Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): ABC, ActiveVideo, BrightLine, Adobe, Aereo, Alticast, BBC iPlayer, BBC Connected Red Button, Bimand, Charter, Zodiac, Brightcove, Unicorn Media

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to...

Exclusive: Zodiac Delivers its PowerUp HTML5 Platform to Two "Tier-One" North American MSO's

--CEO Brandon Brown Discusses the Deployments with [itvt]
Interactive TV software company, Zodiac Interactive , says that two tier-one North American MSO's have contracted with it for the integration of its PowerUp HTML5 Application and Services platform with their service environments.

The PowerUp HTML5 platform, which launched last spring, is billed as delivering a Web browser presentation engine coupled with a service layer, in order to provide a rich authoring environment with full browser control of all systems and...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Comcast Reaches 20 Billion VOD Views -- Court Invalidates Verizon ITV Patents -- AT&T Serves French Open Multiview -- DirecTV Expands Interactive French Open Coverage -- Zodiac Interactive Supplies Games to Videotron

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview with Appsolute Media's Alex Libkind

[itvt] has just published the LATEST EDITION of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This edition features an interview with Zodiac Interactive co-founder, Alex Libkind , who discusses his new company, Appsolute Media , and the adaptive streaming technology of its partner, Crystal Reality, which it is attempting to bring to the US.

Cablevision Deploys Zodiac's PowerUp Platform to Power Interactive TV Services

--Zodiac CEO, Brandon Brown, Discusses the Deployment with [itvt]
Interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive , will announce today (Tuesday) that its PowerUp platform has been deployed in digital set-top boxes across its existing customer Cablevision 's entire tri-state service area (note: for some background on the Zodiac-Cablevision relationship, see the article published on itvt.com, November 5th). According to the company, its software is helping define and differentiate Cablevision's interactive TV applications and services, including iO TV Shortcuts (note: for more on the latter,...

Zodiac Unveils PowerUP Advanced Messaging Solution (AMS)

--Server-Based Offering Provides Two-Way Connectivity between STB's and Mobile Internet Devices
In its booth (ES-7) in the CableNET exhibit at the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles, Tuesday, interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive , unveiled its PowerUp Advanced Messaging Solution (AMS), which it bills as the world's first server-based offering to deliver multiscreen, bi-directional connectivity between set-top boxes and mobile Internet devices. The new offering complements Zodiac's PowerUp platform, which the company says is currently integrated into over 10 million set-top boxes.


News Round-Up (X)

--Warner Bros. Launches New SVOD Service on BT Vision
--Widevine to Provide DRM, Video Optimization for DISH Network's "TV Everywhere" Service
--YouTube Once Again Available on Syabas Popbox and Popcorn Hour OTT Devices
--Cisco Joins Zodiac Partner Program to Support Cable tru2way Deployments
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. Warner Bros. has launched a new subscription VOD service, dubbed WarnerFilms, on the Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV platform, BT Vision. According to the company, the service will provide...

Zodiac PowerUp 2.5 Enables Interaction between Cable Set-Tops and Mobile and Internet Devices

Interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive (note: the company's EBIF user agent is being deployed by MSO Cablevision-- see the article published on itvt.com, November 5th ), on Monday unveiled the latest version (2.5) of its PowerUp ITV framework , a cross-platform software that the company bills as unifying and enabling advanced interactive TV applications across multiple set-tops, including legacy boxes.

According to the company, PowerUp 2.5--which it says is available as...

CableLabs Trumpets tru2way and ETV Presence at Cable Show

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, recently issued a press release trumpeting the "broad
exposure" enjoyed by tru2way- and ETV/EBIF-based interactive TV
applications at this year's NCTA Cable Show. Among the Cable Show
tru2way and ETV demos highlighted by CableLabs in the release: Softel-USA demo'd its multiplatform, multi-middleware MediaSphere
TX carousel playing out both tru2way and ETV applications;

[itvt] Radio: Review of the 2008 NCTA Cable Show

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," a panel of interactive TV
experts-- Steve Borelli , VP of marketing and business development at
Integra5 ; industry analyst, Leslie Ellis (author of the popular
Multichannel News column, " Translation Please "); Will Kreth , director of product management for interactive TV at Time Warner Cable ; Alex