Cello's New iViewer HDTV Sets Allow Direct Streaming of BBC iPlayer, Other OTT Video Services

--BBC Produces Video Explaining How to Access iPlayer on Freesat
UK-based consumer electronics company, Cello Electronics , on Wednesday announced the launch of a line of LCD HDTV sets, called iViewer , that allow users to stream the BBC iPlayer--as well as a range of other broadband video services (note: in its promotional materials for the new devices, the company mentions YouTube--which recently signed deals to offer full-length programming from UK terrestrial broadcasters, Channel 4 and Five--Disney Movies Preview, Movie Rush, Autocar, Sky Sports "Boots...

Panasonic to Begin Selling tru2way HDTV's in Boston, Seeks FCC Waiver for tru2way Set-Back Box

In an ex parte letter, filed with the FCC December 2nd, Panasonic Corporation of North America revealed that it will shortly be offering integrated tru2way HDTV sets in Boston (note: it already offers them in Chicago, Denver and Atlanta), and outlined its plans to launch a retail tru2way "set-back box" (SBB) that would "take advantage of the continuing nationwide roll-out by major cable operators of tru2way capability in their systems" and would "convert Panasonic HDTV's...

New Interview on Calit2's NexCAVE 3D Immersive Visualization System, New iTV Doctor Column

--Note: Due to Thanksgiving, [itvt]'s Daily News Service Will Be on Hiatus until Monday, November 30th
[itvt] has just published an interview with Professor Tom DeFanti , the principal scientist behind the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology's (Calit2) new 3D immersive visualization system, NexCAVE . Also participating in the interview is Dave Walton of JVC , the company whose 3D HD LCD monitors form a crucial component of NexCAVE.

We have also just published a special Thanksgiving-themed edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The...

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...

New Broadcom SoC's Support tru2way, CableCard, 3D UI's, Whole-Home HD DVR, and More

Semiconductor company, Broadcom , on Tuesday announced two new Multimedia over Coax Alliance system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions--the BCM7125 and the BCM7119--which it claims support tru2way, CableCard and a range of other technologies and standards, and which it promises will "enable manufacturers and cable operators to cost-effectively offer the latest in interactive HDTV programming, connectivity, whole-home media distribution [including multiroom HD DVR] and advanced 3D user interfaces to the North American market." According to the company, key...

New Pace Multiroom DVR Solution Lets Users Record Six HD Programs Concurrently

--Solution Is Integrated with Rovi's EPG and Connected Platform Software
UK set-top box vendor, Pace , on Monday announced a new multiroom DVR solution called Home Content Sharing (HCS) . According to the company, the solution, which it says uses centralized storage to connect multiple HD set-top boxes within the home, is integrated with Rovi 's (formerly Macrovision's) EPG and Connected Platform software to enhance its functionality. Pace says that the new multiroom DVR solution, which it bills as delivering full, dual-tuner HD DVR functionality...

Launch of Freeview HD to Result in Reduction in Red Button Interactive TV Services

--Freeview Viewers Will Lose Access to BBC News Multiscreen, October 27th
The BBC announced Tuesday that, due to its commitment to launching HD broadcast channels on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview , which involves rearranging the existing SD channels on that platform, it will have to switch off two (including channel 302) of the three interactive streams it uses on Freeview to deliver red-button content. The switch-off, which is scheduled to take place October 27th, means that Freeview viewers will no longer be able...

Visiware Launches Playin'TV Interactive TV Games on DartyBox THD

Paris-based interactive TV games company, Visiware (note: the company claims that its games are available on 30 cable, satellite and IPTV platforms, including DISH Network, Bell TV, Wind, Videotron, Canalsat, TPS, Numericable, Sky Italia, UPC, Nova, Multichoice, Dish TV India, StarHub, True Visions, Austar, Foxtel and Sky New Zealand), announced last week that its Playin'TV ITV games channel has launched on Darty's DartyBox THD service. According to the company, customers of that service--which launched in...

ADB Launches Interactive Digital Terrestrial HDTV Set-Top Box for Italian Retail Market

--i-CAN3810-HD Supports MHP-Based Interactive TV Services via Ethernet Port
Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (note: the company, generally referred to as ADB, is the corporate stablemate of interactive TV software and services specialists, Vidiom Systems and Osmosys), announced last week that it has launched its first high-definition interactive digital terrestrial set-top box for the Italian retail market. According to the company, the i-CAN3810T-HD, as the box is branded, is being distributed in retail outlets throughout Italy by ADB partner ZAP, and will...

Akamai Unveils Akamai HD Network

--Billed as Supporting HD Streaming "with a Highly Personalized and Interactive Online Experience"
Akamai Technologies on Tuesday announced the Akamai HD Network , which it is billing as "the first platform to deliver HD video online to viewers using Adobe Flash technology, Microsoft Silverlight, and to the iPhone, at broadcast-level audience scale." It says that the new video delivery offering is the only solution to support live and on-demand HD streaming "with a highly personalized and interactive online experience that matches and complements HD television." According to Akamai,...