Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): MPEG LA, Nintendo, Netflix, Rovi, Toyota

  • US Justice Department Launches Antitrust Investigation of MPEG LA
  • Nintendo to Offer Netflix on its 3DS Portable 3D Games Console
  • Rovi Launches TotalGuide xD Solution for Cable Ops Looking to Extend Service to Mobile Screens
  • Rovi to Power Interactive TV Advertising Campaign for Toyota
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: 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...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Acquire Lovefilm
--AT&T Teams with NCAA Football on Social App
--BBC Commissions Second Series of "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"
--CBS Sports Launches Pro Football App for Apple iPad
--ivi Receives Cease-and-Desist Letters from Broadcasters, Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
--Motive Television to Acquire Adecq, Provider of the Bestv DTT-Based VOD Solution
--Ofcom Hands over Responsibility for VOD Content Regulation to Association for Television on Demand
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Four More Members
--Pace Hires Nokia UK & Ireland MD, Mark Loughran, to Head New Convergence-Focused Unit
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report in the now paywall-blocked Sunday Times, Amazon has initiated a takeover bid for Lovefilm , the company often referred to as "the European Netflix." The bid is said to value Lovefilm at around £200 million. AT&T and NCAA football have announced the launch of a free NCAA Football Fan Zone App...

Cloud-Based Interactive TV Company, ActiveVideo, Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Verizon

--In March, Verizon Filed Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against ActiveVideo Customer, Cablevision
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , said last week that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Verizon Communications , Verizon Services Corp ., Verizon Virginia and Verizon South . Earlier this year (see the article published on, March 19th), Verizon filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the Delaware federal court against ActiveVideo customer, Cablevision, and also filed a complaint against the...

MONKEYmedia Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against Apple

MONKEYmedia --a company which holds a portfolio of patents that it says include "claims directed towards telescopic video-on-demand (VOD) and other enhanced viewing experiences," and that it claims "are essential to the practice of various industry-governed standards such as DVD-Video, Blu-ray and tru2way (e.g. Enhanced TV & SCTE-130)" (note: the company has launched a "SeamlessTV Partner Program" for licensing those patents, and, back in 2006, announced that it had succeeded in convincing none other than...

AT&T, Verizon File Patent-Infringement Counterclaims against TiVo

Last August ( see the article published on, August 31st ) TiVo--whose six-year-old patent infringement lawsuit against DISH Network and EchoStar appears to be approaching its final conclusion ( see the article published on, March 29th )--filed complaints in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against AT&T and Verizon for infringement of three of its US patents: 6,233,389 B1 ("Multimedia Time Warping System"), 7,529,465 B2 ("System for Time Shifting Multimedia...

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...

Microsoft Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo

--Is Also Seeking to Intervene in Patent Infringement Litigation Between TiVo and AT&T
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TiVo in a San Francisco federal court, claiming that the DVR company has infringed upon two of its US patents--which cover technologies for securely purchasing and delivering video and for displaying programmable information respectively, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Microsoft, which claims that TiVo is illegally using the technologies described by the patents in its set-top boxes, its software and its subscription service, is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a court...

Rovi to Appeal English High Court Ruling in EPG Patent Litigation against Virgin Media

As [itvt] reported earlier this week, an EPG-related patent-infringement lawsuit, filed by the then-Gemstar-TV Guide (which was subsequently acquired by Macrovision, which subsequently changed its name to Rovi ) and its subsidiaries, StarSight Telecast and United Video Properties, against UK cable operator, Virgin Media , and its subsidiary, Virgin Media Payments, back in January, 2008, was last week decided in Virgin Media's favor by the English High Court. Rovi--which claims to have over 200 issued...

News Round-Up

--TiVo Awarded $200 Million in "Time Warp" Case
--ABC Using Augmented Reality to Promote "FlashForward"
--Joost CTO, Jason Gaedtke, Joins Time Warner Cable
--Plus News from Fox, Tilgin/Amino, Deutsche Telekom
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time restraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: TiVo has been awarded nearly $200 million in contempt sanctions in the latest installment of its "Time...

Pentagon Channel Taps Ustream to Enhance its Live Broadcasts with Social/Interactive Functionality

--Ustream Raises Another $2 Million, Is Sued by Fight Promoter, Square Ring, for Copyright Infringement
The Pentagon Channel (note: the channel, which is operated by the US Department of Defense, broadcasts military news and information for and about the 2.6 million members of the US Armed Forces) announced Monday that it is streaming its programming via live Internet broadcasting service, Ustream. A link to the new Ustream channel--which offers DOD news briefings, military news, interviews with DOD officials, short features on the work of the military, and "military lifestyle" programming--is...