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NDS, Axel Springer Partner to Promote "Personal TV" to German Operators, Broadcasters and Advertisers

--NDS in Deal to Provide Middleware, PVR and VOD Technologies to Kabel BW
--Kabel BW also Deploying VOD Technologies from Harmonic, eventIS
At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Tuesday, interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , and Axel Springer Digital TV Guide, a provider of consumer entertainment technologies and EPG metadata, announced that they are partnering to promote " personal TV "--by which the companies say they mean the "rich viewing experience enabled by state-of-the-art DVR's and EPG's"--to German broadcasters and pay-TV operators. The companies say that their joint initiative will also see them...

DISH Network Launches Remote DVR Management

US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network , has launched a service called DISH Remote Access that allows its subscribers to manage their DVR-equipped receivers remotely from any Internet-connected device (note: a similar service has been offered by rival DirecTV for some time now). According to DISH Network, the service, which is offered at no additional cost to subscribers equipped with the company's broadband-connected ViP Series DVR's, incorporates a comprehensive search functionality that looks for desired content...

BSkyB Says Sky+ HD DVR Service Now in Over 1 Million Households

--Nearly One in Five UK and Irish Households Now Have a Sky+ DVR
--Sky Anytime Push-VOD Service Used by Over 1 Million Households Each Week
UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB, announced Thursday that its Sky+ HD service has now been deployed in over a million Sky households (1,022 million, compared to 465,000 this time last year), following record sales in the first three months of 2009. The company says that the growing popularity of HDTV has also contributed to the rapid growth of its Sky+ DVR service, which is incorporated in all Sky+HD boxes: including the Sky+ HD customer base, Sky...

Digeo Now Offering Monthly Payment Options for its Moxi HD DVR

In an apparent acknowledgement that many consumers might find the $799 price tag of its retail-targeted Moxi HD DVR hard to afford in the current difficult economic climate, Digeo has announced new "flexible payment options" for the box. Consumers who cannot afford to buy the box outright now have the options of making--via PayPal--four interest-free monthly payments of $199.75 or 20 interest-free monthly payments of $39.95. However, because of legal restrictions, the new payment options...

Verizon Expands Availability of its Remote DVR Management Service

Verizon said Monday that it is now offering its Web-based remote DVR management service to all DVR-equipped customers of its FiOS TV service, as well as expanding its mobile DVR management service to a larger range of wireless handsets. The company launched its remote DVR management service, free-of-charge, to FiOS TV Media Manager subscribers in January: those subscribers have been able to access the service via a special Web site or through a small selection...

IPTV Specialists, Amino and Minerva, Team on Whole-Home DVR Solution

At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, IPTV set-top box vendor, Amino Communications, and IPTV middleware provider, Minerva Networks, unveiled a whole-home DVR solution. The solution consists of Amino's AmiNET530 DVR-equipped IP set-top box, integrated with Minerva's new whole-home DVR control module. The companies say that it will allow service providers to offer advanced DVR services throughout a subscriber's home, using a single DVR set-top box, and will allow end-users to independently play, pause,...

180Squared Launches "Mediaroom in a Box" IPTV Solution for Smaller Carriers

Pleasanton, Calif.-based 180Squared--a company that bills itself as "a team of Microsoft Mediaroom alumni with extensive Mediaroom product and services expertise" (note: Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV platform)--announced Wednesday the launch of a Mediaroom solution, dubbed "Mediaroom in a Box," that is geared towards smaller carriers. The company says that, while working with Microsoft to support existing Mediaroom customers, it has also been working towards developing an end-to-end solution that will "help smaller carriers in the...

Round-Up of Recent News from TiVo

--New Zealand Launch, Blockbuster and Alticast Deals, New Search and More
[itvt] recently reported that DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo, had 1) published new data from its StopWatch ratings service that apparently show that timeshifting of early primetime shows erodes live viewing during the 10:00PM timeslot; 2) announced plans to increase the sample size for the StopWatch service from 100,000 to 300,000 DVR users; 3) teamed with Innerscope on a study that apparently shows a "clear and strong" correlation between TV viewers' emotional engagement with advertisements and...

TiVo: Heavy Timeshifting of Early Primetime Shows Erodes Live Viewing During 10:00PM Timeslot

DVR vendor, TiVo, released new data from its StopWatch ratings service, Thursday, which it says show that primetime programming that aired on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in February during the 8:00PM and 9:00PM timeslots was much more likely to be viewed in timeshifted mode, compared to programming aired in the 10:00PM timeslot (note: the StopWatch service collects anonymous second-by-second audience research data from a passive sample of 100,000 TiVo boxes). According to the company,...

Cox Communications Announces Plans for Multi-Room DVR Service

--Launches MyPrimetime VOD Service in Two More Markets
Cox Communications, the US's third-largest cable MSO, announced Monday that it plans to offer a multi-room service for its DVR customers. According to the company, the new service will allow viewing of DVR-recorded content throughout the home in both standard- and high-definition, and will be based on a device that will include a larger hard drive than the company's current DVR (the device will enable multi-room DVR by working in conjunction with non-DVR receivers located...

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