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Lawmakers Scrutinizing Cable's Plans for Common Addressable and Interactive Advertising Platform

During a hearing Thursday on Internet privacy issues, lawmakers from the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet signalled that they will be closely scrutinizing the consumer-privacy implications of the US cable industry's plans to launch a common platform for interactive and addressable advertising (note: those plans are being implemented by a cable industry-backed company called Canoe Ventures ). As [itvt] was not able to be in Washington, DC to attend...

Two Way Limited's Sky Racing Active Interactive TV Application Wins ASTRA Award

--App Provides Extensive Information on Races and, Where Permitted, Wagering Capabilities
Australian interactive TV applications provider, Two Way Limited, contacted [itvt] earlier this week to let us know that Sky Racing Active, an interactive TV wagering service that it has created for betting company, Tabcorp, and the Foxtel pay-TV platform, has won an ASTRA Award for "Most Outstanding Use of Interactive Television." ASTRA (note: the name is an acronym for the Australian Subscription Television and Radio Association) is the industry organization for Australia's pay-TV industry. "Sky...

New Time Warner Cable-Smithsonian Deal Covers HD, VOD, Broadband Video, Interactive TV

Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable MSO in the US, announced Thursday that it has signed a carriage deal with Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks. In addition for calling for the Smithsonian Channel to be added to Time Warner Cable's line-up of HDTV linear channels, the new agreement calls for Smithsonian Networks to offer a range of its programming on the MSO's HD VOD platform; on its broadband...

PBS Launches a Broadband Video Portal

US public broadcaster, PBS, announced Wednesday the beta launch of a new PBS Video Portal (pbs.org/video) that features on-demand full-length PBS programs in multiple genres, as well as content from local PBS stations--all viewable through what the broadcaster describes as a "state-of-the-art" player. PBS says that the portal will eventually also offer feature-length films and documentaries, as well as live events and performances. According to PBS, the portal, which will be monetized through banner ads,...

Move Networks Acquires UK-Based IPTV Provider, Inuk Networks

Move Networks--a Utah-based company which offers patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand HD-quality broadband video with no buffering (its technologies are used by, among others, ABC, Fox, The CW, ESPN360, Pro Sieben and Televisa), and which last year announced that Microsoft had joined its Series C funding round--announced Wednesday that it has acquired UK IPTV provider, Inuk Networks. In its press release announcing the acquisition, Move described Inuk, which has been reported to have...

Adobe Extends Flash to the Television Set

In what could be a major boost for the emerging over-the-top-TV space, Adobe Systems announced at the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, that it is launching an implementation of Adobe Flash that will enable rich interactive applications and high-definition broadband video on Internet-connected TV sets, set-top boxes, Blu-ray players and other connected digital home devices. The company has lined up a number of major system-on-chip vendors, OEM's, cable operators and content providers to announce...

New Over-the-Top Service, ZillionTV, in Deals with Verimatrix, Inlet

Studio-backed, subscription-free, "over-the-top" on-demand TV service, ZillionTV, said Monday that it has deployed Verimatrix's Video Content Authority System (VCAS) for IPTV to enable secure delivery of its on-demand programming offerings over the Internet. Verimatrix bills the software-based VCAS technology as providing the encryption needed to protect content from widespread piracy and enable a wide choice of consumer viewing options. ZillionTV claims that its service will offer around 15,000 titles from Hollywood studios and TV networks...

Concurrent Signs Master Purchase Agreement with Cogeco Cable

VOD technology provider, Concurrent, said Monday that Canada's second-largest MSO, Cogeco Cable, an existing Concurrent customer, has signed a master purchase agreement designating the company as the preferred provider of video technology for its VOD service in all its Canadian markets. According to Concurrent, the multi-year deal supports expansion of and upgrades to Cogeco's existing VOD platform, and makes it possible for the MSO to offer a range of new services to its 400,000 digital...

ATIS IPTV Interoperability Forum Releases Five New Standards

--New Standards Represent Conclusion of Phase 1 of IIF's Three-Phase Work Plan
Standards-development organization, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions (ATIS), last week released five new standards which it bills as establishing IPTV's "foundational framework." The standards, which were created by ATIS' IPTV Interoperability Forum (IIF), conclude Phase 1 of the IIF's three-phase Work Plan: Phase 1's goal was to standardize linear TV service over an IP network.
ATIS says that work has already begun on Phase 2 of the plan, which will focus on interactive...

Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV News from the BBC

--CBBC Mash Up, New Red-Button Programming, Kangaroo's Demise, and More
Last week, [itvt] reported on the launch of HD streaming and downloading on the BBC's online catch-up TV service, BBC iPlayer. Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories from the BBC: Last week, the corporation announced that CBBC Mash Up--an online application which allows viewers of its children's digital channel, CBBC, to create their own moving CBBC logo set to music, and which was developed through a collaboration between BBC Children's...

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