Accedo Broadband Launches Interactive TV Games on Colombian IPTV Platform

--Vodafone Portugal Launches IPTV Service on Xbox 360
--Digisoft to Power IPTV for Russia's PMT
Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company, which was founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs, Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson, offers a range of applications, but is best known for its games)--said last week that it has launched an interactive TV games service on Colombian telco UNE's IPTV platform .

UNE claims that its IPTV platform, which was...

Russian Telco, VimpelCom, Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service

--Service Features VOD, DVR, HDTV
Russian telco, VimpelCom , has rolled out an IPTV service in Moscow powered by the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform. Dubbed Beeline TV ("Beeline" is also the brand used by Vimpelcom for its 800,000-subscriber high-speed Internet service) and billed as Russia's first Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, the new service offers up to 125 linear-TV channels (four of which are available in HD), a VOD service with around 3,000 titles, coverage of major Russian soccer leagues and championships,...

Orca Interactive in IPTV Deals with Russia's BCC, China's Yuxing

Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive (note: earlier this year, the company was acquired by Viaccess--see [itvt] Issue 7.77 Part 1), has partnered with Russian systems integrator, BCC, on a wholesale, customizable IPTV solution for the Russian market. According to the companies, the solution has already been deployed by Russian regional incumbents, North-West Telecom, Siberia Telecom and Southern Telecommunications Company. The new partnership marks Orca's entrance into the Russian wholesale market. The new...

Microsoft Releases Beta Version of its Mediaroom Presentation Framework

--Signs IPTV Deals with Russia's Corbina, Taiwan's Chunghwa Microsoft contacted [itvt] late last month to let us know that it has
released the beta version of its Microsoft Mediaroom Presentation
Framework to nearly 150 companies around the world, including
content providers and application developers, as well as operator
customers such as AT&T and BT. According to the company, the
Presentation Framework beta will allow service providers--either on
their own or with third parties--to quickly and cost-effectively build
and deploy rich-media IPTV services and applications that allow for
the "seamless blending" of a show's broadcast and Web elements.