--Funai Manufactures Connected TV's and Blu-ray Players for Philips, Emerson, Magnavox and Sylvania
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, whose customers include New York-area MSO Cablevision, has racked up its first major customer win in the consumer electronics/OTT space--a market that it has been targeting for some time now. The company said Tuesday that it has signed a deal with Funai Electric that will make the latter the first consumer electronics manufacturer to bring interactive TV solutions, based entirely in the network cloud, to connected-TV devices. Funai manufactures TV's and Blu-ray players that are sold under the Philips, Emerson, Magnavox and Sylvania brands.
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, has unveiled its exhibit plans for its booth (3.B20) at the IBC in Amsterdam (September 9th-14th). According to the company--which says that its technology is now available in 5 million homes--its presence at the show will revolve around "two-way services that can immediately transform legacy one-way cable networks," and will be designed to demonstrate how its flagship CloudTV platform can use processing within the network to enable operators and service providers to offer differentiating interactive and on-demand services, without incurring the cost and service disruption of customer equipment and network upgrades.
ActiveVideo Networks says that its IBC demos will showcase the ability to:
US cable-industry research, development and standards organization, CableLabs, has provided some information on the technologies that were featured at its Innovation Showcase, Monday. The Innovation Showcase, which was part of CableLabs' Summer Conference, saw 11 companies pitching new technologies to conference attendees, who then voted for the one they deemed most likely to succeed in the marketplace. The winner was BelAir Networks' new BelAir100SP Strand Picocell (see below):
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks, has announced its exhibit line-up for the CableLabs Summer Conference, which is underway this week (August 15th-18th) in Keystone, CO. According to the company, its demo's at the event will illustrate how the principles of cloud-based processing can enable operators to provide their customers with enhanced content distribution both to and within the home.
--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
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--Plus ActiveVideo Networks' Edgar Villalpando on the Moon Landing Anniversary and Children's ITV
[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Ian Blaine, founder and CEO of Comcast-owned white-label video management and publishing company, thePlatform; and with Sam Pemberton, CEO of Softel, a company best known to [itvt] readers for its MediaSphere interactive TV playout solutions (it also offers solutions for subtitling and captioning, audio description,
--Companies Say They Have Similar Interactive TV Philosophies, Complementary Technologies
At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Tuesday, ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV)--a San Jose, Calif.-based interactive television company which offers a platform that it bills as intelligently streaming both traditional and Web-based content to digital set-top boxes and Web-connected CE devices and as combining the personalized, dynamic, socially connected experience of the Web with the quality, immediacy and remote-control navigation that end-users expect from television--announced that it has reached an agreement to buy Avinity Systems