Nagravision Trumpets Deal to Secure ONO's New TiVo-Powered Hybrid TV Platform

Kudelski-owned content protection specialist, Nagravision , said Tuesday that it has been tapped by its existing customer, Spanish operator, ONO , to secure the latter's next-generation hybrid TV platform. According to Nagravision, the platform, which will employ software from TiVo both on DVR- and non DVR-enabled set-top boxes (see the article published on, June 30th), will be delivered over ONO's fiber-optic network and will be the first broadcast/broadband content delivery network in Spain.

Comcast Launches Multiroom DVR Service, "AnyRoom DVR"

Comcast announced last week that it has launched a multiroom DVR service--branded as AnyRoom DVR --in Oregon and southwest Washington. It subsequently came to light that the MSO has also launched the service, which is powered by technologies from Entropic and Broadcom , in around 20 or so of its other Motorola markets, including Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN; Augusta, GA; Little Rock, AR; Mobile, AL; western Massachusetts; southern Florida; and the San Francisco Bay Area...

Syabas Pushes Back PopBox Ship Date to July 23rd, Reveals Initial Line-Up of Apps for the OTT Device

--EZTakes Seeks to Enable Organizations to Develop Custom Roku Channels
Syabas , a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software, said last week that it has pushed back the ship date for its new PopBox OTT set-top box to July 23rd. The box, which features a user interface design from Moxi UI designer, Dewey Reid, and which will be priced at $130 and $150 for Ethernet and WiFi versions respectively, was previously expected to be available by the July 4th weekend...

NDS's XTV DVR Technology Powers Bookable Promos Service for Sky New Zealand

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said Wednesday that it has leveraged its XTV DVR technology to develop a bookable promos service for New Zealand pay-TV provider, Sky Television .

Dubbed "Record Me," the new service, which is scheduled to launch July 6th, is billed by NDS as enabling viewers to book-to-record movies, individual programs or an entire series direct to their DVR with the push of a button...

TiVo in Strategic Partnership with Spanish Cable Operator, ONO

--ONO to Use TiVo to Provide a "Seamless Convergence between Internet and Traditional TV Content"
TiVo said Wednesday that it has signed an exclusive strategic partnership agreement with Spain's largest cable operator, ONO , to deploy "next-generation TV" in Spain. According to the company, ONO will leverage its modern fiber-optic network and the TiVo user experience to offer customers a service that provides a "seamless convergence between Internet and traditional television content" (note: TiVo has previously announced deals to integrate its user experience with set-top boxes from UK cable operator,...

News Round-Up (VII): SureWest, TeliaSonera-Spotify, thePlatform-Canwest-CBC

--SureWest Launches Caller ID on TV, Online DVR Manager Apps, Selects BigBand SDV Solution
--TeliaSonera Becomes First Pay-TV Platform to Offer Spotify
--thePlatform Powering Broadband Video for Canwest, CBC
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. SureWest Communications , an integrated communications provider that serves markets in Northern California and the Kansas City region, has announced the roll-out of caller ID on TV and...

News Round-Up (III)

--Delivery Agent Appoints New CFO
--Digital TV Labs Approved as First Test Facility for Freeview Australia EPG
--DirecTV Launches Whole-Home DVR Service
--Invidi Awarded US Patents for its Addressable Advertising Technology
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. Delivery Agent , a company that specializes in developing what it calls "shopping-enabled" entertainment (i.e. ecommerce marketplaces) for entertainment/media companies (note: for more on...

TiVo "Non-DVR" Software to Be Integrated into Connected TV's from Best Buy's Insignia Brand

--Legal and R&D Expenses Widen TiVo's Q1 Losses
TiVo and electronics retailer, Best Buy , said Tuesday that development is underway to integrate TiVo's software and advanced TV services (though not the TiVo platform's core DVR functionality) into new connected TV sets from Insignia, Best Buy's in-house consumer electronics brand. The companies did not say when the sets will be available and how much they will cost. This represents the first time that TiVo's software has been integrated directly into a TV set--though...

Elgato Launches EyeTV HD DVR for Apple Macs

--System Can Be Used to Stream Live and Recorded TV to Apple iPad
Elgato , the San Francisco- and Munich-based company behind EyeTV , a TV solution for Mac computers (note: last fall, the company launched a TV placeshifting application for the iPhone/iPod touch--see the article published on, September 30th), on Monday announced EyeTV HD, which it bills as "the world's only DVR solution which provides full access to premium cable or satellite TV content on a Mac." According to the company, the solution allows customers to...

AT&T U-verse TV Rolls Out Enhancements to its DVR Service and its Interactive TV App

--EBIF-Based "Showtime Sports Interactive" HD App Makes Third Appearance on Verizon FiOS TV
AT&T said last week that, over the coming weeks, it will roll out several enhancements to the DVR service of its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV, and also add new functionality to the platform's (Yellow Pages) interactive TV application.

According to the company, U-verse TV customers will shortly be able to place calls within the app. The app, which debuted back in 2007, allows viewers to enter their zip...