News Round-Up (IV): Howcast, Interactivation, Stingray Digital, Ligos, Zodiac Interactive (EBIF)

--Howcast Claims Its Smartphone Apps Have Been Downloaded by over 2 Million Users
--Interactivation Sells Concert TV VOD Service to Canada's Stingray Digital
--Ligos Joins Zodiac Interactive's Partner Program, Will Use Zodiac's EBIF UA for its Ligos ETV Suite
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

enableTV Releases DV-TIDE 2.1 PC-Based Headend Solution for ETV/EBIF and OCAP/tru2way

enableTV , the interactive TV software and services company that in 2008 was spun out of Vidiom Systems by Vidiom founder, Tim Wahlers (see the article published on, September 29th, 2008), last week announced the release of version 2.1 of its DV-TIDE PC-based headend solution for ETV/EBIF and OCAP/tru2way application delivery. According to the company, DV-TIDE 2.1 supports host control over multiple DV-TIDE systems with a combined channel map, and delivery of bound and...

News Round-Up (III)

--Clearleap, Arris Integrate Technologies to Offer Content Management Solution for VOD and Ad Services
--Clicker Media Launches Clicker Live
--Clikthrough Powers Interactive Video Commerce Service for Elle Magazine
--Comcast Media Center Launches Managed Solution for Delivering ETV Apps Less Expensively
--Concurrent Launches MediaHawk VX Multiscreen Video Delivery Software
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Clearleap , a company that offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, and Arris, a company whose offerings include a range of VOD...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs' Next ETV Interop Begins February 22nd, Deadline for Applying Is January 29th
--DirecTV Begins Public Beta of Multiroom DVR
--Report: Hulu Mulling Plans to Launch Subscription Service
--Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle
--Live Interactive Broadband Video Spin-Off Planned for Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies"
--Move Networks Appoints Eddy Hartenstein, Sol Trujillo to its Board
--SureWest Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Service
--Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Capability
--Verizon Rolls Out Interactive TV Upgrade in Pittsburgh and West Central Florida
--Vimeo Beta-Launches HTML5 Video Player
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 are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: CableLabs has issued an RFI for its next Enhanced TV Interop event, which is scheduled to take place February 22nd-26th, and which will focus on interoperability between ETV applications...

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, July 7th ). According to the company, ETV Mosaic enables the creation and delivery...

itaas Expands Facilities and Staff in Anticipation of "Significant Growth" in Interactive TV in 2010

itaas , an Atlanta-based company that provides a range of software development, integration and testing services for interactive TV (including ETV, tru2way and IPTV solutions), announced Monday that it is expanding its facilities and staff across its US and Indian offices, in order to respond to what it says has been a "significant increase of IP and cable technology initiatives across multiple platforms," and in anticipation of what it expects will be "significant growth" in...

Canoe Ventures in Interactive TV Advertising Partnership with VCU Brandcenter

--Establishes Scholarship Fund for VCU Brandcenter Students
Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising (note: its backers are Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House), last week announced the formation of a "Partnership for Innovation in Television Advertising" with the VCU Brandcenter, the graduate advertising and branding program of the School of Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University. According to the company, the partnership is intended to support...

CableLabs Trumpets Its ETV/tru2way Resources for Device Manufacturers, App Developers

US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , issued a press release last week trumpeting the various ETV/EBIF and tru2way-related programs it has put in place to support device manufacturers and application developers--two groups which it describes as "important stakeholders" in the ETV and tru2way communities. "These steps that CableLabs is taking provide resources for tru2way and ETV product developers, at little to no cost for them," CableLabs president and CEO, Paul Liao, said...

Video: OEDN's Academic Outreach Activities

[itvt] would like to alert our readers to two videos that were recently posted to YouTube by Will Kreth , senior director of advanced video strategy at Time Warner Cable and founder of (note: the name is an acronym for "OCAP/EBIF Developer Network), an organization which is attempting to drive application development efforts using the US cable industry's OCAP/tru2way and EBIF middleware standards and whose backers include Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter and Bright...

Comcast COO Burke: 25 Mil EBIF Homes Possible by Q4, Canoe to Begin Generating Revenue by 2010

In answer to a question from Bank of America/Merrill Lynch analyst, Jessica Reif-Cohen, during Comcast's second-quarter earnings conference call last week, Comcast COO Steve Burke , stated that the cable MSO's behind Canoe Ventures (i.e. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House), the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising, could have deployed EBIF to as many as 25 million homes by the fourth quarter,...