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Rovi Launches TV Listings App for iPad

--App Leverages Company's Recently Launched Rovi Media Cloud
Rovi on Tuesday unveiled Rovi What's On TV, a free TV listings app for the Apple iPad. The app, which features what Rovi calls a "graphic, rich magazine-style layout," lets users browse and search local TV listings for 24 hours ahead. In addition, the company says, it uses TV metadata available through API's in the Rovi Media Cloud (note: Rovi bills the latter, which it launched last month at CES, as a suite of entertainment...

Inview Interactive Taps Radio Times to Provide Branded Freeview EPG

BBC Worldwide-owned TV listings magazine, Radio Times , has been tapped by EPG specialist, Inview Interactive , to provide a branded EPG for the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, replacing Inview's existing Teletext Extra guide. The EPG, branded as Radio Times Extra and slated to be available on 37 Freeview set-top models from 21 different manufacturers (which collectively serve around 3.8 million Freeview households), offers 14 days of programming listings and synopses and some...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Coincident TV, MTV, Comcast, Canoe Ventures, Current TV, Delivery Agent

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using itvt.com's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers: our regular...

McObject's Embedded Database System Powers EPG for New Loewe Opta TV Sets

--Company Claims to Offer Only Embedded Database Designed from Scratch for STB Program Guides
McObject , a company best known for its eXtremeDB Fusion embedded database system, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that German consumer electronics manufacturer, Loewe Opta , has launched new digital TV models that incorporate EPG software based on eXtremeDB Fusion (note: the eXtremDB Fusion database system is also used in DirecTV's EPG's). By integrating the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) database system into its new Individual SL and Compose SL TV sets, McObject says, Loewe...

News Round-Up (IV): Irdeto, Sky Deutschland, Bluestreak, Aprico, Axel Springer, ivi, Mirada, Ericsson

--Irdeto Powers Sky Deutschland's New iPad VOD App, Demo's Interactive Social TV at IBC
--ivi Says "Technicalities in the Copyright Law" Let it Deliver Live TV Channels via the Internet
--Update: Mirada Integrates Navi EPG with Ericsson's IPTV Middleware
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more 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,...

News Round-Up (VI): Mirada, Ericsson, Nagravision (OpenTV), EchoStar Europe, NDS

--Mirada to Integrate Navi EPG with Ericsson's IPTV Middleware
--Nagravision Field-Tests OpenTV nX with Zon TVCabo, Ports OpenTV Middleware to New EchoStar Europe DVR
--NDS News: First Field Trial for Snowflake, Low-Cost DVR-Like STB's, PAKT Deal, Jungo USB Solution for STB's
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of 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,...

News Round-Up (IX): Rentrak, Right Network, Rovi, SecureMedia, Inview

--Rentrak in Measurement Deal with New VOD Network
--Rovi Launches Cloud-Based Ad Platform for Connected Devices, Doubles Number of European Content Partners for TotalGuide
--SecureMedia, Inview Launch NEELiX Interactive TV Platform for Connected-TV Devices
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of 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,...

News Round-Up

--AirTies, Anevia in OTT Partnership
--Celeno Unveils Solution to Converge Paid and OTT Video Services over Home WiFi Network
--Civolution, ATEME Team to Enable Early Release Window for VOD
--Comcast Rolls Out New i-Guide EPG and Comcast Mobile 2.0 in Indiana
--Google TV to Launch Internationally Next Year
--South Korean Government to Help Drive Commercialization of Connected-TV Technology
--NDS Powers Hybrid TV Service for Vodafone in Germany
--Ooyala Powering Online Video for DECA
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Wireless home networking specialist, AirTies , has announced a partnership with Anevia , a provider of video streaming solutions and service infrastructure for live TV and VOD, which the companies says will see AirTies' Air 7124 HD 802.11N wireless IP set-top box supporting Anevia's video server and adaptive bitrate solutions to enable operators and broadcast...

Comcast Works with Clicker Media to Provide Listings of its Online TV Episode and Movie Offerings

In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, online video content discovery specialist, Clicker Media , a company often associated with the emerging Internet TV/cord-cutting phenomenon (note: the company recently also launched a social TV service, called Clicker Social, which it bills as "allow[ing] people to discover, share, rate, discuss, and check-in to shows on Clicker and third-party partner sites"), announced a collaboration with Comcast that sees the cable MSO making listings for its Xfinity...

Rovi Extends its EPG Patent License Agreement with Sky

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) said Wednesday that UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB (Sky), has extended the term of its existing licensing deal for Rovi's EPG patents. According to the company, the new multi-year agreement provides Sky with a license to the Rovi EPG patent portfolio for Sky's pay-TV platforms. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are pleased that Sky, the leading pay-television service in the United Kingdom, sees the continued value of our IP...

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