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[itvt] Radio: Orca Interactive's VP of Sales and Marketing, Sefy Ariely

Sefy Ariely , VP of sales and marketing at IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive , discusses some of the company's newest offerings. They include an end-to-end hybrid solution for delivering TV over the open Internet, social TV applications, and a personalization capability that makes use of fingerprint-recognition technology. Ariely also discusses Orca's new deployment in Russia, the company's roadmap for the coming year, the significance of IMS for the IPTV space, how the...

[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

Interview: John Callahan, CTO of ActiveVideo Networks

ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV) recently appointed interactive TV pioneer, John Callahan, as its CTO. Callahan previously spent 15 years at Time Warner Cable, where he was involved in many of the operator's interactive TV and VOD initiatives, and where he served most recently as SVP of software engineering for its Advanced Technology Group. He was a significant contributor to the creation of the Time Warner Cable Pegasus digital television system architecture, and to such seminal...

News Round-Up (III): Clicker Media, Tim Kring, DECE, Digital TV Labs

--Clicker Media Study: Most Broadcast Content Is Made Available Online, but Only for a Short Time
--Tim Kring's Conspiracy for Good Kicks Off in London
--DECE Unveils Consumer Brand
--Digital TV Labs Offering Bespoke Conformance Testing for CI+ Operators
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are 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. Online video content discovery specialist, Clicker Media , has released a study that attempts to answer the question: "How Much Network Programming Was Actually 'On Online'...

3D TV Round-Up

--CableLabs to Offer 3D TV Testing
--Comcast On Demand Offering 3D Horror Movie
--Discovery, ESPN to Launch 3D TV Channels
--JVC Launches 2D-to-3D Converter
--MPEG Industry Forum Launches 3D TV Working Group
--Samsung in 3D TV Partnership with RealD
--Sigma Designs to Demo New 3D Technologies at CES
--Vizio Launches New Line of 3D TV's
As was widely anticipated, 3D TV has emerged as one of the major themes of this year's Consumer Electronics Show--and a number of pieces of 3D TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: CableLabs has announced that it is providing testing capabilities for 3D TV implementation scenarios over cable. According to the organization, these capabilities "cover a full range of technologies including various frame-compatible, spatial multiplexing solutions for transmission." The...

New Interviews with Sezmi Co-Founder, Phil Wiser, and Microsoft Xbox Live GM, Marc Whitten

--Plus ActiveVideo's Edgar Villalpando on the Emergence of the Connected Car
[itvt] has just published interviews with Sezmi co-founder, chairman and president, Phil Wiser, and with Microsoft Xbox Live general manager, Marc Whitten .

Wiser discusses Sezmi's platform (a set-top box-based offering which the company bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service"), its programming partnerships and its various interactive, social and content-discovery capabilities; the company's monetization strategy and roadmap for the
platform;...

MIPS Technologies Seeking to Bring Android into the Digital Home (Set-Top Boxes, Digital TV's, etc.)

--Makes Source Code Publicly Available, Launches Early Access Program
MIPS Technologies , a company which, among other things, provides processors for home entertainment devices, announced this week that it has met what it describes as a "key milestone" in its ongoing efforts to drive the Android platform beyond mobile handsets: two months after announcing its port of the Android platform to the MIPS Architecture, the company says it is making the source code publicly available. It has also launched an Early Access Program for...

Time Warner Cable, Samsung in Agreement for tru2way Set-Top Development, Purchase and Deployment

The US's second-largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable , and consumer electronics giant, Samsung , announced Monday that they have signed a "letter of commitment" for the continued development, purchase and deployment of Samsung tru2way-enabled set-top boxes, including the MSO's first second-source DVR. "We look to offer our customers advanced set-top boxes with features that are simple and easy to use," Mike Hayashi, Time Warner Cable's EVP of advanced engineering, said in a prepared statement...

WNYW Fox 5 New York Taps Livestream (Formerly Mogulus) for Live Online Streaming

Livestream (formerly Mogulus), a New York-based company which offers a platform that enables amateurs and professionals to produce and distribute live TV on the Internet (note: the company, which offers "Free" and "Pro" versions of its platform, bills the platform as offering, among other things, the ability to mix multiple live cameras, imported video clips and overlay graphics, and as allowing producers to broadcast live from a mobile phone, use a customizable Flash player with...

NDS Supplies End-to-End Digital TV Solution to Indonesia's PT. MNC Sky Vision

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , announced last week that Indonesian pay-TV operator, PT. MNC Sky Vision (operates a premium service called Indovision and a more affordable service called Top TV), has selected an end-to-end NDS solution for its Indovision service, comprised of the company's MediaHighway middleware, its VideoGuard conditional access technology, and a customized EPG. The operator has also selected VideoGuard to secure its Top TV service, NDS says. PT. MNC...

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