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Interactive TV Technology Provider, OpenTV, Announces Plans for IBC 2009

--Demos to Include "Smart" Search and PVR, Social Network Integration, OTT Video Functionality
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , announced Wednesday the line-up of products and features that it will be demo'ing in its booth (Hall 1, Stand C81) at next month's IBC show in Amsterdam. "There is a fundamental shift in the way people are watching television: now more than ever it is at the center of the home entertainment experience, an extension to the lives of people who watch it," OpenTV CEO, Ben...

EchoStar President Cautious on Prospects for Cable Deployment of its tru2way-Based T2200S HD DVR

--In Response to Cable Operators' Concerns, Box Now Allows Limits on Its Placeshifting Capabilities
In a conference call with financial analysts, Monday, following the company's release of its second-quarter results, EchoStar Technologies president, Mark Jackson, provided a fairly cautious-sounding update on the prospects for a cable deployment of the T2200S, a tru2way-based, "Slingloaded" (note: the latter is a term that has been trademarked by EchoStar to designate its non-Sling Media-branded set-top boxes that offer TV place-shifting and other Sling Media capabilities), multi-tuner HD DVR that has been designed specifically...

Verizon Extends Media Manager Service and Remote DVR Management by Mobile to More Customers

--Services Now Available to Any DVR-Equipped FiOS TV and Internet Subscriber
--Company Also Expands VOD Offerings
In a posting on a Verizon blog, Monday, the company's SVP of media relations, Eric Rabe, revealed that it will later this week announce that it is opening up--at no extra charge--its Media Manager service to any FiOS TV and Internet customer who also has a DVR. The service was previously available only to subscribers to the company's Home Media multi-room DVR service who were also subscribers to its Internet service. It allows FiOS TV...

OpenTV Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Profit

Interactive TV and advanced advertising software provider, OpenTV , on Thursday released financial results for the second quarter: Revenues totaled $27.6 million, compared to $26.8 million for the year-ago quarter. Royalties and licenses revenues increased 7.1% to $19.5 million, while services and other revenues decreased 5.8% to $8.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA before unusual items was $4 million, compared to $2.5 million for the year-ago quarter. Net income was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share, compared...

New Ofcom Report Finds Increasing Usage of DVR, Catch-Up VOD Services in the UK

UK communications regulator, Ofcom , has published its sixth annual Communications Market Report . Among the TV-related highlights: At the end of March, over a quarter of UK homes (27%) had a DVR, representing an increase of 29% since September, 2008. Around 9 million DVR's have been sold in the UK, the majority (over 5 million) of which are Sky+ boxes. In UK DVR homes, 15% of TV viewing was timeshifted in 2008. Around a...

RCN Selects TiVo as its "Primary" DVR Platform

--Platform Will Allow RCN to Integrate its VOD Offering with TiVo's Line-Up of OTT Programming
Cable overbuilder/triple-play provider, RCN , announced Tuesday that it has entered into a strategic relationship with TiVo that will see it offering co-branded, "uniquely configured" TiVo HD DVR's to its residential and small business customers. TiVo will be RCN's "primary" DVR offering, the company says (note: while RCN, which currently offers Motorola DCX3416 DVR's, will be the first cable MSO to offer TiVo as its primary DVR, Comcast and Cox have signed deals with TiVo...

Digeo Launches Moxi Mate, Enabling Multi-Room Functionality for its Moxi HD DVR

--Unveils New Moxi Features, Including Grid Guide Viewing Option, SDV, LaCie Drive Compatibility
Paul Allen-owned set-top box vendor, Digeo , on Tuesday launched the Moxi Mate, a companion thin-client device for its flagship Moxi HD DVR that provides the latter with multi-room capabilities. The company bills the new device as a "small, silent set-top box that connects with the Moxi HD DVR over the home network, so users can browse and play back recorded programs in other rooms." The device can also play media files from the home...

TiVo Seeking $1 Billion in Contempt-of-Court Sanctions from DISH Network and EchoStar

--Hearing Scheduled for July 28th
TiVo is seeking nearly $1 billion in damages from DISH Network and EchoStar in the so-called "Time Warp" DVR technology patent case between the companies. The figure was revealed in a July 13th filing by DISH Network and EchoStar (first brought to light by blogger, Dave Zatz) in response to a June 26th sealed motion by TiVo, in which the latter laid out its case for the sanctions that should be imposed on DISH Network...

TiVo, Best Buy Form Broad Partnership

The New York Times and the San Jose Mercury News were reporting late Wednesday that TiVo is set to announce a broad partnership with consumer electronics retailer, Best Buy , today. According to the reports, the partnership--whose financial terms are not being disclosed--will see 1) Best Buy aggressively promoting TiVo products in its stores (as part of what the Times described as a "multiyear commitment" by Best Buy to advertise and promote TiVo products); 2)...

Time Warner Cable, Samsung in Agreement for tru2way Set-Top Development, Purchase and Deployment

The US's second-largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable , and consumer electronics giant, Samsung , announced Monday that they have signed a "letter of commitment" for the continued development, purchase and deployment of Samsung tru2way-enabled set-top boxes, including the MSO's first second-source DVR. "We look to offer our customers advanced set-top boxes with features that are simple and easy to use," Mike Hayashi, Time Warner Cable's EVP of advanced engineering, said in a prepared statement...

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