New iTV Doctor Column on Evolution Digital's Decision to Incorporate EBIF onto its One-Way DTA's

[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! "

THIS EDITION focuses on Evolution Digital 's decision to incorporate an EBIF agent onto its one-way DTA's (see the article published on itvt.com, September 1st). "One-way EBIF--what can you do with that?" the iTV Doctor asks. The answer to his question, the good doctor discovers, is that "you can do quite a bit..."

News Round-Up

--ANT Reports Higher H1 Revenues, Lower Losses
--BBC Outlines iPlayer Design Strategy
--Evolution Digital to Incorporate EBIF into its DTA's
--Harmonic Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
--IMPALA Welcomes BBC's Decision to Open Source its MHEG+ Toolkit
--Netgem Posts Strong H1 Financial Results
--Sony Launches Qriocity OTT VOD Service in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
--Interactive TV Company, Two Way Media, Launches Web Game on Virginmedia.com
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based digital TV client software company, ANT , has released financial results for the first half: revenues totaled £2.1 million, compared to £2.0 million for the year-ago period; and losses from operations totaled £0.5 million, compared to £0.9 million. The BBC has published a detailed account on its BBC Internet blog of the design...

Companies Showcase Advanced/Interactive TV Technologies at CableLabs Innovation Showcase

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization, CableLabs , has provided some information on the technologies that were featured at its Innovation Showcase, Monday. The Innovation Showcase , which was part of CableLabs' Summer Conference , saw 11 companies pitching new technologies to conference attendees, who then voted for the one they deemed most likely to succeed in the marketplace. The winner was BelAir Networks' new BelAir100SP Strand Picocell (see below): ActiveVideo Network s' demo...

BackChannelMedia, TelVue Demo End-to-End System for Interactive TV Infomercials

--Summer Conference Demo Leverages FourthWall EBIF User Agents, BigBand BMR, Cisco STB's
BackChannelMedia --a company that offers a technology called Clickable TV, which allows viewers to forward or "bookmark" information from their TV to a personal Web portal or to their email account (note: the company says that the technology will be deployed by Knology Communications next month, and that it has reached deployment agreements with around 80 local TV stations--for more on Clickable TV, see the article published on itvt.com, December 9th)--said Tuesday that it has...

Cedar Point Holds First North American Public Demo of its Visual Communications Applications

--Apps Work with EBIF, tru2way and IPTV to Deliver Communications Services to STB's, Connected TV's, Other Devices
--CableLabs Innovation Showcase Technologies Focus on Connectivity between Cable Infrastructure and IP Devices
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, said Monday that it is holding the first North American public demonstration of its new SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite of applications at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado this week.

According to the company, which recently announced that it had joined itaas's istart application developer program, the applications are designed to optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities. The...

SeaChange to Launch EBIF QoS Solution at CableLabs Summer Conference

--Will also Showcase its Watch & Buy Interactive TV Commerce Solution for VOD
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about its plans for next week's CableLabs Summer Conference (August 15th-18th). The company says that it plans to launch the SeaChange EngageTV Validator, which is designed to guarantee quality of service for EBIF-based subscriber applications that make use of VOD resources, and that it will also showcase its Watch & Buy tcommerce extension for VOD services. "Solutions like the...

News Round-Up (IV): Howcast, Interactivation, Stingray Digital, Ligos, Zodiac Interactive (EBIF)

--Howcast Claims Its Smartphone Apps Have Been Downloaded by over 2 Million Users
--Interactivation Sells Concert TV VOD Service to Canada's Stingray Digital
--Ligos Joins Zodiac Interactive's Partner Program, Will Use Zodiac's EBIF UA for its Ligos ETV Suite
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (IX): Rovi, Showtime, Technicolor, DirecTV, Verizon

--Rovi Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Profit
--EBIF-Based Showtime Sports Interactive App Receives Engineering Plaque from Television Academy
--Technicolor Extends Set-Top Box Contract with DirecTV, Signs Broadband Router MOU with Verizon
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

Feature: Ensequence Develops Interactive TV Commerce Application for QVC

Interactive TV application development company, Ensequence , said Monday that shopping channel, QVC , has tapped its Ensequence Managed Services Group and its iTV Manager Programmer Edition technology to develop an EBIF-based, bound, tcommerce application (note: Ensequence also developed an EBIF version of rival HSN's tcommerce app, Shop by Remote--see the article published on itvt.com, December 3rd; Shop by Remote, which launched nearly four years ago, is currently available on Comcast, Oceanic Time Warner Cable,...

News Round-Up (II): BBC iPlayer, Boxee, Cedar Point, itaas

--BBC's New Five-Year Deal for British Open Includes Red-Button, iPlayer Coverage
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for June
--Boxee Releases Video Demo of Boxee Box
--Cedar Point Joins itaas's istart Program to Facilitate Deployment of its EBIF Communications Apps
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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. The BBC has signed a deal with The R&A that will give it exclusive live TV rights to the British Open golf championship through 2016, and...