Friday, February 26, 2010

Radialpoint Named One of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for Second Consecutive Year

Radialpoint, the leading provider of ISP-managed services and support for the digital home, has been named one of Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies for the second consecutive year.

Established in 1993, Canada's 50 Best Managed Companies is a national awards program recognizing Canadian companies that have implemented world-class business practices and created value in innovative ways. For more information, visit

For the full press release, please click here.

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Support for Grows Worldwide -- Homegrid Forum Adds New Members

HomeGrid Forum kicked off 2010 with a bang as it welcomed four new members to the global, non-profit trade group promoting the United Nations' International Telecommunication Union's (ITU-T) standardization efforts. HomeGrid Forum's new members include: Polaris Networks, Taiwan-based IC Plus Corp, the Institute for Information Industry (III) and Korea Electrotechnology Research Institute (KERI). By joining HomeGrid Forum, these companies are recognizing the importance of as the single unified standard for wired home networking in the global marketplace as the technology draws closer to silicon shipment in 2010.

The members of the ITU-T's Rappatour Group have created a specification for a single MAC/PHY technology which can run over coaxial cable, phone lines, or power lines. Consumer electronics manufacturers will be able to provide powerful devices for connecting all types of entertainment, home automation, and security products throughout the house. participants include service providers, consumer electronics and information technology manufacturers, and component and intellectual property providers from around the world.

For the full press release, click here.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Wal-Mart agrees to buy video company, Vudu

According to a New York Times article on Monday, Wal-Mart has agreed to buy Vudu, a movie service Silicon Valley start-up.

Vudu competes directly with the video-on-demand services of the cable companies, but they Vudu has tried to stand out from competitors with its large selection of HD movies, user friendly interface and social media integration via Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Pandora.

For the full article, click here.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Microsoft Unveils Windows Phone 7 Series

At Mobile World Congress 2010, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the next generation of Windows Phones, Windows Phone 7 Series.

With this new platform and the for the first time ever, Microsoft will bring together Xbox LIVE games and the Zune music and video experience on a mobile phone.

Every Windows Phone 7 Series phone will come with a dedicated hardware button for Bing, providing one-click access to search from anywhere on the phone, while a special implementation of Bing search provides intent-specific results, delivering the most relevant Web or local results, depending on the type of query.

Windows Phone 7 Series includes six hubs built on specific themes reflecting activities that matter most to people:

People. This hub delivers an engaging social experience by bringing together relevant content based on the person, including his or her live feeds from social networks and photos.

Pictures. This hub makes it easy to share pictures and video to a social network in one step.

Games. This hub delivers the first and only official Xbox LIVE experience on a phone.

Music + Video. This hub creates an incredible media experience that brings the best of Zune, including content from a user’s PC, online music services and even a built-in FM radio into one simple place that is all about music and video.

Marketplace. This hub allows the user to easily discover and load the phone with certified applications and games.

Office. This hub brings the familiar experience of the world’s leading productivity software to the Windows Phone. With access to Office, OneNote and SharePoint Workspace all in one place, users can easily read, edit and share documents.

Partners from around the world have committed to include Windows Phone 7 Series in their portfolio plans. They include mobile operators AT&T, Deutsche Telekom AG, Orange, SFR, Sprint, Telecom Italia, Telefónica, Telstra, T-Mobile USA, Verizon Wireless and Vodafone, and manufacturers Dell, Garmin-Asus, HTC Corp., HP, LG, Samsung, Sony Ericsson, Toshiba and Qualcomm Inc. The first phones will be available by holiday 2010.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

CONNECTIONS US welcomes new sponsor, Allegro Software

Parks Associates welcomes Allegro Software Development Corporation as the newest Silver level sponsor for June CONNECTIONS U.S. event.

Allegro Software Development Corporation is the premier provider of UPnP networking and device management technologies specifically targeted at embedded Internet applications. Since 1996, Allegro has been a force in the evolution of device management solutions with its RomPager embedded web server toolkit. Now also an active contributor to UPnP / DLNA initiatives, Allegro supplies a range of UPnP toolkits that offer portability, easy integration and full compliance with UPnP device specifications. Allegro is headquartered in Boxborough, MA.

For more information about Allegro Software Development Corporation, please visit

HBO and Verizon FiOS TV Introduce HBO GO

Verizon and HBO announced that Verizon's FiOS TV customers will be the first to gain access to, HBO's online video destination featuring over 600 hours of HBO programming.

HBO Go is part of the cable industry's TV Everywhere strategy to make TV content available online to paying subscribers.

