Shaw Launches Arris DVR with Six Tuners

-- Canadian MSO Markets 'Shaw Gateway' in Calgary
Shaw Communications launched a multiroom DVR from Arris that contains six tuners, tripling the number of shows that most other pay TV providers allow subscribers to record. The Canadian MSO debuted the Arris DVR as part of a deployment of the Arris Whole Home Solution, which Shaw is marketing to customers as the "Shaw Gateway Experience." In addition to a 500-GB multi-room DVR capable or recording up to six TV programs simultaneously, the platform comes...

News Round-Up:

--Lori Schwartz Elected Co-Governor of ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group
--Ex-Digeo CEO, Greg Gudorf, Resurfaces at Thomson Technicolor
--Free Press: Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Service Poses a Threat to Online Video Competition
--New Online Reality Show Involves Hulu, MySpace
--Jinni Secures $1.6 Million in Series A Funding Round
--Ooyala Provides Live Streaming Coverage of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
--Report: SeeSaw Secures Content Deals with Channel 4, Five
--Teletext Closes Down
--Thoughts from thePlatform's Ian Blaine and SysMedia's Andrew Lambourne
--Google's Eun: YouTube Mulling Subscription Option
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: As [itvt] was going to press, we learned that Lori Schwartz , SVP and director of the Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, has just been elected as co-governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (note: the other co-governor is Geoff Katz , VP of business development and marketing at Transpond). We hope...

Digeo Now Offering Monthly Payment Options for its Moxi HD DVR

In an apparent acknowledgement that many consumers might find the $799 price tag of its retail-targeted Moxi HD DVR hard to afford in the current difficult economic climate, Digeo has announced new "flexible payment options" for the box. Consumers who cannot afford to buy the box outright now have the options of making--via PayPal--four interest-free monthly payments of $199.75 or 20 interest-free monthly payments of $39.95. However, because of legal restrictions, the new payment options...

Digeo Unveils New Features for its Moxi HD DVR

--Enhancements Enable Users to Access Over-the-Top Video Services on their Living Room TV
Paul Allen-owned set-top box vendor, Digeo, announced a series of new features and enhancements for its Moxi HD DVR Thursday, that appear to be designed to transform the device into a platform for bringing over-the-top video to the living room (much as rival TiVo has transformed its DVR into an OTT device). The new features, which the company says will be available automatically to Moxi HD DVR customers via a free software upgrade, include:

Digeo Restructures, Focuses Development Efforts on Fewer Products

Shortly after unveiling a new "featured services" strategy at CES 2008,
and announcing alliances with four companies--Flickr, Finetune,
Accedo Broadband and CloverLeaf Digital--that it said would be
providing content services for its flagship Moxi platform, Paul Allen-
owned Digeo announced a major restructuring that saw CEO, Mike
Fiedler, leave the company, along with half of its staff, and president
and COO, Greg Gudorf take over his role. (Note: the Moxi platform
allows end-users to store, access and manage a variety of entertainment
content through a single, unified menu. The platform is notable for its
interface, which won Emmy awards in 2004 and 2005, and which
replaces the standard "spreadsheet" EPG interface with a so-called

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,...