DirecTV Taps Entropic to Power New Set-Tops with Multiroom Viewing Capabilities

--Set-Tops Slated to Ship Later this Quarter
Fabless semiconductor company, Entropic Communications , announced Monday that its silicon has been selected by DirecTV for integration into a new line of set-top boxes that will offer new coax-based networking capabilities, including multi-room viewing. The new, HD "H-24 DVR" boxes (of which client and server versions will be offered) are currently in production, the company says, and will be in DirecTV customer homes starting later this quarter.

Entropic says that by...

Zodiac PowerUp 2.5 Enables Interaction between Cable Set-Tops and Mobile and Internet Devices

Interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive (note: the company's EBIF user agent is being deployed by MSO Cablevision-- see the article published on, November 5th ), on Monday unveiled the latest version (2.5) of its PowerUp ITV framework , a cross-platform software that the company bills as unifying and enabling advanced interactive TV applications across multiple set-tops, including legacy boxes.

According to the company, PowerUp 2.5--which it says is available as...

BT Launches New "Energy-Efficient" Hybrid DTT/IP Set-Top Box for its BT Vision Service

UK incumbent telco, BT , has launched a new set-top box for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid IP/DTT service, BT Vision . According to BT, the new Vision+ box--which connects to users' existing TV antennas in order to allow reception of linear TV from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial service, Freeview, and connects to BT broadband lines via BT's Home Hub wireless router, in order to provide access to on-demand and interactive content and services--comes in...

Syabas Launches $129 "Popbox" OTT Device

--Unveils Extensive Line-Up of Content and Application Partners
Syabas , a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software (note: for more on the company's Popcorn Hour A-110 and C-200 OTT set-top boxes, see the article published on, December 16th ), today announced the launch of an open-platform OTT set-top box, dubbed the Popbox , which it says will stream music, movies, photos, games, social media updates and other content to HDTV's and will retail for $129. According to...

FreedTV Launches Interactive TV Application for Social Viewing

--Claims the App Can Run on EBIF-, tru2way- or WebKit-Enabled Set-Top Boxes
Boulder, Colorado-based start-up, FreedTV , on Wednesday launched what it bills as "the first cross-platform social media television application supporting real-time connectivity to mainstream television set-top boxes." In association with its existing Facebook WIWA (stands for "What I'm Watching") and iPhone applications, the company says, the new FreedTV Video Service Provider (VSP) app "combines the compelling content of broadcast and cable television with the peer-to-peer communication of social networking to create a new standard in...

Syabas Incorporates FrameChannel Interactive TV Widget Service into its OTT Devices

--Thomson Launches Satellite Set-Top Box with OTT Capabilities
Syabas , a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software, said Tuesday that it has signed a deal with Thinking Screen Media (formerly known as Frame Media) to offer the latter's FrameChannel content widgets on its Popcorn Hour A-110 and C-200 OTT set-top boxes and on its new DAVID platform, a "working prototype" of which it plans to unveil at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next month.

ADB Trumpets tru2way Demo at Recent CableLabs Interop Event

Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) , announced today that it has demonstrated live that it can "deliver the promise of tru2way for cable system operators and consumers." According to the company, at a recent CableLabs Interop event it showed how its ADB-4820C HD set-top box can seamlessly support the full functionality of both Cisco and Motorola tru2way headends and CableCARDs: the box was first connected to a Cisco headend using a Cisco...

News Round-Up

--BBC Develops MOLE for Live Red-Button Events
--Informational Web Site Launched for Project Canvas
--FCC Seeks Info on How STB's Might Encourage Viewing of Broadband Video
--UK Broadcaster Five in Deal to Offer Full-Length Programs on YouTube
--SAMBA Project Uses Interactive TV to Deliver Interactive Communications to Remote Communities
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In a posting on the BBC's Press Red blog, Chris Tangye, assistant development producer for BBC Red Button, discusses MOLE, a new tool that the BBC Red Button team has developed in order to facilitate the production of live, red-button events. Project Canvas --the joint initiative between the BBC, UK commercial terrestrial broadcasters ITV and Five, and...

News Round-Up

--Bebo Freezes Commissioning of Original Web TV Programming
--BT Vision Gained Only 3,000 Net New Subs in Most Recent Quarter
--Banse: Comcast On Demand Online to Launch Before Chanukkah
--EchoStar Developing IPTV App Store
--Espial in IPTV Deal with Tele2 Netherlands, Four VOD Deals with US Telcos
--Motorola Said to Be Set to Purchase BitBand, Looking to Sell Set-Top Business
--MTV Networks to Use Sky's Green Button Interactive TV Advertising Service
--YouTube to Support 1080p HD Video
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Social networking company, Bebo, has frozen its commissioning of original Web programming, as part of across-the-board cutbacks by its corporate parent, AOL. Notable original Web programs that have been offered by the company over the years include "KateModern," "Sofia's Diary" and "The Gap Year." BT revealed last week that its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision,...

News Round-Up

--Apple Said to Be Pitching Subscription-Based OTT Service to Programmers
--Cisco Acquires Set-Top Box Business of China's DVN
--DISH Asks Appeals Court to Let It Offer DVR Service
--iN Demand: November to Be a Record Month for Day-&-Date VOD Movies
--Interactive "World of Warcraft" Machinima Uses YouTube Annotations
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report by All Things Digital's Peter Kafka, "multiple sources" are telling him that Apple is "trying to round up support for a monthly subscription service that would deliver TV programs via its multimedia software." The service would be an extension of Apple's iTunes software and store, Kafka writes. However, while "Apple has told industry...