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Cedar Point Holds First North American Public Demo of its Visual Communications Applications

--Apps Work with EBIF, tru2way and IPTV to Deliver Communications Services to STB's, Connected TV's, Other Devices
--CableLabs Innovation Showcase Technologies Focus on Connectivity between Cable Infrastructure and IP Devices
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, said Monday that it is holding the first North American public demonstration of its new SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite of applications at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado this week.

According to the company, which recently announced that it had joined itaas's istart application developer program, the applications are designed to optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities. The...

Widevine to Protect Content on EchoStar STB's Equipped with Sling Media's TV Placeshifting Technology

Content protection and video optimization specialist, Widevine , said Tuesday that EchoStar's EchoStar Technologies and Sling Media subsidiaries have selected its DRM solution for the protection of content delivered by EchoStar's SlingLoaded set-top boxes (i.e. set-tops equipped with Sling Media's TV placeshifting technology, which allows users to watch and control their home TV remotely via desktop PC, Mac, laptop and a range of smartphones). Earlier this year (see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th),...

News Round-Up (II): Bravo, Groupon, CableLabs (tru2way), Citrus Suite, Project Canvas

--Bravo Launches Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV App for iPad, Partners with Groupon
--CableLabs Interop Demo's Sharing of DVR Content Between tru2way STB's and DLNA-Certified Devices
--Citrus Suite Tapped to Develop Interactive TV Application for Project Canvas
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 few 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 apologize...

News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo Networks, AFDESI, AFI, Alticast-Cisco, Amino

--ActiveVideo Demo's "Friends Mozaic" Social TV Application
--AFDESI Announces Nominees for its Eighth Annual Interactive TV Awards
--AFI's Nick DeMartino Retires
--Alticast Plans IPO, Ports its tru2way Middleware onto Cisco Set-Top Boxes
--Amino Sells its 3 Millionth Set-Top Box
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...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Sky to Abandon Red-Button in Favor of Green-Button Interactive TV Advertising
--STB Company, TechnoTrend Goerler, Licenses ANT Galio HbbTV Platform
--TiVo Announces Availability of Wireless N Network Adapter
--Tremor Media Raises $40 Million
--Interactive, Cross-Platform Reality Format, "uMan," Sold into Portuguese-Speaking Markets

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. Sky says that it will abandon red-button interactive TV advertising, as a result of diminishing demand from advertisers. It plans to focus its...

News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Verizon revealed via Twitter Sunday that it has launched a FiOS Labs site , which it says will allow interested parties to "take a look backstage at some ideas we're working on, along with some of our most recently launched features." Projects listed on the site include an initiative with iheartradio to bring the latter's...

BSkyB's Sky Player Broadband TV Service to Launch on New Freeview HD Set-Tops from Humax

UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB , said Wednesday that its Sky Player broadband video service will be available on Humax's new range of high-definition hybrid DTT/IP set-top boxes for the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview (note: Humax is the UK's largest provider of Freeview set-tops). Those boxes include the Humax HD-FOX T2, which launched in February and which Humax claims is the UK's first Freeview HD box (note: the box also allows users to access...

News Round-Up

--AETN International Secures Multiple Licensing Deals for Short-Form Content
--Boxee Seeking a Lead iPad and iPhone App Developer
--Dilithium Announces Support for Live and On-Demand Video Streaming to iPad
--Witness List Revealed for House Communications Subcommittee Hearing on STB's
--Location-Based iPhone App Accepted as an Official Entry at Boston International Film Festival
--metaio Says Over 200 Developers Have Now Registered for its junaio AR Platform
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: AETN International has announced that it has secured multiple licensing deals for its short-form content. The deals will see the content available on-demand through a range of broadband and mobile platforms. Over-the-top TV specialist, Boxee , tweeted Wednesday that it is looking to hire a lead iPad and iPhone app developer . "We consider 'other...

News Round-Up

--Germany's 7P Developing Interactive TV Widgets for Yahoo! Widget Engine
--Accenture Launches OTT TV Solution
--Amino in IPTV Set-Top Deal with CDE Lightband
--Brightcove Releases Version 4.1 of its Platform
--bwin Launches Social TV System
--Edgeware Appoints New CMO, EVP of Sales
--Fox Networks Names Julie Simon SVP of Advanced Services
--New IneoQuest Social TV Service Will Also Gather Feedback on Pay-TV QoS
--iStreamPlanet Integrates Silverlight Rough Cut Editor into its Video Workflow Automation Platform
--China's JENA to Integrate Qtv's Internet Media Player into its Connected TV's, STB's
--Netflix on Wii Now Available to All US Consumers
--Nordija Partners with
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cologne-based Seven Principles (7P) has announced that it is developing interactive TV widgets as a development partner of Yahoo! Connected TV . The company says that it will launch a phone book widget later this quarter, which it says "allows a search by name and place as well as a reverse search using the phone...

Microsoft Partnering with Intel and Broadcom to Bring Silverlight to Connected TV's, Set-Top Boxes

--Unveils IIS Media Services 4 and Silverlight Media Framework 2.0
--Ooyala and Kaltura to Incorporate Silverlight and IIS Media Services into their Platforms
Microsoft announced last week that it is working with system-on-a-chip (SoC) partners, Intel and Broadcom , to deliver support for reference designs that it says will provide the complete Silverlight platform to set-top boxes, connected TV's, Blu-ray Disc players and other connected consumer electronics devices (note: rival Adobe announced a similar initiative to bring its Flash platform to CE devices at last year's NAB show-- see the article published on itvt.com, April 21st, 2009 )...

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