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News Round-Up (II)

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through May 28th
--Canoe Teams with Other Cable Industry Players to Launch "SelecTV" Brand for Interactive TV
--CMC's HITS to Unveil EBIF-Based Interactive TV App, Optimized for 3D TV
--CMC's HITS Launches National Terrestrial Fiber Distribution Service
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. The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through May 28th. Canoe Ventures has announced that it has teamed with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB), the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), CableLabs , and various...

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...

India's Bharti Airtel Launches NDS-Powered DVR Service on its Satellite TV Platform

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said Tuesday that Indian integrated telecom services provider, Bharti Airtel , has deployed its XTV technology to power an integrated DVR service for its satellite TV platform, Airtel Digital TV . The platform, which launched back in 2008, also uses NDS's VideoGuard conditional access system, its MediaHighway middleware, and a multi-lingual EPG that was developed by NDS.

According to NDS, the new XTV-powered...

IMPALA Hails Success of UK's MHEG-Based Free-to-Air Satellite TV Platform, Freesat

--Platform Provides Access to BBC iPlayer via MHEG Interaction Channel
--Sagemcom Says its Freesat STB's Now Support iPlayer Access
The International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA) , an organization that was set up in 2006 by Strategy & Technology, Cabot Communications and EchoStar Europe to promote use of the MHEG middleware standard beyond the UK, has issued a public statement hailing the success of the UK's free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat , which has just announced that it has passed the one million customer mark.

Freesat, a joint venture between the BBC...

DirecTV Launches Interactive TV Crime-Mapping Application from SpotCrime

--emuse ITV App for "Australia's Next Top Model" Wins ASTRA Award
SpotCrime , a Baltimore-based start-up that bills itself as "the largest independent data and news company mapping crime worldwide," has launched an interactive TV application in DirecTV 's TV Apps app store ( http://tvapps.directv.com ). The app provides DirecTV viewers nationwide with near-real-time crime data, including listings of local crime incidents and a map of that local criminal activity. "Using the new TV App, DirecTV customers will receive up-to-date details about actual crime incidents that...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs' Next ETV Interop Begins February 22nd, Deadline for Applying Is January 29th
--DirecTV Begins Public Beta of Multiroom DVR
--Report: Hulu Mulling Plans to Launch Subscription Service
--Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle
--Live Interactive Broadband Video Spin-Off Planned for Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies"
--Move Networks Appoints Eddy Hartenstein, Sol Trujillo to its Board
--SureWest Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Service
--Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Capability
--Verizon Rolls Out Interactive TV Upgrade in Pittsburgh and West Central Florida
--Vimeo Beta-Launches HTML5 Video Player
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: CableLabs has issued an RFI for its next Enhanced TV Interop event, which is scheduled to take place February 22nd-26th, and which will focus on interoperability between ETV applications...

News Round-Up II: Miscellaneous

--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , has announced the establishment of an advisory board. According to the company, "media industry leaders Chris Bowick, William Markey and Vin Bisceglia will serve on the board to provide third-party counsel on Concurrent’s cross-platform strategy and execution." DirecTV has announced plans to launch three 3D TV channels in...

Syabas Incorporates FrameChannel Interactive TV Widget Service into its OTT Devices

--Thomson Launches Satellite Set-Top Box with OTT Capabilities
Syabas , a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software, said Tuesday that it has signed a deal with Thinking Screen Media (formerly known as Frame Media) to offer the latter's FrameChannel content widgets on its Popcorn Hour A-110 and C-200 OTT set-top boxes and on its new DAVID platform, a "working prototype" of which it plans to unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.
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DirecTV to Offer Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of US Open Tennis

--Live, Interactive US Open Coverage also to Be Offered on USOpen.org
US satellite-TV provider, DirecTV , has announced plans to offer extensive interactive TV coverage of the upcoming US Open tennis championship (August 31st-September 7th). The coverage will include five extra live court channels, in addition to the main feeds from ESPN2 and CBS, on DirecTV's multiscreen Mix Channel . All of the coverage will be available in HD, the company says, and viewers will be able to select any of the channel's six miniscreens in...

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