CableLabs Publishes 3D Content Encoding Specification

--3D Round-Up: DirecTV, Panasonic, Softel, Verizon
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , said Wednesday that it has published a new specification as a guide for producers, programmers and aggregators of stereoscopic 3D programming. The new spec--entitled Content Encoding Profiles (CEP) 3.0 Specification (OC-SP-CEP3.0-I01-100827), and representing CableLabs' first 3D content encoding spec--can be viewed here in the OpenCable Specifications area of the CableLabs Web site.

According to CableLabs, the new CEP spec--which it says was developed...

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...

Cedar Point Holds First North American Public Demo of its Visual Communications Applications

--Apps Work with EBIF, tru2way and IPTV to Deliver Communications Services to STB's, Connected TV's, Other Devices
--CableLabs Innovation Showcase Technologies Focus on Connectivity between Cable Infrastructure and IP Devices
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, said Monday that it is holding the first North American public demonstration of its new SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite of applications at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado this week.

According to the company, which recently announced that it had joined itaas's istart application developer program, the applications are designed to optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities. The...

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...

SeaChange to Launch EBIF QoS Solution at CableLabs Summer Conference

--Will also Showcase its Watch & Buy Interactive TV Commerce Solution for VOD
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about its plans for next week's CableLabs Summer Conference (August 15th-18th). The company says that it plans to launch the SeaChange EngageTV Validator, which is designed to guarantee quality of service for EBIF-based subscriber applications that make use of VOD resources, and that it will also showcase its Watch & Buy tcommerce extension for VOD services. "Solutions like the...

BigBand, Concurrent, Incognito, Openet Announce Exhibit Plans for CableLabs Summer Conference

A number of companies contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about their exhibit plans for next week's CableLabs Summer Conference (takes place in Keystone, Colorado, August 15th-18th): Digital video networking specialist, BigBand Networks , says that, as part of the Summer Conference's Innovation Showcase, it will demonstrate managed IP video delivery, using its vIP PASS platform to enable cable operators to deliver and monetize video to IP-enabled consumer devices in the home, leveraging existing...

News Round-Up (II): Bravo, Groupon, CableLabs (tru2way), Citrus Suite, Project Canvas

--Bravo Launches Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV App for iPad, Partners with Groupon
--CableLabs Interop Demo's Sharing of DVR Content Between tru2way STB's and DLNA-Certified Devices
--Citrus Suite Tapped to Develop Interactive TV Application for Project Canvas
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...

S3 Group Licenses its StormTest Receiver Test and Analysis Platform to Digiturk

--Plans to Demo Automation of EBIF Application Testing at CableLabs Summer Conference
S3 Group , a company that provides a range of products and professional services to the digital TV industry, said Tuesday that it has licensed its StormTest DTV receiver test and analysis platform to Turkish satellite-TV operator, Digiturk . The company also said that it has licensed StormTest to clients (which it did not identify--though it has, over the past year, announced deals for the platform with BSkyB and Irdeto) in North and South America,...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs Working on "OLCA" Specs for "TV Everywhere"
--DISH Network, EchoStar Demo Google TV to the FCC
--New App from PlayOn Will Let Users Stream Hulu on their iPhone
--ruwido Adds Capacitive Sensor to its tau Remote Control
--Social TV Company, Sofanatics, Closes Seed Funding Round
--Tivo Premiere DVR's Now Available in hhgregg Stores
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CableLabs is working on a new set of specifications to add "some unification and scale" to the way cable operators and programmers deploy "TV Everywhere" services, according to a report by Cable Digital News's Jeff Baumgartner. The so-called Online Content Access (OLCA) specs follow an RFI that was issued by CableLabs last fall (see the article published on, November...