DirecTV DVR Scheduler iPhone/iPod touch App Downloaded by over a Million Users

--Company Launches Versions for Android, Palm Pre and Pixi
DirecTV said Tuesday that its DirecTV DVR Scheduler app for iPhone/iPod touch has been downloaded by over a million users since launching last March. In 2009, the app, which is now also available on Android devices and on the Palm Pre and Pixi, was selected as one of's Best Branded Mobile Apps, named Best Mobile Application by the Mobile Excellence Awards, and highlighted as one of Apple's Favorite Staff Picks, the satellite TV provider...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs' Next ETV Interop Begins February 22nd, Deadline for Applying Is January 29th
--DirecTV Begins Public Beta of Multiroom DVR
--Report: Hulu Mulling Plans to Launch Subscription Service
--Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle
--Live Interactive Broadband Video Spin-Off Planned for Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies"
--Move Networks Appoints Eddy Hartenstein, Sol Trujillo to its Board
--SureWest Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Service
--Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Capability
--Verizon Rolls Out Interactive TV Upgrade in Pittsburgh and West Central Florida
--Vimeo Beta-Launches HTML5 Video Player
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: CableLabs has issued an RFI for its next Enhanced TV Interop event, which is scheduled to take place February 22nd-26th, and which will focus on interoperability between ETV applications...

Microsoft Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo

--Is Also Seeking to Intervene in Patent Infringement Litigation Between TiVo and AT&T
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TiVo in a San Francisco federal court, claiming that the DVR company has infringed upon two of its US patents--which cover technologies for securely purchasing and delivering video and for displaying programmable information respectively, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Microsoft, which claims that TiVo is illegally using the technologies described by the patents in its set-top boxes, its software and its subscription service, is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a court...

TiVo Slams Cable Industry in Response to FCC RFI

DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo , has strongly criticized the US cable industry in a response to a recently issued RFI from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that seeks "comment on how the Commission can encourage innovation in the market for video devices that will assist the Commission’s development of a National Broadband Plan" (note: for more on the RFI, see the article published on, December 7th ). The strong wording of the response is...

Compton Communications Becomes First Canadian Cable Operator to Launch Evolution's TiVo Offering

--Evolution Recently Abandoned tru2way in Favor of TiVo HD DVR's as an Interactive TV Platform
Evolution Digital --a division of Evolution Broadband , a reseller of digital equipment to independent cable operators--said Tuesday that Compton Communications has become the first Canadian operator to select its TiVo HD DVR offering. "Now that the TiVo HD DVR is a one-box solution in Canada, acting as the sole cable box, TiVo's brand recognition as the world's leading user interface and DVR made it the logical next step to enhance our product offering," Travis...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches NBA League Pass Interactive TV Widget

--FiOS TV Remote DVR App Now Available for 10 BlackBerry Models
--AT&T's U-verse TV IPTV Service Passes 2 Million Subscribers
Verizon announced Wednesday that it has launched an NBA League Pass interactive TV widget on its FiOS TV service . According to the company, the free widget allows viewers to order NBA League Pass, an NBA subscription package that provides up to 40 out-of-market live NBA games per week, via their remote control; and also provides them with instant access to headline news, player reports, game-time alerts and more. Once viewers have subscribed to NBA...

NDS, DOXTV Enable HD DVR and Push-VOD Service for China's Chongqing Cable

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , and Chinese value-added TV service provider, DOXTV , on Wednesday announced the launch of what they say is China's first HD DVR and push-VOD service. The service, part of an offering dubbed Chongqing Cable TV+, is offered to subscribers of Chongqing Cable (note: the latter claims to have around 5 million analog and digital subs), which, in addition to NDS's XTV DVR technology with push-VOD capability,...

NDS's XTV DVR Technology Powers New Interactive TV Services for Foxtel

--Australian Broadcaster, Seven, to Offer TiVo-Powered Interactive TV Advertising

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said Monday that it has teamed with Australian pay-TV operator, Foxtel , to develop a bookable promos service, based on its XTV DVR technology. The service, which NDS claims is the first of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, allows viewers watching a trailer for a show to book a recording of that show to their DVR by pressing the green button on their remote...

News Round-Up

--Adconion Acquires Joost Assets
--Boxee Remote Control Widget Launched
--Ericsson to Cease Using Tandberg Television Brand
--Interactive Mobile TV Services Set to Launch in Korea
--Pace Supplying HD DVR's to Argentina's Cablevision
--Playcast Develops System for Playing Console Games on Legacy Set-Top Boxes
--Rogers' TV Everywhere Service to Launch Today
--English High Court Rules in Virgin Media's Favor in Rovi EPG Patent Case

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Online video advertising network operator, Adconion Media Group , has acquired most of the assets of broadband video service, Joost, and plans to use the Joost brand for a white-label broadband video service. However, Adconion CEO, Tyler Moebius, told Paid Content that the company also plans to continue to operate the consumer site and will actively... Launches "DVR" Functionality , an online portal for TV listings and other TV-related content (note: the site, which, along with TV Guide Network, is part of a joint venture owned by Lionsgate and One Equity Partners, claims to reach 21 million unique users each month), announced Wednesday that it has launched "DVR" functionality, enabling users to select their favorite TV shows, organize them in one location and watch them online at their convenience. "My DVR," as...