Germany's largest broadcaster, ProSiebenSat.1. According to the company,...

TVWorks Developer Network Offering Free Membership Option to EBIF Developers

The TVWorks Developer Network (note: TVWorks, which was formerly a joint venture between Comcast and Cox, is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast) is now offering a free membership option to interactive TV developers building ETV/EBIF applications. According to the company, developers who set up a free account on the network will have access to a broad range of resources to assist them through the ETV development process. Membership is billed as providing developers...

BBC Discusses Six-Month Roadmap for its Red-Button Interactive TV Service

--Says it Is Working on Incorporating Broadband Content into the Service
In a posting last week on Press Red, a BBC blog that provides updates on the work of the corporation's TV Platforms group (i.e. the group responsible for the BBC's red-button service and for implementing the BBC iPlayer catch-up service on TV), the BBC's managing editor of TV platforms, John Denton, provided some information on the group's roadmap for the next six months, which, among other things, will see it working to adapt the red-button...

Metacafe to Terminate its Producer Rewards Program

--Company Launches "Premium Entertainment Hubs"
In a posting on its corporate blog last week, broadband video site operator, Metacafe , announced that it is terminating its Producer Rewards program, effective June 30th. The program, which provides amateur and independent producers with a share of the advertising revenues generated by their video content, is being discontinued due to "a market environment that requires us to focus on profitability in the near term," Metacafe stated, adding that it is "not in the...

Citytv Conducting Interactive TV Competition around "Hell's Kitchen"

Canadian broadcaster, Citytv , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about an interactive TV competition it is conducting around the reality TV show, " Hell's Kitchen ." During the May 7th and May 14th episodes of the show, Citytv will display a special image at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen throughout the broadcast. Viewers will be invited to go to a dedicated "Hell's Kitchen" page on Citytv's Web site, identify the image...

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