Rovi introduces DivX Plus Streaming and UV support on Store

Interactive TV technology provider Rovi is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil an update to its Rovi Entertainment Store, the company’s white-label product for over-the-top storefront creation and management. This new version will offer software development kits to streamline customer storefront launches, features including DivX Plus Streaming to help enhance the consumer […]

Access to unveil social video platform

TV technology provider Access is using the CES show in Las Vegas to unveil a new social video platform, ACCESSMyTV. The platform provides for the creation of personalised web video channels that can be shared with friends and family via social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. The resulting consumer engagement will in turn enable […]

Roku to launch ‘Streaming Stick’

Over-the-top TV specialist Roku has announced plans to launch the Roku Streaming Stick, a wireless USB stick that can be plugged into a TV to make it connectable. The streaming stick, which will be launched in the second half of this year, will feature built-in WiFi, a processor, memory and Roku’s smart TV software. It […]

Arqiva wins France 24 and Freesat deals

Broadcast services provider Arqiva has secured UK distribution deals with France 24 and Freesat.   The five-year contract with news channel France 24 will see Arqiva providing multiplexing, uplinking and satellite services to deliver the channel’s English language feed to the BSkyB and Freesat DTH platforms as well as to various hotels. Arqiva has also […]

AT&T to pay out for TiVo patent infringement

US telco AT&T has agreed to settle a patent dispute with DVR technology provider TiVo and will pay about US$215 million (€165 million) to the TV technology specialist between now and 2018. The exact payment will depend on AT&T’s subscriber growth being in line with expectations. AT&T follows pay TV provider EchoStar, which agreed to […]

Microvisata launches Viasat Sport package

Lithuanian cable operator Microvisata is launching a new Viasat Sport package for its digital customers. Microvisata is offering Viasat Sport Baltic together with Viasat’s new Viasat Premier League, covering English Premier League football, and Viasat Golf channels. The package will be available free of charge until the end of the month and for €12 thereafter. […]

Conax names CEO

Telenor-owned conditional access specialist Conax has named Morten Solbakken as its new CEO. Solbakken, formerly chief operating officer at Telenor Broadcast Holding had been acting CEO since Berit Svendsen stepped up from CEO of Conax to become executive vice-president and CEO of Telenor Norway in September. “Morten Solbakken knows the company well, as former board […]

HbbTV trial for GlobeCast and France 24

GlobeCast and France 24 will launch a HbbTV trial in early 2012 with the support of Orange and SES. The service, to be offered to satellite viewers of France 24, initially in western Europe, will add a layer of interactivity to connected TVs. Throughout 2012, participating satellite TV viewers will be able to use their […]

Rovi names Carson as president and CEO

Digital technology company Rovi has appointed Thomas Carson as its new president and chief executive following the departure of Alfred Amoroso. Amoroso has been chief executive of the company since July 2005. Carson, who has worked at Rovi since May 2008 and has most recently been executive vice-president, worldwide sales and marketing, will start his […]

Pace and Amino lose CEOs

The CEOs of set-top vendors Pace and Amino have left their respective companies. Pace CEO Neil Gaydon has been replaced by Mike Pulli, the president of the set-top vendor’s Americas division, following a turbulent year for the UK-based company. Pace said Gaydon was leaving to “seek a fresh challenge”. He had worked at the company […]