DirecTV Extends Interactive TV Weather Apps to The Weather Channel HD

--Says Apps Have Generated Nearly a Billion Impressions Since Launching Last Year
Satellite TV provider, DirecTV , said Tuesday that it is launching The Weather Channel 's interactive TV applications--which launched on its platform on the broadcaster's standard-definition channel around a year ago--on the broadcaster's HDTV channel, The Weather Channel HD. According to the company, since their launch last year, the apps have generated nearly a billion total household impressions. The interactive TV weather apps include: an Alert Ticker, which appears at the bottom of the TV...

Cablevision Launches Remote DVR Scheduling and Management Feature

New York-area MSO, Cablevision , announced last week that it has deployed a remote DVR scheduling and management feature across its entire service area, for customers who subscribe to both its DVR for iO TV and Optimum Online services. According to the company, the new feature, which is accessed via its consumer Web portal, allows customers to fully manage their home DVR's--including finding and recording shows and managing stored content--from any PC or Mac...

News Round-Up:

--Alcatel-Lucent Trumpets Work on Vodafone Portugal's Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service
--Amino IPTV Set-Top Boxes Selected by Tele2 Netherlands
--BBC Switch Revamps its Web Portal
--beActive Launches Multiplatform Thriller, Featuring Social and AR Elements
--Blockbuster in VOD Alliance with Suddenlink and Mediacom
--Epix Launches Initiative to Create Largest Online Movie Catalog
--Five, UEFA, Livestation Launch Europa League iPhone/iPod touch App
--HBO Launches "HBO Imagine" Interactive Video Experience
--Hillcrest Labs Launches New Products for OEM's
--Hulu Launches Social TV Apps for Facebook Users, "Continuous Play" Feature
--Inverto Supporting HbbTV
--IP Vision in Over-the
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time constraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Alcatel-Lucent is trumpeting its role in developing Vodafone Portugal's new Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, Vodafone Casa TV...

News Round-Up:

--Accedo Broadband Develops Interactive TV Game for A&E Television
--ADB in Set-Top Deals with Altibox, ITI Neovision
--Alticast Announces Deployments of its Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television Solution
--ANT Launches Managed Service Offering for IPTV and Hybrid Environments
--AT&T Launches Broadband Video Web Site
--BBC's Huggers Reveals Plans to Open iPlayer to Third Parties
--Bluestreak's MachBlue Supports "New 3D Flash User Experiences," Is Integrated into Mitsubishi TV's
--Brightcove Expands Partner Program
--Cisco's IPTV Technologies to Be Deployed by Virgin Media
--Clearleap's Platform Deployed by Bresnan
--Concurrent Announces "International Extension" of its "
Because of the large volume of news generated by the ongoing IBC show in Amsterdam, and because the [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based provider...

Electra Entertainment to Launch "Channel Zero" Interactive TV Service for Freeview This Fall

--Says It Is In "Detailed Discussions" to Deploy its Trove Technology on Freeview Set-Top Boxes
Electra Entertainment --a company that was founded in early 2003 by Static 2358 founder, Jasper Smith, and former Gemstar-TV Guide CTO, Jonathan Drazin (note: Smith serves as its CEO and Drazin as its CTO; its chairman is former BT and BSkyB director, John Swingewood)--announced Wednesday that, this fall, it will launch an interactive TV service that will complement the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview. The service, which will be marketed under the brand Channel...

Viasat Selects Pace's TDS855NV Hybrid HD PVR

--Box Features Middleware, CA, PVR and Progressive Download Technology from NDS
UK-based set-top box manufacturer, Pace , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that its long-term customer, Scandinavian/Baltic free and pay-TV operator, Viasat Broadcasting , has selected its TDS855NV hybrid HD PVR. According to the company, the box's hybrid functionality will provide end-users with access to a broader range of programming and services, allowing them to receive content in a variety of different ways and giving them increased control over their TV experience. Pace provided...

Alcatel-Lucent in Interactive TV Applications Deal with German Cable Operator, Tele Columbus

Alcatel-Lucent announced last week that it has signed an agreement with German cable operator, Tele Columbus (claims to serve around 2.5 million households), that will see the companies launching interactive TV applications on Tele Columbus's independent cable networks throughout Germany during the fourth quarter. According to the companies, the apps will allow viewers to use their remote controls to access and purchase additional content linked to a specific consumer brand product, and will also include...

Nielsen Report Claims 57% of Internet-Enabled Consumers Go Online and Watch TV Simultaneously

--Despite Growth of Broadband and Mobile Video, TV Viewing at an All-Time High
According to Nielsen 's latest Three Screen Report , 57% of consumers with Internet access at home watch TV and go online simultaneously at least once a month. On average, the report states (citing data generated by Nielsen's Convergence Research Panel), these consumers spend 2 hours, 39 minutes per month simultaneously surfing the Internet and watching TV; and their online experience at home is in front of the TV almost a third (27.9%) of the...

Foxtel Taps NDS to Measure Viewer Behavior across Linear TV, DVR, VOD and Interactive TV

--Deployment Sees NDS's NDS Dynamic Integrated with TNS Media Research's RaPiDView
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , announced Tuesday that Australian pay-TV operator, Foxtel (which employs OpenTV middleware alongside various interactive technologies from NDS), has chosen its NDS Dynamic Audience Measurement System, integrated with TNS Media Research's RaPiDView audience measurement service, to track and analyze audience behavior across its network and to enable the introduction of advanced advertising products. According to NDS, the NDS Dynamic Audience Measurement System (which is part of the...

Edgeware Powers nPVR, Catch-Up and VOD for T-Com Croatia's IPTV Service, Iskon.TV

Edgeware , a Stockholm-based provider of VOD server systems, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that Iskon Internet, a subsidiary of incumbent telco, T-Com Croatia , has deployed its Orbit-2X server platform to deliver advanced on-demand services--including network PVR, catch-up/startover for live TV, and VOD--on its Iskon.TV IPTV service. According to Edgeware, the Orbit-2X server platform enables Iskon's nPVR service to allow subscribers to record up to 10 hours of live TV in the...