NDS, Axel Springer Partner to Promote "Personal TV" to German Operators, Broadcasters and Advertisers

--NDS in Deal to Provide Middleware, PVR and VOD Technologies to Kabel BW
--Kabel BW also Deploying VOD Technologies from Harmonic, eventIS
At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Tuesday, interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , and Axel Springer Digital TV Guide, a provider of consumer entertainment technologies and EPG metadata, announced that they are partnering to promote " personal TV "--by which the companies say they mean the "rich viewing experience enabled by state-of-the-art DVR's and EPG's"--to German broadcasters and pay-TV operators. The companies say that their joint initiative will also see them...

Ericsson Unveils IMS-Integrated IPTV Middleware

At the TelcoTV show in Anaheim last month, Ericsson unveiled its new IPTV middleware to the US market. According to the company, the middleware forms the core of an end-to-end solution that is aligned with specifications set by the Open IPTV Forum, and is the first IPTV middleware solution to be pre-integrated with IMS (it also operates across traditional networks, the company says). Ericsson bills the end-to-end solution as combining various of its own products--including...

Minerva's IPTV Middleware Replaces Kasenna's at CDE Lightband

IPTV middleware and applications provider, Minerva Networks, says that it has deployed its flagship iTVManager solution to power the Clarksville (TN) Department of Electricity's IPTV service, CDE Lightband. iTVManager replaced middleware from Kasenna which--CDE Lightband president, Ken Spradlin, was quoted in the local newspaper, The Leaf Chronicle, as saying--had not worked as advertised (note: Kasenna was recently acquired by Espial-- see [itvt] Issue 7.95 Part 1 ). According to Minerva, CDE Lightband was seeking a...

OpenTV News:

--NBC Universal in Deal to Use Company's OpenTV Participate Platform

--Brazilian Cable Operator Taps Company to Power HD PVR Service

--Company's EclipsePlus Campaign Management Solution Now Available

--STMicroelectronics Joins Company's Rapid Porting Program

Interactive TV software provider, OpenTV (note: voting control of the
company was acquired last year by content-protection specialist, the
Kudelski Group), has...

Ambit Selects Alticast's AltiCaptor tru2way Middleware Platform

Korean MHP/tru2way specialist, Alticast, says that its AltiCaptor
tru2way middleware platform has been selected by Ambit
Microsystems for its digital cable set-top boxes, targeted at the North
American market (note: Alticast claims that AltiCaptor has been
deployed in over 5 million digital cable, satellite and terrestrial
receivers around the world). According to Alticast, it is working with
Ambit to bring two tru2way-enabled cable set-top boxes to market later
this year: one of the boxes will be a low-priced, single-tuner standard
definition device, and the other will be a high-performance, dual-tuner
HD DVR. "Ambit is pleased to work with Alticast to continue
delivering high-quality and competitive products to our valued cable

NDS Tapped to Develop New Interactive User Interface for Cox

--Company Opens New Indian Office, Prevails in DISH Litigation

--Integrates Jungo Middleware with TI's Puma 5 Chipsets

News Corp.-owned conditional access and interactive TV technology
provider, NDS, has been tapped by the US's third-largest cable MSO,
Cox Communications, to design a new interactive user-interface for its
legacy and next-generation set-top boxes. According to NDS, the new
UI, which will replace the operator's existing Aptiv guide, is
compatible with "many of" Cox's existing set-tops, is designed to be
forward-compatible with tru2way-enabled boxes, and can also run on
other devices, such as PC's. It is billed as integrating Cox's various

[itvt] Radio: ANT's Richard Baker on the Company's Product Strategy and More

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Richard Baker , EVP of sales
and marketing at UK-based interactive TV software provider, ANT
(note: Baker, who joined the company earlier this year, was previously
general manager of technology products and services for the EMEA
region at RealNetworks), discusses the company's new multiplatform
application development strategy, its experimental Twitter ITV application,
its new proof-of-concept EPG application which displays up to 45 channels