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Introducing a New [itvt] Column, "Sound Off!"

[itvt] has just published the first in a new series of columns from Rick Howe , author of our popular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! "

Entitled " Sound Off! " and sponsored by ActiveVideo Networks , the new column series will, Howe ("The iTV Doctor") promises, "skewer some of the sacred cows of our business, with industry notables taking positions on either side of the arguments."

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IMPALA Hails Success of UK's MHEG-Based Free-to-Air Satellite TV Platform, Freesat

--Platform Provides Access to BBC iPlayer via MHEG Interaction Channel
--Sagemcom Says its Freesat STB's Now Support iPlayer Access
The International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA) , an organization that was set up in 2006 by Strategy & Technology, Cabot Communications and EchoStar Europe to promote use of the MHEG middleware standard beyond the UK, has issued a public statement hailing the success of the UK's free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat , which has just announced that it has passed the one million customer mark.

Freesat, a joint venture between the BBC...

Miniweb in Deal to Integrate its Connected TV Platform with Eurosat's New Freeview HD Set-Tops

Miniweb , a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Eurosat , an EU-wide distributor of terrestrial and satellite TV products, to integrated its flagship Connected TV Services Platform and its broadband content guide with Eurosat's new Manhattan range of set-top boxes, which are designed for use with Freeview HD, the new HDTV service from the...

Pace Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Set-Top Box Platform

--Orca, Viaccess Powering White-Label IPTV Platform
--ITU Announces First IPTV Interop Event
UK-based set-top box company, Pace , on Wednesday launched a new set-top platform that uses Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV software. According to the company, its engineering team developed the customizable platform in order to enable operators to quickly and easily roll out IPTV, hybrid broadcast/broadband and OTT services.

Pace--which claims to have developed custom IP technologies for major pay-TV operators around the world, including Canal+ in France and Viasat in Scandinavia and the...

ViaCLIX Unveils Set-Top Platform for Integrating Broadcast TV with Internet Content

--Platform Allows Clickable Text and Graphics to Be Added to Broadcast Video
At the DEMO 2010 conference in Palm Desert, Calif. this week, a Los Gatos, Calif.-based company called ViaCLIX unveiled a patented platform for integrating broadcast TV with Internet content. According to the company, the platform, which consists of set-top box and a remote control, allows consumers to "simultaneously watch a favorite TV show (broadcast or Internet), videoconference with friends and family, and surf the Web" and "provides content providers and carriers with direct access to...

IP Vision Unveils New Netgem Freeview+ Hybrid HD STB, New Interface for its FetchTV Service

IP Vision --a company which is backed by French set-top box vendor, Netgem , and which offers a hybrid service that combines reception of linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with OTT access to pay-per-view and subscription-based online VOD services, as well as to free, online programming catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is teaming with Netgem to showcase at the IPTV...

News Round-Up

--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic
--Justin.tv Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for Rowdy.com
Here is a round-up of some of other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB has announced that Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is deploying its set-top boxes to support a new IPTV service. Amino Communications has announced that it has secured a contract to deliver HD set-top boxes to Mahaska Communication Group , a triple-play provider serving the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The company says...

Opera, Ocean Blue Team on HbbTV Solution for Connected TV's and Set-Top Boxes

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , and Bristol, UK-based digital TV software provider, Ocean Blue Software , on Monday announced what they are billing as a modular, scalable and integrated HbbTV solution for connected TV's and set-top boxes. (Note: HbbTV--short for "Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television"--is a pan-European initiative that was launched last August and that describes its goal as "harmonizing the broadcast and broadband delivery of news, information and entertainment to the end consumer...

Pace Unveils Set-Top Solution for Making PC Games Available on HDTV Sets

--Solution Developed as Part of EU-Funded Games@Large Project
UK-based set-top box company, Pace , has unveiled an HD set-top box that is designed to make games developed for the PC accessible in the living room. According to the company, the device, which was developed under the auspices of the European Union-funded Games@Large project (of which Pace is a consortium member), allows high-quality PC games to be played on the TV, using a combination of game servers and streaming technology. It is being demo'd...

Exclusive: TAG Interactive TV Games Channel Tops Major Linear Channels in Daily Viewing Averages

--TNS STB Data Show Channel Retains Viewers for Longer than Disney, CNN, Nickelodeon and Others
TAG Networks --an interactive TV games company that has developed a games-on-demand channel, called TAG, which it says integrates with existing VOD infrastructures (note: the company has a history of working closely with ActiveVideo Networks and is involved in the latter's deployments with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision)--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that new TNS data , measuring daily time spent viewing per set-top box, show that the TAG channel topped 43 linear...

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