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Latens, Indieon Partner on Set-Top Box, Middleware and Security Solution for Satellite-TV Operators

Latens , a Belfast-based company that specializes in DVB-compliant conditional access and middleware technologies, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has partnered with Indian set-top box and middleware company, Indieon Technologies , to develop what the companies are billing as a secure, cardless, one-way broadcasting solution for DTH operators globally. The solution has been deployed by Nepal's Dish TV, the companies say. "The combination of Indieon's STB range and Latens' software CAS,...

News Round-Up (VI): Mirada, Ericsson, Nagravision (OpenTV), EchoStar Europe, NDS

--Mirada to Integrate Navi EPG with Ericsson's IPTV Middleware
--Nagravision Field-Tests OpenTV nX with Zon TVCabo, Ports OpenTV Middleware to New EchoStar Europe DVR
--NDS News: First Field Trial for Snowflake, Low-Cost DVR-Like STB's, PAKT Deal, Jungo USB Solution for STB's
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of 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,...

Dreampark Provides Frontend TV Middleware Solution to Finland's Maxisat

--Solution Billed as Letting Operators Deploy Advanced UI, without Swapping out Existing Infrastructure
--Dreampark Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
Swedish middleware (cable, terrestrial, IPTV) provider, Dreampark , said Wednesday that it has supplied a frontend middleware solution to Finnish pay-TV operator, Maxisat . According to the company, Maxisat is the first Finnish operator to offer TV and OTT services using a scalable vector graphics (SVG) client, allowing for high-definition user interfaces. The frontend solution delivered by Dreampark is based on the company's Dreamgallery Next Generation platform which is based on SVG and which it...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Launch Subscription-Based Broadband VOD Service
--Report: New Apple TV Device to Feature Netflix Access
--BeeSmart Announces New Release of its Interactive TV Middleware
--Boxee Invites Users to Choose Tagline for its Boxee Box
--Epix Live Lets Viewers Interact with On-Screen Talent
--Netgem Upgrades Telekom Slovenia's Legacy IPTV Infrastructure
--SingTel Launches TV App Store, Video Search Engine
--Softel Launches MultiText for Streamlined Multilanguage Subtitle and Caption Processing
--Yoostar Now Available for Mac
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Amazon is attempting to create a subscription-based broadband VOD service, and has proposed the idea to various media companies, including NBC Universal, Time Warner and Viacom, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal." The service would be available through the Web or through devices (such as the Roku platform) that already provide access...

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 itvt.com, 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%...

News Round-Up (V): RTE (MHEG), Music Choice, NDS

--MHEG Selected as Interactive Middleware for Ireland's National DTT Service
--Music Choice Launches "Back 2 School" Programming Promotion for its Interactive Channel, SWRV
--NDS Says New Hire Heralds Increased Focus on Advanced Advertising Solutions for Asia Pacific
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): ActiveVideo Networks, AFDESI, AFI, Alticast-Cisco, Amino

--ActiveVideo Demo's "Friends Mozaic" Social TV Application
--AFDESI Announces Nominees for its Eighth Annual Interactive TV Awards
--AFI's Nick DeMartino Retires
--Alticast Plans IPO, Ports its tru2way Middleware onto Cisco Set-Top Boxes
--Amino Sells its 3 Millionth Set-Top Box
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 couple of 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...

News Round-Up (IV)

--Disney/ABC Releases New Version of the ABC Player App for iPad
--Edgeware, Teleste Partner on VOD Solution
--Ensequence Tapped by Showtime to Bring EBIF-Based Interactive TV to its Sports Programming
--Ensequence-Commissioned Survey Shows Consumer Interest in Interactive TV
--ETSI Publishes New Version of MHEG ITV Middleware Standard Incorporating Interaction Channel
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. Disney/ABC Television Group has announced the release of a new version of its ABC Player app for the Apple iPad , following the release of the 3G version...

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...

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...

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