Starting tomorrow, FiOS customers who subscribe to HBO will automatically receive free, unlimited online access to HBO programming at any time, from any U.S. location with a broadband connection. Customers must subscribe to both FiOS TV and FiOS Internet.

With HBO GO, FiOS TV customers who subscribe to HBO can instantly watch their favorite programs from a PC or MAC computer via a browser-based application. HBO GO will support Verizon subaccounts and allow up to three simultaneous users from the same household. Users have the ability to customize their experience through multiple browsing and viewing options, as well as the ability to restrict content with easy to use parental controls.

For more information, click here.

Friday, February 12, 2010

Panasonic opens Full HD 3D Theatre at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games

World invited to experience highlights of the Olympics in full HD 3D at Panasonic's Olympic Pavilion

Panasonic Corporation, the Official Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Audio and Visual Equipment category for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, opened the doors of its Olympic Pavilion "Panasonic FULL HD 3D THEATRE" featuring two 103-inch full HD 3D theatres at LiveCity Yaletown, official celebration site of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

Panasonic's Full HD 3D Theatre at the 2010 Winter Games offers the public the first opportunity to experience a new era of immersive visual entertainment that will soon be available for consumers to enjoy at home. It is a 3D experience that easily rivals the best that can be seen in cinemas.

With Panasonic's frame sequential technology, images are alternately reproduced at 60 frames per second for each eye for a total of 120 frames per second. These images are viewed alternately through high-precision 3D eyewear with shutters driven in synchronization with the video. As a result, each eye views a separate 1920 x 1080 full-HD image for beautiful, clear 3D images with no degradation in quality.

Highlight videos of 2010 Winter Games screened in the full HD 3D theatre are sourced from the International Olympic Committee.

Telcordia Next Generation Service Delivery & Charging Solution Nominated for Award

Telcordia Delivers Performance Demanded by Mission-Critical Telecom Applications

Telcordia announced its Service Delivery & Charging Suite, currently deployed by more than 35 mobile operators worldwide, is a nominee for the Global Mobile Awards in the Best Billing or Customer Care Solution category.

The Telcordia Service Delivery & Charging Suite includes products, solutions and hosted services that enable Communication Service Providers (CSPs) to quickly differentiate themselves in hyper-competitive and hyper-growth markets with innovative service offerings. The suite has been widely adopted across the globe, by CSPs such as Tata Teleservices India, Uninor India, Aircel India, Oi Brazil, Orange UK, Chunghwa and Swisscom. The suite includes the Telcordia® Real-Time Charging solution.

The Telcordia Service Delivery & Charging Suite provides a service-creation environment that enables innovative service differentiation for mobile, fixed, cable and convergent networks; a telecom application server to run next generation prepaid and converged charging; pre-built services including bandwidth management , personalized advertising and mobile business applications; a carrier-proven SIP server designed for convergent networks; and a large scale in-memory subscriber database that holds customer accounts and policies with a proven architecture that scales to hundreds of millions of subscribers.

For more information about Telcordia, visit

Synacor Working with 14 CABLE operators to enable participationin Olympic Online Connect

Synacor’s entitlement platform will enable over 9 million subscribers of select multi-channel video programming distributor’s (MVPD’s) to view a wealth of Internet video content at during the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games, which commence on February 12 and run through February 28. “Olympics Online Connect” on is one part of a larger Enhanced Olympics Package of programming made available to consumers through NBC Universal and its distribution partners.

Fourteen cable system operators, all of which are participating NBC Olympics affiliates, will use Synacor solutions to provide their customers access to “Olympics Online Connect,” where their video subscribers can watch exclusive Olympic Winter Games coverage on The Synacor solution will serve as a single integration point between NBC Universal and service providers, providing video subscribers with simplified and secure access to more than 1,000 hours of NBC’s coverage of event competition on, including more than 300 hours of live events and more than 400 hours of on-demand-encore replays.

Operators working with Synacor include Charter, WOW!, Armstrong, Blue Ridge Communications, HickoryTech Corporation, Bend Broadband, Midcontinent Communications, Suddenlink Communications, Atlantic Broadband, Mediacom, GVTC Communications, Knology, Grande Communications and NewWave Communications.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

International research firm announces agenda for Amsterdam executive summit

Parks Associates announced the agenda for CONNECTIONS™ Europe: Monetizing Connectivity and User Experiences, which the international research firm will host on April 27, 2010, in Amsterdam.

CONNECTIONS™ Europe is the leading executive summit featuring European and international consumer research, top executives, and innovative companies in the digital living markets. The summit will examine business models and challenges related to digital media, including the potential of 3D video in the home, the role of value-added services in building ARPU, monetization of over-the-top content, and the challenge of pushing content to multiple connected CE, including smartphones and other mobile devices.

