How Cablevision Could Deliver Live TV to iPad Outside the Home

By Steve Donohue
While Cablevision subscribers who download its new iPad app can only use it to watch live programming within their homes, the cable MSO could be laying the groundwork to use its extensive WiFi network to deliver live video to subscribers in public areas. In the last three years, Cablevision has quietly expanded the coverage area for its WiFi hotspots. As this WiFi map shows, Optimum Online subscribers can access WiFi hotspots in thousands of public...

ALERT: Cable Interacts, an Event Led by Interactive TV Expert Craig Leddy, Takes Place in NYC Today (Thursday)

Cable Interacts , an event led by Craig Leddy of Interactive TV Works and presented by CTAM NY , is taking place at the Time Warner Center (South Tower, 10th floor) in New York City 8:30AM-2:00PM today, Thursday, March 31st. Leddy is an excellent moderator and the event is sure to be worth attending. Tickets are priced at $149 (though CTAM NY members receive a special discounted rate of $99). The Time Warner Center is...

New NDS Solutions Bridge Pay-TV and OTT

--NDS SDP Enables Operators to Extend their Offerings to Companion Devices via Third-Party Apps
--Infinite TV Exchange Leverages OTT Delivery to Bring Special-Interest Channels to Operators' Line-Ups
NDS on Wednesday unveiled two new offerings: its Service Delivery Platform (SDP), an application development portal that it says "marries" digital TV platforms with OTT content; and the Infinite TV Exchange, a B2B content marketplace that is designed to connect service providers with content owners, in order to enable the creation of special-interest programming channels. According to the company, the NDS Service Delivery Platform is a fully scalable platform that enables TV operators to extend...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Clvr TV Launches Interactive Video Player
--Ergen: DISH in Talks with Cable Programmers about Streaming Channels OTT
--Motorola Challenges TiVo DVR Patents
--30% of Netflix's Instant Streaming Content Now Offers Subtitles
--NetPlay TV COO, Guy Templer, to Step Down
--TV Guide Offers "Second-Screen Red Carpet Fashion Cam" for Oscars
--YouTube Disputes Report that it Is Planning to Launch Subscription-Based Streaming Service in the UK
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: A Denver-based company called Clvr TV has launche d a video player that it says allows users to interact with clickable hotspots in order to, for example, purchase products, book reservations, or share content via social media. The company, which claims to be cash-flow positive and to have no debt, says that its focus to date "has...

BigBand to Unveil Solution to Help Cable MSO's Expand Broadcast TV and VOD to iPads, PC's, Consoles

--Solution Offers "Hybrid Approach" to Managing HTTP Adaptive Streaming Traffic

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Concurrent, Disney/ABC, Academy, Imagine Communications

--Concurrent to Showcase TellyTopia i2TV Technology at CableLabs Winter Conference
--Disney/ABC and the Academy Launch Two-Screen Interactive TV Oscars App for iPad, iPhone, iPod
--Imagine Communications to Showcase Multiscreen Video Technologies at CableLabs Winter Conference
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up format. Concurrent has announced that it will be demo'ing "an innovative commercial video application for exchanging personal video content" at the upcoming CableLabs Winter Conference (February 27th-March 2nd in Atlanta). The application is based on the "i2TV" technology platform that the company acquired through its purchase of TellyTopia last fall (see the article...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

Ericsson Powers VOD for Portuguese Cable Operator, Cabovisao

--Provides OTT Interactive TV Solution for Singaporean Media Company, MediaCorp
Ericsson said Monday that it has been tapped by Portuguese cable operator, Cabovisao , to power its VOD service. "We recognize that consumer behavior is changing and they are demanding more flexible television services," Alexandre Fonseca, Cabovisao's executive director of technology and systems said in a prepared statement. "Video-on-demand presents a significant opportunity for us to provide the viewing experience that our subscribers are increasingly looking for, so we are delighted to work with Ericsson for this important deployment. The Ericsson solution proved to be flexible and very cost-effective."

Comcast Spotlight Touts Survey Claiming 67% of Comcast Subs Interested in Interactive TV

Comporium Offering TiVo Premiere DVR's from Evolution Digital

--Evolution Says It Is Supplying the TiVo Premiere to over 30 North American Cable Operators
Rock Hill, SC-based telecommunications provider, Comporium , said Wednesday that it has begun offering the TiVo Premiere DVR to power a new hybrid-TV offering that combines its digital cable channels with on-demand content from the Internet. The TiVo boxes are being supplied to Comporium by Evolution Digital, a reseller of equipment to independent cable operators, which has a partnership in place with TiVo that sees it offering small and mid-sized cable operators TiVo HD DVR's...