Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): ABC, ACTV8, NCR, Intel, Aereo, Amazon, U-verse, BFI, Capablue, Ooyala, Jean-Francois Mule, Apple, Bafta, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, CableCARD

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: ABC 's Watch ABC "TV Everywhere" App Launches for Android Phones Running 4.0.3 or Higher ACTV8.me Partnering with NCR and Intel to Launch Cloud-Based Digital-TV Wallet; Product Billed as "the First Phase of a Larger Organic, Multiscreen Experience ACTV8.me Is Preparing to Launch within the Television...

AT&T Deploys Wireless Set-top from Cisco

-- WiFi Receiver Designed for Rooms without Cable Outlets
Cisco is supplying a new wireless set-top to AT&T for its U-verse TV subscribers that is designed to be installed in rooms that don't have coaxial cable outlets. The ISB7005 wireless set-top, which is part of Cisco's Videoscape portfolio, receives WiFi signals delivered from its VEN401 Wireless Access Point. "With this new technology, you can watch TV in virtually any room in the home, even rooms not wired for TV -- like the kitchen, basement...

AT&T U-verse TV's "My Multiview" App Lets Viewers Create Personalized Multiscreen Mosaics

AT&T on Tuesday unveiled My Multiview, a new interactive TV app for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered U-verse TV IPTV platform that allows viewers to select the channels for their own Multiview (multiscreen mosaic) display (note: U-verse TV launched Sports, Kids and News Multiview apps in the fall of 2009, and this year has offered special Multiview apps for a number of major sporting events).

According to the company, the app lets viewers select...

AT&T to Offer Extensive Interactive TV, VOD, Online and Mobile Coverage of World Cup

--AT&T U-verse TV to Offer its First-Ever Spanish-Language Interactive TV Application
AT&T on Tuesday unveiled its plans for interactive TV, VOD, online and mobile coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup . Among other things, the plans call for the telco to offer the first-ever Spanish-language interactive TV application to run on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV.

According to AT&T, the U-verse TV Spanish-language app--which will be available at no extra charge on channel 3001 and which is the result of...

News Round-Up (I)

--ActiveVideo Networks Acquires Interactive TV Games Company, TAG Networks
--ActiveVideo Networks Integrates CloudTV Tech with SMiT's CI+ Modules
--ANT Selected by Kathrein for HbbTV Devices
--AT&T Launches U-verse Online Portal
--Bee.tv Launches Direct-to-Consumer Online Service in Private Beta
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. Cloud-based interactive TV technology company, ActiveVideo Networks , has announced that it has acquired TAG Networks , an interactive TV games company with which it has worked very...

New iTV Doctor Column on AT&T U-verse TV's Interactive TV Apps Strategy

--AT&T U-verse TV's GW Shaw Explains What the Service Has Learned from its
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, GW Shaw , executive director of AT&T U-verse marketing , discusses AT&T U-verse TV's interactive TV apps strategy, and how that strategy has been shaped by what it has learned from its customers since launching its first ITV apps back in 2006.

AT&T Launches "Film Awards Interactive" Application for U-verse TV, iPhone/iPod touch

--Singapore's StarHub Launches Interactive TV Movie Ticketing App on its OpenTV-Powered Platform
--DirecTV, ESPN Offering Interactive TV App for Australian Open
AT&T has launched an interactive application, called Film Awards Interactive , for the iPhone/iPod touch and for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV. According to AT&T, among other things, the free app lets consumers use their remote control or their iPhone/iPod touch screen to: access a list of films nominated for this season's film award shows; view trailers for nominated films; read bios; watch previews and trailers; vote for their favorite award-nominated films, actors...

News Round-Up

--Boxee in Content Partnerships with TV.com, Blip.TV and Others, Launches "Bookmarklets"
--Comcast's Roberts: EBIF in 13 Million STB's, Cox: tru2way Enabled in 100% of Headends
--DISH Taps NeuLion to Deliver its International Channels OTT
--Dreamer's Blu-TV Interactive TV Service Deployed on OPPO's BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player
--Microsoft's Ballmer: U-verse TV to Be Available on Xbox 360 Later This Year
--Netflix in OTT Partnerships with Funai, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba
--Oregan Networks Launches "Onyx Widgetry" App Store
--Sling Media Announces Support for Adobe Flash
--Sonic Solutions in Roxio CinemaNow Partnerships with Nvidia, Toshiba, Lenovo
--Static2358/PlayJam Announces
Due to the volume of news generated by last week's Consumer Electronics Show, and because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show ( March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Boxee has announced 1) the general release of Boxee Beta, as well as new content partnerships with/applications from TV.com, Blip.tv, IGN and the upcoming movie, "The Wolfman";...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches NBA League Pass Interactive TV Widget

--FiOS TV Remote DVR App Now Available for 10 BlackBerry Models
--AT&T's U-verse TV IPTV Service Passes 2 Million Subscribers
Verizon announced Wednesday that it has launched an NBA League Pass interactive TV widget on its FiOS TV service . According to the company, the free widget allows viewers to order NBA League Pass, an NBA subscription package that provides up to 40 out-of-market live NBA games per week, via their remote control; and also provides them with instant access to headline news, player reports, game-time alerts and more. Once viewers have subscribed to NBA...

AT&T Extends Alcatel-Lucent's U-verse Contract

Alcatel-Lucent announced Tuesday that US incumbent telco, AT&T , has extended the contract under which Alcatel-Lucent provides end-to-end multivendor network integration for AT&T's U-verse triple-play offering. U-verse is comprised of U-verse TV, a Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service; U-verse High Speed Internet; and U-verse Voice--all of which are delivered over AT&T's IP network using Alcatel-Lucent's Triple Play Service Delivery Architecture (TPSDA). According to AT&T, the U-verse offering is now available in 93 markets in 19 states,...