Sling Media in Broadband Video Content Deals with USTA, Tennis Channel

--Round-Up of Recent Sling Media/EchoStar News
TV place-shifting company, Sling Media (note: the company is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corp.), announced new partnerships with the US Tennis Association (USTA) and the Tennis Channel, Tuesday, which it bills as bringing a range of premier tennis content and highlights to its broadband video/over-the-top programming service, Sling.com. The company says that the content from its two new partners, combined with content from existing partners Tennis.com and IMG, will make Sling.com into a...

[itvt] Presents…The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

Panasonic, Comcast: tru2way Now "Active" in Chicago and Denver

Funai to Launch tru2way-Enabled DVR at CES
Panasonic and Comcast recently announced that tru2way is now "active" in the Chicago and Denver areas: Comcast says that it has activated its first tru2way headends in those regions, and Panasonic says it is now offering its tru2way-enabled Viera HDTV sets in retail at Abt Electronics in Glenview, Illinois, at various Circuit City stores in and around Chicago, and at Ultimate Electronics and Circuit City stores in the Denver area. The companies say they will...

Pace Delivers Advanced Set-Top Box to Canal+

UK-based set-top box manufacturer, Pace, has delivered a PVR- equipped hybrid satellite/IP HDTV set-top to French pay-TV operator, Canal+. Dubbed +Le Cube, the new box features an Ethernet port that Canal+ can use to deliver VOD services; and a 320GB hard disk, capable of recording up to 100 hours of HD programming (note: according to Pace, the hard drive has been engineered to be very quiet). The box also supports USB and HDMI, and has...

Ocean Blue Launches Free App for HD MHEG Development

--Launches New Software for HDTV Sets Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue, has launched a new, free-to-use application which it says will allow digital TV developers using the MHEG standard to design more compelling applications for HDTV. According to the company, MHEGHD Demo, as the new app is called, allows developers to see how their applications will look to viewers, thus enabling them to ensure that their designs are as user-friendly as possible...

DirecTV Launches French Open Tennis, GameSearch Applications

Satellite TV provider, DirecTV, recently offered an interactive TV
application to accompany its coverage of the French Open tennis
tournament. Dubbed French Open Interactive and available from May
25th through June 1st, the application was developed by DirecTV in
partnership with the Tennis Channel and ESPN2. It offered complete
coverage of play on five courts during the tournament's first six days,
and eight hours of coverage on Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June
1st: according to DirecTV, the service offered a total of 350 hours of
tournament coverage. At the core of the service was a "mix" channel
that allowed viewers to watch up to six live matches simultaneously,

Panasonic Makes Strong Show of Support for tru2way at Cable Show

--Report Alleges Company's tru2way TV Sets Failed CableLabs Testing

--Claims Testing Brought to Light "Dozens and Dozens" of Bugs

Consumer electronics giant, Panasonic, made a strong show of support
for the US cable industry's tru2way standard at the NCTA Cable Show
in New Orleans last month. tru2way-based Panasonic products on
display at the show included: The PCH2180 HD DVR, a multi-tuner...

BSkyB Unveils New HD EPG

--Rebrands Sky Anytime on PC as "Sky Player" UK satellite TV provider, BSkyB, has announced plans to launch what
it describes as a "new EPG for the HD era." The HD Sky Guide, which
builds on the company's existing Sky Guide EPG, is scheduled to
launch on all Sky HD boxes this fall. According to BSkyB, the new
guide is based on extensive customer research and takes advantage of
the latest set-top box technology to create a foundation for future on-
demand enhancements; it sports a new look-and-feel and offers new
features designed to make it easier for customers to search, discover
and navigate a constantly expanding line-up of content, the company

[itvt] Interview: Steven Roberts and Tyler Slocum, DirecTV

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Steven Roberts , SVP of new media and business development at DirecTV , and Tyler Slocum , the company's senior director of ITV and DVR services, provide an update on DirecTV's interactive TV offerings. Topics discussed include usage statistics for DirecTV's various ITV services, the company's ITV strategy, its future ITV and DVR plans, and more. To listen...

Ocean Blue to Offer Solution for HD Interactive TV on DTT

--Company also Integrates Technologies with STMicrosystems, MediaTek Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue,
announced earlier this month that it will shortly be releasing what it
claims is the first digital terrestrial television solution to support
high-definition interactive TV services. According to the company, the
solution uses the enhanced graphics capabilities of HD-ready
televisions during red-button sessions to provide consumers with an
enhanced viewing experience. The solution is based on the latest
version of Ocean Blue's Voyager MHEG-5 software, which it says will
be available in early summer and will comply with new HD