digital tv

[itvt] Interview: Steven Roberts and Tyler Slocum, DirecTV

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Steven Roberts , SVP of new media and business development at DirecTV , and Tyler Slocum , the company's senior director of ITV and DVR services, provide an update on DirecTV's interactive TV offerings. Topics discussed include usage statistics for DirecTV's various ITV services, the company's ITV strategy, its future ITV and DVR plans, and more. To listen...

itaas's Rustagi and TVWorks' Thomson on the Companies' New ETV/tru2way Partnership

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At the NCTA Cable Show in New Orleans last month, itaas--a company which, among other things, operates developer programs,
under the brand "istart," for Time Warner Cable's Mystro Digital Navigator (MDN) and OCAP Digital Navigator (ODN) platforms and for Cisco's SARA/PowerTV and OCAP Axiom platforms--announced
that it has been tapped by TVWorks--a joint venture between Comcast
and Cox whose forbears include Liberate Technologies and
MetaTV--to operate a developer program...

[itvt] Radio: Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," sponsored by TiVo, Jim
Louderback , CEO of Revision3 , provides an overview of his
company--which bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web,"
and which produces its own original, broadcast-quality programming.
Topics discussed include funding, download numbers, revenues,
demographics, distribution strategy, content strategy, advertising

[itvt] Radio: Review of the 2008 NCTA Cable Show

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," a panel of interactive TV
experts-- Steve Borelli , VP of marketing and business development at
Integra5 ; industry analyst, Leslie Ellis (author of the popular
Multichannel News column, " Translation Please "); Will Kreth , director of product management for interactive TV at Time Warner Cable ; Alex

[itvt] Radio: ANT's Richard Baker on the Company's Product Strategy and More

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Richard Baker , EVP of sales
and marketing at UK-based interactive TV software provider, ANT
(note: Baker, who joined the company earlier this year, was previously
general manager of technology products and services for the EMEA
region at RealNetworks), discusses the company's new multiplatform
application development strategy, its experimental Twitter ITV application,
its new proof-of-concept EPG application which displays up to 45 channels

Scripps Networks in Broadband Video Deal with TidalTV

Scripps Networks has signed a deal with TidalTV, a start-up that is
shortly scheduled to launch a broadband TV service featuring
professionally produced, branded programming (note: TidalTV, which
was founded by co-founder, Scott Ferber, has raised
$15 million in VC money from New Enterprise Associates and
Valhalla). According to the parties, their agreement will make ad-
supported programming from Scripps' HGTV, Food Network, DIY
Network and Fine Living Network channels available both in
TidalTV's programmed channel line-up and in its library of on-demand
content. Shows covered by the deal, include "House Hunters,"
"Designed to Sell," "Sweat Equity," and "The Perfect Party." "Scripps
Networks strives to make our video content widely and easily

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

Founder, Jasper Smith, Reacquires Static 2358 (PlayJam) from OpenTV

--OpenTV to Retain 19% Stake in the Company

--Static 2358 Unveils Plans for PlayJam-Branded Freeview Set-Top Boxes

Founder, Jasper Smith, has reacquired Static 2358, the company which
operates the PlayJam interactive TV games service and which was
acquired by OpenTV in 2001. Static 2358 is now 81% owned by
Smith's newly established holding company, General Entertainment &
Technology Corporation (GET Corp.), and 19% owned by OpenTV:
according to the companies, this shared ownership structure will
cement a "global alliance" between them. (Note: Smith is also the
founding director of Electra Entertainment, a company that has
developed a new interactive TV middleware--see article in this issue;

CTAM Survey Casts Light on Teens' Cross-Platform Viewing Habits

CTAM, the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing,
earlier this month released the results of a survey of the video viewing
habits of teenagers across traditional television and other platforms.
Survey participants were asked what types of video content they view
on any device: user-generated video clips ranked highest at 76%,
followed by comedy clips (69%), music videos (65%), full-length
movies (63%), movie...

Nortel Launches IPTV Solution

Canadian telecommunications equipment giant, Nortel, last month
launched a new IPTV solution which it claims is designed to make it
simple and inexpensive for its service provider customers to offer video
services, complete with integrated communications capabilities, over
their existing networks. According to the company, the new solution is
already being trialed by a number of tier-one operators around the
world, and is being deployed in the US by Grafton Technologies, a
triple-play provider in Jersey County, Illinois, over the latter's existing
voice and data network (note: Nortel is providing Grafton with its
Global Services for IPTV package, which includes project
management, engineering, integration, installation, technical support