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Comcast Rolls Out AnyRoom DVR, New EPG in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

Comcast said Tuesday that it has launched its multiroom DVR service, Anyroom DVR, in most of Massachusetts and Southern New Hampshire. It also said that it has launched its A28 i-Guide--an EPG that was developed by GuideWorks , which was originally a joint venture with Rovi (formerly Macrovision)--in those regions (note: the guide is designed for Motorola systems; earlier this year, Comcast announced plans to roll out the Cisco/Scientific-Atlanta version of the i-Guide, designated as...

Clicker Launches iPhone App for its Online Video Discovery and Social TV Service

Clicker for iPhone: Available Now from Clicker on Vimeo . Online video content discovery specialist, Clicker Media (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"), said Tuesday that an iPhone app for its service is now available in the Apple App Store.

According to the company, the new...

Rovi in EPG Patent License Agreement with Liberty Global-Subsidiary, Unitymedia

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) and German cable operator, Unitymedia, said Tuesday that they have signed a multi-year license agreement for EPG patents owned by Rovi. According to the companies, the agreement provides Unitymedia with a license to Rovi's EPG patents for the operator's pay-TV services in Germany.

Unitymedia is the second-largest cable operator in Europe and is a subsidiary of Liberty Global. According to Rovi, the new deal builds on its existing relationships...

Rovi in EPG License Agreement with Japanese Electronics Manufacturer, Maspro Denkoh

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) has announced that Tokyo-based electronics manufacturer, Maspro Denkoh , has signed a license agreement for its EPG technology portfolio, including regulations on use of the Rovi G-Guide. The license agreement also provides Maspro Denko with a license for its products under Rovi's EPG patent portfolio, Rovi says.

According to Rovi, Japan's analog switchoff--scheduled to take place in July 2011--has led to an increase in the deployment of digital broadcast...

Comcast Launches Multiroom DVR Service, "AnyRoom DVR"

Comcast announced last week that it has launched a multiroom DVR service--branded as AnyRoom DVR --in Oregon and southwest Washington. It subsequently came to light that the MSO has also launched the service, which is powered by technologies from Entropic and Broadcom , in around 20 or so of its other Motorola markets, including Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN; Augusta, GA; Little Rock, AR; Mobile, AL; western Massachusetts; southern Florida; and the San Francisco Bay Area...

Freeview Australia's MHEG-Based EPG Goes Live

--Guide, Based on Tech from S&T, Billed as Preparing Way for New VOD and Interactive TV Services
Strategy & Technology --a UK-based provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, which recently received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the significant growth in international sales of its products that it has achieved over the past four years (see the article published on itvt.com, April 21st)--contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that Freeview Australia's EPG platform has launched nationally (note: Freeview Australia, which is a non-profit joint venture between...

News Round-Up (III)

--Delivery Agent Appoints New CFO
--Digital TV Labs Approved as First Test Facility for Freeview Australia EPG
--DirecTV Launches Whole-Home DVR Service
--Invidi Awarded US Patents for its Addressable Advertising Technology
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. Delivery Agent , a company that specializes in developing what it calls "shopping-enabled" entertainment (i.e. ecommerce marketplaces) for entertainment/media companies (note: for more on...

bee.tv Launches iPhone App Showcasing its "Next-Generation" Programming Recommendations Tech

--Users of the Free App Will Also Gain Access to bee.tv's Private Beta of its New Online Service
bee.tv , a Milan-based provider of programming recommendations technology for TV, Web and mobile, has announced the availability of a free iPhone app in the Apple iTunes App Store. According to the company, the new app enables users to receive personalized recommendations for content ranging from real-time broadcast programming to online and mobile TV shows and movies. It generates content recommendations using a proprietary technology that bee.tv says analyzes and matches individual tastes and preferences...

SKY Perfect JSAT Becomes First Japanese Pay-TV Operator to Join Rovi's EPG Patent License Program

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ), said Monday that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (operates the SKY PerfecTV! satellite service) has become the first Japanese pay-TV operator to join its patent license program.

According to Rovi, its deal with SKY Perfect JSAT covers intellectual property used in EPG's...

Google Launches Google TV

--Partners Include Sony, Logitech, DISH, Intel, Adobe, Best Buy, Jinni, Rovi
As expected ( see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th ), Google unveiled a connected TV platform at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco last week. Dubbed simply " Google TV " and billed as "an open platform that adds the power of the Web to the television viewing experience," the new platform will, Google says, allow consumers to "search and watch an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources...

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