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Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): LG Electronics, MGt, Microsoft

--LG Electronics Launches New Range of Connected-TV Products
--MGt Launches PayWizard Micropayment Solution for STB's, Connected TV's, Mobiles and PC's
--Ballmer: Microsoft to Offer Kinect-Controlled Netflix, Hulu Plus on Xbox Live
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: 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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Miniweb, Digital Telemedia, mSpot, Google TV, NBC

--Miniweb in Connected-TV Partnership with Chinese STB Company, Digital Telemedia
--mSpot Launches Cloud-Based Music and Movies Services on Google TV
--NBC to Offer Sneak Preview of New Series on the Apple iPad
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: 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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Samsung, SeaChange, Technicolor, Skype, Sony, Vizio

--Samsung Announces App Contest Winners, Launches Smart TV SDK
--SeaChange to Integrate its VividLogic tru2way Software Stack onto Technicolor's Next-Gen STB's
--Skype to Be Available on Sony and Vizio Connected TV's
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: 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...

Latens, Indieon Partner on Set-Top Box, Middleware and Security Solution for Satellite-TV Operators

Latens , a Belfast-based company that specializes in DVB-compliant conditional access and middleware technologies, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has partnered with Indian set-top box and middleware company, Indieon Technologies , to develop what the companies are billing as a secure, cardless, one-way broadcasting solution for DTH operators globally. The solution has been deployed by Nepal's Dish TV, the companies say. "The combination of Indieon's STB range and Latens' software CAS,...

Oregan Networks to Launch High-Definition OTT Set-Top box, Based on its Onyx Media Browser

Oregan Networks , a London-based provider of media browser solutions for CE and IPTV devices, has announced the imminent launch of an HD OTT set-top box, based on its Onyx media browser. According to the company, the new box, which is dubbed the DPS 1000 and which is being manufactured by Korean consumer electronics brand, Digital Streams, will be available in retail in the UK and will provide access to a range of Internet-delivered video...

News Round-Up (VI): Mirada, Ericsson, Nagravision (OpenTV), EchoStar Europe, NDS

--Mirada to Integrate Navi EPG with Ericsson's IPTV Middleware
--Nagravision Field-Tests OpenTV nX with Zon TVCabo, Ports OpenTV Middleware to New EchoStar Europe DVR
--NDS News: First Field Trial for Snowflake, Low-Cost DVR-Like STB's, PAKT Deal, Jungo USB Solution for STB's
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by 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 your news covered in this issue,...

Roku Slashes Prices of its OTT Set-Tops, Announces Plans to Support 1080p

OTT specialist, Roku , announced Monday that it has significantly reduced the prices of the three set-top boxes that make up its product line: the Roku SD is now priced at $59.99 (i.e. $20 less than before), while the Roku HD and HD-XR are now priced at $69.99 and $99.99 respectively (i.e. $30 less than before). All three models have integrated WiFi; the HD supports HD streaming via HDMI and component, while the HD-XR has...

News Round-Up (VI): Showtime, Tvinci, PeerTV, Two Way Limited

--Showtime Launches Alternate Reality Game for "Dexter"
--Tvinci Teams with PeerTV to Enable "Pay-OTT" on Set-Top Boxes
--Australian Interactive TV Company, Two Way Limited, Reports "Strongest" Results
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. Showtime Digital Media has announced an alternate reality game (ARG) to promote the season five premiere of its serial killer-themed original series, " Dexter ." The game, which is produced in partnership with Boston-based agency, Modernista!, was originally unveiled at the 2010 San...

Simulmedia to Use TiVo Set-Top Data to Improve Effectiveness of TV Program Promotions

TiVo said last week that Simulmedia , a New York-based marketing company that bills itself as delivering incremental viewership to TV programs through data-driven program promotion, has licensed its second-by-second set-top box data, in order to help TV networks to build audiences for their programs through more effective and targeted use of on-air promotion. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to TiVo, the deal will see Simulmedia using anonymous...

BackChannelMedia, TelVue Demo End-to-End System for Interactive TV Infomercials

--Summer Conference Demo Leverages FourthWall EBIF User Agents, BigBand BMR, Cisco STB's
BackChannelMedia --a company that offers a technology called Clickable TV, which allows viewers to forward or "bookmark" information from their TV to a personal Web portal or to their email account (note: the company says that the technology will be deployed by Knology Communications next month, and that it has reached deployment agreements with around 80 local TV stations--for more on Clickable TV, see the article published on itvt.com, December 9th)--said Tuesday that it has...

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