News Round-Up

--Apple Said to Be Pitching Subscription-Based OTT Service to Programmers
--Cisco Acquires Set-Top Box Business of China's DVN
--DISH Asks Appeals Court to Let It Offer DVR Service
--iN Demand: November to Be a Record Month for Day-&-Date VOD Movies
--Interactive "World of Warcraft" Machinima Uses YouTube Annotations
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report by All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, "multiple sources" are telling him that Apple is "trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software." The service would be an extension of Apple's iTunes software and store, Kafka writes. However, while "Apple has told industry...

News Round-Up

--Quincy Smith to Resign as CEO of CBS Interactive, Will Continue to Advise on Interactive Media
--Comcast Said to Be Working on "Underground IPTV and Video Convergence Project"
--December Issue of Esquire Magazine to Offer Extensive Augmented Reality Features
--Rogers Skeptical of tru2way, Considering Internet-Based Interactive TV Solutions
--SeaChange Showcases RS-DVR Solution at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as some stories from the ongoing SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): CBS said Wednesday that Quincy Smith will step down as CEO of its CBS Interactive arm at the end of the year. However, Smith, who is starting his own advisory business, will continue to advise the...

New Broadcom SoC's Support tru2way, CableCard, 3D UI's, Whole-Home HD DVR, and More

Semiconductor company, Broadcom , on Tuesday announced two new Multimedia over Coax Alliance system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions--the BCM7125 and the BCM7119--which it claims support tru2way, CableCard and a range of other technologies and standards, and which it promises will "enable manufacturers and cable operators to cost-effectively offer the latest in interactive HDTV programming, connectivity, whole-home media distribution [including multiroom HD DVR] and advanced 3D user interfaces to the North American market." According to the company, key...

News Round-Up

--ADB Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Exhibit Plans
--Comcast Exec Says EBIF/Interactive TV Roll-Out Proceeding on Schedule
--Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Trial Now Involves 10,000 Viewers
--Concurrent Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a $1 Million Loss
--HealthiNation in VOD Deal with AT&T U-verse TV
--Highfield: BBC Should Consider Charging for iPlayer Content
--IneoQuest Launches Vendor-Agnostic VOD Monitoring Tool
--Motorola Launches Solution for Scaling On-Demand Catalogs across Multiple Screens
--Netpulse Raises $3.1 Million for its Interactive Media Platform for Fitness Centers
--Pace Says New HCS Multiroom DVR to Launch with Multiple Operators
--Sky Player Xbox Launch
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as stories from the CTAM Summit in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) , has announced its exhibit plans for this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. According to the company, it will "demonstrate how it enables operators deliver the promises of tru2way together with an...

New Pace Multiroom DVR Solution Lets Users Record Six HD Programs Concurrently

--Solution Is Integrated with Rovi's EPG and Connected Platform Software
UK set-top box vendor, Pace , on Monday announced a new multiroom DVR solution called Home Content Sharing (HCS) . According to the company, the solution, which it says uses centralized storage to connect multiple HD set-top boxes within the home, is integrated with Rovi 's (formerly Macrovision's) EPG and Connected Platform software to enhance its functionality. Pace says that the new multiroom DVR solution, which it bills as delivering full, dual-tuner HD DVR functionality...

News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo, Concurrent, Harmonic Announce SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Plans
--Babelgum Launches Channel for Culture-Jamming Duo, The Yes Men Relaunched with More Video, iReport Integration
--Comcast COO Burke: TV Industry Must "Get in Front of" Internet or Face Cord-Cutting
--Video-Sharing Company, Dailymotion, Secures $25 Million in New Funding
--News Corp.'s Chase Carey Confirms that Hulu Will Launch Premium Service
--Sky+ HD DVR Now in 1.6 Million Households
--Thomson in Deal to Provide Interactive HD Set-Tops to Israel's HOT
--Windows 7 Offers Extensive Internet TV Features
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: ActiveVideo Networks , Concurrent and Harmonic have announced their plans for this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Broadband video content company, Babelgum , has launched a new channel devoted to The Yes Men --described by the company as "culture jamming activists who practice what they call 'identity correction,' revealing the true, planet- and people-raving intents of business and...

Verizon FiOS TV Extends its Media Manager's My Music and My Photos Features to Apple Mac

Verizon said Tuesday that it is extending the My Music and My Photos features of its FiOS TV Media Manager service (lets DVR-enabled subscribers organize, manage and access content stored on their computer on their TV set) to Apple Mac computers. The company says that it is also working on a Mac version of Media Manager's My Videos feature. "Mac users can now stream their computer-based iPod playlists straight to their TV to play their...

MTS Allstream Launches Canada's First Whole-Home PVR Service

--Motorola Supplies du with IPTV Set-Tops Enabling Whole-Home PVR, Other Advanced Services
Manitoba Telecom Services-subsidiary, MTS Allstream , on Monday announced the launch of what it claims is Canada's first whole-home PVR service. According to the company, the service, which is offered on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, MTS Ultimate TV (available in Portage, La Prairie, Brandon and Winnipeg) for CAN$5:00 a month, allows users to record up to three programs at the same time and play back programs from any connected TV in the home, as...

Blockbuster On Demand Service Goes Live on Broadband-Connected TiVo DVR's

TiVo announced Tuesday that movie rental chain Blockbuster 's Blockbuster On Demand service can now be accessed over-the-top on broadband-connected TiVo Series2, TiVo Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo HD XL DVR's. A deal between TiVo and Blockbuster was first announced in March. Blockbuster content now available for rental on TiVo as a result of the deal includes a range of new-release (priced at $3.99) and older (priced at $2.99) standard-definition movies, including mainstream and indie...

News Round-Up

--BBC to Offer One-Off "Casualty" Webisode via Web, Mobile and Red Button
--BBC Worldwide Exec Discusses Plans for iPlayer-Like Paid VOD Service for International Markets
--Boxee App for Justin.TV Launches
--McObject Launches Database System for EPG's
--Interactive Video Company, PermissionTV, Changes Name to VisibleGains, Focuses on B2B
--Web-to-TV Browser Company, Personal Web Systems, Raises $1.2 Million
--JD Power Survey Finds Increased DVR Usage, Slightly Lower VOD Usage
--Qualcomm's FLO TV Launches Dedicated Mobile TV Device
--ScanScout Launches New Interactive Video Ad Unit
--India's NDTV Selects Tata Communications' BitGravity-Powered LiveBroadcast Streaming Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has announced plans to offer a one-off Webisode of its medical drama, "Casualty," on October 31st. In addition to the BBC's Web site ( ) the Webisode will be available through the red button and on mobiles. managing director, Luke Bradley-Jones , discusses BBC Worldwide 's plans to launch a paid version of...