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BBC Issues Tender for Interactive Services Management

The BBC recently issued a tender for a five-year (with a two-year optional extension) contract for interactive services management. The
contract, which is worth up to £25 million, covers such areas as
interactive TV playout, systems management, online publishing and
monitoring of service levels. The BBC is seeking a single company to
fulfill all the areas described in the contract. The services covered by

Sun Expands its Video Streaming System

At the NAB show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Sun Microsystems
announced that it is expanding its Sun Streaming System product
portfolio to create what it claims is the only IPTV platform that can
scale "seamlessly and cost-effectively" from 100 to 160,000
simultaneous streams. The portfolio's Sun Fire X4950 Streaming
Switch has been joined by new server and storage platforms for small

Adobe Media Player Launched

--Features Content from CBS, MTV, PBS, Scripps and Others Earlier this month, Adobe Systems launched its long-awaited Adobe
Media Player 1.0 software (available for download at ). The company touts the new
cross-platform, customizable media player as providing new ways for
viewers to discover and interact with content, and as offering content
providers a range of revenue- and brand-building opportunities. A
number of high-profile broadcasters and other content providers are
providing content for the new player, including CBS, MTV Networks,
Universal Music Group, PBS, CondeNet and Scripps Networks; and

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

Narrowstep News:

--Player Version 2.7 Integrates Microsoft Silverlight, Atlas Ad Server

--Appoints New President and COO

--New Deals with tvtv, CAN Communicate and FIFA, Fox Intl's BabyTV

Broadband TV infrastructure company, Narrowstep (note: the
company's telvOS technology has been used to power a number of
high-profile broadband TV services, including the ITV Local service of
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, the Independent Television
Network; it recently announced that it was shifting the focus of its sales
and marketing efforts away from smaller niche content
providers--which it says "traditionally had lower margins and less

New Visiware Interactive TV Games Offering Leverages VOD Platforms

--Company Launches New Version of Playin'TV on New Zealand's Sky TV

--Forms ITV Poker Partnership with Bluff Magazine

Paris-based interactive TV games company, Visiware, has launched an
interactive TV games offering that leverages VOD platforms to offer
video and other rich-media content. Dubbed Playin'VOD, the new
offering will initially be targeted at cable and IPTV operators, but will
later be available for mobile phones and personal media players, and
also for hospitality deployments, the company says. "Visiware is
reinventing gaming on TV," Visiware executive chairman, Laurant
Weill, said in a prepared statement. "In partnership with producers and

[itvt] Radio: Vidiom Execs on tru2way/OCAP and the 2nd Annual tru2way Developers Conference

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[itvt] Radio: Update on the Television Academy's Primetime Emmys for Interactive Media

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow,"

[itvt] Radio: Execs from VR Company, Mindark, Discuss its Emmy-Winning Interactive TV Project

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Magnus Eriksson , chief development manager, and Christian Bjorkman , director of special projects at Mindark , the company behind the virtual world, Entropia Universe , discuss the interactive enhancements the company created for the Swedish television drama, " The Truth about Marika ." Viewers of the show--which was recently awarded the Emmy for Best Interactive TV Service...

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