--Amino Plans US Debut for its OTT-Enabled IPTV Set-Tops at TelcoTV
--Apple TV 4.4 Released
--Arris to Acquire BigBand Networks
--Avail-TVN Names Laurie Lawrence CMO
--New "Big Brother" Play-Along Game Encourages Viewers to Keep Watching During Commercials
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.
--Also Unveils EBIF User Agent and Platform Server for Motorola Set-Tops
FourthWall Media, the EBIF-focused interactive TV software company formally known as BIAP (note: the company, whose customers and partners include Comcast Media Center, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Rovi and DISH Network claims that its solutions have been deployed in over 24 million set-top boxes), is unveiling two new products at the CableLabs Winter Conference in Atlanta this week:
--Al Jazeera Launches "Lean-Back" Version of its Web Site for Google TV
--Brightcove Launches "YouTube Sync" Capability
--Cisco's Set-Top Sales Decline 29%
--GetGlue Brings "Check-In"-Based Social TV to the Grammy Awards
--Howard Stern Live-Tweets "Private Parts"
--S&T to Showcase MHEG-IC and HbbTV Solutions at IP&TV World Forum
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:
IP Vision--a company which is backed by French set-top box vendor, Netgem, and which offers a hybrid service that combines reception of linear channels from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with OTT access to pay-per-view and subscription-based online VOD services, as well as to free, online programming catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is teaming with Netgem to showcase at the IPTV World Forum in London this week (Stand 911) what the companies claim is the UK's first high-definition hybrid Freeview+ set-top box (note: Freeview+ is the brand/certification program through which Freeview seeks to promote awareness and sales of DVR's designed for use with its service).
--ADB Receives Two Awards
Cambridge, UK-based IPTV set-top box company, Amino Communications, announced last week that Alaska-based Matanuska Telephone Association (MTA) has selected two of its set-tops to expand its HDTV service. According to Amino, MTA will deploy its A130 MPEG-4 HD single-stream set-top and its A530 HD DVR (which is designed to support, among other things, push-VOD). MTA claims to operate over 60,000 lines across its 10,000-square-mile network area (serving Palmer, Eagle River and Wasilia) and offers broadband and wireless services in addition to IPTV. "At MTA we are making a significant investment to develop our IPTV service," Eric Anderson, MTA's director of engineering, construction and operations, said in a prepared statement.