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OpenTV Reports Higher Q3 Revenues and Income, Signs New Deals with Bresnan, LatAm Operator

--Kudelski Extends Expiration Date of its Tender Offer for OpenTV Class A Shares
--Earnings Round-Up: Amino, Blinkx, Cablevision
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , has released its third-quarter financial results: Revenues totaled $31.8 million, compared to $26.9 million for the year-ago quarter (representing an increase of 18%). Royalties and licenses revenues, at $20.7 million, were up 25.5% from the year-ago quarter; and services and other revenues, at $11.1 million, were up 7%. Revenues from the company's Middleware Solutions segment totaled $28.9 million, compared to $23.9 million for the year-ago quarter;...

News Round-Up

--ADB Issues Cautiously Optimistic Update, Says it Has "Redistributed" Osmosys' Resources
--War of Words between Kudelski and Arcadia over Kudelski's OpenTV Bid
--Cisco Demo's Widget-Enabled EPG for Cable Operators Switching to IPTV
--Crunchyroll Launches Anime App for Boxee
--Motorola Launches HD Set-Top with Optional MoCA Interface
--New Interactive TV Games System Will Place Players Side-by-Side with Drivers in Real Races
--TiVo Launches in New Zealand
--Two Way Limited's Interactive TV Betting Service Shows Growth
--Ustream Enables Simultaneous Publishing of Comments to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AIM
--Virgin Media Enjoys Record VOD Usage in Q3
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as some stories from last week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Digital TV technology provider, ADB Group , has issued a cautiously optimistic business update. "The Group's business was sound during the third quarter of 2009," the update states. "The margins and profitability ratios continue to be...

OpenTV Extends Its Relationship with BSkyB

--New Deal Sees Sky Licensing OpenTV IP, Moving Toward Deployment of Core3 Middleware
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , said Monday that it has extended its relationship with BSkyB , which has been one of its key customers since the launch of its digital satellite TV service back in 1998. According to the company, Sky has licensed its patents and other intellectual property rights to support ongoing development of its digital TV platform, and the companies will now work on a proof of concept which--if...

Kudelski Makes Another Offer for OpenTV

The Kudelski Group said Monday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kudelski Interactive Cayman, Ltd ., has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding Class A shares of interactive TV middleware and applications provider, OpenTV , not already owned by Kudelski, for $1.55 per share in cash (note: Kudelski is OpenTV's largest shareholder: it has an approximately 32.3% stake in the company that gives it approximately 77.2% voting control). The bid values OpenTV at approximately...

India's DEN Launches Interactive TV Blogging App and Music Service, Based on NDS Middleware

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said last week that it has partnered with Indian cable operator, DEN , whose digital cable service is based on its MediaHighway middleware platform, to launch two new interactive TV services: a microblogging application, called Blog.telly, which was just launched, and a 24/7 music service which launched in January. According to NDS, Blog.telly allows DEN subscribers to comment on popular discussion topics in four categories, entitled...

New Version of MHEG Interactive TV Middleware Submitted to ETSI

--Includes Support for IP-Based Interaction Channel, HD Graphics, and More
The International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA) , an organization that was set up in 2006 by Strategy & Technology, Cabot Communications and EchoStar Europe to promote use of the MHEG-5 standard outside the UK (note: MHEG-5 is the middleware standard upon which the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial service, Freeview, is based; it was developed and standardized in the mid-90's as part of the DAVIC standardization effort to support interactivity and navigation for VOD services), announced...

NXP Integrates NDS's MediaHighway Interactive TV Middleware onto its CX2450x HD DVR SoC

--NDS's Snowflake Conceptual UI Wins "Best Interactive TV Technology or Application" Award at IBC
Dutch chip company, NXP Semiconductors , said last week that it has integrated NDS 's MediaHighway set-top box software onto its CX2450x system-on-a-chip (SoC) solution for HD set-top boxes. The company says that the integration will reduce time-to-market and integration costs for set-top box operators and OEM's to bring new, interactive TV-enabled pay-TV services to end-users. According to the company, it collaborated with NDS on the system integration of the NDS CDI system software abstraction...

Opera Devices SDK 9.7 Technology Integrated into Thomson Set-Top Boxes, Middleware

Browser specialist, Opera Software , said Tuesday that its Opera Devices SDK 9.7 Web technology will be integrated into Thomson set-top boxes, as well as into Thomson's THOMSuite set-top box middleware and its SmartVision service platform software. According to the company, the technology will serve as a rendering component for Thomson's next-generation platforms, enabling new Web-based services to be developed for multiple devices. Opera will be pre-integrated into Thomson set-top boxes for IPTV and hybrid...

Amino Wins HD IPTV Set-Top Order from Pioneer, Ports Espial Middleware to its HD Set-Top Range

Cambridge, UK-based IPTV set-top box manufacturer, Amino Communications , said Monday that it has secured a "significant order" for HD set-tops from Oklahoma-based Pioneer Telephone Cooperative . According to the company, the deal sees Pioneer--which offers a 161-channel pay-TV service that can be bundled with various fixed-line, mobile and broadband services--using Amino's A130 and A130M set-tops as part of a major upgrade for its approximately 50,000 customers. According to Amino, although the upgrade comes as...

SeaChange's IPTV Middleware Integrated with Billing Solution from India's SunTec

VOD, IPTV and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , and SunTec , an India-based provider of billing solutions for the communications, media and entertainment industries, announced Monday that they are partnering to offer TV service providers globally automated provisioning of IPTV consumers and accounts in "near-real time," while supporting complex revenue-sharing business rules. The companies say that their partnership has already resulted in the integration of SunTec's convergent billing solution, TBMS-T, with SeaChange's TV...

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