tru2way

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...

enableTV Launches Modular "cablewidgets" Platform for Interactive TV App Deployment

--Also Releases DV-TIDE 2.0, a PC-Based Headend Solution for VOD, EPG, and Application Testing
enableTV , the interactive TV software and services company that was spun out of Vidiom Systems last year by Vidiom founder, Tim Wahlers ( see article published on itvt.com, September 29th ), announced Monday that it has developed a modular platform for interactive TV application deployment that uses proprietary software components called "cablewidgets." According to the company, each cablewidget is an individual interactive software application that can be combined with others to offer a multi-functional...

TiVo Making "Hundreds" of Free Broadband Videos Available via New "Podcast Channels"

--RCN Reported to Have "Shelved" tru2way Plans After Signing its New Deal with TiVo
TiVo --which earlier this week announced a deal that will see cable overbuilder, RCN , offering a co-branded TiVo box as its primary DVR and using the now quite extensive line-up of broadband video programming available through the device to supplement and differentiate its own VOD service ( see article published on itvt.com, August 5th )--announced Wednesday that it is making available "hundreds" of free broadband videos to broadband-connected TiVo Series3, TiVo HD and TiVo...

New Interviews with Google TV Ads' Keval Desai and ThinkAnalytics' Eddie Young and Pete Docherty

--Plus BIAP's Chief Product Officer, Ellen Dudar, on Interactive TV Standards and HDTV
[itvt] has just published audio interviews with Keval Desai , director of product management at Google and head of the company's Google TV Ads operation; and with Eddie Young and Pete Docherty , CEO and CTO respectively of ThinkAnalytics . Desai provides an in-depth overview of Google's ongoing efforts in the TV advertising space. Topics discussed include why Google decided to move into TV advertising; the company's deployment with DISH Network and its plans for...

Time Warner Cable, Samsung in Agreement for tru2way Set-Top Development, Purchase and Deployment

The US's second-largest cable operator, Time Warner Cable , and consumer electronics giant, Samsung , announced Monday that they have signed a "letter of commitment" for the continued development, purchase and deployment of Samsung tru2way-enabled set-top boxes, including the MSO's first second-source DVR. "We look to offer our customers advanced set-top boxes with features that are simple and easy to use," Mike Hayashi, Time Warner Cable's EVP of advanced engineering, said in a prepared statement...

EXCLUSIVE: Alticast Appoints Former Vidiom Systems GM, David Housman, as CEO of Alticast Americas

--Jeff Berenson Replaces Housman at Vidiom
MHP, tru2w ay and Blu-ray specialist, Alticast , will shortly announce that it has appointed David Housman as CEO of its Alticast Americas arm. Housman was most recently SVP and general manager of rival Vidiom Systems , and has been replaced at that company by Jeff Berenson , who was formerly VP of integration and deployment. According to Alticast, Housman, who the company says has 25 years of technology and business development experience, will spearhead...

Major Cable Operators to Miss tru2way Deadline Stipulated in MOU with CE Manufacturers

Comcast , Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications have conceded that they will not--as they had promised in a supposedly binding MOU with various consumer electronics/hardware manufacturers that was announced last spring--have tru2way technology deployed across their entire service footprints by July 1st, according to a report Tuesday by Todd Spangler in the US cable-industry trade publication, Multichannel News. However, at least two of those CE manufacturers, Samsung and Panasonic, appear to be responding to...

enableTV Launches Royalty-Free Commercial Version of CableLabs' tru2way Reference Implementation

--Also Launches Support Program for Companies Licensing the RI Directly from CableLabs
enableTV , the interactive TV software and services company that was spun out of Vidiom Systems last year by Vidiom founder, Tim Wahlers, announced Thursday that it is offering a tru2way/OCAP deployment solution that includes a royalty-free, commercial version of CableLabs ' recently launched tru2way Reference Implementation (note: the latter is an open source implementation of CableLabs' OCAP middleware specification that is billed as providing device manufacturers and application developers with a consistent interpretation of...

iCueTV Adds Discovery, AOL TW Commerce Veteran, Patrick Gates, to Senior Management Team

--Company Says it Successfully Tested its Platform at CableLabs' Recent Interop Event
iCueTV , a Cherry Hill, NJ-based developer of interactive TV applications for digital cable, announced Tuesday that it has appointed Patrick Gates to a senior management position (note: the company is apparently still deciding on his title, as it did not include it in the press release announcing his appointment). Gates was most recently president and general manager of Discovery Commerce, Discovery Communications' retail division, where, according to iCueTV, he led the turnaround and expansion...

Strategy & Technology, Humax Team to Enable Online Video Streaming via MHEG Interaction Channel

At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Tuesday, 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 engine)--announced that it has developed what it billed as the first applications to be shown to bring streaming video from the Internet to the...

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