Samsung in Over-the-Top-TV Deals with Amazon, Blockbuster

Samsung Electronics America announced separate over-the-top-TV deals, Wednesday, with Amazon and Blockbuster . According to the company, the deal with Amazon makes the latter's Amazon Video On Demand service available on select Samsung HDTV's via a downloadable widget. Starting today, the company says, owners of Samsung LCD and Plasma HDTV's Series 650 and above, and of Samsung LED HDTV's Series 7000 and above, can download the Amazon Video On Demand widget for free, using those...

Electra Provides More Details about its Trove Interactive TV Platform, Secures Deal with ST

--Says Trove Will Launch under "Channel Zero" Brand on UK's Freeview DTT Platform "Imminently"
Electra Entertainment --a company that was founded in early 2003 by Static 2358 founder, Jasper Smith, and former Gemstar-TV Guide CTO, Jonathan Drazin (note: Smith serves as its CEO and Drazin as its CTO; its chairman is former BT and BSkyB director, John Swingewood)--on Monday provided a few more details about its flagship Trove interactive TV technology. According to the company, the technology will power "hours of rich interactive entertainment and IP connectivity" for TV...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Tapped by STV to Power Long-Form, Catch-Up HD Programming Initiatives
--BSkyB Attacks Project Canvas in New Submission to BBC Trust
--Channel 4 Said to Be Close to Deal to Offer Majority of its Content on YouTube
--Monotype Licenses Typefaces to Yahoo! for TV Widget Development Kit
--Nielsen Invites Clients to Meeting to Discuss Implications of "TV Everywhere"
--Redux Supporting Facebook and Twitter Feed Importing
--Scripps' New Cooking Channel to Feature VOD, "Fully Interactive Internet and Broadband Platform"
--Shaw Communications Adding More Content to its VOD Service
--Virgin Media to Trial Delivery of TV over Copper Phonelines
--Layoffs at ZillionTV
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has announced that Scottish broadcaster, STV, is using its platform to launch "a series of new HD-quality, long-form video initiatives for catch-up viewing purposes," including making its three-part documentary series, "Scotland Revealed," available through its STV Player service for 90 days without the geo-restrictions typically imposed by UK broadcasters' catch-up TV services. In a submission to...

Amino's IPTV Set-Tops Selected for Alaska-Based MTA's HDTV Expansion

--ADB Receives Two Awards
Cambridge, UK-based IPTV set-top box company, Amino Communications , announced last week that Alaska-based Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) has selected two of its set-tops to expand its HDTV service. According to Amino, MTA will deploy its A130 MPEG-4 HD single-stream set-top and its A530 HD DVR (which is designed to support, among other things, push-VOD). MTA claims to operate over 60,000 lines across its 10,000-square-mile network area (serving Palmer, Eagle River and Wasilia) and offers...

DirecTV Extends Interactive TV Weather Apps to The Weather Channel HD

--Says Apps Have Generated Nearly a Billion Impressions Since Launching Last Year
Satellite TV provider, DirecTV , said Tuesday that it is launching The Weather Channel 's interactive TV applications--which launched on its platform on the broadcaster's standard-definition channel around a year ago--on the broadcaster's HDTV channel, The Weather Channel HD. According to the company, since their launch last year, the apps have generated nearly a billion total household impressions. The interactive TV weather apps include: an Alert Ticker, which appears at the bottom of the TV...

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...

Kyte Launches LivePro Add-On, Enabling HD Live Streaming

Broadband and mobile video platform provider, Kyte , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched a new solution, called Kyte LivePro, which it says brings high-definition (1080p), professional-grade live streaming functionality to its platform. According to the company, Kyte LivePro, which is designed to be used in conjunction with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, is an add-on component for the Kyte platform that enables publishers to deliver HD live streaming video...

Amino Wins HD IPTV Set-Top Order from Pioneer, Ports Espial Middleware to its HD Set-Top Range

Cambridge, UK-based IPTV set-top box manufacturer, Amino Communications , said Monday that it has secured a "significant order" for HD set-tops from Oklahoma-based Pioneer Telephone Cooperative . According to the company, the deal sees Pioneer--which offers a 161-channel pay-TV service that can be bundled with various fixed-line, mobile and broadband services--using Amino's A130 and A130M set-tops as part of a major upgrade for its approximately 50,000 customers. According to Amino, although the upgrade comes as...

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer More Premium VOD Programming in HD

Verizon announced Wednesday that it is adding more HD VOD premium programming to its FiOS TV VOD service. According to the company, FiOS TV customers who subscribe to HBO and Cinemax will soon be able to access new HBO and Cinemax HD VOD channels, each offering around 150 hours of programming--more HD VOD programming, Verizon claims, than HBO and Cinemax offer on any other operator's platform. In addition, Verizon says, it is expanding its FiOS...