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Movie Central Interactive Launches on Bell TV

Movie Central , a commercial-free premium programmer owned by Corus Entertainment, has launched Movie Central Interactive (MCi), an interactive guide to its programming schedule that is located on a dedicated channel (313) on the Bell TV pay-TV platform (note: it can also be accessed through Bell TV's iTV Home portal). The guide, which features schedule information for several weeks in advance, lists programming from all Movie Central's multiplex channels, including HBO Canada, by program title...

ADB Launches MHP-Enabled Interactive TV Set-Top Box for Italy's New Tivu Sat Platform

Geneva-based Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) last week announced the launch of an interactive digital satellite set-top box, the i-CAN1110SH, designed for Italy's new Tivu Sat platform. The box--which will be marketed under the i-CAN brand and which is the first ADB satellite product to be deployed in Italy--will be distributed in retail outlets throughout the country by ADB's distribution partner, ZAP. Tivu Sat is a free-to-air satellite TV service which is jointly owned by Italian...

DirecTV to Offer Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of US Open Tennis

--Live, Interactive US Open Coverage also to Be Offered on USOpen.org
US satellite-TV provider, DirecTV , has announced plans to offer extensive interactive TV coverage of the upcoming US Open tennis championship (August 31st-September 7th). The coverage will include five extra live court channels, in addition to the main feeds from ESPN2 and CBS, on DirecTV's multiscreen Mix Channel . All of the coverage will be available in HD, the company says, and viewers will be able to select any of the channel's six miniscreens in...

Satellite TV Operator, Arab Media Corporation, Taps ANT to Power New Hybrid Service

--Service to Offer an EPG, PVR, VOD and More
UK-based digital TV client software provider, ANT (note: the company recently said that it had surpassed 10 million units deployed worldwide-- see the ANT round-up article published on itvt.com, April 13th ), said Tuesday that Arab Media Corporation, a satellite-TV operator and owner of Arab Radio and Television (ART), plans to use its ANT Galio Browser and ANT Galio Core Applications for a new hybrid DTH/IP service that it is about to roll out across...

DISH Ordered to Pay TiVo an Additional $103 Million (Plus Interest) in "Time Warp" Patent Case

--Is Found in Contempt of Court, Must Disable Features on its DVR's
US District Judge David Folsom ruled Tuesday that DISH Network (formerly EchoStar Communications) owes TiVo $103 million (plus interest) in additional damages in the so-called "Time Warp" patent case between the companies, that it must disable certain features on DVR's that it offers its subscribers (according to news agency, Reuters, all but 193,000 of DISH's appro ximately 4 million deployed DVR's will be affected), and that its efforts to find a workaround for technologies that...

[itvt] Presents…The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

DISH Network News:

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--Signs VOD Deals with Gravitas Ventures, Eurocinema
--Offers Multiscreen ITV App for US Elections
--Launches New DVR Products
--Signs Audience Measurement Deal with Rentrak Satellite TV provider, DISH Network, has generated a fair amount of interactive TV-related news over the past few weeks: The company has signed an agreement with Gravitas Ventures, a VOD content distributor that offers around 2,500 hours of feature films (available before or "day-and-date" with DVD releases), documentaries,...

DirecTV Teams with The Weather Channel on New Interactive TV Services

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DirecTV Offers Multiscreen ITV App for US Presidential Election Renews ITV Advertising Deal with Media Storm
Satellite TV provider, DirecTV, has teamed with The Weather Channel (TWC) to launch a package of interactive TV services providing information on local weather conditions. The new services include: An "Alert Ticker" that appears at the bottom of the TV screen and provides information on current weather alerts, as well as a link to a new "Local On Demand" application (see below). A "Local on the 8's" application that allows viewers to see current weather...

DISH Network News:

--Signs VOD Deals with Gravitas Ventures, Eurocinema
--Offers Multiscreen ITV App for US Elections
--Launches New DVR Products
--Signs Audience Measurement Deal with Rentrak Satellite TV provider, DISH Network, has generated a fair amount of interactive TV-related news over the past few weeks:
--The company has signed an agreement with Gravitas Ventures, a VOD content distributor that offers around 2,500 hours of feature films (available before or "day-and-date" with DVD...

[itvt] Radio: The Weather Channel's Tom Pratt Discusses its ITV Offerings

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In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Tom Pratt , VP of programming and product development at The Weather Channel , discusses the channel's interactive TV offerings and strategy. Topics covered include why The Weather Channel views implementing interactive TV as a high priority; the channel's commitment to ETV/EBIF and OCAP/tru2way; its applications on DISH Network and DirecTV; the infrastructure that enables those apps; and...

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