News Round-Up

--Adconion Acquires Joost Assets
--Boxee Remote Control Widget Launched
--Ericsson to Cease Using Tandberg Television Brand
--Interactive Mobile TV Services Set to Launch in Korea
--Pace Supplying HD DVR's to Argentina's Cablevision
--Playcast Develops System for Playing Console Games on Legacy Set-Top Boxes
--Rogers' TV Everywhere Service to Launch Today
--English High Court Rules in Virgin Media's Favor in Rovi EPG Patent Case

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Online video advertising network operator, Adconion Media Group , has acquired most of the assets of broadband video service, Joost, and plans to use the Joost brand for a white-label broadband video service. However, Adconion CEO, Tyler Moebius, told Paid Content that the company also plans to continue to operate the Joost.com consumer site and will actively...

Rovi's TV Guide Interactive TV Widget Launches on Samsung HDTV's

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 its TV Guide widget--which is billed as providing viewers with a snapshot of what programs are available on 28 of the most popular TV channels--has gone live on Samsung's implementation of the Yahoo! TV Widget Engine platform, which is available on...

frog design Develops Twitter-Powered Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV App for the iPhone/iPod touch

--Endemol Said to Be Working on Twitter App
frog design --a 40-year-old San Francisco-based company which describes itself as "a global innovation firm" that "works with the world's leading companies, helping them to create and bring to market meaningful products, services, and experiences" and which says it maintains a staff of "more than 400 designers, technologists, strategists, and analysts (its clients include Disney, GE, HP, Logitech, Microsoft, MTV and Yahoo!)--contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new, Twitter-powered two-screen social/interactive...

Mirada, SmarDTV Port Nagravision's Nagra Media Guide onto CI+ Conditional Access Module

--Integration Billed as Showing How Operators Can Control EPG Branding on SmarDTV's CAM's
Mirada , the Anglo-Spanish interactive TV company that was formed via the merger of YooMedia and Fresh IT (note: for extensive background on the merger, see [itvt] Issue 7.87 Part 3) , announced last week that it has partnered with SmarDTV to port Nagravision's Nagra Media Guide , an HD EPG that offers various personalization and recommendation features, onto a SmarDTV CI+ module. (Note: the CI+--or Common Interface Plus--standard, which was developed by the CI+...

CBS's TV.com Using Cooliris's "Embed Wall" 3D Visual Navigation Interface on its Shows Page

--Cooliris Claims Interface Lets Users Scan Significantly More Media than Standard Web Interfaces
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, visual navigation specialist, Cooliris (note: the company's technologies were featured at [itvt]'s TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco earlier this year), announced that CBS-owned broadband video/community site, TV.com (offers full episodes, clips, entertainment news, show summaries, polls, forums and more), is using its flagship Cooliris Embed Wall as the interface for its Shows page ( http://www.tv.com/shows ).

Cooliris claims that the Embed Wall's...

Sezmi Secures $25 Million in New Funding, Launches Public Pilot in Los Angeles

--Company's Flagship Offering Combines Traditional TV, Movies and Internet Video
Sezmi , a company that has developed a set-top box-based offering which it bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service," said Monday that it has secured $25 million in new funding from new and existing investors. The company--which last year announced that it had raised $33 million in an earlier funding round--also announced Monday that it has made its "all-in-one personalized television service" available via...

SetJam, Yidio and Clicker Emerge to Tackle Problem of Online Programming Discovery

Three different companies-- SetJam , Yidio and Clicker --contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about solutions they have developed to make it easier for consumers to discover the programs they want to watch from the increasing amount of programming now available online. All three solutions are designed to facilitate online access to full-length, professionally produced and legally available programming.

SetJam is offering what it bills as "an easy-to-use, specialized...

TVGuide.com Launches "DVR" Functionality

TVGuide.com , an online portal for TV listings and other TV-related content (note: the site, which, along with TV Guide Network, is part of a joint venture owned by Lionsgate and One Equity Partners, claims to reach 21 million unique users each month), announced Wednesday that it has launched "DVR" functionality, enabling users to select their favorite TV shows, organize them in one location and watch them online at their convenience. "My TVGuide.com DVR," as...

Sling Media Co-Founder, Blake Krikorian, Joins Clicker Media's Board, Invests in Company

--Clicker Media Seeks to Become a "Complete Programming Guide to Internet Television"
Los Angeles-based start-up, Clicker Media (note: the company, which says that it aims to become "the complete programming guide to Internet television," claims to catalog all broadcast programming available online, together with TV-quality Web originals, movies and music videos, and to deliver them "in one seamless, organized experience that includes more than 350,000 episodes, from over 5,000 shows, from over 1,000 networks, in over 1,000 categories"; it is currently inviting sign-ups from beta users), announced...

Ocean Blue Partners with Rovi on Home Networking TV Software Solution

Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue Software , announced last week that it is collaborating with 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 ) to integrate the latter's Connected Platform software for Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) capabilities into its Sunrise Digital Video Broadcast (DVB) stack. The company says that...