News Round-Up

--Major Broadcasters Form Mobile TV Content Joint Venture
--History Channel Using Foursquare to Promote New Show
--Intel Demo's PVR Concept
--ON24 Launches "Social Webcasting" Platform
--Softel Working to Streamline Closed Caption Workflow on Avid Editing Systems
--Interactive Video Specialist, Veeple, Launches "VeepleTV"
--YuMe Announces Support for Microsoft Silverlight
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: 12 major US broadcasters-- Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, EW Scripps, Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media -- have announced plans to form a standalone joint venture to develop a new national mobile content service. According to the broadcasters, the service will use existing...

Microsoft Partnering with Intel and Broadcom to Bring Silverlight to Connected TV's, Set-Top Boxes

--Unveils IIS Media Services 4 and Silverlight Media Framework 2.0
--Ooyala and Kaltura to Incorporate Silverlight and IIS Media Services into their Platforms
Microsoft announced last week that it is working with system-on-a-chip (SoC) partners, Intel and Broadcom , to deliver support for reference designs that it says will provide the complete Silverlight platform to set-top boxes, connected TV's, Blu-ray Disc players and other connected consumer electronics devices (note: rival Adobe announced a similar initiative to bring its Flash platform to CE devices at last year's NAB show-- see the article published on, April 21st, 2009 )...

Miniweb, Metrological in Technology Integration Partnership

--Seek to Enable Converged Broadband and Broadcast Services on Intel CE 3100-Powered Devices
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 ), said Monday that it has teamed with Metrological Media Innovations , a provider of middleware and reference designs based on the Intel Media Processor CE 3100 (note: the company is...

Move Networks to Support Intel's "Moorestown" MID Platform

Move Networks --a Utah-based company which offers patent-pending technologies for delivering live and on-demand, HD-quality, buffering-free broadband video (its technologies are used by, among others, ABC, Discovery Communications, ESPN, Fox, Sky News, Televisa and Warner Bros.), and which recently acquired UK-based IPTV company, Inuk Networks (see article posted on, April 22nd)--said Tuesday that it plans to support Intel's next-generation mobile Internet device (MID) platform, code-named "Moorestown," via a Move Media Player plug-in which it...

Intel and Yahoo! to Launch "Widget Channel"

--Comcast Announces Plans to Integrate Widget Channel with its EPG

Interview: Yahoo!'s Patrick Barry Discusses the New Yahoo!-Intel Widget Channel

At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week, Yahoo! and Intel announced plans to launch the Widget Channel, an application framework which they say will allow operators, content providers, advertisers and others to develop Internet-based mini-applications, dubbed "TV Widgets," for broadband-connected TV's and other consumer electronics devices, using Web standards and tools such as JavaScript, XML, HTML and Adobe Flash. The companies--which say that the TV Widgets will, among other things, enable consumers...

Top Six MSO's, Major CE and STB Companies, and Intel Sign tru2way MOU

-Details of MOU Revealed in FCC Filing by Comcast US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, announced earlier this month that six companies have
signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) on
tru2way/OCAP technology with the top-six cable operators in the US, Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Charter and Bright House
Networks (which together account for over 80% of US cable
subscribers and 105 million homes passed). The signatory companies
are consumer electronics manufacturers, Sony Electronics (which was