AT&T Launches "Film Awards Interactive" Application for U-verse TV, iPhone/iPod touch

--Singapore's StarHub Launches Interactive TV Movie Ticketing App on its OpenTV-Powered Platform
--DirecTV, ESPN Offering Interactive TV App for Australian Open
AT&T has launched an interactive application, called Film Awards Interactive , for the iPhone/iPod touch and for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV. According to AT&T, among other things, the free app lets consumers use their remote control or their iPhone/iPod touch screen to: access a list of films nominated for this season's film award shows; view trailers for nominated films; read bios; watch previews and trailers; vote for their favorite award-nominated films, actors...

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...

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...

News Round-Up

--BigBand Networks Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Exhibit Plans
--Endavo in White-Label Broadband Video Deal with Etisalat
--OpenTV Not in Compliance with NASDAQ's Audit Committee Requirements
--Rogers-Owned OLN Offering Full Episodes on its Web Site
--New Broadband Video Service, Vevo, Receives Significant Investment
--YouTube to Live-Stream U2 Concert, Launches Real-Time Comments Search Feature
--Over 700 VOD Services Now Available in Europe
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Digital video networking specialist, BigBand Networks , has announced its exhibit plans for next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo . The company says that it will "highlight advanced media processing technologies that leverage the existing network to monetize and deliver high-quality video services with an evolutionary roadmap to converged video delivery." Emirates Telecommunications Corp . (Etisalat), which recently...

Irdeto, OpenTV, Pace, TeleIdea Team on VOD, HD PVR Solutions for Satellite TV Provider, Digiturk

Content protection specialist, Irdeto , said Tuesday that it has teamed with interactive TV middleware provider, OpenTV , set-top box vendor, Pace , and interactive TV applications provider, TeleIdea , to develop and implement a "highly complex" broadcasting solution for Turkish satellite TV provider, Digiturk. According to Irdeto, the companies' joint solution is now enabling Digiturk to deliver various advanced digital TV offerings, including push- and subscription VOD (P/S-VOD) with HD PVR. Since the launch...

OpenTV Teams with Jinni to Incorporate "Mood"-Based Searches and Recommendations into Core2

--Jinni's CEO Is Cable/VOD-Industry Veteran, Mike Pohl
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology specialist, OpenTV , and Jinni , a company that offers a semantic search-and-recommendation engine that it says is based on "content genetics and user psychographics," announced Tuesday a partnership that will see Jinni's technology incorporated into the next version of OpenTV's Core2 middleware, which is expected to be released in the fourth quarter. According to the companies, Jinni's technology--which is billed as analyzing video content by moods and plots...

OpenTV Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Profit

Interactive TV and advanced advertising software provider, OpenTV , on Thursday released financial results for the second quarter: Revenues totaled $27.6 million, compared to $26.8 million for the year-ago quarter. Royalties and licenses revenues increased 7.1% to $19.5 million, while services and other revenues decreased 5.8% to $8.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA before unusual items was $4 million, compared to $2.5 million for the year-ago quarter. Net income was $1.7 million, or $0.01 per share, compared...

OpenTV's Core2 Middleware Powers Interactive TV-Enabled Digital Cable Service in China

Interactive TV and advance advertising technology provider, OpenTV , announced Tuesday that it has launched an end-to-end middleware solution for Southern Yinshi Network Media , a subsidiary of Chinese broadcasting group, Southern Media Corp , that has been tasked with implementing the digital conversion of 18 of the latter's municipal and city cable networks. According to OpenTV, the end-to-end solution, which is based on its Core2 middleware, is powering a range of interactive TV services...

OpenTV, RGB Partner to Enable Standards-Based Real-Time Localization of Ads via Digital Overlays

--Arris Appoints OpenTV Vice Chairman, Jim Chiddix, to its Board of Directors
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , and network video processing specialist, RGB Networks , announced Monday that they have developed a demonstration that shows how cable operators can use a combination of the companies' standards-based advertising-related products to generate new revenues from their video-on-demand and linear programming. The companies' joint solution is comprised of RGB's Broadcast Network Processor (BNP) and OpenTV's campaign-management platform. According to the companies, it allows operators to digitally...

Kudelski Group Says it Is "Not Interested" in Selling its Stake in OpenTV

The Kudelski Group , the Swiss holding company that owns a controlling stake in interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , issued a response Thursday to the suggestion floated earlier this week by OpenTV's largest independent shareholder, Discovery Group , that OpenTV should use a portion of its extensive cash reserves to buy back Kudelski's stake in the company: "The Kudelski Group confirms that it is not interested in selling its shares in...