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News Round-Up (VIII): Softel, Sonic-Boxee-Sears, theChanner, thePlatform, TiVo-FrameChannel

--Softel Announces IBC 2010 Line-Up
--Sonic Solutions in OTT Deals with Boxee and Sears
--theChanner Launches iPhone and Android App for Live, Social, Mobile TV
--thePlatform Enables Video Publishing to Broad Range of OTT Services and Devices
--TiVo's New FrameChannel App Brings Customized Web Content to TV
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. 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 your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We...

Softel Deploys Automated Subtitling and Teletext Solution for Hungarian Broadcaster, Origo TV

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 (note: the company recently revealed that it is powering Showtime Networks' new HD EBIF application--see the article published on itvt.com, March 24th), said Tuesday that Hungarian broadcaster, Origo TV , has installed an automated subtitling and Teletext solution,...

News Round-Up (III)

--Cox Unveils Cisco/tru2way-Powered "Plus Package," Featuring Frog-Designed/NDS-Built "Trio" Guide
--DISH Network, Univision Partner on National RFI Interactive TV Advertising Product
--DVB Completes First Live Transmission Using New DVB-C2 Standard
--Ensequence Partners with Softel, S&T, VDS to Offer Single-Source Interactive TV Platform
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Cox Communications has announced a new "TV experience," called the Plus Package, that is based on tru2way-powered Cisco 8642 HD/DVR and 1642 HD receivers. While the new offering features, among other things, whole-home DVR functionality and an expanded line-up of HD channels, what Cox calls its "crown...

News Round-Up

--Major Broadcasters Form Mobile TV Content Joint Venture
--History Channel Using Foursquare to Promote New Show
--Intel Demo's PVR Concept
--ON24 Launches "Social Webcasting" Platform
--Softel Working to Streamline Closed Caption Workflow on Avid Editing Systems
--Interactive Video Specialist, Veeple, Launches "VeepleTV"
--YuMe Announces Support for Microsoft Silverlight
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: 12 major US broadcasters-- Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, EW Scripps, Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media -- have announced plans to form a standalone joint venture to develop a new national mobile content service. According to the broadcasters, the service will use existing...

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...

Softel Launches "vFlex HD" Ancillary VBI, VANC and Graphics Processing Platform

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 (note: for an in-depth overview of Softel and its work in the interactive TV space, see the interview with its CEO, Sam Pemberton , that was published on itvt.com, July 31st), announced Tuesday the launch of vFlex HD,...

Softel Group Divests Aston Broadcast Video Graphics Business to Focus on Interactive TV and Subtitling

The Softel Group announced Monday that it is selling its video graphics systems company, Aston Broadcast , for an undisclosed amount to real-time graphics specialist, Brainstorm Multimedia. According to the company, the sale of Aston Broadcast is the latest in a number of major changes that have been initiated by CEO, Sam Pemberton (who was formerly president and CEO of Softel's Softel-USA arm--which he also founded), since he took the helm of the company back...

New Interviews with Ian Blaine, founder and CEO, of thePlatform, and Sam Pemberton, CEO of Softel

--Plus ActiveVideo Networks' Edgar Villalpando on the Moon Landing Anniversary and Children's ITV
[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Ian Blaine , founder and CEO of Comcast-owned white-label video management and publishing company, thePlatform ; and with Sam Pemberton , CEO of Softel , a company best known to [itvt] readers for its MediaSphere interactive TV playout solutions (it also offers solutions for subtitling and captioning, audio description, ancillary data processing, teletext and more). Blaine discusses his company's business model; new features that it has been...

Companies Announce Plans for IBC

--Accedo Broadband, Softel, Strategy & Technology, SysMedia
A number of interactive TV companies contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about their exhibition plans for the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam (note: if your company is looking to publicize its IBC plans, let us know, and we may include a brief round-up in a semi-regular IBC preview feature): Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based aggregator and distributor of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company,...

[itvt] Radio: Interactive TV Designers on Tools

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Richard Burrell ( bio ), director of media operations at QVC UK ; Dan Gardner ( bio ), founder and lead interaction designer at Code and Theory ; Terry Green ( bio ), senior designer at TVWorks and partner at twenty2product ; Sam Pemberton ( bio ), CEO of the Softel Group ; and Paula Suthern ( bio...

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