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...

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...

OpenTV Partners with Coverity to Enhance its Middleware Testing Environment

Kudelski -owned interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , on Wednesday announced a partnership with Coverity , a provider of "software integrity" solutions, that it says will complement its middleware testing environment.

Starting this month, OpenTV says, it will begin offering Coverity Static Analysis software models to its integration and development customers and partners. According to the company, these Coverity models will help those customers and partners enhance the quality...

Espial Announces Latest Release of its IPTV Middleware

--Oregan Says Onyx Browser Now Delivers "Uninterrupted Video Streaming" for Over-the-Top TV
--Dreampark Announces Support for OTT TV Services
Canadian digital TV software provider, Espial , last week announced the latest release of its Evo TV Service Platform IPTV middleware. According to the company, the new release offers: Three-screen support for new VOD and subscription management services from PC's and mobile phones. Personalized UI advertising, allowing operators to build targeted advertising campaigns that include static, clickable and video ads. Timeshift-TV services, allowing subscribers to take advantage of network-based start-over TV, catch-up TV and pause-live-TV...

Foxtel Using OpenTV Interactive TV Middleware and Apps for its Next-Generation Platform

--Telstra to Begin Trial of "T-box" This Week
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV (note: Kudelski is currently finalizing the process of acquiring full control of the company-- see the article published on itvt.com, November 16th ), said Monday that Australian pay-TV operator, Foxtel , which is a longtime OpenTV customer, has launched its next-generation platform in collaboration with the company. According to the company, the new platform--which is powered by OpenTV middleware and which OpenTV says uses its latest interactive...

Kudelski's Tender Offer Nets It 60% of Class A OpenTV Shares It Does Not Already Own

--Company Now Controls 91% of Voting Rights in OpenTV, Plans to Delist It from NASDAQ
The Kudelski Group announced Friday that it has successfully completed its tender offer to acquire the Class A shares of interactive TV middleware and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , that it does not already own for $1.55. According to the company, when its tender offer expired on November 12th, OpenTV shareholders had tendered approximately 56,382,588 shares (including 8,277,113 shares subject to guaranteed delivery procedures), representing approximately 60% of the Class A shares not already...

Orca's RiGHTv IPTV Middleware "Crosses the Lines" to Support New, Fully OTT Service

--Deal with CTV Will See RiGHTv Powering Delivery of "Ethnic" Content to Ex-Pats
Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive , said Tuesday that it has signed a deal with CTV International , a new US-based service provider that is launching an over-the-top service which it says will provide "ethnic" content (including TV programs and Web video) to ex-patriot communities around the world via a PC or set-top box. According to Orca, the service--which will initially provide Hebrew-language programming targeted at Israeli ex-patriots and travelers--will be one...

Kudelski Lists "Severe Challenges Ahead for OpenTV" as a Standalone Company

--Kudelski Is Attempting to Acquire All Outstanding Class A Shares of OpenTV
The Kudelski Group on Monday published a document in which it enumerates various "severe challenges ahead for OpenTV " as a standalone company, should Kudelski's tender offer to acquire all the company's outstanding Class A shares for $1.55 per share in cash not succeed. While stressing that it is "committed to supporting OpenTV's customer franchise, management, employees and other stakeholders"; that it "has a clear plan requiring significant investments to ensure the mid- and long-term...

TelcoTV Exhibit Round-Up: ADB, Amino, Harmonic, Latens, Minerva, SeaChange

A number of companies have contacted [itvt] over the past few days to let us know about their exhibit plans for the TelcoTV show, which takes place in Orlando, Florida this week (November 10th-12th): Advanced Digital Broadcast (Booth 801) says that it plans to show "how it is enabling television, Internet and personal content to converge and be accessible where consumers enjoy it most: on their flat screen TV." According to the company, visitors to...

OpenTV Launches Beta Tester Program for its New SDK

Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , on Wednesday announced the launch of a beta tester program for its new software development kit (SDK), the OpenTV SDK Development Suite C2.2 . According to the company, the program will provide developers with early access to the new SDK starting this month, and enable them to create interactive TV apps "using all the latest functionality of an OpenTV-enabled set-top box." The new SDK will then...