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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

--ANT Reports Higher H1 Revenues, Lower Losses
--BBC Outlines iPlayer Design Strategy
--Evolution Digital to Incorporate EBIF into its DTA's
--Harmonic Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
--IMPALA Welcomes BBC's Decision to Open Source its MHEG+ Toolkit
--Netgem Posts Strong H1 Financial Results
--Sony Launches Qriocity OTT VOD Service in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
--Interactive TV Company, Two Way Media, Launches Web Game on Virginmedia.com
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based digital TV client software company, ANT , has released financial results for the first half: revenues totaled £2.1 million, compared to £2.0 million for the year-ago period; and losses from operations totaled £0.5 million, compared to £0.9 million. The BBC has published a detailed account on its BBC Internet blog of the design...

News Round-Up (III): Cisco, ExtendMedia, Concurrent, Hillcrest Labs, LG Electronics, Sony

--Cisco to Acquire "TV Everywhere" Technology Provider, ExtendMedia
--Concurrent Hires Cisco, ANT Veterans to Bolster Multiscreen Strategy
--Hillcrest Labs in Freespace Deals with LG and Sony
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. Cisco Systems appears to be ramping up its presence in the emerging "TV Everywhere" space with the announcement that it will acquire multiscreen video-management software solutions provider, ExtendMedia (whose customers include AT&T, Bell Canada and Cablevision), in order to enable it to "help...

UK Broadcaster, ITV, in Deal to Launch its ITV Player Broadband VOD Service on Sony PlayStation 3

--ITV, TalkbackThames Launch Exclusive "X Factor" Trailers on Facebook
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Sony to make its online catch-up service, the ITV Player, available on Internet-connected PlayStation 3 games consoles by the end of the year (note: Sony on Tuesday also announced similar deals with Germany's Animax, Holland's NOS, Spain's TV3, Finland's YLE and Australia's Seven). According to ITV, the deal--which it bills as the first of its kind with a UK commercial...

News Round-Up

--CBS Interactive Testing Social TV App, "TV.com Relay"
--DirecTV, Google in Ad Sales Partnership
--UK Broadcaster, Five, in Deal to Embed its Broadband VOD Player in Facebook
--iN Demand Renews VOD Deal with SES World Skies
--Panasonic Taps Netgear to Provide Wireless Connectivity for its Viera Connected TV's
--Sony in Bravia OTT Deal with Germany's sevenload
--Transpond Acquired by Webtrends
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CBS Interactive is beta-testing a social TV application, called TV.com Relay, according to an article by Andrew Wallenstein in the Hollywood reporter. Among other things, the app features Foursquare-style user check-in functionality and badge rewards (note: users will be able to check-in to and receive rewards for viewing other programming in addition to CBS offerings), as well as chat and...

News Round-Up (VI): Samsung-Facebook-Google Maps, Sonic-RealD-DTS, Sony-Eurosport

--Facebook and Google Maps Applications Launched in Samsung Apps Store
--Sonic Solutions in 3D Partnership with RealD, Audio Partnership with DTS
--Sony in Connected TV Partnership with Eurosport
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Samsung Electronics America has announced the availability of Facebook and Google Maps interactive TV applications in its Samsung Apps store. The apps can be downloaded for use in...

HBO Programming Now Available on Sony PlayStation3 and PlayStation Portable

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) said Tuesday that programming from premium cable network, HBO , is now available for purchase (for between $0.99 and $2.99 per episode) in the US on its PlayStation3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) consoles via its PlayStation Network video delivery service. The Sony consoles are the first such devices to offer HBO's programming.

The HBO programming, which will be available to PS3 and PSP owners at the...

Google Launches Google TV

--Partners Include Sony, Logitech, DISH, Intel, Adobe, Best Buy, Jinni, Rovi
As expected ( see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th ), Google unveiled a connected TV platform at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco last week. Dubbed simply " Google TV " and billed as "an open platform that adds the power of the Web to the television viewing experience," the new platform will, Google says, allow consumers to "search and watch an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources...

OTT Specialist, Roku, in Multi-Year Deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

--Two New Subscription-Based Channels--Kung Fu Theater and Cowboy Classics--also Launch on Roku
--Sony Teams with FIFA to Stream World Cup Programming on Bravia Connected TV Devices in Europe
--Playcast's Games-On-Demand System Now Supports HD
--Netflix Now Supporting Instant Streaming of HD Titles to PC's and Macs
OTT specialist, Roku , and pay-per-view event provider, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , announced a multi-year deal, late Sunday, that will see all major UFC events featured on Roku, starting with the May 29th UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans PPV event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans," UFC president, Dana White, said in a prepared...

News Round-Up

--Cooliris Updates Cooliris Express and its Embeddable Cooliris Wall
--FCC Moves Closer to Network-Agnostic Gateways
--UK Broadcaster ITN Launches Fashion-Themed iPhone App
--Simulmedia Raises $8 Million in Series B Funding
--Sony to Offer MLB.TV on PlayStation3
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Visual navigation specialist, Cooliris , has announced various updates for its Cooliris Express tool and the embeddable Cooliris Wall. The FCC on Wednesday voted in favor of items that could move the pay-TV industry towards a new breed of network-agnostic gateway adapters in the long term, while addressing some of the problems with CableCARD in...

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