Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Bluestreak Technology, BrightLine, Cisco, Foxconn

--Bluestreak Technology Launches Consulting Practice
--Interactive TV Advertising and Marketing Agency, BrightLine, Receives $30 Million Investment
--Cisco Sells its Juarez, Mexico Set-Top Box Manufacturing Facility to Taiwan's Foxconn
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Video delivery solutions provider, Bluestreak Technology , has launched a TV, video and mobile consulting practice called Bluestreak Creative Labs. "Bluestreak Creative Labs distinguishes itself with a dedicated team of experts skilled in the creative design and intelligent development of cross-platform and over-the-top (OTT) applications optimized for connected televisions, set-top boxes,...

Alticast Launches Icareus's Casual Interactive TV Games in Taiwan

Interactive TV software specialist Alticast 's Alticast Taiwan arm said Tuesday that it has launched ITV casual games from Icareus Studios , the ITV content production arm of Finnish ITV specialist, Icareus, on Taiwanese cable operator KBro's MHP-based platform (note: for more on Alticast's work on the platform, see the article published on itvt.com, October 7th, 2008). KBro--which is controlled by the Carlyle Group--is Taiwan's largest MSO, with 12 cable systems and 1.1 million subscribers--around...

Microsoft Releases Beta Version of its Mediaroom Presentation Framework

--Signs IPTV Deals with Russia's Corbina, Taiwan's Chunghwa Microsoft contacted [itvt] late last month to let us know that it has
released the beta version of its Microsoft Mediaroom Presentation
Framework to nearly 150 companies around the world, including
content providers and application developers, as well as operator
customers such as AT&T and BT. According to the company, the
Presentation Framework beta will allow service providers--either on
their own or with third parties--to quickly and cost-effectively build
and deploy rich-media IPTV services and applications that allow for
the "seamless blending" of a show's broadcast and Web elements.