uReach Technologies adds iTV access to unified communications
HOLMDEL, N.J.-uReach Technologies Inc. has announced interactive TV access to its Unified Communications service framework for broadband service providers. Broadband service providers will now be able to deliver Unified Communications solutions to their subscribers over any cable access device (for example, cable modem/PC, set-top box, cable telephony), as well as wireless devices, according to the company.
uReach solutions offer broadband subscribers the ability to use iTV to access their e-mail, voice mail, faxes and SMS messages. In addition, it positions iTV as a platform for important message notifications and the display of visual caller ID on TV screens. Subscribers have the option to answer incoming calls, send them to voice mail, reroute the call to other numbers or just hang up. All this is done while protecting TV viewers from unwanted messaging and interruptions.
uReach Technologies is demonstrating its solution at the CableNET exhibit at the Western Show.
iSurfTV will show IPG systems
SUNNYVALE, Calif.-iSurfTV, which recently entered into a strategic partnership with Motorola, is demonstrating its Interactive Program Guide at the Western Show. The company provides IPG solutions that allow network operators to have full control over their IPG, including design, functionality, branding and revenue opportunities.
Motorola enhances TV
ANAHEIM, Calif.-Motorola Inc. Broadband Communications Sector has launched the EVr-8401 Enhanced TV Viewer, a wireless, touchscreen, handheld device that helps enrich the TV viewing experience, according to the company. The viewer wirelessly connects to either a Motorola DCT-5000 family advanced interactive digital set-top terminal's cable modem, or a standalone cable modem for an "always-on" high-speed connection.
When connected to a high-speed data cable service, the unit offers users a second screen for accessing Internet content relating to the TV programming they are watching. Users are able to casually view content from the Internet on the EVr-8401, while they and those in the room continue watching the TV programming-uninterrupted and in full-screen video.
The EVr-8401's interactive programming, Internet, e-mail, chat and instant messaging applications are accessible through a remote IR keyboard, touch-screen keyboard or on-screen handwriting recognition. In addition, users can play MP3 audio from the Web, link simultaneously to the Web site of the television program being watched, and tune channels-via the remote control function-on a Motorola DCT-2000 or DCT-5000 family digital set-top terminal, or other consumer electronics product such as a TV or VCR. The EVr-8401 can also be used as a portable device to access the Internet, e-mail and other online services from anywhere in and around the home.
Concero helps operators assess iTV services
LOS ANGELES-Baffled about how to deploy interactive TV? Concero Inc. has introduced Entertainment-On-Demand services, which assist cable operators and cable programmers with the assessment, design, development and deployment of new interactive services that improve merchandising and sale of on-demand assets (movies, TV programming, music and games).
Concero assists network operators in selecting the appropriate hardware and software components, as well as integrating these components with other applications such as electronic programming guides and billing systems to deliver a complete solution. The company also provides verification testing of these solutions to ensure successful integration and interoperability in the planned deployment environment.
Concero's integration labs feature five separate headends, including Harmonic, Motorola and Scientific-Atlanta.
PrediWave debuts television text and image on-demand services
ANAHEIM, Calif.-PrediWave has introduced a text and image on-demand (TOD) service which enables cable operators to transmit up to 100,000 pages of static text over one analog channel. As a component of the recently introduced PrediWave Digital Broadcast Delivery System, the application enhances traditional data broadcasting by providing consumers with access to text and graphics via their television sets for digital viewing at any time. This interactive function allows users to view information from a variety of resources, including newspapers, books, magazines and Web sites, along with the ability to conduct paid transactions in real-time.
With a PrediWave set-top box, users can gain instant access to all types of content. Each individual program or channel can offer a distinct type of content. Additional possibilities are newsletters, government documents or information, travel and airline data, weather, news, Yellow pages and a digitized library. With two-way interactivity, capabilities also include shopping, stock market transactions, third-party billing, creation of a personal telephone book and Web surfing. TOD channels can be self-operated by a cable system or licensed to other content providers, and each may carry embedded paid advertising or promotional messages. The PrediWave TOD capability does not require a set-top box with a hard drive to deliver content, but may be included as a means to provide storage for text, video-on-demand movies or other time-shifted television content.
Time Warner picks Concurrent VOD for Houston
ATLANTA, Ga.-Time Warner Cable has chosen Concurrent Computer Corp. to launch video-on-demand services for its Houston division, the company's fourth largest division. The project represents the first system-wide VOD deployment for Time Warner on the Motorola digital platform.
For the launch, Concurrent has shipped 36 servers to Houston, with a total s