News Round-Up

--Broadcom Unveils FastRTV Technology for Fast Channel Changes
--Cablevision Said to Be in tru2way Set-Top Deal with Samsung
--Espial Reports Flat Revenues, Lower Losses
--Hulu Wins Patent-Infringement Case Brought by Ultramercial
--Report: Mafiosi Sending Coded Messages via SMS-Based Interactive TV Show
--Teevox Launches iPhone Remote Control
--Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Kardashians" Award
--TVO in VOD Deal with Rogers Cable
--Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0 in Dailymotion Syndication Deal with AlphaBird
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Semiconductor company, Broadcom, has announced its new FastRTV Channel Change Acceleration technology, which it claims improves TV channel-change speeds by up to five times. According to the company, the technology is now available on a wide range of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for digital cable set-top boxes and universal digital transport adapters (uDTA's). Comcast is the first service provider to...

Companies Showcase Advanced/Interactive TV Technologies at CableLabs Innovation Showcase

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization, CableLabs , has provided some information on the technologies that were featured at its Innovation Showcase, Monday. The Innovation Showcase , which was part of CableLabs' Summer Conference , saw 11 companies pitching new technologies to conference attendees, who then voted for the one they deemed most likely to succeed in the marketplace. The winner was BelAir Networks' new BelAir100SP Strand Picocell (see below): ActiveVideo Network s' demo...

BackChannelMedia, TelVue Demo End-to-End System for Interactive TV Infomercials

--Summer Conference Demo Leverages FourthWall EBIF User Agents, BigBand BMR, Cisco STB's
BackChannelMedia --a company that offers a technology called Clickable TV, which allows viewers to forward or "bookmark" information from their TV to a personal Web portal or to their email account (note: the company says that the technology will be deployed by Knology Communications next month, and that it has reached deployment agreements with around 80 local TV stations--for more on Clickable TV, see the article published on, December 9th)--said Tuesday that it has...

Clearleap, RCDb Partner on Solution that Transforms Blu-ray Players into VOD-Enabled Cable Boxes

--Solution Billed as Providing Cable with a "Counter Offer" to Direct-to-Consumer OTT Services
Clearleap , a company which offers a cloud-based content management, delivery and advertising platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, and Related Content Database (RCDb) , a company which offers a software platform that it bills as enabling customers to rapidly integrate and deploy a range of Web services to managed-network set-top boxes, connected TV's and Blu-ray discs and players, said Tuesday that they have developed a joint solution that will allow pay-TV...

ActiveVideo Demo's CloudTV Platform, Home Media Server at CableLabs Summer Conference

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , has announced its exhibit line-up for the CableLabs Summer Conference , which is underway this week (August 15th-18th) in Keystone, CO. According to the company, its demo's at the event will illustrate how the principles of cloud-based processing can enable operators to provide their customers with enhanced content distribution both to and within the home.

ActiveVideo says that it will show how its flagship CloudTV...

Cox to Promote TiVo Premiere with Integrated Cox VOD Service to its Subscribers

--TiVo's Rogers: Deal Will Enable Cox to Offer "Fully Integrated Converged Television and Internet Experience"
TiVo and Cox announced early Thursday that they have entered into an agreement, under which they will offer the TiVo Premiere DVR with integrated Cox On Demand service to Cox subscribers. The companies are billing the deal as marking the first time that a cable operator will make its entire VOD library available via a retail DVR (note: Cox says that it will make its VOD service available on TiVo Premiere boxes to subscribers in...

Time Warner Cable Developing iPad Application

In a posting on its corporate blog by its digital communications director, Jeff Simmermon, Time Warner Cable announced Tuesday that it is developing an iPad application that will serve as an EPG and a remote control/DVR scheduler, and eventually as a platform for social/interactive TV, personalization features, and "TV Everywhere" services. According to Simmermon's posting, the app is currently a "working prototype."

The blog posting also contains links to a series of four YouTube...

News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, CBS, Comcast, Hulu, Charter

--Cablevision's Rutledge Reveals Plans to Offer Linear TV, VOD on iPad and Smartphones
--CBS-Comcast Deal to Include "Greatly Expanded" VOD on Cable and Online, CBS Eyes Hulu Plus
--Charter Launches "TV Everywhere" Trial
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

Insight Launches "QuickView" Interactive TV Multiscreen Apps, Primetime VOD Service

Insight Communications , a cable operator that serves markets in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio (note: it has approximately 750,000 customers and is the ninth-largest cable operator in the US), last week announced the launch of new "QuickView" multiscreen mosaic channels that are available at no extra charge to customers equipped with HD DVR's. The mosaic channels each present viewers with miniscreens of a set of channels in a specific genre: channel 100 showcases basic entertainment...

News Round-Up

--Report: Google CEO, Schmidt, Championing "Interactive Video Ads"
--Reports: Hulu Planning International Hulu Plus Launch, Is in Talks about Launching on US Cable VOD
--MTV Acquires Social Gaming Company, Social Express
--Panasonic in VieraCast OTT Deal with AceTrax
--PlaySpan Launches Micropayments Service for Broadband Video
--USPTO Suspends DISH Network's Application to Trademark "TV Everywhere"
--Comcast Attempting to Register "DVR2Go" with USPTO
--Visiware Develops Multiplayer Skill-Based Internet Games for France's TF1
--YouTube Announces 4K Support, Partner Grants Program
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Google is championing "interactive video ads," the company's CEO, Eric Schmidt, told the Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro at Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley conference last week. "Such ads, which could appear anywhere on a Web page, not just inside a video, would be like mini-Web pages," Vascellaro writes. "That means they could allow Web users to watch a video,...