digital tv

Zappware Deploys Interactive TV Applications in Switzerland and Belgium

Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware, said last week
that it has successfully delivered a series of interactive services to
Swiss cable operator, ESR Sion. The services--which are running on
Motorola 1920C hybrid DVB-C/IP HD set-top boxes equipped with
KreaTV middleware--will be offered in the city of Sion under the
brand, netcomTV. According to Zappware, the netcomTV offering
includes HDTV, an interactive portal, an EPG, startover TV, catch-up
TV and network PVR. The offering is based on Zappware's iView for
Operators, a suite of services which the company claims is compatible
with a broad range of set-top and middleware platforms. The

NBCU's Digital Studio to Develop "Brand-Centric" Interactive Entertainment

NBC Universal last week relaunched its Digital Studio, which is now
tasked with developing and producing "brand-centric" digital content
(including both episodic programming and what NBCU describes as
"deep interactive experiences"), distributing them across the company's
various digital properties, and also finding and developing quality
digital programming into which advertiser brands can be "organically
integrated." OMG Digital (in cooperation with its sister companies,...

Ofcom Moves to Tighten Regulation of Participation TV

Following the UK's recent participation TV scandal, that country's
broadcast regulator, Ofcom, has proposed new rules to tighten
regulation of TV and radio programs that rely heavily on premium-rate
telephone services (PRS). The body says that its proposed changes to
the UK's Broadcasting Code will "ensure that programs that invite
viewers and listeners to interact or participate are not vehicles for
promoting commercial,...

Comcast Launches AnyRoom On Demand

--Says its VOD Service has Generated over 7 Billion Views since 2003

--Company's Fancast Service now Features Video from over 100 Providers

--Company to Spend up to $70 Million on "Project Canoe" this Year

Comcast, the US's largest cable MSO, last week launched a service
called AnyRoom On Demand to its digital cable customers in New

Jersey who are equipped with Motorola set-top boxes (note: the
company says that New Jersey customers with Scientific-Atlanta digital
set-tops will receive the new service later this year, and that it also
plans to roll it out in other markets over the course of the year). As its
name suggests, the new service--which requires no extra equipment and

Time Warner Cable of NY & NJ Launches Start Over-Enabled "Enhanced HDTV"

Time Warner Cable of New York and New Jersey has announced plans
to expand its HDTV programming line-up, which it says will see it
carrying 100 HD channels and "more than 250 HD On Demand
choices" by the end of the year. The company is launching what it is
calling "Enhanced HDTV," a free offering that includes Start Over (i.e
the ability to start a program over during its allotted timeslot, without a
DVR) for both high- and standard-definition programs. It claims that
customers with HD-enabled set-top boxes will be able to Start Over
more than 13,000 SD and around 1,500 HD choices per month at no
additional charge. "By delivering the most HD choices and Enhanced

BBC iPlayer Now Available on the Nintendo Wii

The BBC has formed a partnership with Nintendo UK to make its BBC
iPlayer "catch-up TV" service available via the Nintendo Wii gaming
console (note: last month, the Corporation also made the iPlayer
available via the Apple iPhone). The partnership was announced by
Erik Huggers, the BBC's group controller for future media and
technology, in a keynote speech at the MIPTV-Milia conference in
Cannes earlier this month. "Working with Nintendo marks another
exciting milestone for BBC iPlayer," he said. "It underlines our
commitment to reaching new audiences by making BBC iPlayer

ICTV in ActiveVideo Deal with iPanel Technologies

--Deal Targets China and other Asia-Pacific Markets

--Company Appoints New VP's of Programming and Business Development

ICTV, a Silicon Valley-based company that offers solutions for
bringing Web media to television, announced last month that it has
signed a deal with iPanel Technologies, a provider of embedded
software platforms for digital and IPTV services and applications. The
deal is designed to increase the availability of ICTV's flagship
ActiveVideo technology and service in China and other Asia-Pacific
markets. (Note: ActiveVideo technology mixes linear and on-demand
programming with broadband content from the Internet, and delivers it

VideoClix in Video Hotspotting Deal with Revision3

Vancouver-based VideoClix, a provider of "hotspotting" (i.e. clickable
video) technology, has signed a deal with Revision3, a company that
bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web" and that develops and
produces original broadband TV shows. Revision3 plans to use
VideoClix' technology to enable its viewers to click on different objects
within a video--for example, show hosts and products--in order to
access additional information and "interesting facts." The first
Revision3 show to employ the technology is one of the company's most
popular, "DiggNation," which began using it April 11th. Other shows
set to offer hotspotting as a result of the deal include "Internet

Usage of CBS Sports' March Madness on Demand Increases Significantly

CBS Sports contacted [itvt] last week to provide statistics on the
broadband video service it offered for the recent NCAA Division I
Men's Basketball Championship (popularly referred to as "March
Madness"). According to the company: From March 20th (opening day) through April 7th (championship
game), there were 4,759,306 total unique visitors to the NCAA March
Madness on Demand video player, compared to 1,800,383 total unique...

2nd Annual tru2way Developers Conference Scheduled for May 17th and 18th

The second annual tru2way Developers Conference will be held in
New Orleans on Saturday, May 17th and Sunday, May 18th, just prior
to the NCTA Cable Show . The conference is produced by the NCTA,
in partnership with CableLabs (the originator of the tru2way/OCAP
standard) and premier sponsor, Vidiom Systems , a company that
specializes in tru2way/OCAP technology and that has a long track
record of offering not-for-profit classes and other educational events on
the standard. According to the organizers, the conference will provide a
forum for cable operators, content providers, Java developers, and