News Round-Up

--BigBand Networks to Reduce Headcount by 9%
--ITC Judge Denies Cablevision's Motions for Summary Judgment in Verizon Patent Case
--LP33 Launches Multichannel Music TV App for Google TV
--Netgem Releases Q4 Results, Touts "IPTV 2.0" Strategy
Here is a round-up of some interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Digital video networking specialist, BigBand Networks , said Wednesday that it is reducing its headcount by 9% and consolidating certain of its facilities. It expects the measures to result in annualized cost savings of approximately $8 million. The company also said Wednesday that it expects Q4 revenues to total approximately $26 million, resulting in a loss of $0.09...

"Pay TV Embraces IP and the Cloud" at TVOT NYC Intensive

[itvt] is pleased to present an AUDIO RECORDING of " Pay TV Embraces IP and the Cloud ," a session at TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th, 2010).

The panelists for the session were:
* Braxton Jarratt , CEO of Clearleap
* Craig Leddy , principal of Interactive TV Works (moderator)
* Tara Maitra , VP and general manager of content services and advertising sales at TiVo
* Paul...

CableLabs Publishes 3D Content Encoding Specification

--3D Round-Up: DirecTV, Panasonic, Softel, Verizon
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , said Wednesday that it has published a new specification as a guide for producers, programmers and aggregators of stereoscopic 3D programming. The new spec--entitled Content Encoding Profiles (CEP) 3.0 Specification (OC-SP-CEP3.0-I01-100827), and representing CableLabs' first 3D content encoding spec--can be viewed here in the OpenCable Specifications area of the CableLabs Web site.

According to CableLabs, the new CEP spec--which it says was developed...

Verizon Demo's iPad App, Cloud-Based Storage Offering, Multiplatform VOD Service

--Adds "Auto Correct" Capability to its Interactive TV In-Home Agent Service
At a press event, Wednesday, Verizon demo'd a new application, dubbed "What's Hot," that will bring live TV channels from its FiOS TV service to the Apple iPad . The app, which will be offered at no extra charge, features a multiscreen mosaic interface that includes thumbnail videos of 12 channels: which 12 channels a FiOS TV subscriber sees displayed on the app will be determined by which channels are popular in that subscriber's local...

Cloud-Based Interactive TV Company, ActiveVideo, Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Verizon

--In March, Verizon Filed Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against ActiveVideo Customer, Cablevision
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , said last week that it has filed a patent infringement lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia against Verizon Communications , Verizon Services Corp ., Verizon Virginia and Verizon South . Earlier this year (see the article published on, March 19th), Verizon filed a patent-infringement lawsuit in the Delaware federal court against ActiveVideo customer, Cablevision, and also filed a complaint against the...

News Round-Up

--Tribeca Film Festival Launches CMC-Powered VOD and KIT Digital-Powered Online Video Services
--Comcast Launches "Independent Movie Club" on
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Gravity" on Free VOD, Online
--Verizon Revamps its My Verizon Portal
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The Tribeca Film Festival has tapped KIT Digital to power Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual), which it describes as "a virtual and interactive movie experience featuring high-definition premium video content and live streaming coverage from the 2010 Festival." The free service will provide live streaming video coverage of select red carpet events, the event's...

AT&T, Verizon File Patent-Infringement Counterclaims against TiVo

Last August ( see the article published on, August 31st ) TiVo--whose six-year-old patent infringement lawsuit against DISH Network and EchoStar appears to be approaching its final conclusion ( see the article published on, March 29th )--filed complaints in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas against AT&T and Verizon for infringement of three of its US patents: 6,233,389 B1 ("Multimedia Time Warping System"), 7,529,465 B2 ("System for Time Shifting Multimedia...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs' Next ETV Interop Begins February 22nd, Deadline for Applying Is January 29th
--DirecTV Begins Public Beta of Multiroom DVR
--Report: Hulu Mulling Plans to Launch Subscription Service
--Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle
--Live Interactive Broadband Video Spin-Off Planned for Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies"
--Move Networks Appoints Eddy Hartenstein, Sol Trujillo to its Board
--SureWest Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Service
--Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Capability
--Verizon Rolls Out Interactive TV Upgrade in Pittsburgh and West Central Florida
--Vimeo Beta-Launches HTML5 Video Player
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: CableLabs has issued an RFI for its next Enhanced TV Interop event, which is scheduled to take place February 22nd-26th, and which will focus on interoperability between ETV applications...

Microsoft Files Patent Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo

--Is Also Seeking to Intervene in Patent Infringement Litigation Between TiVo and AT&T
Microsoft has filed a lawsuit against TiVo in a San Francisco federal court, claiming that the DVR company has infringed upon two of its US patents--which cover technologies for securely purchasing and delivering video and for displaying programmable information respectively, Bloomberg reported yesterday. Microsoft, which claims that TiVo is illegally using the technologies described by the patents in its set-top boxes, its software and its subscription service, is seeking unspecified monetary damages and a court...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Caller ID Application

--Rolls Out New Interactive TV Services in New Jersey, Delaware, Philadelphia
Verizon announced last week that it has launched a Caller ID on TV application on its FiOS TV platform (note: the company comes relatively late to the caller ID on TV game: other pay-TV operators that offer such applications include AT&T, Cablevision, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Rogers and Time Warner Cable). The service, which is initially available to FiOS TV subscribers in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Texas, is offered at no extra charge. It...