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News Round-Up

--BigBand Integrates with Entone, Orca, Verimatrix, Western Mediabridge
--Boxee Selects Vindicia as its Payments Platform Provider
--BrightLine iTV Says 2009 Was its Second Consecutive Year of Record Growth
--Edgeware Integrates Web TV Servers with MediaMelon's MediaCloud SaaS Solution
--Firefly Video Launches Interactive Online Video Advertising Platform
--Kaltura Launches New Version of its Self-Hosted Online Video Platform
--KickApps, Adobe Release OSMF App Studio Drag-and-Drop Media Player Solution
--Motorola Launches tru2way-Compatible Multiroom HD DVR
--NDS Extends Interactive TV Professional Services and Integration Work Contract with Cox
--Panasonic Demoing 3D, tru2way, New RUI
Due to the volume of news generated by the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week, [itvt] is covering a number of stories in this issue in round-up/summary form: BigBand Networks has announced IP video integrations with Entone , Orca Interactive , Verimatrix and Western Mediabridge . Boxee has announced the selection of Vindicia as the payments platform provider for its plans to offer premium content on its platform. "Vindicia's CashBox solution will enable...

New Video Interview with Bob Perry, SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

[itvt] has just published a video interview in which Bob Perry , SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company , provides an overview of Panasonic's connected TV and 3D TV product strategy. Topics discussed include Panasonic's product priorities; third-party service offerings that are set to launch on Viera Cast over the coming year; what applications might look like that integrate both 3D and connected TV; and more. Perry also explains why he is interested in reaching...

News Round-Up

--BBC Future Media & Technology Undergoes Reorg
--BBC Develops "Mythology Engine" to Represent Dramas on the Web
--Dailymotion Launches New Video Player
--Panasonic Decides against Using Google Android in Connected TV's
--YouTube Launches Video Page Redesign
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC's Future Media & Technology division is being reorganized by its director, Erik Huggers. Paid Content UK has obtained an email from Huggers to the division's staff, that describes the various organizational changes that are being made to the division, including the creation of a new "director of digital media" role, and the appointment...

News Round-Up

--Boxee in Content Partnerships with TV.com, Blip.TV and Others, Launches "Bookmarklets"
--Comcast's Roberts: EBIF in 13 Million STB's, Cox: tru2way Enabled in 100% of Headends
--DISH Taps NeuLion to Deliver its International Channels OTT
--Dreamer's Blu-TV Interactive TV Service Deployed on OPPO's BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player
--Microsoft's Ballmer: U-verse TV to Be Available on Xbox 360 Later This Year
--Netflix in OTT Partnerships with Funai, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba
--Oregan Networks Launches "Onyx Widgetry" App Store
--Sling Media Announces Support for Adobe Flash
--Sonic Solutions in Roxio CinemaNow Partnerships with Nvidia, Toshiba, Lenovo
--Static2358/PlayJam Announces
Due to the volume of news generated by last week's Consumer Electronics Show, and because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show ( March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Boxee has announced 1) the general release of Boxee Beta, as well as new content partnerships with/applications from TV.com, Blip.tv, IGN and the upcoming movie, "The Wolfman";...

News Round-Up I: Connected TV

--DivX Launches DivX TV: Will Be Deployed by LG Electronics
--Home Jinni Launches Social Entertainment Platform/Media Center for Android-Based HDTV's/BDP's
--LG Electronics Expands its Netcast Entertainment Access Service
--Panasonic Adds Fox Sports, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype to Viera Cast
--Samsung Launches App Store, Napster Launches TV Widget on Samsung's Internet@TV
--Sony Launches 3D-Enabled Bravia Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--Toshiba Launches Broadband-Connected CELL TV, Featuring 2D-to-3D Conversion and More
--Trinity Convergence Working with Skype to Embed Skype Video Calling in Connected TV's
--Vizio Launches New Connected HDTV's, Expands its Vizio Internet Apps Service
A number of pieces of connected TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief--and by no means exhaustive--round-up (note: also see " Vudu Unveils Vudu Apps OTT Service ," " ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface ," and " Showtime Networks, Betfair Launch Interactive TV Widgets "): DivX has announced DivX TV, which it bills as a "comprehensive embedded Internet TV platform that provides access to a...

News Round-Up II: Miscellaneous

--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , has announced the establishment of an advisory board. According to the company, "media industry leaders Chris Bowick, William Markey and Vin Bisceglia will serve on the board to provide third-party counsel on Concurrent’s cross-platform strategy and execution." DirecTV has announced plans to launch three 3D TV channels in...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names David Mendels President and COO
--Clip in Touch Tapped by BMW for Personalized Mobile Video Ad Campaign
--Consumer Advocacy Groups Call for Probe of "TV Everywhere," NCTA's McSlarrow Responds
--DECE Announces "Key Milestones," Adds 21 Members
--ProVision Launches Multi-Room Wireless HDTV System
--Skype to Be Integrated into HDTV's from LG Electronics, Panasonic
--Tivit Device to Bring Mobile DTV to WiFi-Enabled Devices
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has named David Mendels president and COO, tasking him with driving its "global expansion strategy and operations." Mendels, who has been a member of Brightcove's board since late 2008, was most recently at Adobe where, according to Brightcove, "he was instrumental in accelerating the adoption of key platform technologies, including...

Panasonic to Begin Selling tru2way HDTV's in Boston, Seeks FCC Waiver for tru2way Set-Back Box

In an ex parte letter, filed with the FCC December 2nd, Panasonic Corporation of North America revealed that it will shortly be offering integrated tru2way HDTV sets in Boston (note: it already offers them in Chicago, Denver and Atlanta), and outlined its plans to launch a retail tru2way "set-back box" (SBB) that would "take advantage of the continuing nationwide roll-out by major cable operators of tru2way capability in their systems" and would "convert Panasonic HDTV's...

Amazon Video On Demand Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled Blu-ray Disc Players

--Service Launched on Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's in April
Panasonic announced Tuesday that Amazon Video On Demand is now available on its full line of 2009 Viera Cast-enabled Blu-ray disc players (note: the Viera Cast over-the-top platform, which has a built-in Ethernet interface, is accessed by pressing a special button on the remote control and entails no usage fees; it also offers access to YouTube, Picasa Web Albums, Bloomberg News and weather information). The company--which launched Amazon VOD on its Viera Cast-enabled plasma HDTV's...

Amazon Video On Demand Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's

Consumer electronics giant, Panasonic, announced Wednesday that Amazon.com's online Amazon Video On Demand service can now be accessed through Panasonic HDTV sets equipped with the company's Viera Cast over-the-top platform (note: the Viera Cast platform, which has a built-in Ethernet interface, is accessed by pressing a special button on the remote control and entails no usage fees). According to the company, its Viera Cast-enabled HDTV sets now allow viewers to choose from over 40,000 Amazon...

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