Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): HBO, Hillcrest Labs, MediaMall Technologies

--HBO Go Set to Surpass 3 Million Downloads
--Hillcrest Labs to Market New Motion-Sensing Remote Directly to Pay-TV Subscribers
--MediaMall Technologies Launches Closed Beta for PlayLater, a "DVR for Online Video"
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: HBO 's "TV Everywhere" app, HBO Go, will by this weekend surpass the 3 million download mark, a company spokesperson told CNET earlier this week. The app, which launched May 2nd, is available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and allows authenticated HBO subscribers to access around 1,400 shows. According to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): mgMedia, Fastweb, Miniweb (woomi), devilfish, Motorola

--mgMedia Powers OTT VOD Service for Fastweb
--Miniweb Taps devilfish to Help Position its woomi Connected-TV Platform as an Entertainment Brand
--Motorola Launches IP Set-Top with "Click-In" DVR Module
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: mgMedia has announced that it has been tapped by Italian telco, Fastweb , to create a multidevice OTT delivery system for the latter's broadband VOD service, Chili TV. The system is based on mgMedia's Open4Content platform. "Chili is available on Italian LG and Samsung devices (Smart TV's, BDP and Smart Upgraders),"...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Starz, Burger King, CP+B, DirecTV, Canoe, MSA

--Report: Comcast to Begin Testing RS-DVR Later This Year or Early Next Year
--Comcast Ups the Amount of Starz Content on its VOD Platform
--Burger King Interactive TV Campaign Lets DirecTV Customers Watch Hamburger to Win Coupons
--MSA's Media Software to Automate Sale of Canoe Ventures' Interactive TV Solutions
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Comcast plans to begin testing a Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in certain as-yet-to-be-determined markets later this year or early next year, CTO Tony Werner told the Bloomberg news service at the Cable Show, Tuesday. "We like the idea of a cloud DVR because you can virtually service your customers," Werner...

Insight Rolls Multiroom DVR in Kentucky, Ohio

Insight Communications launched a multiroom DVR which allows subscribers to record up to six programs at the same time, but only if they have three of the DVRs from Pace installed in their homes. The cable MSO, which counts about 750,000 subscribers in Kentucky and Ohio, said subscribers can store up to 95 hours of HD programming or 350 hours of standard definition programming on the DVRs. CEO Michael Willner notes in his blog that...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- UK Retailer Tesco Buys Streaming Video Site Blinkbox -- Two Way Media Raises Funds for Social Gaming, Connected TV Projects -- Hollywood Directors Protes New $30 Premium VOD Window -- Appeals Court Ruling Could Force EchoStar to Settle with TiVo
British retail giant Tesco is expanding into the streaming video business, acquiring an 80 percent stake in online TV and movie site Blinkbox . Founded by former executives from the UK's Channel 4 and Vodafone in 2006, Blinkbox offers both paid content, and free ad-supported videos. Tesco's deal follows a move from Amazon in January to buy Blinkbox rival LoveFilm . Some U.S. retailers are also expanding into the online video sector, including Wal-Mart which...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Clvr TV Launches Interactive Video Player
--Ergen: DISH in Talks with Cable Programmers about Streaming Channels OTT
--Motorola Challenges TiVo DVR Patents
--30% of Netflix's Instant Streaming Content Now Offers Subtitles
--NetPlay TV COO, Guy Templer, to Step Down
--TV Guide Offers "Second-Screen Red Carpet Fashion Cam" for Oscars
--YouTube Disputes Report that it Is Planning to Launch Subscription-Based Streaming Service in the UK
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: A Denver-based company called Clvr TV has launche d a video player that it says allows users to interact with clickable hotspots in order to, for example, purchase products, book reservations, or share content via social media. The company, which claims to be cash-flow positive and to have no debt, says that its focus to date "has...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

Comporium Offering TiVo Premiere DVR's from Evolution Digital

--Evolution Says It Is Supplying the TiVo Premiere to over 30 North American Cable Operators
Rock Hill, SC-based telecommunications provider, Comporium , said Wednesday that it has begun offering the TiVo Premiere DVR to power a new hybrid-TV offering that combines its digital cable channels with on-demand content from the Internet. The TiVo boxes are being supplied to Comporium by Evolution Digital, a reseller of equipment to independent cable operators, which has a partnership in place with TiVo that sees it offering small and mid-sized cable operators TiVo HD DVR's...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Sonic Solutions, Suddenlink, TiVo, thePlatform, Tunerfish,

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers: our regular...

Time Warner Cable Launches Remote DVR Manager in San Diego, Desert Cities

Time Warner Cable said Monday that it has launched its Remote DVR Manager service in its San Diego and Desert Cities markets. According to the company, the service allows customers to schedule and manage recordings remotely from any Internet-connected computer or browser-enabled mobile device. Customers will be able to schedule and modify both single and series recordings, the MSO says, all with real-time conflict resolution.

In order to use the service--which is...