The preliminary agenda for CONNECTIONS™ Europe features the following sessions:
Bringing the Content
Extending the Video Experience to Multiple Screens
-- Controlling the Experience
Value-added Services & the Video Ecosystem
-- Mobile Video: The Cloud, the App Store & the Connected Home

CONNECTIONS™ Europe will feature Parks Associates’ expert consumer and industry research, with the company’s analysts presenting data from consumer research projects including All Eyes on Video, Consumer Decision Process, Residential Energy Management, and Digital Media Evolution.

Early sponsors for CONNECTIONS™ Europe, also members of Parks Associates’ Premier Program, include ActiveVideo Networks and PacketVideo. Visit for more information on the Premier Program.

Visit for more information about CONNECTIONS™ Europe. The deadline for speaker submissions is March 1, 2010.

Industry-First Integration of Mobile Promotions With Facebook and Twitter

Mozes, the leader in mobile engagement, announced the industry-first integration of mobile promotions and social media. Marketers can now easily create mobile campaigns, like sweepstakes, that will spread virally using the new integrated social media features of Mozes Connect.

Fans can also participate in a variety of other exciting mobile promotions granting them VIP fan access to meet Grammy-award winning stars, attend amazing shows all over the country, and even get signed memorabilia.

Marketers can boost participation rates and encourage sharing of their mobile campaigns by logging in to the Mozes Connect platform and entering their Facebook and Twitter credentials to post customized messages to their pages. Marketers can also increase participation in their campaigns by promoting them to an existing mobile fan list, as well as through the Mozes iPhone application. You can download the free Mozes application for the iPhone or iPod touch here.

For the full press release, click here.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blackwave Expands Business Operations to Asia

Blackwave, an innovator in Internet video storage and delivery infrastructure, announced it expanded its business operations into Asia. The company recently opened headquarters offices in Tokyo and Seoul, and has staffed them with highly experienced managers and employees. It has also signed major customer and partner agreements in both countries.

Blackwave's new Asian initiatives are geared to launch the company into a solid leadership position as a provider of advanced video delivery solutions for content publishers, video aggregators, CDNs, cable/IPTV and wireless network operators to Japanese and South Korean corporate customers and reseller partners.

For the full press release, click here.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Call for Papers, CONNECTIONS Europe & U.S.

We are now accepting speaker submissions for the two upcoming Parks Associates events:

April 27, 2010
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Event website:

CONNECTIONS Europe features perspectives from industry leaders and international research firm Parks Associates regarding:

-- Advanced television services
-- The residential gateway and the set-top box
-- Consumer buying habits, service and product preferences, and future purchase intentions
-- Business models and opportunities for TV operators, content developers, advertisers, and CE companies
-- Impact and market outlook for new technologies, including 3D TV

Call for Papers DEADLINE: MARCH 1

CONNECTIONS: The Digital Living Conference and Showcase
June 8-10, 2010
Santa Clara, California, USA

CONNECTIONS will address the opportunities and challenges in connected CE, 3D TV, smart grid and energy management solutions, consumer and technical support, smartphones and mobile services, social media, and content management. CONNECTIONS attracts companies with market-leading digital living initiatives and senior executives from industries associated with the digital home, new media and content distribution, and mobile applications and services.

Event website:

Call for Papers DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15

Monday, February 8, 2010

Industry Preferred Connected Home Software Provides Seamless Media Sharing Across Networked Devices for More Leading CE OEMs than the Competition

PacketVideo (PV) announced at the 2010 CES that its award-winning TwonkyMedia server software has now shipped in more than two million devices, confirming its position as the market leader in providing consumer electronics manufacturers with digital media sharing capabilities on compatible home and mobile consumer electronics products.

TwonkyMedia server makes it simple for consumers to stream digital photos, video and music to connected devices throughout their home network. PV's software supports more media file types and operating systems, and is compatible with a wider range of devices – including PCs, gaming consoles, and DLNA- and UPnP-compliant hardware – than any other media server software on the market.

By integrating TwonkyMedia server software into their products, CE manufacturers benefit from customizable interface, skin and navigation structure options, enabling a unique, out-of-the-box branded experience. User-friendly menu options and advanced content search and discovery capabilities ensure the product meets stringent consumer demands, while support for multiple languages, most major operating platforms and the widest range of music, video and photo file formats in the industry rounds out the most complete media server software product on the market.

A downloadable consumer version of PV's software, TwonkyMedia manager, is also available at

Saturday, February 6, 2010

AUSTAR and Rovi Sign IPG Patent License Agreement

Agreement Marks Growth of Rovi’s International Licensing Program

Rovi Corporation (NASDAQ: ROVI) and Austar United Communications Limited announced that they have entered into a multi-year license agreement for interactive program guide (IPG) patents owned by Rovi.

