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New Interviews with Google TV Ads' Keval Desai and ThinkAnalytics' Eddie Young and Pete Docherty

--Plus BIAP's Chief Product Officer, Ellen Dudar, on Interactive TV Standards and HDTV
[itvt] has just published audio interviews with Keval Desai , director of product management at Google and head of the company's Google TV Ads operation; and with Eddie Young and Pete Docherty , CEO and CTO respectively of ThinkAnalytics . Desai provides an in-depth overview of Google's ongoing efforts in the TV advertising space. Topics discussed include why Google decided to move into TV advertising; the company's deployment with DISH Network and its plans for...

TV Manufacturer, Bristol Interactive, Integrates Miniweb's Interactive TV Platform into New HDTV Sets

--Sets Will Combine Freeview Reception with Broadband Video, Interactive TV Services
London, UK-based interactive TV company, Miniweb (note: last September, the company--which is best known for offering an interactive TV alternative to the red button on the Sky satellite-TV platform--announced that it had raised $32 million in venture funding-- see [itvt] Issue 8.06 Part 1 ), and Bristol, UK-based TV manufacturer, Bristol Interactive Technology , announced Monday that Miniweb's software platform has been integrated into a new range of Bristol HD-ready digital television sets. According to...

YouTube Increases Maximum Size of Uploads from 1GB to 2GB

--Also Makes it Easier to Share and Embed HD Videos
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, YouTube announced that it is increasing the maximum size of standard video uploads on its service from 1GB to 2GB, allowing users to upload longer videos at higher resolution, as well as large HD files directly from their cameras. In addition, the company announced new features that allow users to share links directly to the HD version of their video and to embed the HD version on...

Vizio Unveils Expanded List of Content Partners for its Interactive TV-Enabled HDTV's

--Will Feature Widgets from eBay, Facebook, Radiotime, Revision3, Rallypoint, Showtime, Twitter, Vudu
Consumer electronics manufacturer, Vizio , unveiled Tuesday an expanded list of content and service partners that it says are developing interactive TV widgets for its VIA (stands for "Vizio Internet Apps") Connected HDTV service. The new partners--which join previously announced partners Accedo Broadband, Amazon Video On Demand, Blockbuster On Demand, Flickr, Netflix, Pandora and Rhapsody--are: eBay, whose eBay TV Widget is billed as enabling viewers to use their remotes to search for, view photos of...

Broadcom Powering New Broadband-Connected HDTV Sets from LG Electronics

--Sets Feature Yahoo! Widgets, Netflix Instant Streaming
Semiconductor company, Broadcom , said Monday that its integrated BCM3549 digital TV system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution has been selected by LG Electronics for its new broadband-enabled HDTV sets, the 47LH50 (now available at Best Buy and other US retailers) and 42LH50 (scheduled for availability this summer) LCD models and the 50PS80 (now available) and 60PS80 (scheduled for availability this summer) plasma models. The new HDTV sets, which are equipped with LG's Netcast Entertainment Access feature for...

Viasat Selects Pace Set-Top Box for HD Roll-Out

--Box Features Ethernet Port to Enable Interactive and On-Demand Services
UK set-top box vendor, Pace , said Monday that Viasat , the largest free- and pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltic states and a longtime Pace customer, has selected its DS830NV set-top box as part of its HD expansion plans. According to Pace, Viasat will begin roll-out of the box--which supports both MPEG-2 and H.264 content delivery--in Scandinavia this month. The box, which will be equipped with NDS's MediaHighway middleware and NDS conditional access...

Cabot to Offer MHEG Middleware Solution Enabling HD Interactive TV Services on Freesat

--Says its CI+ Solution Has Successfully Complete SmarDTV CI+ Interoperability Testing
UK-based DVB middleware specialist, UK-based DVB middleware specialist, Cabot Communications , announced last week that it is extending its middleware suite to support Freesat, the UK's free-to-air digital satellite service, which currently offers around 200 TV and radio channels, including HD broadcasts. According to the company, its Freesat MHEG solution will be available in mid-2009 and will support advanced interactive television services with full HD graphics. Features claimed by Cabot for the solution include: an...

CBS Interactive's HD Gallery Now Supporting 1080p

CBS Interactive announced Wednesday that HD Gallery, the high-definition broadband video service it offers on CBS.com, is now offering video in the high-quality 1080p format (note: the gallery's content can still also be viewed in 720p and 480p; rival Hulu currently offers HD content only in 720p). Intel, which was the exclusive sponsor for HD Gallery's launch last year, is also the exclusive launch sponsor of the new 1080p-enabled HD Gallery. At launch, the 1080p-enabled...

Macrovision in EPG Deal with HDTV Vendor, Vizio

Macrovision , the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, said Monday that it has signed a multi-year technology and patent-licensing agreement for its EPG solutions with consumer electronics company, Vizio . According to the company, the deal will enable Vizio to incorporate Macrovision EPG technologies into future products, allowing end-users to navigate, sort, select and schedule TV programming. "We recognize that consumers today have an unprecedented amount of content...

Amazon Video On Demand Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's

Consumer electronics giant, Panasonic, announced Wednesday that Amazon.com's online Amazon Video On Demand service can now be accessed through Panasonic HDTV sets equipped with the company's Viera Cast over-the-top platform (note: the Viera Cast platform, which has a built-in Ethernet interface, is accessed by pressing a special button on the remote control and entails no usage fees). According to the company, its Viera Cast-enabled HDTV sets now allow viewers to choose from over 40,000 Amazon...

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