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MONKEYmedia Awarded "Telescopic Advertising" Patent by USPTO

--Says its Patent Portfolio's Claims Are Essential to Blu-ray, tru2way, SCTE-130 and Other Technologies
MONKEYmedia --a company which holds a portfolio of patents that it says include "claims directed towards telescopic video-on-demand (VOD) and other enhanced viewing experiences," and that it claims "are essential to the practice of various industry-governed standards such as DVD-Video, Blu-ray and tru2way (e.g. Enhanced TV/EBIF and SCTE-130)" (note: the company has launched a "SeamlessTV Partner Program" for licensing those patents, and, back in 2006, announced that it had succeeded in convincing Microsoft to enter...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Samsung, SeaChange, Technicolor, Skype, Sony, Vizio

--Samsung Announces App Contest Winners, Launches Smart TV SDK
--SeaChange to Integrate its VividLogic tru2way Software Stack onto Technicolor's Next-Gen STB's
--Skype to Be Available on Sony and Vizio Connected TV's
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered...

News Round-Up

--Broadcom Unveils FastRTV Technology for Fast Channel Changes
--Cablevision Said to Be in tru2way Set-Top Deal with Samsung
--Espial Reports Flat Revenues, Lower Losses
--Hulu Wins Patent-Infringement Case Brought by Ultramercial
--Report: Mafiosi Sending Coded Messages via SMS-Based Interactive TV Show
--Teevox Launches iPhone Remote Control
--Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Kardashians" Award
--TVO in VOD Deal with Rogers Cable
--Warner Bros. Television Group's Studio 2.0 in Dailymotion Syndication Deal with AlphaBird
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Semiconductor company, Broadcom, has announced its new FastRTV Channel Change Acceleration technology, which it claims improves TV channel-change speeds by up to five times. According to the company, the technology is now available on a wide range of its system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions for digital cable set-top boxes and universal digital transport adapters (uDTA's). Comcast is the first service provider to...

Cedar Point Holds First North American Public Demo of its Visual Communications Applications

--Apps Work with EBIF, tru2way and IPTV to Deliver Communications Services to STB's, Connected TV's, Other Devices
--CableLabs Innovation Showcase Technologies Focus on Connectivity between Cable Infrastructure and IP Devices
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, said Monday that it is holding the first North American public demonstration of its new SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite of applications at the CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone Colorado this week.

According to the company, which recently announced that it had joined itaas's istart application developer program, the applications are designed to optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities. The...

News Round-Up (II): Bravo, Groupon, CableLabs (tru2way), Citrus Suite, Project Canvas

--Bravo Launches Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV App for iPad, Partners with Groupon
--CableLabs Interop Demo's Sharing of DVR Content Between tru2way STB's and DLNA-Certified Devices
--Citrus Suite Tapped to Develop Interactive TV Application for Project Canvas
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

News Round-Up (VIII): Pace, 2Wire, Panasonic (tru2way), Philo

--Pace Targets US Tier-One Telco Market with 2Wire Acquisition
--Panasonic No Longer Selling tru2way Devices in Retail
--Social TV Start-Up, Philo, Secures Funding, Launches New Features
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

News Round-Up (V): Hulu, Sony, Jivox, Luxoft (EBIF), Microsoft

--Hulu Plus Preview Launches on PlayStation3
--Interactive Online Video Advertising Company, Jivox, Claims 400% Year-over-Year Revenue Growth
--Luxoft Publishes Free EBIF Tutorials for Developers
--Microsoft Cancels its Avatar-Driven Xbox Live Interactive TV Game Show, "1 vs 100 Live"
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Sony has announced that its PlayStation3 will be the "first and only" games console to offer Hulu 's recently announced premium service, Hulu Plus, in 2010...

News Round-Up

--Cox's tru2way-Powered Trio Guide Is Live
--Panasonic North America CTO to Answer Consumer Questions on 3D in Live Ustream Webcast
--Sky Sports Pack Subs Given "Bonus Access" to the Service via Sky Mobile TV and Sky Player
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cox Communications ' NDS-built, tru2way-powered Trio EPG (see the article published on itvt.com, May 11th) is live and "in front of real customers today," and will be deployed in all Cox's markets later this year, the company's executive director of video product development, Lisa Pickelsimer, told attendees of Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference...

News Round-Up (III): BrightLine, Chad, Matt & Rob, Clearleap-Roku, Clikthrough, Comcast-NDS

--BrightLine iTV Study Shows Hispanic Viewers More Likely to Engage with Interactive TV Advertising
--Chad, Matt & Rob Release Trailer for their First FremantleMedia-Backed "Interactive Adventure"
--Clearleap, Roku Partner to Enable Operators, Premium Programmers to Offer VOD on Roku OTT STB's
--Clikthrough Creates "Interactive Stylepad" for Armani Exchange
--Comcast Taps NDS as Prime Integrator for tru2way, Says It Is "Committed" to CableLabs' tru2way RI
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We...

Cedar Point Launches Suite of Visual Communications Apps for TV and Other Devices

--Apps Compatible with EBIF, tru2way, IPTV and other Standards
Cedar Point Communications , a company best known for its VoIP switching technologies, on Wednesday unveiled a suite of "visual communications applications" for cable operators and network service providers, that it says will optimize subscriber control over telecommunications functionalities on the TV and other endpoints.

Dubbed the SafariFusion Visual Communications Suite (VCS), the new offering is billed by the company as providing a "holistic" approach to communications management that includes several variations...

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