Rovi's TV Guide Interactive TV Widget Launches on Samsung HDTV's

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 ) said Monday that its TV Guide widget--which is billed as providing viewers with a snapshot of what programs are available on 28 of the most popular TV channels--has gone live on Samsung's implementation of the Yahoo! TV Widget Engine platform, which is available on...

Mirada, SmarDTV Port Nagravision's Nagra Media Guide onto CI+ Conditional Access Module

--Integration Billed as Showing How Operators Can Control EPG Branding on SmarDTV's CAM's
Mirada , the Anglo-Spanish interactive TV company that was formed via the merger of YooMedia and Fresh IT (note: for extensive background on the merger, see [itvt] Issue 7.87 Part 3) , announced last week that it has partnered with SmarDTV to port Nagravision's Nagra Media Guide , an HD EPG that offers various personalization and recommendation features, onto a SmarDTV CI+ module. (Note: the CI+--or Common Interface Plus--standard, which was developed by the CI+...

New Interviews with Sezmi Co-Founder, Phil Wiser, and Microsoft Xbox Live GM, Marc Whitten

--Plus ActiveVideo's Edgar Villalpando on the Emergence of the Connected Car
[itvt] has just published interviews with Sezmi co-founder, chairman and president, Phil Wiser, and with Microsoft Xbox Live general manager, Marc Whitten .

Wiser discusses Sezmi's platform (a set-top box-based offering which the company bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service"), its programming partnerships and its various interactive, social and content-discovery capabilities; the company's monetization strategy and roadmap for the

Netflix Over-the-Top Service Now Available on Sony's Bravia TV's and Network Blu-ray Disc Player

--Facebook to Launch on PlayStation 3
Video rental company, Netflix , announced Tuesday that subscribers to its service can now instantly watch its streaming movie and TV show offerings on Sony Bravia connected HDTV's, on earlier Bravia models that are compatible with the company's Bravia Internet video link module, and on the Sony Network Blu-ray Disc Player . An OTT partnership between Netflix and Sony Electronics was first announced in July ( see the article published on itvt.com, July 12th ):...

News Round-Up

--Bebo Freezes Commissioning of Original Web TV Programming
--BT Vision Gained Only 3,000 Net New Subs in Most Recent Quarter
--Banse: Comcast On Demand Online to Launch Before Chanukkah
--EchoStar Developing IPTV App Store
--Espial in IPTV Deal with Tele2 Netherlands, Four VOD Deals with US Telcos
--Motorola Said to Be Set to Purchase BitBand, Looking to Sell Set-Top Business
--MTV Networks to Use Sky's Green Button Interactive TV Advertising Service
--YouTube to Support 1080p HD Video
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Social networking company, Bebo, has frozen its commissioning of original Web programming, as part of across-the-board cutbacks by its corporate parent, AOL. Notable original Web programs that have been offered by the company over the years include "KateModern," "Sofia's Diary" and "The Gap Year." BT revealed last week that its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision,...

iN Demand Offering Array of Free Cable VOD, Broadband Video Content to Promote PPV Boxing Event

--HD NBC Programs Added to MyPrimetime, SeaChange Subsidiaries in VOD Deals with Kabel BW
Cable industry-owned VOD content-aggregator, iN Demand , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is offering several free VOD programs on cable systems around the US, as well as two exclusive online documentaries, in order to drive interest in this Saturday's pay-per-view championship boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.

The free cable VOD programs--available on Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Bright House Networks, Bresnan, RCN, LodgeNet and a...

Arris Unveils Three-Tuner Moxi HD DVR, New Pricing for Dual-Tuner Box

--First Moxi Product Launch Since Arris Acquired Digeo in September for $20 Million
Arris , the communications technology provider that acquired struggling DVR company, Digeo , and its flagship Moxi products (including their Emmy-winning "cross-hairs" interface) back in September for just $20 million in cash ( see the article published on itvt.com, September 27th ), announced a new three-tuner version of the Moxi HD DVR, Monday night, as well as a steep price reduction for the two-tuner Moxi HD DVR, and a new Moxi multi-room package.

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 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...