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CBS's TV.com Launches "WatchList" Navigational/Organizational/Social Tool for Online TV Watching

--NDS's LocateTV Launches Affiliate Widget Program
CBS-owned broadband video/community site, TV.com (offers full episodes, clips, entertainment news, show summaries, polls, forums and more), on Wednesday unveiled a tool, called WatchList , which it says is designed to enable viewers to navigate and organize their TV experience and represents "an important step in TV.com's goal to be the navigational interface for television online." Using WatchList, TV.com says, viewers can create a personalized schedule of all their favorite TV shows. The tool provides...

NXP Integrates NDS's MediaHighway Interactive TV Middleware onto its CX2450x HD DVR SoC

--NDS's Snowflake Conceptual UI Wins "Best Interactive TV Technology or Application" Award at IBC
Dutch chip company, NXP Semiconductors , said last week that it has integrated NDS 's MediaHighway set-top box software onto its CX2450x system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for HD set-top boxes. The company says that the integration will reduce time-to-market and integration costs for set-top box operators and OEM's to bring new, interactive TV-enabled pay-TV services to end-users. According to the company, it collaborated with NDS on the system integration of the NDS CDI system software abstraction...

NDS Secures Interactive TV Deployments in India, Germany/Austria

--Launches Pre-Paid Conditional Access Solution
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , on Wednesday announced new deployments in India and Germany/Austria, and launched a pre-paid conditional access solution. The Indian deployment is with Gujarat Telelink Private Ltd. (GTPL) , an independent cable operator in Gujarat. GTPL plans to deploy an end-to-end NDS solution comprised of NDS's MediaHighway middleware, an EPG, interactive TV applications including games, and NDS's VideoGuard conditional access technology. According to NDS, the deployment will see...

Comcast Begins Rolling Out A28 i-Guide, New Interactive TV Applications

--Delays Plans to Implement "Start Over" Service
Comcast has begun rolling out the A28 i-Guide --an EPG that was developed by GuideWorks , its joint venture with Rovi (formerly Macrovision)--on Motorola set-top boxes, but has delayed plans to launch a "start over" service, according to a report Friday by Todd Spangler of the US cable industry trade publication, Multichannel News. According to Spangler, Comcast, which was originally slated to launch its start over service (allows viewers to "rewind" to the beginning a...

NDS Launches EPG Framework to Accelerate EPG UI Creation and Management

--Partners with Access to Bring Pay-TV and FTA Channels to Connected TV's
--Teams with TNS on STB Audience Measurement Solution to Track Individual Viewers
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , announced Wednesday the launch of NDS EPG Framework. According to the company, EPG Framework is an end-to-end infrastructure that enables broadcasters to design, deploy and manage their own EPG's cost-effectively, and also gives operators the flexibility to update the EPG as needed and to introduce new revenue streams via EPG-based ads and promotions. NDS says that a number of its customers, including Get, Viasat and Bharti...

Pace to Incorporate Rovi's Connected Platform Solution into Set-Tops for US, Canada, Latin America

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 Monday that UK-based set-top box vendor, Pace, is using the Rovi Connected Platform solution in "next-generation" set-top boxes targeted at cable operators and other service providers in the US, Canada and Latin America. Rovi bills the Connected Platform as designed to help CE...

Rovi in Multi-Year, Multi-Country EPG Deal with Samsung

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 Monday that it has signed a multi-year, multi-country EPG technology and patent licensing agreement with Samsung Electronics. According to the company, the deal, whose financial terms have not been disclosed, allows Samsung to incorporate Rovi EPG technologies into its next-generation TV sets and...

i.TV 2.0 Allows TiVo Subscribers to Use their iPhone/iPod touch as a Remote Control

--Capability Enabled by New i.TV Remote Control Framework
i.TV (pronounced "eye-dot-TV"), a Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up that offers a popular free iPhone/iPod application of the same nam e (note: the app is billed as allowing users to browse constantly updated, localized TV and movie listings, as well as a catalog of hundreds of thousands of TV and movie titles available for download; it also includes 1) various social features, allowing users to write reviews, rate shows, and recommend shows to their friends via...

OpenTV Teams with Jinni to Incorporate "Mood"-Based Searches and Recommendations into Core2

--Jinni's CEO Is Cable/VOD-Industry Veteran, Mike Pohl
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology specialist, OpenTV , and Jinni , a company that offers a semantic search-and-recommendation engine that it says is based on "content genetics and user psychographics," announced Tuesday a partnership that will see Jinni's technology incorporated into the next version of OpenTV's Core2 middleware, which is expected to be released in the fourth quarter. According to the companies, Jinni's technology--which is billed as analyzing video content by moods and plots...

NDS Redesigns, Enhances Cross-Platform Programming Search Service, LocateTV

--Service Allows Users to Search for Programming on TV, Online and DVD
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has extensively redesigned and relaunched LocateTV ( http://www.locatetv.com ), an online programming guide that it operates which allows users to search for programming on TV, the Web and DVD (note: according to Quantcast figures cited by the company, the site, which launched in October, 2007, reaches over a million people each month in the US and the...

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