The agreement provides AUSTAR with a license to Rovi’s IPG patents for AUSTAR’s pay television services in Australia. AUSTAR is an affiliate of UPC Broadband in Europe, via parent company Liberty Global, Inc. UPC recently negotiated a similar agreement with Rovi.

To read more, click here.

Friday, February 5, 2010

CONNECTIONS Europe - Call for Papers

CONNECTIONS Europe is now accepting submissions for speakers at the upcoming Summit in Amsterdam on April 27, 2010. Deadline for submission is March 1.

CONNECTIONS Europe Agenda will include:

- Advanced television services
- The residential gateway and the set-top box
- Consumer buying habits, service and product preferences, and future purchase intentions
- Business models and opportunities for TV operators, content developers, advertisers, and CE companies
- Impact and market outlook for new technologies, including 3D TV

Here is the direct link to submit:

For more information about CONNECTIONS Europe, visit,

Cheetah Cables Annouces Technology Partnership with PNY Technologies

Cheetah Cables, an innovation leader in high technology consumer accessories for the gaming, portables and home/office computing markets, announced a technology partnership with PNY Technologies, a global leader in flash memory, USB flash drives, solid state drives, computer memory upgrade modules, as well as consumer and professional graphics cards. Under the strategic partnership, Cheetah Cables and PNY will jointly manufacture and market a line of ultra thin, high performance active HDMI cables under the PNY Technologies brand.

These active HDMI cables have a patented semiconductor technology from RedMere embedded in the cable which minimizes the data errors that usually occur when very high speed signals are transmitted over copper using signal conditioning techniques. The engineering team at Cheetah Cables has delivered a consumer electronics product with significant innovation and market leading performance.

To learn more about what Cheetah Cables and PNY are doing to support the consumer electronic demand for intelligent, ultra thin cables, visit or

Technicolor reaches 100 million digital set-top box milestone

Technicolor, formerly Thomson, a worldwide leader of services to content creators, has reached the milestone of delivering 100 million digital set-top boxes over multi networks since it entered the market in 1994.

Technicolor’s success is largely thanks to the contracts it has won with major clients in a global marketplace. In North America, Technicolor’s first digital satellite STB customer, DIRECTV remains a loyal customer today. In Latin America, Technicolor provides set-top boxes to key players including DIRECTV Latin America and Sky Brazil and Sky Mexico, while in Europe, it has nurtured relationships with leading names including UPC Broadband and News Corp. affiliates such as BSkyB, as well as HOT, in the Middle East, and Astro of Malaysia and Tata Sky in the Asia-Pacific.

For many of its global customers, Technicolor has established long-term relationships and garnered repeat business thanks to its ongoing product evolution for all technology platforms, including digital cable, satellite television, terrestrial broadcasting and IPTV.

For the full press release, click here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Technicolor Announces Strategic Partnership with Warner Bros.

Technicolor has entered into a strategic partnership with Warner Bros. covering a broad number of areas.

Technicolor and Warner Bros. have entered into a long term contract covering replication and distribution services for DVD and Blu-ray discs, which is expected to start generating material revenue in third quarter 2010. Warner Bros. is the worldwide market leader in terms of physical media volumes (DVD and Blu-ray combined). Technicolor is the world leading replicator of prerecorded physical media.

The strategic partnership also covers other aspects relating to strategic technology initiatives.


The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE), today announced an unprecedented new initiative that is designed to help cable system operators to leverage the financial and environmental advantages of implementing “green” strategies.

The Smart Energy Management Initiative (SEMI), an expansion of SCTE’s leadership role in the application of environmentally-friendly and sustainable procedures and products, is intended to drive the creation of meaningful solutions for more efficient operations and economic benefit, as well as positive community impact. The initial agenda for 2010 and beyond includes multiple forums to raise awareness of developing solutions and how they apply to cable operations; an intensive research and thought leadership program; expanded panels and exhibit platforms at Cable-Tec Expo and other SCTE events; development of best practices in the area of energy management; and practical technology demonstrations.

SCTE will host the first of several 2010 SEMI events on April 7 at the Comcast Center in Philadelphia. The agenda is expected to include a variety of topics, such as development of a process for calculating baseline energy usage; updates on alternative heating and cooling solutions; and approaches to reduce outside plant powering costs and consumption. An inaugural forum in December, 2009 addressed facility powering issues and the industry-wide need for, and benefits of, comprehensive energy management plans.

For the full press release, click here.