News Round-Up (X)

--Warner Bros. Launches New SVOD Service on BT Vision
--Widevine to Provide DRM, Video Optimization for DISH Network's "TV Everywhere" Service
--YouTube Once Again Available on Syabas Popbox and Popcorn Hour OTT Devices
--Cisco Joins Zodiac Partner Program to Support Cable tru2way Deployments
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. Warner Bros. has launched a new subscription VOD service, dubbed WarnerFilms, on the Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV platform, BT Vision. According to the company, the service will provide...

News Round-Up (II)

--Canoe Promotes Dana Runnells to VP of Marketing and Communications
--Concurrent Releases Fiscal Q3 Results
--Cox Completes Deployment of Rovi's ShowRunner VOD App in its Motorola-Based Systems
--DISH Network and DirecTV Launch National Satellite Interactive TV Advertising Platform, "ASAP"
--Google Lets Users Search for Specific TV Episodes
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising (note: its backers are Comcast, Time...

Multiplatform Premium Programming Service, Epix, Secures Carriage Deal with DISH Network

--Says Deal Means Service Will Be Available to 30 Million Homes by Next Month
Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has previously announced carriage deals with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox, Charter, Mediacom and the NCTC, said Monday that it has now secured a carriage deal with DISH Network , giving it access to an additional 14.1 million potential customers. The new deal, which will see Epix launching on...

DISH Network Launches Its First DVR to Incorporate Sling Media's TV Place-Shifting Technology

DISH Network has announced the availability of the ViP922 SlingLoaded DVR . The new box, which is manufactured by DISH Network's sister company, EchoStar, and which was first unveiled more than a year ago at the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, is the first DISH Network set-top to incorporate the Sling TV-place-shifting technology that EchoStar acquired through its $380 million purchase of Sling Media back in 2007: thus it allows DISH subscribers to view the operator's...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

New iTV Doctor Column Features NBCU's Michael Aaronson on Making Winter Olympics Interactive

--Plus Villalpando on STB vs. Cloud, Grant Hay on the Problem with TV, Vinson on the FCC
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, NBC Universal 's VP of digital distribution, Michael Aaronson , provides a detailed overview of how the broadcaster brought interactive TV coverage of the Winter Olympics to AT&T U-verse TV, Cablevision, Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS TV.

In addition: [itvt] blogger, Edgar Villalpando ,...

DISH Network Upgrading SeaChange Ad Insertion Systems to Meet Demand for HD Ads

--DISH Network in Conditional Access System Agreement with Kudelski's Nagravision
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , announced Tuesday that satellite TV provider, DISH Network , is upgrading its entire platform of SeaChange Spot advertising insertion systems to meet what it claims is a growing demand for HD ad placements across its North American footprint. SeaChange is DISH Network's exclusive ad insertion technology provider, having delivered ads for the satellite TV provider since it launched its DBS service back in 1996.

News Round-Up

--Boxee in Content Partnerships with, Blip.TV and Others, Launches "Bookmarklets"
--Comcast's Roberts: EBIF in 13 Million STB's, Cox: tru2way Enabled in 100% of Headends
--DISH Taps NeuLion to Deliver its International Channels OTT
--Dreamer's Blu-TV Interactive TV Service Deployed on OPPO's BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player
--Microsoft's Ballmer: U-verse TV to Be Available on Xbox 360 Later This Year
--Netflix in OTT Partnerships with Funai, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba
--Oregan Networks Launches "Onyx Widgetry" App Store
--Sling Media Announces Support for Adobe Flash
--Sonic Solutions in Roxio CinemaNow Partnerships with Nvidia, Toshiba, Lenovo
--Static2358/PlayJam Announces
Due to the volume of news generated by last week's Consumer Electronics Show, and because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show ( March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Boxee has announced 1) the general release of Boxee Beta, as well as new content partnerships with/applications from,, IGN and the upcoming movie, "The Wolfman";...

News Round-Up II: Miscellaneous

--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , has announced the establishment of an advisory board. According to the company, "media industry leaders Chris Bowick, William Markey and Vin Bisceglia will serve on the board to provide third-party counsel on Concurrent’s cross-platform strategy and execution." DirecTV has announced plans to launch three 3D TV channels in...

Widevine Secures $15 Million from Samsung, Liberty Global, Unnamed Satellite TV Provider

--Company Claims Relationships with Pay-TV and CE Industries Position it Well for "TV Everywhere"
Video content security and optimization specialist, Widevine , said Monday that it has secured $15 million in new funding from Liberty Global , Samsung Ventures (the venture capital arm of Samsung Group) and an unnamed "third corporation" described in a Widevine press release as "the world's...second largest satellite provider ." The company, which has raised close to $52 million to date, says that its technologies are playing a "central role" in the delivery of video...