News Round-Up (VI): Sony, Google TV, Strategy & Technology, Widevine

--Sony Demo's Google TV Device at IFA
--S&T to Launch HbbTV Version of TSBroadcaster, Player App for MHEG IC and CI+ Markets
--Widevine Allowed Patent on Transcoding Broadcast Content for Internet Delivery
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see...

News Round-Up (IV): Icareus (HbbTV), ITV, LOVEFiLM, MGM

--Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Launches Object Carousel and Lab Solution for HbbTV
--ITV Live to Enable Two-Screen Interactive TV for "The X Factor"
--LOVEFiLM in Streaming Video Deal with MGM
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , has announced two new HbbTV-compliant products: Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV, which the company bills as a professional DSM-CC object carousel for managing and delivering interactive TV applications in commercial broadcast networks; and Icareus Playout PC100 for...

French Interactive TV Technology Company, HTTV, Launches DSM-CC Object Carousel for HbbTV

French interactive TV technology and services provider, HTTV , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched a new DSM-CC Object Carousel solution, called PrimeStream HbbTV. As its name suggests, the new solution is designed for the HbbTV standard, which was recently approved by European standards agency, ETSI (see the article published on, July 5th). HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched in August, 2009 and...

Softel's MediaSphere Powering Showtime's New HD EBIF Interactive TV Application

Softel , a UK-based company that claims to have over 25 years of experience in providing ancillary data solutions--including solutions for interactive TV, opt cuing/ad insertion, subtitling and captioning--to leading broadcasters and service providers across the world, said Tuesday that Showtime Networks is using the Softel MediaSphere ITV playout platform to power its new HD EBIF application. The app, which launched February 26th on Verizon FiOS TV, and which is offered in association with Showtime's...

Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Trumpets "Strong Sales" for 2009

Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , contacted [itvt] Tuesday with an update on its trading activities for 2009. In spite of the ongoing recession, the company claims to have ended the year with "positive feelings": "Despite the world economy being as cold as the winter in Finland, we at Icareus are quite satisfied with the year 2009--both our turnover and results improved and we have been able to build new promising customer relationships," Icareus managing...

BBC Issues Tender for Interactive Services Management

The BBC recently issued a tender for a five-year (with a two-year optional extension) contract for interactive services management. The
contract, which is worth up to £25 million, covers such areas as
interactive TV playout, systems management, online publishing and
monitoring of service levels. The BBC is seeking a single company to
fulfill all the areas described in the contract. The services covered by