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News Round-Up

--Netgear Unveils Over-the-Top Set-Top Box
--BBC Launches New PlayStation3 iPlayer
--New Look to Launch Weekly Interactive TV Show on YouTube
--Broadcom Integrates BCM7405 SoC with Microsoft Mediaroom
--Entone Integrates IP Video Gateways and Media Hubs with Agama's IPTV Monitoring Solution
--Interactivation (Mag Rack) in VOD Deal with Meredith
--TV Genius, Mirifice Team on Remote Record Solution
--WebTView's Internet Video Search Technology Integrated onto Pirelli IPTV Set-Top Boxes
--New "Zooming" Interfaces for Augmented Reality on Smartphones
--EchoStar Europe to Launch "SlingLoaded" DVR at IBC
--Open IPTV Forum Publishes Architecture Specification for Release 2 of the OIPF
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: Netgear has announced an over-the-top set-top box, called the Digital Entertainer Live EVA 2000. Priced at $149.99,...

Broadcom Integrates S&T's MHEG Technology into Set-Top and Integrated Digital TV Platforms

Strategy & Technology --a UK-based company that specializes in solutions for standards-based interactive TV (its products include the TSBroadcaster and TSPlayer systems, which are used for the creation and transmission of MHP, MHEG, tru2way and ETV applications; and the widely licensed RedKey MHEG engines)--said Wednesday that it has licensed its RedKey 2 MHEG solution to semiconductor company, Broadcom , for the delivery of interactive TV within emerging HD digital terrestrial TV markets worldwide, including the...

Pace to Incorporate Rovi's Connected Platform Solution into Set-Tops for US, Canada, Latin America

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ) announced Monday that UK-based set-top box vendor, Pace, is using the Rovi Connected Platform solution in "next-generation" set-top boxes targeted at cable operators and other service providers in the US, Canada and Latin America. Rovi bills the Connected Platform as designed to help CE...

EchoStar President Cautious on Prospects for Cable Deployment of its tru2way-Based T2200S HD DVR

--In Response to Cable Operators' Concerns, Box Now Allows Limits on Its Placeshifting Capabilities
In a conference call with financial analysts, Monday, following the company's release of its second-quarter results, EchoStar Technologies president, Mark Jackson, provided a fairly cautious-sounding update on the prospects for a cable deployment of the T2200S, a tru2way-based, "Slingloaded" (note: the latter is a term that has been trademarked by EchoStar to designate its non-Sling Media-branded set-top boxes that offer TV place-shifting and other Sling Media capabilities), multi-tuner HD DVR that has been designed specifically...

ADB Group (ADB, Osmosys, Vidiom) Reports Higher Revenues, Earnings for First Half

ADB Group , the parent company of interactive TV software specialists, Vidiom Systems and Osmosys, and set-top vendor, ADB, has released financial results for the first half of 2009: Revenues totaled $183.2 million, up 7.8% from the year-ago period. The company said that the main drivers of growth were strong demand from the cable and satellite industries, primarily in Europe. Gross profit rose to $68.6 million. Gross margin reached 37.4% of revenue. According to the...

TelstraClear Taps Digisoft, Verimatrix to Develop PVR-Enabled Advanced Set-Top Box

TelstraClear , a New Zealand-based subsidiary of Australian telecommunications company, Telstra , that offers triple-play services in Wellington, Christchurch and Kapiti, said Monday that it has tapped Irish IPTV technology provider, Digisoft.tv , and US content protection specialist, Verimatrix, to jointly develop a hybrid HD DVB-C set-top box with PVR capabilities and support for IPTV that it will offer to its cable customers. The box is intended to compete against the TiVo-based platform that rival...

Sherwood Licenses Verismo's OTT Tech to Transform its Audio Receivers into Internet TV Set-Tops

Verismo , a Silicon Valley-based company that offers an over-the-top-TV platform called VuNow (note: the platform has traditionally been offered in conjunction with a small set-top box device called the PoD; however, back in February, Verismo announced the launch of a global OEM initiative targeting consumer OEM's, content aggregators and ISP's--see the article posted on itvt.com, May 8th), said Wednesday that Sherwood , a company best known for its audio receivers, is integrating its platform...

China's Celestial Semiconductors Licenses Strategy & Technology's RedKey 2 MHEG Solution

--Plans to Develop Turnkey Interactive TV-Enabled Solution for Manufacturers of STB's, IDTV's
Strategy & Technology --a UK-based company that specializes in solutions for standards-based interactive TV (its products include the TSBroadcaster and TSPlayer systems, which are used for the creation and transmission of MHP, MHEG, tru2way and ETV applications; and the widely licensed RedKey MHEG engines)--said Tuesday that it has licensed its RedKey 2 MHEG solution to China's Celestial Semiconductors. The companies say they are now working to integrate the RedKey 2 MHEG libraries into Celestial's reference...

Japan's Buffalo Taps Espial to Power New Hybrid Set-Top Box

Espial , the Canadian DTV software company which last year acquired US IPTV and VOD technology provider, Kasenna (note: the deal valued Kasenna, which had raised $90 million in funding since its launch in 2000, at around $6.5 million), will announce today that Japan's Buffalo , Inc. has licensed its Evo Client middleware for its recently launched LT-H90DTV hybrid set-top box, and is also using its support, development and integration services. According to Espial, the...

Viasat Selects Pace Set-Top Box for HD Roll-Out

--Box Features Ethernet Port to Enable Interactive and On-Demand Services
UK set-top box vendor, Pace , said Monday that Viasat , the largest free- and pay-TV operator in Scandinavia and the Baltic states and a longtime Pace customer, has selected its DS830NV set-top box as part of its HD expansion plans. According to Pace, Viasat will begin roll-out of the box--which supports both MPEG-2 and H.264 content delivery--in Scandinavia this month. The box, which will be equipped with NDS's MediaHighway middleware and NDS conditional access...

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