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[itvt] Radio: Comcast Media Center Execs Discuss HITS AxIS

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Comcast Media Center (CMC) COO, Gary Traver , and Homer Gonzalez III , product manager for CMC’s HITS AxIS offering (note: the latter, whose name stands for "Headend in the Sky Advanced Interactive Services," is a centralized platform that operates on the National Authorization System and that is billed as being designed to support developers of advanced OCAP/tru2way and ETV/EBIF interactive TV applications and to facilitate th

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): BuddyTV, Facebook, DirecTV, CableLabs, Elsie, YouTube Annotations, Interactive TV Patents, Pac-12, Comcast Media Center, In Demand, Anime Network

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting has been on hiatus for the past few weeks, because our editorial team has been working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We plan to cover the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and then to resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a couple of weeks to catch up with...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast Media Center, Facebook, Viggle, Loyalize

--Comcast Media Center's HITS Unveils New Cloud-Based VOD Distribution Service
--CBS, CMT, "Daily Show," MSNBC, MTV News, "Today," GetGlue Launch Facebook Timeline Apps
--Function(x) (Viggle) Acquires Loyalize
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Comcast Media Center's HITS operation has announced a new, cloud-based HITS On Demand content distribution network, which it says "makes thousands of titles from Comcast's content distribution platform available to third-party operators, without the need for them to upgrade their local storage...With the additional capacity of the CDN, operators...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, BBC Worldwide, Comcast Media Center, Bluefin Labs

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through January 29th
--BBC Worldwide Taps Comcast Media Center for VOD Delivery of CBeebies
--Social-TV Analytics Company, Bluefin Labs, Raises $12 Million in Series-B Funding
Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: 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...

News Round-Up

--Comcast's Annual TV Pulse Survey Shows Significant Increase in Time-Shifted Viewing
--Gary Traver Steps Down as COO of Comcast Media Center
--GetGlue Launches Android Version of its Social TV Service, New Mobile Site, New "Stickers"
--"Heroes" Creator, Tim Kring, and Nokia Claim Success for "Conspiracy for Good"
--Mixed Martial Arts Promoter, Strikeforce, Taps Ooyala to Power its Online Video
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Comcast on Tuesday unveiled the findings of its second annual TV Pulse Survey, an independent nationwide survey that was conducted by International Communications Research . Among other things, the study found that US consumers' usage of time-shifting technology--including VOD, DVR's and online video--has risen over 60% from just a year ago and over 80% from three years ago. "Time-shifting has...

News Round-Up: Pay TV

--FCC Publishes Notice of Inquiry on "AllVid"
--Arris Sues Harmonic over VOD Patents
--Comcast Media Center Expands into Latin America
--Frito-Lay Using Current TV VCAM for National Campaign
--NetPlayTV in Interactive TV Gambling Deal with UK Broadcaster, ITV
--Verizon FiOS TV Revamps its Interactive TV Widgets Service
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the pay-TV (cable, satellite, telco) space: The FCC last week published a Notice...

CMC Launches Packaged Pricing for its HITS Quantum and VOD In a Box Offerings

--Launches Marketing Kit for Locally Branded VOD Services
--Says Glasgow EPB Saw 117% Rise in VOD Revenues in First 4 Months after Launching VOD In a Box
Comcast Media Center (CMC) announced Tuesday that its HITS (stands for "Headend In The Sky") service--which provides centralized content-management and distribution solutions for cable operators serving smaller markets--has introduced packaged pricing for its linear programming platform, HITS Quantum, and its video-on-demand service, VOD In a Box (note: the latter is offered in partnership with Arris). The company says that the new pricing structure allows cable operators to offer linear programming from HITS Quantum's HD, SD...

Comcast Media Center Launches VOD "Express Lane"

--Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV-Related News from CMC
At the NCTA Cable Show in Washington, DC last week, Comcast Media Center (CMC) launched Express Lane, a new service for VOD content providers. According to CMC, the service offers automated workflows and remote management capabilities that enable TV networks, advertisers, cable MSO's and other content services companies to accelerate the delivery of VOD content to "near real time" by publishing that content directly into the company's VOD distribution platform (currently reaches around 30 million...

Comcast Media Center Trumpets Growth of its MPEG-2 VOD Platform

Launches "VOD Valuation Tool"
Comcast Media Center (CMC), a business unit of the eponymous MSO that provides centralized content-management and distribution solutions for cable systems, says that the national content distribution footprint for its MPEG-2 VOD platform now encompasses over 90% of top US cable MSO's and over 30 million VOD-enabled households. The company claims that it currently delivers over 9,000 VOD assets, including both standard- and high-definition titles, from over 275 content providers to Comcast and other cable...

itaas in tru2way/ETV Deal with Comcast Media Center

--Adds Four New Members to its istart ETV Developer Program Comcast Media Center (CMC) and Atlanta-based interactive TV technologies and services company, itaas, have signed a joint marketing agreement that they say will see them teaming to provide expanded tru2way- and ETV/EBIF-compliant application development and testing support for CMC's HITS AxIS platform. (Note: HITS AxIS--whose name stands for "Headend In The Sky Advanced Interactive Services," and which was developed in collaboration with Vidiom and TVWorks--is...