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Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Amino Reports Higher Annual Revenues, H2 Operating Profit
--Report: BBC to Launch Dedicated iPlayer App for iPad This Thursday
--Rovi Replenishes its Cash Reserves
--Sony Launches Qriocity Connected-TV VOD Service in Canada
--Report: Hybrid TV Set to Strike Deal to Ensure Australians Continue to Receive TiVo Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based IPTV/OTT set-top box company, Amino Technologies , has released financial results for the year ended November 30th: Revenues totaled £44 million, compared to £25.3 million for the prior year; gross profit totaled £12.6 million, compared to £8.3 million; gross margins were 28.6%, compared to 32.9%--largely due, the company said, to adverse foreign exchange markets...

National Film Board of Canada Launches Free iPad App

The National Film Board of Canada (NFB) contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has launched a free, downloadable iPad app in the iTunes Store and on its own NFB.ca Web site. According to the organization, the new app--which it says has the same features as its existing iPhone app, but has been optimized for the iPad--allows users to view over 1,000 NFB documentaries, animated shorts and trailers, streamed over both WiFi and...

Interactive TV Company, itaas, Opens New Office in Ontario, Expands Operations in Atlanta, India

itaas --an Atlanta-based company which provides a range of software development, integration and testing services for interactive TV (including ETV/EBIF, tru2way and IPTV solutions), and which last month announced 1) that it had ported the EBIF user agent of Comcast-subsidiary, TVWorks, to Cisco set-top boxes, and 2) that it had signed an agreement with Charter Communications that includes licensing, installation and support for the TVWorks ETV platform (see the articles published on itvt.com, May 11th)--said...

News Round-Up (V)

--Mediacom Taps Concurrent for VOD, Interactive TV and Linear Data Collection
--Music Choice's SWRV Passes 1 Million Interactions Milestone
--OEDN Publishes "OEDN Academic Software Kit Quick Start Guide."
--Rentrak in VOD Measurement Deal with CTV
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Concurrent has announced that it has signed a multi-year contract with Mediacom Communications , under which "Mediacom's marketing, advertising sales, engineering and operations strategies will be supported with a turnkey service offering of Concurrent's Media Data and Advertising Solutions." According to the companies, the deal will see...

Four More Cable Operators Select CMC/ARRIS Managed VOD Solution

--Canada's CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD Platforms
HITS (stands for "Headend in the Sky"), a business unit of Comcast Media Center that provides content management and distribution solutions for MSO's, and communications technology company, ARRIS , said Wednesday that four smaller cable operators-- Cass Cable TV , Mediastream (formerly Waycross Cable Company), MTC and Plantation Cable --are using the companies' VOD In a Box service to deliver VOD to their subscribers.

CMC and ARRIS bill the service as a...

Telus Launches New Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered Version of its Telus TV IPTV Service

Canadian telco, Telus , has launched a new version of its Telus TV service in Western Canada that is based on the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform . The company says that the service is initially available in and around Edmonton and in 40 or so communities in British Columbia and Alberta, and will be expanded over time. Customers of Telus's earlier implementation of Telus TV, which is powered by Minerva Networks' IPTV platform, will have...

Sonic Solutions in Over-the-Top Deal with Cineplex Entertainment

--Company's Roxio CinemaNow Platform Will Power New Canadian OTT Service
Sonic Solutions , the digital media company that in 2008 acquired the pioneering broadband VOD service/platform, CinemaNow (it subsequently added "Roxio" to the service's name in order to make its branding consistent with its other products), announced Tuesday that it has signed an agreement with Canadian movie theater chain operator, Cineplex Entertainment . According to the company, the deal sees Cineplex licensing the Roxio CinemaNow platform to power a new movie streaming and download service...

Current TV's Canadian Launch Postponed Indefinitely

--CRTC Had Approved Joint Venture Between Current Media and Canadian Broadcaster, CBC
Current Media --the company founded by former vice president, Al Gore, and his business partner, Joel Hyatt, that operates Current TV, an interactive TV channel that has hitherto been devoted to short-form informational programs, dubbed "pods," around 30% of which are contributed by viewers via its Web site (note: the channel, whose distribution partners include Comcast, Time Warner Cable, DirecTV, Dish Network, Verizon, AT&T, BSkyB, Virgin Media, and Sky Italia, also invites viewers to help...

Compton Communications Becomes First Canadian Cable Operator to Launch Evolution's TiVo Offering

--Evolution Recently Abandoned tru2way in Favor of TiVo HD DVR's as an Interactive TV Platform
Evolution Digital --a division of Evolution Broadband , a reseller of digital equipment to independent cable operators--said Tuesday that Compton Communications has become the first Canadian operator to select its TiVo HD DVR offering. "Now that the TiVo HD DVR is a one-box solution in Canada, acting as the sole cable box, TiVo's brand recognition as the world's leading user interface and DVR made it the logical next step to enhance our product offering," Travis...

Shaw Launches New VOD Web Site, Free VOD Programming from Treehouse TV

--Rogers Begins "Private Customer Testing" of "TV Everywhere" Service
--Rogers Executive Tells CRTC that Company Will Roll Out EBIF Apps in Mid-2010
Canadian cable MSO, Shaw Communications , has announced the launch of its new VOD Web site ( http://www.vod.shaw.ca ), which it says offers thousands of movies and TV shows, including premium content from Movie Central, 500 HD offerings and various high-profile sporting events. According to the company, the site features a redesigned look-and-feel, improved search capabilities, filtering and sorting. The company also says that Super Channel subscribers have been able to access that channel's VOD...

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