News Round-Up: Interactive TV Technologies and Operators

--Sky Reveals its 3D TV Plans
--Miniweb in Advertising Deal with Real Media
--Rovi in Multi-Year EPG Patent License Agreement with Austar
--RTB Launches Interactive TV Service
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 will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of interactive TV technology/operator news for the past few days. BSkyB announced last week that it will launch Sky 3D, which it bills as "Europe's...

Cisco Taps itaas to Provide Enhancements and Support for SARA EPG

itaas , an Atlanta-based company that provides a range of software development, integration and testing services for interactive TV (including ETV/EBIF, tru2way and IPTV solutions), announced Wednesday that it has secured an agreement with Cisco that designates it as the source for ongoing enhancements to and support for the existing Scientific-Atlanta Resident Application (SARA) viewing guide for Cisco's Explorer set-top box platform.

Under the terms of the deal, itaas says, it will...

Turner Classic Movies Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android

--Qik Upgrades Its Recently Launched Qik VideoCamera iPhone/iPod touch App
--Report: Netflix on iPhone Later this Year
--Verizon FiOS TV Launches Remote Scheduling App for Android
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) last week announced the launch of a new mobile phone application that will initially be available for i Phone/iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android handheld devices, and that the company says will subsequently support "dozens" of additional handhelds. "The TCM mobile device application is the ultimate mobile experience for classic film fans and is an important part of our strategy to solidify TCM's position as a lifestyle brand," Dennis Adamovich, TCM's SVP...

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...

Rovi Unveils Multiple New North American, European Content Partners for its TotalGuide EPG

--Announces Support for HbbTV
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 ) announced last week that it plans to add OTT content from Showtime Networks and ZillionTV to its new TotalGuide consumer electronics EPG (formerly code-named "Liquid"), and also said that it is collaborating with 15 European content providers to bring content to the guide.

Broadband Video Round-Up

--Boxee Box Features QWERTY Remote
--Howcast Launches Two New Ultra-Short-Form Video Formats
--Hulu Backer Teams with Search Company, Baidu, on New Chinese Broadband Video Service
--TV Guide Magazine Taps Kaltura to Power Video on its Web Site
A number of items of broadband video news came across [itvt]'s desk Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: D-Link on Tuesday officially launched its new Boxee Box (an extensive preview of which was provided at Boxee's Beta Launch event in Brooklyn last month-- see the article published on itvt.com, December 8th ). A press release from the company provides some information on the various video formats that are supported by the new box. Meanwhile, a...

Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Agreement with Australia's Hills Industries

--New Rovi Cable EPG to Incorporate OTT Video
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 last week that it has signed a multi-year EPG patent license agreement with Australia's Hills Industries via the latter's DGTEC business.

According to the company, the deal provides Hills Industries with a license to Rovi's EPG patents for its Hills, DGTEC...

UK-Based 3View Unveils HD Set-Top that Combines Internet Connectivity with Freeview Reception

A UK company called 3View unveiled a hard drive-equipped, broadband-connected HD set-top box, Tuesday, that combines the ability to receive standard- and high-definition linear-TV programming from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with various Internet/OTT capabilities. The company says that the box--which is slated to be available in retail in March--will allow users to receive a range of over-the-top video services, as well as browse the Web and use Facebook and Twitter. It bills...

Clicker Media Launches Programming Discovery Application for the Boxee OTT Platform

--MobileTribe Enables Social Networking on Roku OTT Devices
In a posting on its corporate blog last week, Clicker Media --the company that 1) recently launched Clicker.com, a service which it bills as "the first complete programming guide to Internet television" and as "the first truly comprehensive, structured and unbiased resource for navigating all broadcast- and broadcast-quality programming online" ( see the article published on itvt.com, November 16th ), and 2) also recently announced that Sling Media co-founder, Blake Krikorian, had invested in it...

Rovi to Appeal English High Court Ruling in EPG Patent Litigation against Virgin Media

As [itvt] reported earlier this week, an EPG-related patent-infringement lawsuit, filed by the then-Gemstar-TV Guide (which was subsequently acquired by Macrovision, which subsequently changed its name to Rovi ) and its subsidiaries, StarSight Telecast and United Video Properties, against UK cable operator, Virgin Media , and its subsidiary, Virgin Media Payments, back in January, 2008, was last week decided in Virgin Media's favor by the English High Court. Rovi--which claims to have over 200 issued...