News Round-Up

--TiVo Files Patent Infringement Complaints against AT&T, Verizon
--Time Warner Cable, Verizon to Test "TV Everywhere" Model Launches Augmented Reality App for iPhone
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time restraints, we have decided to focus our editorial efforts this week on news that has been less widely covered (or not covered anywhere else at all). Three of the more widely covered news stories from the past few days are covered in summary/round-up form below. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule over the next few days,...

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...

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...

Sling Media in Broadband Video Content Deals with USTA, Tennis Channel

--Round-Up of Recent Sling Media/EchoStar News
TV place-shifting company, Sling Media (note: the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp.), announced new partnerships with the US Tennis Association (USTA) and the Tennis Channel, Tuesday, which it bills as bringing a range of premier tennis content and highlights to its broadband video/over-the-top programming service, The company says that the content from its two new partners, combined with content from existing partners and IMG, will make into a...

DISH Network News:

--Signs VOD Deals with Gravitas Ventures, Eurocinema
--Offers Multiscreen ITV App for US Elections
--Launches New DVR Products
--Signs Audience Measurement Deal with Rentrak Satellite TV provider, DISH Network, has generated a fair amount of interactive TV-related news over the past few weeks: The company has signed an agreement with Gravitas Ventures, a VOD content distributor that offers around 2,500 hours of feature films (available before or "day-and-date" with DVD releases), documentaries,...

EchoStar Signs CableLabs' tru2way Host Device License Agreement

--Company's European Arm Begins Major Push for the EMEA Region

EchoStar Targets Cable Industry with CableLabs-Certified SlingModem

--Sling Media to Offer Client for Apple's New iPhone 3G At the NCTA Cable Show last month, EchoStar Technologies, a
subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, announced that it is targeting the
cable industry with a CableLabs-certified DOCSIS 2.0 product dubbed
the SlingModem. EchoStar Corp. was spun off earlier this year from
satellite-TV company, DISH Network (formerly called EchoStar), and
retains the latter's hardware business and certain of its infrastructure
assets. The new modem was developed by TV "place-shifting"
company, Sling Media, which was acquired by EchoStar last fall. "The
introduction of the SlingModem demonstrates our operator-agnostic
philosophy, as well as our dedication to the cable industry," Sling

DISH Network Execs Discuss the Company's New ITV Advertising Deal with NBC Universal

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Michael Finn , VP of
advertising sales at DISH Network, and Scott Higgins , the company's
director of interactive programming, discuss DISH's new interactive
TV advertising deal with NBC Universal, and the company's plans to
make increasing use of the DVR hard drive for its interactive TV

[itvt] Radio: Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," sponsored by TiVo, Jim
Louderback , CEO of Revision3 , provides an overview of his
company--which bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web,"
and which produces its own original, broadcast-quality programming.
Topics discussed include funding, download numbers, revenues,
demographics, distribution strategy, content strategy, advertising