--BigBand Integrates with Entone, Orca, Verimatrix, Western Mediabridge
--Boxee Selects Vindicia as its Payments Platform Provider
--BrightLine iTV Says 2009 Was its Second Consecutive Year of Record Growth
--Edgeware Integrates Web TV Servers with MediaMelon's MediaCloud SaaS Solution
--Firefly Video Launches Interactive Online Video Advertising Platform
--Kaltura Launches New Version of its Self-Hosted Online Video Platform
--KickApps, Adobe Release OSMF App Studio Drag-and-Drop Media Player Solution
--Motorola Launches tru2way-Compatible Multiroom HD DVR
--NDS Extends Interactive TV Professional Services and Integration Work Contract with Cox
--Panasonic Demoing 3D, tru2way, New RUI at Cable Show
--Reuters Launches Interactive On-Demand Video Platform, Reuters Insider
--TiVo in Research Partnership with Millward Brown
--Two Way Limited's TAB Active Interactive TV Wagering Service Expands
Due to the volume of news generated by the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week, [itvt] is covering a number of stories in this issue in round-up/summary form:
--Cox Unveils Cisco/tru2way-Powered "Plus Package," Featuring Frog-Designed/NDS-Built "Trio" Guide
--DISH Network, Univision Partner on National RFI Interactive TV Advertising Product
--DVB Completes First Live Transmission Using New DVB-C2 Standard
--Ensequence Partners with Softel, S&T, VDS to Offer Single-Source Interactive TV Platform
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.
--Canoe Promotes Dana Runnells to VP of Marketing and Communications
--Concurrent Releases Fiscal Q3 Results
--Cox Completes Deployment of Rovi's ShowRunner VOD App in its Motorola-Based Systems
--DISH Network and DirecTV Launch National Satellite Interactive TV Advertising Platform, "ASAP"
--Google Lets Users Search for Specific TV Episodes
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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.
[itvt] has just published a new edition of Sound Off!, our new column from the iTV Doctor, Rick Howe. The column features HDNet chairman, Mark Cuban; Cox Communications' VP of video product development and support, Steve Necessary; and Bob Greene, currently managing director of TCM Partners, and formerly EVP of advanced services at Starz Entertainment, discussing over-the-top (OTT) vs. cable.
--CTAM, CableLabs, Canoe Ventures, Cablevision, ActiveVideo Networks, CBS, Charter Communications, Concurrent, FourthWall Media, Cisco, Clicker Media, Comcast, Cox, C-Span
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the second of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:
--Has Previously Secured Distribution with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox Communications
Just a few days after announcing a similar deal with the US's third-largest cable operator, Cox Communications (see the article published on itvt.com, January 11th), Epix--a multiplatform premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009--has a
--Gravitas Secures New VOD Distribution Deals, ZillionTV in VOD Deal with MLB.com
The US's third-largest cable MSO, Cox Communications, announced Wednesday that it has upgraded the on-screen interface of its VOD service, Cox On DEMAND. According to the company, the new interface provides faster and simpler navigation and is available immediately across its digital cable footprint. "Our goal with this upgrade is to provide customers with an even more attractive, fast and intuitive On DEMAND experience," Chris Pantoya, Cox's VP of marketing, said in a prepared statement. "The features make navigation easy, particularly since there is much more programming to see."
According to Cox, the upgrade includes:
--VOD Round-Up: HDNet on FiOS TV, Oasis TV on Cox and Charter, Ski Channel on RCN
Comcast announced Monday that it will today (Tuesday) launch an HD VOD collection showcasing music videos, biographical footage and live performances from Shakira, thanks to an exclusive partnership with the Colombian singer (note: the MSO also recently launched a similar exclusive HD VOD collection featuring singer, Taylor Swift--see the article published on itvt.com, December 3rd).
--Preserve Watermark for Nielsen C+3 Ratings, Claim 80%+ of Viewers OK with FF-Disabled VOD
Cox Communications, the US's third-largest cable MSO, and Time Warner-owned programming giant, Turner Broadcasting System, announced Wednesday that they had successfully measured advertising exposure in VOD content located within Cox's MyPrimetime On Demand service. In a trial effort, the companies say, Turner confirmed that timeshifted VOD viewing of its programs could be counted toward Nielsen C+3 ratings, a key industry measure that is designed to indicate how many viewers are exposed to commercials within three days of the original airing of the program with which those commercials are associated.
Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox Communications have conceded that they will not--as they had promised in a supposedly binding MOU with various consumer electronics/hardware manufacturers that was announced last spring--have tru2way technology deployed across their entire service footprints by July 1st, according to a report Tuesday by Todd Spangler in the US cable-industry trade publication, Multichannel News.
Cable MSO, Cox Communications, says that it will launch caller-ID on the TV in Rhode Island on May 18th. The service--which debuted in Oklahoma City late last year (see [itvt] Issue 8.23 Part 2A)--will be offered at no additional charge to Cox customers who subscribe to both Cox Digital Telephone with Caller ID and Cox Digital Cable.
--Deals with Comcast's TVWorks, Cox, BIAP, Time Warner Cable
Earlier this month, [itvt] reported that Atlanta-based interactive TV technologies and services company, itaas, 1) has been tapped by Cox Communications to provide support for developers creating, testing and launching ITV applications for the cable MSO's tru2way and ETV-EBIF implementation, via its flagship itaas istart Developer Program; and 2) has licensed an EBIF engine developed by Comcast-owned TVWorks and is now offering cable operators an EBIF deployment package that includes a license, deployment support, and maintenance services. Here are two other pieces of news from itaas that might be of interest to our readers:
--Company Opens New Indian Office, Prevails in DISH Litigation
--Integrates Jungo Middleware with TI's Puma 5 Chipsets
News Corp.-owned conditional access and interactive TV technology
provider, NDS, has been tapped by the US's third-largest cable MSO,
Cox Communications, to design a new interactive user-interface for its
legacy and next-generation set-top boxes. According to NDS, the new
UI, which will replace the operator's existing Aptiv guide, is
compatible with "many of" Cox's existing set-tops, is designed to be
forward-compatible with tru2way-enabled boxes, and can also run on
other devices, such as PC's. It is billed as integrating Cox's various
-Details of MOU Revealed in FCC Filing by Comcast
US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, announced earlier this month that six companies have
signed a binding memorandum of understanding (MOU) on
tru2way/OCAP technology with the top-six cable operators in the US,
Comcast, Time Warner, Cox, Cablevision, Charter and Bright House
Networks (which together account for over 80% of US cable
subscribers and 105 million homes passed). The signatory companies
are consumer electronics manufacturers, Sony Electronics (which was