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News Round-Up (VII): Music Choice, Cox, NDS, Ooyala

--Music Choice Rolls out "Largest HD Music Video-on-Demand Library" to Cox Customers
--NDS Bolsters its Senior Management Team for China Expansion
--Ooyala Supports Dynamic Insertion of IAB-Standard Ads for iPhone, iPad
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while 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 Round-Up (VII): Project Canvas, Orange, Five, Redbox, MP3tunes, Roku, S3 Group, BSkyB

--Reports: Orange May Join Project Canvas, Five May Re-Join
--Redbox Planning to Offer Video Streaming
--MP3tunes Support Lets Roku Customers Play their Personal Music Collections on the TV
--S3 Group Trumpeting its Work on Sky's New HD Set-Top Boxes
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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. UK mobile phone company, Orange , is considering becoming a member of Project Canvas , according to a report in The Guardian (note: Project Canvas is...

Epix Taps ChoiceStream for EpixHD.com Movie Recommendations

Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, said last week that it has tapped ChoiceStream to provide movie recommendations to users of its EpixHD.com service (note: the latter is available to authenticated customers of Cox, Mediacom, Charter and Verizon FiOS TV).

EpixHD.com currently offers around 3,000 movie titles. According to Epix and ChoiceStream, the...

News Round-Up (I)

--ADB Supplying Interactive TV-Enabled HD Set-Top Boxes to Poland's INEA
--AFDESI Announces New Board
--Amino Reports "Record" H1 Revenues, Secures IP Set-Top Deal with Romtelecom
--BBC to Offer Extensive Red-Button Coverage of Glastonbury Festival
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. ADB has announced that it is supplying Polish cable operator, INEA , with two interactive TV-enabled HD set-top boxes: the ADB-5810CD and the ADB-5810CDX...

Sky Unveils Sky Anytime+ Broadband VOD Service, Accessible via Sky+ HD Set-Tops

--Netgem Powers Telstra's New Hybrid Broadcast/Broadband T-Box
--Report: Microsoft to Announce Launch of Subscription-Based Version of Hulu on Xbox Live at E3
--Report: Project Canvas to Be Branded as "YouView"
--Apple's Jobs: Subsidized Set-Top Boxes Undermine TV Innovation
UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB , on Wednesday unveiled a new Internet-based VOD service, called Sky Anytime+ , that will be accessible in the living room via the Ethernet connection in the company's existing Sky+ HD set-top boxes--though the new service's content will initially only be available in SD. In order to access the service, which will be enabled by an over-the-air software download to Sky's HD set-tops later this year, Sky customers will also have...

China's Shenzhen Topway Taps Harmonic to Power New HD Channels and HD VOD Services

Harmonic said Tuesday that Chinese cable operator, Shenzhen Topway Video Communication , has expanded its HDTV and VOD services using Harmonic headend and edgeQAM solutions. According to the company, the deployment of its technologies has allowed Shenzhen Topway to offer new HD VOD services; expanded on-demand capabilities, including time-shifted TV; and 13 new HDTV linear channels.

Harmonic says that the solution it provided for Shenzhen Topway included its ProView integrated receiver/decoders (IRD's),...

Elgato Launches EyeTV HD DVR for Apple Macs

--System Can Be Used to Stream Live and Recorded TV to Apple iPad
Elgato , the San Francisco- and Munich-based company behind EyeTV , a TV solution for Mac computers (note: last fall, the company launched a TV placeshifting application for the iPhone/iPod touch--see the article published on itvt.com, September 30th), on Monday announced EyeTV HD, which it bills as "the world's only DVR solution which provides full access to premium cable or satellite TV content on a Mac." According to the company, the solution allows customers to...

AT&T U-verse TV Rolls Out Enhancements to its DVR Service and its YP.com Interactive TV App

--EBIF-Based "Showtime Sports Interactive" HD App Makes Third Appearance on Verizon FiOS TV
AT&T said last week that, over the coming weeks, it will roll out several enhancements to the DVR service of its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV, and also add new functionality to the platform's YP.com (Yellow Pages) interactive TV application.

According to the company, U-verse TV customers will shortly be able to place calls within the YP.com app. The app, which debuted back in 2007, allows viewers to enter their zip...

Skype Voice and Video Calling Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's

--Feature Enabled by New $170 Communication Camera which Will Be Sold Separately
Panasonic and Internet communications software provider, Skype , on Tuesday announced the activation of a service called "Skype on your Viera" on 2010 Panasonic Viera Cast-enabled HDTV sets (note: Viera Cast is the brand through which Panasonic designates its OTT offering; other services available through Viera Cast include Amazon VOD, YouTube, Google's Picasa, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, Fox Sports, and a weather service), and also announced the availability of a new Skype-enabled communication camera from Panasonic,...

Ocean Blue's Voyager MHEG-5 Engine Supports Interactive TV on Freeview HD

Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue , said Tuesday that its Voyager MHEG-5 engine is now compliant with the UK's specification for DVB-T2 Freeview HD receivers. The announcement comes in time for an anticipated surge in demand for HD services on Freeview, the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial television platform, in the run-up to the World Cup, the company points out. It says that the development utilizes the enhanced graphics capabilities of HD-ready televisions...

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