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New Customer Wins Put Minerva Networks Past the 200 IPTV Deployment Milestone

--Company Says It Is Benefiting from Operators' Interest in Merging Pay-TV with OTT Services
IPTV middleware and applications provider, Minerva Networks , said Monday that recent wins--including Craw-Kan Telephone Cooperative and Swiftel Communications in North America, ICE in Costa Rica, PCCTV in Cambodia, and Palm Hills Development in the Middle East--have increased the total number of its IPTV deployments worldwide to over 200.

According to the company, it is benefiting from--among other things--a trend that sees operators increasingly interested in IPTV platforms' ability to enable the...

Allo Communications Teams with 180Squared to Launch Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service

--Fiber-Based Service Features Interactive TV Caller ID App, Remote DVR Management
Nebraska-based telco, Allo Communications , said Wednesday that it has teamed with 180Squared , a company best known for providing software and integration services for Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV platform, to launch a Mediaroom-based IPTV service to its customers in western Nebraska (note: last year, Microsoft launched virtualization support for Mediaroom, in a bid to make the platform more cost-effective for smaller operators such as Allo to deploy--see the article published on itvt.com, May 28th, 2009)...

Cedar Point Holds First North American Public Demo of its Visual Communications Applications

--Apps Work with EBIF, tru2way and IPTV to Deliver Communications Services to STB's, Connected TV's, Other Devices
--CableLabs Innovation Showcase Technologies Focus on Connectivity between Cable Infrastructure and IP Devices
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, said Monday that it is holding the first North American public demonstration of its new SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite of applications at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado this week.

According to the company, which recently announced that it had joined itaas's istart application developer program, the applications are designed to optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities. The...

News Round-Up (III): Clikthrough, Autobytel, Deutsche Telekom, Flixster, Roku

--Clikthrough Powering Interactive Video for Autobytel
--Deutsche Telekom Launches Third Annual Interactive TV Award Contest
--Flixster Launches on Roku's OTT Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (VIII): Telus, Microsoft, thePlatform, RCN, TiVo, DISH Network

--Telus Enables Access to its Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service via Xbox
--thePlatform Launches Tools for Creating/Managing Video Feeds, Applying Ad Policies, Enforcing Viewing Restrictions
--RCN Launches TiVo Service in Chicago, FTC Weighs in on TiVo-DISH Litigation
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (I): ABC News, Starz, AllVid, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, BBC Red Button

--ABC News, Starz Release iPad Applications
--Multiple Companies and Organizations Submit Comments to FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Alcatel-Lucent Launches Compact Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Solution for Smaller Operators
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 30th
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ABC News has announced the release of a new application for the Apple iPad . "The new application takes full advantage of the form and functionality...

BT to Let Viewers Decide Outcome of New Storyline in its "Adam and Jane" Commercials

UK incumbent telco, BT , plans to let viewers decide the outcome of a new storyline in its long-running series of commercials featuring the characters, Adam (played by Kris Marshall) and Jane (played by Esther Hall), the Guardian reported Monday.

The Adam and Jane commercial series, which premiered back in 2005 (note: there have been more than 35 individual commercials in the series) and which is the brainchild of agency AMV BBDO,...

IPTV Technology Vendor, Minerva Networks, Opens Sales and Support Offices in Italy and Argentina

Minerva Networks , a company that bills itself as a provider of open-platform, carrier-class solutions for the delivery of pay-TV services over broadband IP networks, said Monday that it has opened two new international sales and support offices in Italy and Argentina.

According to the company, its new Milan-based European Sales and Support Office, which will be led by Gaetano Franzini, will provide sales and field support for customers located in both...

Portugal Telecom Launches Interactive TV App Store for its Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered Meo Service

--Deutsche Telekom Launches "Personal Conference" App on its Mediaroom-Powered Entertain Service
Portugal Telecom last week launched Meo Interactivo, an app store for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, Meo. According to the company, the app store will aggregate the various interactive TV applications/widgets that are already available for the Meo service, as well as offering various new applications, including apps for Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and Oceanlook (note: the latter is a Portuguese site that bills itself as a portal for Ocean lovers). Applications will be organized into...

ITU to Hold its First IPTV Interop Event Later this Month

The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is set to hold its first IPTV interop event later this month at its headquarters in Geneva. Testing is scheduled to take place on July 20th and 21st, and vendors will be able to showcase interoperability to potential customers--i.e. broadcasters and content and service providers--on July 22nd and 23rd. According to the global standards body, the interoperability testing will revolve around its ITU-T IPTV standards, including H.701 (error recovery), H.721...

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