Rogers Says It Will Offer Canada's Highest Capacity HD DVR

--BH Telecom Selects Espial MediaBase to Power its VOD Services
Canadian cable MSO, Rogers Communications , said Monday that it will offer a new line of Cisco HD DVR's (the Explorer 8642HD) that will include a model with the largest DVR hard drive (500GB) in Canada, allowing customers to record up to 62 hours of HD or up to 280 hours of SD content. "We understand that for our customers, entertainment is about the experience for the whole family and at the center of it...

Slovenian Interactive TV Technology Provider, BeeSmart, Releases Free IPTV Middleware Package

--Package Includes License for 500 End-Users, "Safe Migration Path" to Full IPTV Middleware Offering
Slovenian interactive TV technology provider, BeeSmart , has released a free, basic IPTV middleware solution, dubbed BeeSmart Lite. The middleware and its accompanying documentation can be downloaded here .

According to BeeSmart, the middleware is intended for commercial use, supports "all basic functionalities," including live TV, an EPG and VOD, and provides a "time-unlimited" license for 500 end-users. The company--which says that the free middleware is "particularly useful for technically skilled operators...

Netflix Prize Runner-Up Unveils Programming Recommendations Technology

--Gravity R&D's "Gravity Impress" Demo'd Running on Mediaroom in Microsoft's NAB Booth
A Hungarian company called Gravity R&D contacted [itvt] Monday to alert our readers to the international unveiling of its new Gravity Impress recommendations technology, running on the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform, at the NAB show in Las Vegas this week. The technology, which the company says has been fully integrated with Mediaroom 2.0, is being demo'd in Microsoft's booth (SL220).

Gravity R&D was the leader of The Ensemble Team, which achieved the...

News Round-Up

--Germany's 7P Developing Interactive TV Widgets for Yahoo! Widget Engine
--Accenture Launches OTT TV Solution
--Amino in IPTV Set-Top Deal with CDE Lightband
--Brightcove Releases Version 4.1 of its Platform
--bwin Launches Social TV System
--Edgeware Appoints New CMO, EVP of Sales
--Fox Networks Names Julie Simon SVP of Advanced Services
--New IneoQuest Social TV Service Will Also Gather Feedback on Pay-TV QoS
--iStreamPlanet Integrates Silverlight Rough Cut Editor into its Video Workflow Automation Platform
--China's JENA to Integrate Qtv's Internet Media Player into its Connected TV's, STB's
--Netflix on Wii Now Available to All US Consumers
--Nordija Partners with
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cologne-based Seven Principles (7P) has announced that it is developing interactive TV widgets as a development partner of Yahoo! Connected TV . The company says that it will launch a phone book widget later this quarter, which it says "allows a search by name and place as well as a reverse search using the phone...

Orange Teams with French Broadcaster, TF1, to Trial Interactive TV Advertising on its IPTV Platform

French telco, Orange , announced last week that it has signed a deal with French broadcaster, TF1 , to enable the latter to offer interactive TV advertising on its ADSL-based IPTV platform, Orange TV. The companies, which say the deal builds on a collaboration that began last fall, plan to launch a trial of ITV advertising early next month.

According to the companies, TF1 viewers on Orange TV will be informed that...

Duncan Cable TV Selects GoBackTV's Cable IPTV Platform to Power Interactive Services

--Services Include Video Mosaic, VOD, Startover TV
GoBackTV , a company which has developed a platform--dubbed RetroVue and targeted at smaller cable operators--that delivers switched multicast and unicast IPTV content to IP set top boxes across a traditional hybrid fiber/coax (HFC) cable plant via standard DOCSIS 1.1/2.0 and 3.0 cable modems, using CMTS-Bypass technology, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that Wilmington, Vermont-based Duncan Cable TV has selected the RetroVue platform to power new, interactive services. "We want the same new...

Project Canvas Publishes Deadline for Expressions of Interest by Potential Partners

--Project Canvas CTO and Director of Marketing Named
--BT Exec Says Company Will Remain Committed to BT Vision even after Canvas Launches
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, 2) UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, and 3), as of last week, UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva ( see the article published on itvt.com, March 23rd ), partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD,...

News Round-Up

--DISH Faces April 30th Deadline in TiVo "Time Warp" Patent Case
--Audience-Driven, Interactive Sci-Fi Franchise, "Purefold," Abandoned
--Peled: NDS Likely to Seek Listing on London Stock Exchange in 2012
--NeuLion Selected by Major League Soccer as its Broadband Video Partner
--OpenTV Voluntarily Delisted from NASDAQ
--New UFC Site Offers All Episodes of Spike TV's "The Ultimate Fighter" Free-of-Charge
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: US District Court Judge David Folsom has granted DISH Network an extension through April 30th of a stay of his injunction requiring the company to disable DVR's that infringe on TiVo 's so-called "Time Warp" patent. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler explains why Sanford Bernstein analyst, Craig Moffett, believes that "DISH is now negotiating with a...

Pace Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Set-Top Box Platform

--Orca, Viaccess Powering White-Label IPTV Platform
--ITU Announces First IPTV Interop Event
UK-based set-top box company, Pace , on Wednesday launched a new set-top platform that uses Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV software. According to the company, its engineering team developed the customizable platform in order to enable operators to quickly and easily roll out IPTV, hybrid broadcast/broadband and OTT services.

Pace--which claims to have developed custom IP technologies for major pay-TV operators around the world, including Canal+ in France and Viasat in Scandinavia and the...

Zappware's iView Middleware Powering Hybrid DTT/IPTV Service in Croatia and Slovenia

Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has deployed its iView middleware platform with Slovenian telecom operator, Amis . The platform is powering a service, called AmisTV2.0, which launched commercially last September in Slovenia and Croatia and which offers such services as network PVR, pause-live-TV, restart TV, catch-up TV, and an EPG, as well as VOD services that feature reminders, favorites, user profiles, application skinning, search...