[itvt] Radio: Orca Interactive's VP of Sales and Marketing, Sefy Ariely

Sefy Ariely , VP of sales and marketing at IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive , discusses some of the company's newest offerings. They include an end-to-end hybrid solution for delivering TV over the open Internet, social TV applications, and a personalization capability that makes use of fingerprint-recognition technology. Ariely also discusses Orca's new deployment in Russia, the company's roadmap for the coming year, the significance of IMS for the IPTV space, how the...

justAd.TV to Unveil Technology that Lets Operators Run Internet-Style Ads on Non-Linear TV

--Technology Is Targeted at Cable, Satellite and IPTV Operators and HbbTV Broadcasters
Israeli interactive TV advertising company, justAd.TV , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about its exhibit plans (Booth 5.B09s) for the IBC. The company, which is appearing at the show for the first time, says that it will launch a complete TV advertising system that is designed to enable cable, satellite and IPTV operators and HbbTV broadcasters to apply "Internet-style" advertising to non-linear entertainment services, such as VOD and DVR-recorded content. The system has...

Post Its Acquisition of OpenTV, Kudelski Says It Has Been Ramping Up Its Investment in Middleware

--Wins for OpenTV with HOT and Numericable
In a press release in which it announced its financial results for the first half of 2010, the Kudelski Group , the company which last fall acquired full control of pioneering interactive TV middleware provider, OpenTV (see the article published on, November 16th), revealed that it has, since then, been investing heavily in its middleware operations: "Personnel expenses rose by CHF [i.e. Swiss Francs] 20.5 million from the first half 2009, representing an 11.1%...

Games-on-Demand Company, Playcast, Signs MOU with Portuguese Pay-TV Operator

Playcast Media , a start-up with offices in Israel and London that was founded by two Harmonic veterans--Guy De Beer, who previously managed that company's VOD product lines, and Natan Peterfreund, who was previously its principal scientist and who is one of the originators of the H.264 compression standard--has signed an MOU with a large Portuguese pay-TV operator whose identity the company has not disclosed, the Israeli business news service, Globes, reported late Wednesday.

News Round-Up (VI)

--Hillcrest Labs Launches Half-Price Promotion for its Loop Pointer
--Israeli Start-Up, Interlude, Demo's Interactive Video Platform
--Addressable Advertising Specialist, Invidi, Secures $23 Million+ in Google-Led Series D Round
--itaas Develops tru2way-Based Twitter App, Plans Extensive Interactive TV Showcase at Cable Show
--itaas Develops Three New Interactive TV Apps for iN Demand
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. Hillcrest Labs has launched a $49 promotion for its Loop Pointer in-air mouse/remote control device. The device is usually priced at $99. An Israeli start-up called Interlude presented...

NDS Powers Progressive Download-Based VOD Service for Israel's Yes

--Partners with China's Changhong on Interactive TV Apps that Support China's NGB Initiative
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , announced Tuesday that Israeli satellite TV operator, Yes , has launched an NDS-powered VOD service, based on progressive download (PDL) technology, for its hybrid satellite/IP DVR platform. According to NDS, the service, which allows users to download movies or series to their MaxTotal HD DVR over the open Internet to watch immediately or later, currently provides access to 5,000 free and paid titles, including HD content,...

Israeli Cross-Platform Interactive Reality Show Lets Viewers Control Every Aspect of Contestants' Lives

--Viewers Decide What Contestants "Wear, Eat and Hear, Whom they Sleep with" and More
Dori Media Group , an Israeli TV formats, production and distribution company best known for its telenovelas, announced last week that its interactive cross-platform "control game"/reality show, " uMan " (known in Israel as " Megudalim "), has won three Accolade Awards: an Award of Excellence for reality programming, an Award of Merit for creativity and originality, and an Award of Merit for viewer impact and entertainment value (note: according to Dori Media, the awards...

News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo, Concurrent, Harmonic Announce SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Plans
--Babelgum Launches Channel for Culture-Jamming Duo, The Yes Men Relaunched with More Video, iReport Integration
--Comcast COO Burke: TV Industry Must "Get in Front of" Internet or Face Cord-Cutting
--Video-Sharing Company, Dailymotion, Secures $25 Million in New Funding
--News Corp.'s Chase Carey Confirms that Hulu Will Launch Premium Service
--Sky+ HD DVR Now in 1.6 Million Households
--Thomson in Deal to Provide Interactive HD Set-Tops to Israel's HOT
--Windows 7 Offers Extensive Internet TV Features
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: ActiveVideo Networks , Concurrent and Harmonic have announced their plans for this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Broadband video content company, Babelgum , has launched a new channel devoted to The Yes Men --described by the company as "culture jamming activists who practice what they call 'identity correction,' revealing the true, planet- and people-raving intents of business and...

News Round-Up

--Miracle TV, ADB to Demo tru2way-Based Hospitality-Industry Solution for Cable Operators
--Israel's Reshet TV Launches iPhone/iPod touch Application
--RGB Networks Announces Cable-Tec Expo Exhibit Plans
--SeaChange to Launch New Products at Cable-Tec Expo and Expand their Relationship
--Mitch Berman Replaced as ZillionTV CEO
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In a posting on LinkedIn's "OCAP, MHP and Java TV" group, Tuesday, Miguel Kramis, president and CEO of Miracle TV , stated that his company and Geneva-based set-top box company, ADB "will be demonstrating the first tru2way hospitality middleware for cable operators" in Booth #1089 at next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The demo will see Miracle TV's...

Israel's The Box Secures Funding from Greylock Partners to Target US and Other International Markets

--Company's Offerings Include "CelebZ," a Viewer-Driven, Animated Interactive TV Series
The Box , an Israeli company that bills itself as specializing in developing "content for broadcast entertainment and advertising that seamlessly integrates multiple forms of media, including television, Internet and mobile, into an innovative blend of advertising and entertainment," said Thursday that it has received an investment of "several million dollars" from VC firm, Greylock Partners (note: the latter's other investments include Facebook, LinkedIn, ZipCar and DoubleClick). The company plans to use the new funding...