set-top box

New Video Blog from Ashley Swartz: Set-Top Box Overkill

[itvt] is pleased to present "Set-Top Box Overkill," a new video blog from Ashley Swartz , principal of Furious Minds . "Following Amazon's strong Q1 earnings," Swartz writes in her introduction, "sources close to the ecommerce giant have confirmed their development of a set-top box, which is set to release next year. Amazon's progression into audiences' living rooms, following the introduction of their 14 original pilots and highly anticipated smartphone, means they're keen to capitalize...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amazon.com, NBCUniversal, BBC Red Button, Fox, Dish Network, Hisense, Google TV, Miso, Colin Decker

--Amazon.com Signs Expanded Prime Instant Video Deal with NBCUniversal
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through September 1st
--Fox Seeks Injunction against Dish Network DVR's "AutoHop" and "Primetime Anytime" Features
--China's Hisense to Produce Sub-$100 Google TV Set-Top Box
--Miso Names Colin Decker Head of Product
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (we'll be announcing the date and location soon!), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format: Amazon.com has signed an expanded content-licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution , which it says will add hundreds of TV episodes to its Prime Instant Video service, including prior seasons of "Parks and Recreation," "Parenthood,"...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): EchoStar, iPowow, Miss Universe, Liberty, Metrological, Intellicore

--EchoStar Europe Launches Android-Enabled IP Set-Top Box
--iPowow Powers Second-Screen Interactivity for "Miss Universe" Telecast
--Metrological Tapped to Power Web-Based Interactive TV Apps on Liberty Global's Horizon Platform
--Intellicore Develops iPad App for Liberty Global's Horizon Platform
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and 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. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): never.no, TV 2, Vizrt, Pace, GET

--never.no Powers Broadcast-Synchronized Companion App for TV 2 Norway
--never.no Teams with Vizrt to Demo Synchronized Companion App Framework at IBC 2011
--Pace Powers New Converged Home Service for Norwegian Cable Operator, GET
--Pace Reveals its Exhibit Plans for IBC 2011
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA and IBC trade shows--and 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. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet...

Rovi's Connected Platform to Be Available Pre-Ported on Android Devices

--Will Enable Users to Stream Content from their Android Devices to Connected TV's, STB's and More
Rovi said Tuesday that its Connected Platform technologies will be available pre-ported on the Android platform, enabling end-users to share and stream entertainment content from their Android devices to a range of connected devices throughout the home. According to the company, at the core of the Connected Platform are advanced home-networking capabilities that will allow consumer electronics manufacturers to quickly and easily deploy interoperable device functionality to their Android-based mobile device, phone and tablet offerings.

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through January 14th
--Broadcom Unveils Set-Top Box Solutions
--Cedar Point to Be Acquired by Genband
--HSN Partners with "Social Product Development" Company, Quirky
--Report: Microsoft to Unveil Windows-Based Connected-TV Solution at CES
--RCDb, Panvidea Team on Solution for Cloud-Based Preparation of Blu-ray Streaming Video
--Rovi Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Amazon, IMDb
--Sensio to Distribute 3D Content OTT
--Starz to Launch "Spartacus" Social Media Game, iPad Multimedia Script App
--ViVu in Interactive Video Partnership with AMD
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available on its red-button interactive TV service through January 14th. Broadcom has announced 11 new connected home set-top box solutions with integrated content protection from NDS, and nine new 40nm set-top box solutions for "the next-generation 3DTV Internet-connected home." Cedar Point Communications , a...

Latens, Indieon Partner on Set-Top Box, Middleware and Security Solution for Satellite-TV Operators

Latens , a Belfast-based company that specializes in DVB-compliant conditional access and middleware technologies, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has partnered with Indian set-top box and middleware company, Indieon Technologies , to develop what the companies are billing as a secure, cardless, one-way broadcasting solution for DTH operators globally. The solution has been deployed by Nepal's Dish TV, the companies say. "The combination of Indieon's STB range and Latens' software CAS,...

Oregan Networks to Launch High-Definition OTT Set-Top box, Based on its Onyx Media Browser

Oregan Networks , a London-based provider of media browser solutions for CE and IPTV devices, has announced the imminent launch of an HD OTT set-top box, based on its Onyx media browser. According to the company, the new box, which is dubbed the DPS 1000 and which is being manufactured by Korean consumer electronics brand, Digital Streams, will be available in retail in the UK and will provide access to a range of Internet-delivered video...

News Round-Up (VII): Sezmi, Technicolor, Intel, TiVo, MoCA

--"Cord-Cutting" Company, Sezmi, Raises $17.3 Million
--Technicolor in Set-Top Collaboration with Intel
--TiVo Joins MoCA
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Sezmi , a company which has developed a set-top box-based offering that it bills as combining "live television, on-demand movies and television shows, and Web videos in an easily self-installed system that automatically records, recommends and organizes the favorite shows of each individual...

Simulmedia to Use TiVo Set-Top Data to Improve Effectiveness of TV Program Promotions

TiVo said last week that Simulmedia , a New York-based marketing company that bills itself as delivering incremental viewership to TV programs through data-driven program promotion, has licensed its second-by-second set-top box data, in order to help TV networks to build audiences for their programs through more effective and targeted use of on-air promotion. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to TiVo, the deal will see Simulmedia using anonymous...

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