Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Capablue, Chad, Matt & Rob, Charter (Ascent), Cisco, Clearleap, CloverLeaf Digital, ConciseClick, Clikthrough, CNBC, Comcast

[itvt]'s daily news coverage went on hiatus October 18th in order to allow our editorial staff to work full time on TVOT NYC Intensive . This issue contains a round-up of some of the major interactive TV-related news stories that have broken since then. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries of each item are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the...

News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, Widevine, ActiveVideo Networks, Cisco, Alticast

--Accedo Broadband in OTT Video Partnership with Widevine
--ActiveVideo Networks Teams with Cisco to Demo Cloud-Based Interactive TV
--Alticast Demo's Range of Interactive TV Products at IBC
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of 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,...

News Round-Up (III): Cisco, ExtendMedia, Concurrent, Hillcrest Labs, LG Electronics, Sony

--Cisco to Acquire "TV Everywhere" Technology Provider, ExtendMedia
--Concurrent Hires Cisco, ANT Veterans to Bolster Multiscreen Strategy
--Hillcrest Labs in Freespace Deals with LG and Sony
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Cisco Systems appears to be ramping up its presence in the emerging "TV Everywhere" space with the announcement that it will acquire multiscreen video-management software solutions provider, ExtendMedia (whose customers include AT&T, Bell Canada and Cablevision), in order to enable it to "help...

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...

News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo Networks, AFDESI, AFI, Alticast-Cisco, Amino

--ActiveVideo Demo's "Friends Mozaic" Social TV Application
--AFDESI Announces Nominees for its Eighth Annual Interactive TV Awards
--AFI's Nick DeMartino Retires
--Alticast Plans IPO, Ports its tru2way Middleware onto Cisco Set-Top Boxes
--Amino Sells its 3 Millionth Set-Top Box
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 couple of 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...

CTO, Bill DeMuth, to Leave SureWest Communications after 34-Year Career at the Company

--Cisco Taps Former Microsoft TV Exec, Enrique Rodriguez, to Head Service Provider Video Tech Group
SureWest Communications , an integrated communications provider which serves markets in Northern California and the Kansas City region, and which has a history of deploying advanced technologies, has announced the departure of its SVP and CTO, Bill DeMuth . DeMuth, who will leave SureWest June 30th, joined the company in 1976. According to the company, his leadership of its technology initiatives was instrumental in its deployment of an IP-based fiber-to-the-home network that it claims is...

New Interviews with AETN's Mark Garner and Jinni's Mike Pohl

--New iTV Doctor Column Featuring Motorola's Jim Owens, Cisco's Ben Hollin, TiVo's Tara Maitra
--Plus Michael Collette on Google TV
[itvt] has just published interviews with Mark Garner , SVP of distribution, marketing and business development at A&E Television Networks (AETN) , and with Mike Pohl , CEO of "mood-based" search-and-recommendation company, Jinni .

Garner discusses AETN's interactive TV plans for its various networks (including A&E, History and Lifetime), its tcommerce partnership with Delivery Agent, his views on OTT platforms, ranging from Google TV to the Apple iPad, and much more...

Comcast Set to Roll Out i-Guide EPG in its Cisco/Scientific-Atlanta Markets

In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, by Ted Hodgins, its senior director of video product development/navigation, Comcast revealed that it is set to roll out the i-Guide--the advanced EPG that was developed by GuideWorks, its joint venture with Rovi (note: earlier this year--see the article published on, March 19th--Rovi announced that it was exiting the joint venture)--in its Cisco (Scientific-Atlanta) markets, replacing the existing SARA guide. "We heard loud and clear from...

itaas in EBIF Deal with Charter Communications

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 earlier this week (see the article published on, May 11th) announced that it had ported the EBIF user agent of Comcast-subsidiary, TVWorks, to Cisco set-top boxes--today (Wednesday) announced that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications that includes licensing, installation and support for the TVWorks ETV platform...

News Round-Up (III)

--Cox Unveils Cisco/tru2way-Powered "Plus Package," Featuring Frog-Designed/NDS-Built "Trio" Guide
--DISH Network, Univision Partner on National RFI Interactive TV Advertising Product
--DVB Completes First Live Transmission Using New DVB-C2 Standard
--Ensequence Partners with Softel, S&T, VDS to Offer Single-Source Interactive TV Platform
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. Cox Communications has announced a new "TV experience," called the Plus Package, that is based on tru2way-powered Cisco 8642 HD/DVR and 1642 HD receivers. While the new offering features, among other things, whole-home DVR functionality and an expanded line-up of HD channels, what Cox calls its "crown...