New iTV Doctor Column on DirecTV's App Store and Widgets

--[itvt]'s Daily News Coverage to Return after TVOT and EBIF Intensive
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, Tyler Slocum, senior director of advanced services at DirecTV, discusses the satellite TV operator's app store and its line-up of widgets.

In addition, [itvt] blogger, Edgar Villalpando , SVP of marketing at ActiveVideo Networks , shares some thoughts on interactive TV and the Super Bowl .


New Interview with Clearleap Co-Founder and CEO, Braxton Jarratt

--[itvt]'s Daily News Coverage Will Resume Later This Week
[itvt] has just published a radio interview with Braxton Jarratt , co-founder and CEO of Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets. Among other things, he discusses his company's cloud-based approach to on-demand and interactive TV; its recently announced project with FourthWall which saw the companies developing a video-centric, unbound EBIF interactive weather application featuring content from The Weather Channel ( see the article...

Ligos to Demo ETV Mosaic Visual EBIF Authoring and Playout System at CableLabs Winter Conference

Ligos --a Savannah, Georgia-based interactive TV company that says its goal is to "extend standards-based video processing technology in order to deliver highly personalized video services over open platforms"--contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it will be demo'ing its ETV Mosaic system at next week's CableLabs Winter Conference in Denver as part of the conference's EBIF Ecosystem area. The company bills ETV Mosaic as a visual EBIF authoring and playout system that provides...

Comcast COO Says MSO Has Now Deployed EBIF in 12 Million Households in 30 Markets

During Comcast 's conference call with financial analysts following the release of its Q4, 2009 results, Wednesday, CEO, Brian Roberts, and COO, Steve Burke, provided a brief update on the status of its interactive TV deployments and plans.

"We will...continue to invest in our network, extending our technical capabilities even further, more widely deploying EBIF technology, for instance, to support interactive TV and advertising," Roberts stated in his presentation. "And through our...

Clearleap, FourthWall Media Create EBIF-Based, Video-Centric Interactive TV Weather App

--App, Featuring Content from The Weather Channel, to Be Demo'd at CableLabs Winter Conference
Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, and FourthWall Media , the interactive TV technology company formerly known as BIAP (note: for more on the company's rebranding, see the article published on itvt.com, October 26th ), will today announce that they have partnered to create a video-centric, unbound EBIF interactive weather application featuring content from The Weather Channel . According to the companies, the...

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...

[itvt] Presents "EBIF Intensive," a One-Day Workshop Featuring Canoe Ventures and CableLabs

--Will Take Place March 5th, Immediately after The TV of Tomorrow Show
--Tickets on Sale Now: Special Low Rates for TV of Tomorrow Show Attendees and Speakers
[itvt] is pleased to present " EBIF Intensive ," a special one-day workshop/dialog event that will take place in San Francisco's Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on March 5th, the day after The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd and 4th) .

The event--which will be informal, intimate, interactive, and, of course, intensive--is sponsored by Canoe Ventures and CableLabs, the two organizations tasked with developing and implementing the US cable industry's...

Zodiac Interactive Trumpets Its EBIF Deployments

--Is Eyeing Acquisitions, Plans to Launch Product to Enable Operators to Offer App Stores
Interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive (note: the company recently launched version 2.5 of its PowerUp ITV Framework-- see the article published on itvt.com, January 12th ), announced Monday that its EBIF user agent is successfully operating in conjunction with applications from multiple vendors and development environments within the cable ITV ecosystem, including NDS for addressable EBIF-based interactive ads to individual Cisco (Scientific-Atlanta) set-top boxes. The company also says that its EBIF user agent is...

Ligos Says "One of the Nation's Largest Cable Operators" Will Deploy its EBIF-Based ETV Mosaic Tech

Savannah, Georgia-based Ligos said Wednesday that it has closed a deal with "one of the nation's largest cable operators"--which it did not identify--for a set of its EBIF-based ETV Mosaic systems, and that the operator will deploy the technology later this year (note: for more on Ligos's EBIF version of its flagship Mosaic EPG technology, see the article published on itvt.com, July 7th ). According to the company, ETV Mosaic enables the creation and delivery...

Zodiac PowerUp 2.5 Enables Interaction between Cable Set-Tops and Mobile and Internet Devices

Interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive (note: the company's EBIF user agent is being deployed by MSO Cablevision-- see the article published on itvt.com, November 5th ), on Monday unveiled the latest version (2.5) of its PowerUp ITV framework , a cross-platform software that the company bills as unifying and enabling advanced interactive TV applications across multiple set-tops, including legacy boxes.

According to the company, PowerUp 2.5--which it says is available as...