EchoStar Signs CableLabs' tru2way Host Device License Agreement

--Company's European Arm Begins Major Push for the EMEA Region

CMC Holds Live Demo of ETV/EBIF Apps Running on HITS AxIS

Comcast Media Center recently conducted a live demonstration of ETV/EBIF applications running on its HITS AxIS platform at the CableLabs Summer Conference (took place August 10th-13th). The applications, which were hosted at the CMC, were delivered via a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to the headend for Comcast's Summit County cable system, which then transported them over its local network to the Keystone Convention Center where the conference was being held. The apps ran on Motorola and Pace set-top boxes, and could be viewed at Pace's and Vidiom's exhibits at the conference. The demo represented the first end-to-end delivery of ITV applications using the HITS AxIS platform.

Macrovision Signs CableLabs' tru2way Implementers' Agreement

--Secures Multiple EPG Deals for Latin America and Europe

EchoStar Targets Cable Industry with CableLabs-Certified SlingModem

--Sling Media to Offer Client for Apple's New iPhone 3G At the NCTA Cable Show last month, EchoStar Technologies, a
subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, announced that it is targeting the
cable industry with a CableLabs-certified DOCSIS 2.0 product dubbed
the SlingModem. EchoStar Corp. was spun off earlier this year from
satellite-TV company, DISH Network (formerly called EchoStar), and
retains the latter's hardware business and certain of its infrastructure
assets. The new modem was developed by TV "place-shifting"
company, Sling Media, which was acquired by EchoStar last fall. "The
introduction of the SlingModem demonstrates our operator-agnostic
philosophy, as well as our dedication to the cable industry," Sling

CableLabs Trumpets tru2way and ETV Presence at Cable Show

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, recently issued a press release trumpeting the "broad
exposure" enjoyed by tru2way- and ETV/EBIF-based interactive TV
applications at this year's NCTA Cable Show. Among the Cable Show
tru2way and ETV demos highlighted by CableLabs in the release: Softel-USA demo'd its multiplatform, multi-middleware MediaSphere
TX carousel playing out both tru2way and ETV applications;

itaas's Rustagi and TVWorks' Thomson on the Companies' New ETV/tru2way Partnership

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At the NCTA Cable Show in New Orleans last month, itaas--a company which, among other things, operates developer programs,
under the brand "istart," for Time Warner Cable's Mystro Digital Navigator (MDN) and OCAP Digital Navigator (ODN) platforms and for Cisco's SARA/PowerTV and OCAP Axiom platforms--announced
that it has been tapped by TVWorks--a joint venture between Comcast
and Cox whose forbears include Liberate Technologies and
MetaTV--to operate a developer program...

2nd Annual tru2way Developers Conference Scheduled for May 17th and 18th

The second annual tru2way Developers Conference will be held in
New Orleans on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th, just prior
to the NCTA Cable Show . The conference is produced by the NCTA,
in partnership with CableLabs (the originator of the tru2way/OCAP
standard) and premier sponsor, Vidiom Systems , a company that
specializes in tru2way/OCAP technology and that has a long track
record of offering not-for-profit classes and other educational events on
the standard. According to the organizers, the conference will provide a
forum for cable operators, content providers, Java developers, and

CableNET Line-Up Announced

The NCTA and CableLabs have announced the line-up of companies
that will be participating in CableNET, their annual showcase of new
cable technologies and products at the NCTA's Cable Show (takes
place May 18th-20th in New Orleans). A number of participating
companies, including UniSoft/Strategy & Technology, Sigma Designs
and Zodiac Interactive, will be demo'ing tru2way-based technologies,
and several other companies, including Digeo, Motorola,...

[itvt] Radio - BitTorrent President, Ashwin Navin, on the Company's Detente with Comcast

--The Interactive TV Month in Review In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s new talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Ashwin Navin , co-founder and president of peer-to-peer technology provider, BitTorrent , discusses that company's recently announced agreement with Comcast, which calls for them to work together to address infrastructural issues raised by the growing popularity of video and other rich media on the Internet.