New Module for Volicon's Observer RPM Enables Post-STB Quality-Testing of Interactive TV Services

Video monitoring technology provider, Volicon , has launched an Interactive Services Module (ISM) for the Observer RPM (Remote Program Manager), its post set-top box video service assurance solution for cable, IPTV, mobile and satellite service providers. According to the company, the new ISM extends the Observer RPM with capabilities that allow operators to test the quality of their on-demand and interactive TV content and advertising alongside their linear TV offerings. "As interactive television offerings become...

News Round-Up

--Apple Said to Be Pitching Subscription-Based OTT Service to Programmers
--Cisco Acquires Set-Top Box Business of China's DVN
--DISH Asks Appeals Court to Let It Offer DVR Service
--iN Demand: November to Be a Record Month for Day-&-Date VOD Movies
--Interactive "World of Warcraft" Machinima Uses YouTube Annotations
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report by All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, "multiple sources" are telling him that Apple is "trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software." The service would be an extension of Apple's iTunes software and store, Kafka writes. However, while "Apple has told industry...

[itvt] Presents...The TV of Tomorrow Show 2010

InteractiveTV Today [itvt] , the first, best and most widely read news source on interactive and multiplatform television, is pleased to present the fourth annual TV of Tomorrow Show , March 3rd-4th (Wednesday-Thursday), 2010 in San Francisco, California at the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The first three TV of Tomorrow Shows were praised by sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees not only as true experts' conferences that attracted a veritable "who's who" of...

ExtendMedia Powers "TV Everywhere"-Type Service for Bell TV and Astral Media

--TMN Online Lets Subscribers to The Movie Network Access Programming from any Computer
Multiscreen video-management software solutions provider, ExtendMedia , said Tuesday that its OpenCASE platform is now powering a "TV Everywhere"-type service for Canadian pay-TV operator, Bell TV . According to the company, the service, dubbed TMN Online and available through the Bell TV Online portal (, links authentication and access to the subscriber rather than to the home Internet connection, thus allowing Bell TV customers who subscribe to Astral Media's premium programming channel, The Movie Network,...

Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Deal with Freeview Australia

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on, July 16th ) said Wednesday that Freeview Australia has signed a multi-year cooperation agreement for Rovi-held EPG patents. Freeview Australia--which, as its name suggests, is similar in concept to the Freeview services that have been launched in the UK and New Zealand--is co-owned by Australian free-to-air broadcasters,...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond: From 6:00AM to 7:00PM, October 11th-16th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access a video-enabled quiz based on the CBeebies mathematics-themed show, " Numberjacks ." The quiz presents viewers with 10 clips, each of which is followed by a question that they can answer by pressing...

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...

Comcast Offering Special VOD Line-Up to Mark Hispanic Heritage Month

--Gravitas to Launch Horror Movie VOD Service on DISH, Charter, AT&T U-verse TV, Verizon FiOS TV
Comcast announced Monday that it is offering a special VOD programming line-up to mark Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15th-October 15th). The programming, available in English and Spanish and located in dedicated folders inside the "Top Picks" category of Comcast's VOD menu, includes HBO PPV Boxing's coverage of the September 19th Mayweather vs. Marquez bout; CineLatino movies such as "Kilometro 31" and "Mexico Mexico ra ra ra"; Univision shows such as "Cristina" and "Viva el Sueno";...

Electra Entertainment to Launch "Channel Zero" Interactive TV Service for Freeview This Fall

--Says It Is In "Detailed Discussions" to Deploy its Trove Technology on Freeview Set-Top Boxes
Electra Entertainment --a company that was founded in early 2003 by Static 2358 founder, Jasper Smith, and former Gemstar-TV Guide CTO, Jonathan Drazin (note: Smith serves as its CEO and Drazin as its CTO; its chairman is former BT and BSkyB director, John Swingewood)--announced Wednesday that, this fall, it will launch an interactive TV service that will complement the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview. The service, which will be marketed under the brand Channel...

News Round-Up

--Netgear Unveils Over-the-Top Set-Top Box
--BBC Launches New PlayStation3 iPlayer
--New Look to Launch Weekly Interactive TV Show on YouTube
--Broadcom Integrates BCM7405 SoC with Microsoft Mediaroom
--Entone Integrates IP Video Gateways and Media Hubs with Agama's IPTV Monitoring Solution
--Interactivation (Mag Rack) in VOD Deal with Meredith
--TV Genius, Mirifice Team on Remote Record Solution
--WebTView's Internet Video Search Technology Integrated onto Pirelli IPTV Set-Top Boxes
--New "Zooming" Interfaces for Augmented Reality on Smartphones
--EchoStar Europe to Launch "SlingLoaded" DVR at IBC
--Open IPTV Forum Publishes Architecture Specification for Release 2 of the OIPF
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time restraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Netgear has announced an over-the-top set-top box, called the Digital Entertainer Live EVA 2000. Priced at $149.99,...