Apple Releases New Software for its Apple TV Over-the-Top Device

--New Features Include Redesigned Menu, Support for iTunes Extras and iTunes LP
Apple last week released new software for its over-the-top device, Apple TV . According to the company, Apple TV 3.0, as the new software is designated, is immediately available free-of-charge to existing Apple TV owners via an automatic download (note: an Apple TV box with 160GB capacity is priced at $229), and offers: A redesigned main menu, that is billed as providing easier access to content. According to the company, recently rented or purchased movies,...

News Round-Up

--ADB Issues Cautiously Optimistic Update, Says it Has "Redistributed" Osmosys' Resources
--War of Words between Kudelski and Arcadia over Kudelski's OpenTV Bid
--Cisco Demo's Widget-Enabled EPG for Cable Operators Switching to IPTV
--Crunchyroll Launches Anime App for Boxee
--Motorola Launches HD Set-Top with Optional MoCA Interface
--New Interactive TV Games System Will Place Players Side-by-Side with Drivers in Real Races
--TiVo Launches in New Zealand
--Two Way Limited's Interactive TV Betting Service Shows Growth
--Ustream Enables Simultaneous Publishing of Comments to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AIM
--Virgin Media Enjoys Record VOD Usage in Q3
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as some stories from last week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Digital TV technology provider, ADB Group , has issued a cautiously optimistic business update. "The Group's business was sound during the third quarter of 2009," the update states. "The margins and profitability ratios continue to be...

SCTE Cable-Tec Demo's Include tru2way, EBIF, 3D TV, EPG's, Addressable Dynamic VOD

A number of companies contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about the products and technologies they are exhibiting at the ongoing SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver (October 28th-30th): FourthWall Media (formerly BIAP--for the reasons behind the name change, see the article that was published on itvt.com, October 26th ) is demo'ing its EBIF products and technologies in the booths of three different companies: 1) Arris (Booth 7108) has the company's ETV Platform and Ad...

blinkx Launches Music Video Search Service

--Alice in Chains Launches Interactive, Video-Enabled iPhone App
Video search engine company, blinkx , on Tuesday announced blinkx Music (http://www.music.blinkx.com), a new service for finding and watching music videos online. According to the company, the service functions as a "single online gateway" that provides access to music videos in every genre, and features a "huge and varied constellation of artists." blinkx claims to have indexed over 33,000 hours of music video from over 10,000 artists.

According to the company, users...

Rovi Unveils Product Roadmap for its Passport Guide

--New Features to Include VOD Research, Remote Record, Whole Home VOD, Primetime On-Demand
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 ) on Monday provided some information on the roadmap for its Passport Guide EPG , which is targeted at service providers in the US, Canada and Latin America. Among other things, it says that Passport will incorporate new features, such as remote record and VOD...

RCN in Multi-Year License Agreement for Rovi's Passport Guide and Television Data

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 Tuesday that triple-play provider, RCN , has renewed a multi-year agreement to license Rovi's Passport Guide software, applications and television data. RCN recently went 100% digital in its Boston, Chicago, metro Washington DC, New York and Pennsylvania markets, and a set-top box is...

Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Deal with Freeview Australia

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 Wednesday that Freeview Australia has signed a multi-year cooperation agreement for Rovi-held EPG patents. Freeview Australia--which, as its name suggests, is similar in concept to the Freeview services that have been launched in the UK and New Zealand--is co-owned by Australian free-to-air broadcasters,...

Canal+'s Canal Overseas Arm Taps NDS to Deliver External PVR and Flash-Based EPG

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said Wednesday that Canal Overseas , the international arm of Canal+ Group, is using its technology to launch a PVR service on its satellite TV platform, together with a Flash-based EPG developed by NDS. The PVR service is enabled by a new version of NDS's MediaHighway interactive TV middleware that allows end-users to transform their set-top box into a PVR by adding an external hard drive...

Semantic Search and Recommendations Specialist, Jinni, Launches Public Beta of Consumer Web Site

--Company Has Recently Announced Partnerships with OpenTV, SeaChange
Jinni , an Israeli company that has developed a semantic search-and-recommendation engine that it says is based on "content genetics and user psychographics" (note: the company, which last week announced the appointment of cable-industry veteran, Mike Pohl, as CEO-- see the article published on itvt.com, September 30th --recently announced partnerships with OpenTV and SeaChange International --see the articles published on itvt.com, August 12th and September 9th--and also teamed with NDS on a demo at the...

Verizon Upgrades its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide

In a posting on a Verizon blog, Wednesday, the company's SVP of media relations, Eric Rabe, announced that it is upgrading its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide in order to "make on-screen purchasing and navigation faster and easier." According to Rabe, the upgrade was in response to feedback from FiOS TV customers: "FiOS TV customers wanted more detailed program information, interactive video-on-demand, more shortcuts and easier ways to upgrade their FiOS TV, and I'm happy...