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Ericsson Launches MDN, Supporting Multichannel TV, VOD and OTT from Same Core Infrastructure

Ericsson on Tuesday launched the Ericsson Media Delivery Network (MDN), which it bills as a complete solution for the delivery of video over IP. According to the company, the Ericsson MDN is designed to allow operators to deploy solutions that overcome issues caused by increasing video traffic on their networks, and supports multichannel TV, VOD and OTT content from the same core infrastructure. By combining a content distribution network with Ericsson's broader TV portfolio, the new solution will, the company says, also enable operators and broadcasters to drive new revenues from the growth in video traffic, without increasing network costs.

News Round-Up

--AirTies, Anevia in OTT Partnership
--Celeno Unveils Solution to Converge Paid and OTT Video Services over Home WiFi Network
--Civolution, ATEME Team to Enable Early Release Window for VOD
--Comcast Rolls Out New i-Guide EPG and Comcast Mobile 2.0 in Indiana
--Google TV to Launch Internationally Next Year
--South Korean Government to Help Drive Commercialization of Connected-TV Technology
--NDS Powers Hybrid TV Service for Vodafone in Germany
--Ooyala Powering Online Video for DECA

Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

News Round-Up (III): Miso, History Channel, never.no, Panasonic, Ubisoft

--Miso in Social TV Partnership with History Channel UK
--never.no to Launch Cloud-Based Interactivity Suite at IBC
--Panasonic Demo's Connected-TV App for 3D VOD, Forms 3D Connected-TV Partnership with Ubisoft

Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us 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 see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

Tvinci Tapped to Power New Novebox Broadband VOD Service for Spanish-Language MSN Portals

Tvinci, a Tel Aviv-based company which earlier this year announced that it had developed a "complete, end-to-end 'pay-OTT' video platform" (see the article published on itvt.com, May 24th), said Wednesday that Dori Media Group-subsidiary, Novebox, has selected the Tvinci video platform to power a subscription/transactional broadband VOD service for Spanish-language MSN portals (note: back in May, Dori Media announced that Novebox had "signed an agreement with MSN for the creation of a sub

News Round-Up

--ANT Reports Higher H1 Revenues, Lower Losses
--BBC Outlines iPlayer Design Strategy
--Evolution Digital to Incorporate EBIF into its DTA's
--Harmonic Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
--IMPALA Welcomes BBC's Decision to Open Source its MHEG+ Toolkit
--Netgem Posts Strong H1 Financial Results
--Sony Launches Qriocity OTT VOD Service in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
--Interactive TV Company, Two Way Media, Launches Web Game on Virginmedia.com

Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

Comcast Works with Clicker Media to Provide Listings of its Online TV Episode and Movie Offerings

In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, online video content discovery specialist, Clicker Media, a company often associated with the emerging Internet TV/cord-cutting phenomenon (note: the company recently also launched a social TV service, called Clicker Social, which it bills as "allow[ing] people to discover, share, rate, discuss, and check-in to shows on Clicker and third-party partner sites"), announced a collaboration with Comcast that sees the cable MSO making listings for its Xfinity online TV episode and movie offerings av

ActiveVideo to Showcase Delivery of Two-Way VOD and Interactive TV over One-Way Networks at IBC

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:

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Launch Subscription-Based Broadband VOD Service
--Report: New Apple TV Device to Feature Netflix Access
--BeeSmart Announces New Release of its Interactive TV Middleware
--Boxee Invites Users to Choose Tagline for its Boxee Box
--Epix Live Lets Viewers Interact with On-Screen Talent
--Netgem Upgrades Telekom Slovenia's Legacy IPTV Infrastructure
--SingTel Launches TV App Store, Video Search Engine
--Softel Launches MultiText for Streamlined Multilanguage Subtitle and Caption Processing
--Yoostar Now Available for Mac

Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

Gravitas Ventures in VOD Measurement Deal with Rentrak

Multiscreen media measurement and research company, Rentrak, said Monday that it has signed an agreement to provide VOD content aggregator, Gravitas Ventures (note: the latter--whose content line-up includes feature films, documentaries, animation, alternative sports, wrestling, mixed martial arts, and comedy and concert programming--says that it will distribute over 350 titles this year), with advanced measurement services through its OnDemand Essentials tracking and measurement service. According to the company, OnDemand Essentials will enable Gravitas Ventures to measure and report VOD transactions for feature films and event presentations that it packages and distributes to its cable, satellite and telco customers.

News Round-Up (I): ActionView, Comcast, Amino, AT&T

--ActionView International in Deal to Offer Mixed Martial Arts Programming on Comcast VOD
--Amino to Launch "Amino Solutions" Offering, Focus on OTT Solutions, at IBC
--AT&T Launches Interactive TV Account Manager App

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/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

News Round-Up (II): BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BT, Disney-ABC

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through September 10th
--BBC Director-General Thompson Floats Plans for International Expansion of BBC iPlayer
--BT, Disney in Deal to Launch New ABC-Branded VOD Service on BT Vision

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/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

News Round-Up (VII): Orca Interactive, Alpha Networks, YouGov, YouTube

--Viaccess's Orca Interactive Teams with Alpha Networks to Demo turnKeyTV IPTV Solution at IBC
--New YouGov Survey Appears to Show Significant Consumer Interest in Interactive TV
--Report: YouTube in Negotiations to Launch Streaming VOD Service

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/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

OTT Specialist, Boxee, Launches Movie Library

--Launch Partners are EZTakes, Indie Movies Online, MUBI and Openfilm

In a posting on the company's blog, Wednesday, OTT specialist Boxee's VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen, revealed that Boxee has begun "adding the foundations of a new Movie Library" that will complement a TV Show Library that it rolled out in January as part of its Boxee Beta launch (note: the TV Show Library is designed to allow Boxee users to browse and search for full-length TV shows from major networks across the Web).

Harmonic Unveils Universal edgeQAM Solution that Delivers up to 648 QAM's in a Two-Rack Unit

Video delivery technology provider, Harmonic, on Tuesday launched the NSG HectoQAM (NSG 9000-40G), which it bills as the first universal edgeQAM solution to deliver up to 648 QAM's per two-rack-unit chassis (compared to the 144 delivered by the company's existing line of edgeQAM's). In addition to its high density, the company says, the NSG 9000-40G incorporates "pioneering" new technologies that are designed to improve efficiency and ease-of-operation, including Harmonic's new EQAM Virtualization software technology and frequency agility for flexible placement of QAM's across the spectrum.

Shalom TV to Offer Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Services on VOD

Shalom TV, a non-profit, free VOD service devoted to Jewish culture and public affairs (note: pay-TV platforms distributing the service include Comcast, Cox, Verizon FiOS TV, Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Bright House, Rogers Cable, Frontier, MetroCast, RCN, Service Electric, Buckeye CableSystem, Armstrong Cable and Blue Ridge Communications), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it will offer on-demand Jewish High Holiday services (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) to the 38 million homes reached by its service, starting September 5th. According to Shalom TV, this marks the first time that Jewish High Holiday services will be made available on national cable television.

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