Eyepartner Launches TikiLIVE Solution for Delivering HD Programming to Roku Set-Top Boxes

Panasonic Launches Twitter App on Viera Cast-Enabled Plasma HDTV's

Panasonic said Tuesday that it has activated a Twitter app on plasma HDTV sets equipped with its Viera Cast connected-TV platform. The company also said that it will launch Twitter functionality on Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players at a later date.

Panasonic originally revealed its plans to launch Twitter on Viera Cast at the Consumer Electronics Show in January. Other services that it has added to the connected-TV platform over the course...

Sonic Solutions in OTT Deal with Consumer Electronics Manufacturer, Haier

OTT video infrastructure provider, Sonic Solutions , said Tuesday that Haier, a Chinese manufacturer of home appliances and consumer electronics, has chosen its RoxioNow platform to enable delivery of a library of Hollywood movies and TV shows over the Web to a new line of Haier -branded Blu-ray players and HDTV sets. "Digital movie services powered by the RoxioNow platform will play an important role in our next-generation connected devices and help make it easy...

News Round-Up (II): Comcast Spotlight, DirecTV-Wimbledon, Epix-Cox-Mediacom-Charter

--Comcast Spotlight Exec Says Interactive Remind/Record Spots Proving Successful
--DirecTV Provides Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon
--Epix's Authentication-Based HD Web Site Launches for Cox, Mediacom and Charter Customers
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 apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Comcast and Turner Broadcasting executives revealed a couple of interesting nuggets of interactive TV news at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference in Atlanta last week. Kathleen DeBenedictis, director of product management...

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...

News Round-Up

--BigBand Integrates with Entone, Orca, Verimatrix, Western Mediabridge
--Boxee Selects Vindicia as its Payments Platform Provider
--BrightLine iTV Says 2009 Was its Second Consecutive Year of Record Growth
--Edgeware Integrates Web TV Servers with MediaMelon's MediaCloud SaaS Solution
--Firefly Video Launches Interactive Online Video Advertising Platform
--Kaltura Launches New Version of its Self-Hosted Online Video Platform
--KickApps, Adobe Release OSMF App Studio Drag-and-Drop Media Player Solution
--Motorola Launches tru2way-Compatible Multiroom HD DVR
--NDS Extends Interactive TV Professional Services and Integration Work Contract with Cox
--Panasonic Demoing 3D, tru2way, New RUI
Due to the volume of news generated by the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week, [itvt] is covering a number of stories in this issue in round-up/summary form: BigBand Networks has announced IP video integrations with Entone , Orca Interactive , Verimatrix and Western Mediabridge . Boxee has announced the selection of Vindicia as the payments platform provider for its plans to offer premium content on its platform. "Vindicia's CashBox solution will enable...

News Round-Up (VII)

--Clearleap, itaas Develop EBIF App for Continuous, Lean-Back Viewing of Short-Form VOD
--Ustream Launches in Japan
--Verizon Adds YouTube Access, Internet Radio to FiOS TV, Extends Media Manager to All HD Subs
--Virgin Media Launches Online VOD Service, "Virgin Media Online Movies"
--Vidiactive Launches Social TV Platform
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. Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, has announced that it has partnered...

Sweden's People of Lava Says It Will Offer the World's First Android-Based TV

--Connected TV Set Offers Interactive Apps for YouTube, Google Maps, Web Browsing, and More
A Swedish company called People of Lava said Monday that it has become the first company to launch an Android-based TV. Dubbed the " Scandinavia ," the new connected TV, which is billed as featuring USB connectivity and a full-HD LED display, is slated to be available in stores following an official launch at the IFA Berlin in September. However, the company says that, starting in early summer, it will offer a beta-test program that...

Miniweb in Deal to Integrate its Connected TV Platform with Eurosat's New Freeview HD Set-Tops

Miniweb , a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Eurosat , an EU-wide distributor of terrestrial and satellite TV products, to integrated its flagship Connected TV Services Platform and its broadband content guide with Eurosat's new Manhattan range of set-top boxes, which are designed for use with Freeview HD, the new HDTV service from the...