Cedar Point Launches Suite of Visual Communications Apps for TV and Other Devices

--Apps Compatible with EBIF, tru2way, IPTV and other Standards
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, on Wednesday unveiled a suite of "visual communications applications" for cable operators and network service providers, that it says will optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities on the TV and other endpoints.

Dubbed the SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite (VCS), the new offering is billed by the company as providing a "holistic" approach to communications management that includes several variations...

AT&T to Offer Extensive Interactive TV, VOD, Online and Mobile Coverage of World Cup

--AT&T U-verse TV to Offer its First-Ever Spanish-Language Interactive TV Application
AT&T on Tuesday unveiled its plans for interactive TV, VOD, online and mobile coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup . Among other things, the plans call for the telco to offer the first-ever Spanish-language interactive TV application to run on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV.

According to AT&T, the U-verse TV Spanish-language app--which will be available at no extra charge on channel 3001 and which is the result of...

Entone Hires Former HP Executive to Head Up its Hybrid TV Efforts in the Americas

Broadband video and home connectivity solutions provider, Entone (note: the company recently announced a deal with OTT specialist, Vudu, to enable hybrid TV for telco operators--see the article published on itvt.com, March 19th), said Tuesday that it has hired Ameer Karim to lead its hybrid TV initiatives in the Americas. He will hold the title, VP of hybrid TV, Americas.

According to the company, Karim has over 17 years of retail channel...

Nokia Siemens Networks' IPTV Platform Enables Daktel to Offer Interactive TV Widgets, OTT Video

Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) said Monday that Daktel Communications , a subsidiary of Dakota Central Telecommunications Cooperative, a telco that serves central North Dakota, has deployed its IPTV platform, enabling it to offer a range of advanced services, including DVR, VOD and interactive TV. According to the company, Daktel is one of the first operators in the US to deploy the platform. "Today's subscribers require higher-quality television experiences and content that is for their individual...

News Round-Up

--ADB's Prototype 3D EPG's Generate Buzz at NCTA Cable Show
--Diva Launches Mobile VOD Platform
--Espial Reports Record Revenues, Swings to an EBITDA Profit
--Zelfy Demo's Remote Control/Two-Screen Interactive TV Application
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: At the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles last week, Geneva-based interactive TV and set-top box technology company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB), generated some buzz with three prototype 3D TV EPG's that it showcased in a closed-door demo. Among other things, the EPG's were praised publicly by Time Warner Cable CTO, Mike LaJoie, who encouraged attendees of...

itaas in EBIF Deal with Charter Communications

itaas --an Atlanta-based company which provides a range of software development, integration and testing services for interactive TV (including ETV/EBIF, tru2way and IPTV solutions), and which earlier this week (see the article published on itvt.com, May 11th) announced that it had ported the EBIF user agent of Comcast-subsidiary, TVWorks, to Cisco set-top boxes--today (Wednesday) announced that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications that includes licensing, installation and support for the TVWorks ETV platform...

News Round-Up (I)

--Cablevision Rolls Out Multiple Interactive TV Channels Based on ActiveVideo's CloudTV Technology
--Accedo Broadband Offering Paid Games on Philips Net TV
--ADB Unveils Cable Show Line-Up
--Alticast, Rovi Team on NCTA Cable Show tru2way/IPTV Demo
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ActiveVideo Networks and Cablevision have announced that Cablevision has deployed over two dozen new interactive TV channels to its entire digital subscriber base, based on ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform. According to the companies, Cablevision is using CloudTV to "offer an expansive menu of personalized television content--including hyper-local...

News Round-Up (IX)

--Time Warner Cable to Showcase EBIF-Based Interactive TV App for its CAMM Initiative
--Report: Time Warner Cable to "Pilot" IPTV Service in LA, Using Microsoft Mediaroom
--TV Genius's Content Discovery Solution Integrated into Zenterio's Middleware
--Canadian Branch of TVWorks to Close Next Month
--Verizon FiOS TV's New YouTube and Internet Radio Capabilities Prove Popular
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. Time Warner Cable has announced that it will preview a new EBIF-based interactive TV app for its Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) philanthropic initiative (which it says is...

New Video Interview with Bob Perry, SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

[itvt] has just published a video interview in which Bob Perry , SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company , provides an overview of Panasonic's connected TV and 3D TV product strategy. Topics discussed include Panasonic's product priorities; third-party service offerings that are set to launch on Viera Cast over the coming year; what applications might look like that integrate both 3D and connected TV; and more. Perry also explains why he is interested in reaching...

Australia's FetchTV Selects Orca Interactive IPTV Middleware

Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive , said Wednesday that Australia's FetchTV (note: the Australian FetchTV is not related to the UK service of the same name) is using its RiGHTv IPTV middleware platform to power its wholesale subscription TV service, which is set to launch shortly.

FetchTV, whose content is secured by Verimatrix, plans to offer the full range of Australia's free-to-air digital channels, along with subscription channels, new-release...