MTS Allstream Launches Canada's First Whole-Home PVR Service

--Motorola Supplies du with IPTV Set-Tops Enabling Whole-Home PVR, Other Advanced Services
Manitoba Telecom Services-subsidiary, MTS Allstream , on Monday announced the launch of what it claims is Canada's first whole-home PVR service. According to the company, the service, which is offered on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, MTS Ultimate TV (available in Portage, La Prairie, Brandon and Winnipeg) for CAN$5:00 a month, allows users to record up to three programs at the same time and play back programs from any connected TV in the home, as...

Amino Develops IPTV Set-Top Box, Based on Intel's New Atom CE4100 Processor

Cambridge, UK-based IPTV set-top box vendor, Amino Communications , said Monday that it has demo'd an IPTV set-top box powered by the new Intel Atom CE4100 processor. Intel bills the CE4100 (formerly codenamed "Sodaville"), which was unveiled at the recent Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco, as the first 45nm-manufactured consumer electronics SoC based on Intel architecture, as supporting Internet and broadcast applications on one chip, and as having the processing power and audio/video components...

Delivery Agent Raises $25 Mil to Extend eCommerce Tech into Set-Top Boxes, Online Video, Mobile

--Will Also Use New Funding to Expand Internationally
Delivery Agent , a company that specializes in developing what it calls "shopping-enabled" entertainment (i.e. ecommerce marketplaces) for entertainment/media companies (note: it claims to have developed such services for over 125 major entertainment properties, including broadcast networks ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX, as well as Discovery Communications, HBO, Showtime, A&E Television Networks, MTV Networks, Univision, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, The Weinstein Company, the Boston Celtics, and the Chicago Bulls), announced last week that it has...

ADB Launches Interactive Digital Terrestrial HDTV Set-Top Box for Italian Retail Market

--i-CAN3810-HD Supports MHP-Based Interactive TV Services via Ethernet Port
Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (note: the company, generally referred to as ADB, is the corporate stablemate of interactive TV software and services specialists, Vidiom Systems and Osmosys), announced last week that it has launched its first high-definition interactive digital terrestrial set-top box for the Italian retail market. According to the company, the i-CAN3810T-HD, as the box is branded, is being distributed in retail outlets throughout Italy by ADB partner ZAP, and will...

France's Numericable to Deploy Nagravision's Interactive TV Widget Platform

--Nagravision Licenses NOCS Security Tech to Intel for Hybrid and IPTV Set-Top Boxes
Kudelski-owned Nagravision announced last week that French cable operator, Numericable , has selected its recently announced (see the article published on, September 13th) widget platform to power its new "Widget TV" service, and that Numericable also plans to deploy its SDV technology next year. According to Nagravision, widgets will allow Numericable's customers to "interact with their TV and build a genuine social network as part of their TV experience." Numericable plans to initially launch...

News Round-Up:

--Arqiva to Name its Kangaroo-Derived VOD Service "SeeSaw"
--BBC Officially Launches Revamped CBeebies Red-Button Interactive TV Service
--BBC Trust Launches Review of Red Button Services, and BBC One, Two and Four
--Brightline Interactive TV Advertising Campaigns Win Two Awards
--Cox Rolls out ShowRunner VOD Software in Orange County
--Dailymotion in Broadband Video Distribution Partnership with Conduit
--Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award Deadline Extended to October 18th
--Espial Trumpets MediaBase VOD Performance with Intel Solid State Drivers, Xeon 5500 Processors
--Will Flannery, VP of Advanced Services at Fox Cable, Dead at 38
--Hand Eye Technologies Showcases its Interactive
Here is a round-up of other interactive TV-related news stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Arqiva --the broadcast transmission company which recently acquired the platform assets of Project Kangaroo, the VOD platform developed by UKVOD, a joint venture between the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, for a price believed to be in the £8 million range (note: Project Kangaroo was believed to be close to...

News Round-Up:

--Alcatel-Lucent Trumpets Work on Vodafone Portugal's Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service
--Amino IPTV Set-Top Boxes Selected by Tele2 Netherlands
--BBC Switch Revamps its Web Portal
--beActive Launches Multiplatform Thriller, Featuring Social and AR Elements
--Blockbuster in VOD Alliance with Suddenlink and Mediacom
--Epix Launches Initiative to Create Largest Online Movie Catalog
--Five, UEFA, Livestation Launch Europa League iPhone/iPod touch App
--HBO Launches "HBO Imagine" Interactive Video Experience
--Hillcrest Labs Launches New Products for OEM's
--Hulu Launches Social TV Apps for Facebook Users, "Continuous Play" Feature
--Inverto Supporting HbbTV
--IP Vision in Over-the
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time constraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Alcatel-Lucent is trumpeting its role in developing Vodafone Portugal's new Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, Vodafone Casa TV...

Opera Devices SDK 9.7 Technology Integrated into Thomson Set-Top Boxes, Middleware

Browser specialist, Opera Software , said Tuesday that its Opera Devices SDK 9.7 Web technology will be integrated into Thomson set-top boxes, as well as into Thomson's THOMSuite set-top box middleware and its SmartVision service platform software. According to the company, the technology will serve as a rendering component for Thomson's next-generation platforms, enabling new Web-based services to be developed for multiple devices. Opera will be pre-integrated into Thomson set-top boxes for IPTV and hybrid...

Pace Integrates 3D User Interface into Set-Top Box

At the IBC show in Amsterdam, UK-based set-top box manufacturer, Pace , is showcasing a hybrid set-top box with an integrated 3D user interface. According to the company, the box's 3D UI capabilities will enable operators to roll out increased levels of interactivity through a range of graphic enhancements and effects, and will provide end-users with a "content-rich" experience that will enable them to access a mix of cross-platform content more easily. Pace says that...

News Round-Up

--LG Electronics to Offer Vudu OTT Service on Blu-ray Disc Player
--Broadcom in Hybrid STB Partnership with SoftAtHome
--Ericsson to Demo One-Way VOD System at IBC
--Nielsen Explains Plans for Measuring "TV Everywhere"
--Burke: Comcast's On Demand Online to Launch Nationally in 30-60 Days
--TVBLOB Selects Keisense for Interactive TV Text Input
--MobiTV, NBC Sports Team on iPhone App for Notre Dame Football
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time restraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: LG Electronics has announced that the Vudu over-the-top HD video service will be offered on its BD390...