CEDaily Direct News Briefs:
• Myrio to integrate RealPlayer support
DSL vendor Myrio Corp. said it will enhance its IP-based digital television software platform by bundling RealNetworks' RealPlayer.
Myrio said it will license RealPlayer to offer streaming media content to "selected" Linux-based set-tops. Myrio's software also supports the delivery digital television, video-on-demand, Internet access and digital music.
Last year, Myrio inked a deal to buy 85,000 DSL4000 digital gateways from Pace Micro Technology Americas.
Adding RealPlayer "makes our offering more attractive to our customers, because it gives them another unique service ton increase subscriber adoption and revenue opportunities," said Myrio President and CEO Charlie Jablonski.
• Showtime brings Dolby Digital to all channels
Following the launch of Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound on Showtime's HDTV signals in 2000, the premium network has announced that it will offer the audio technology to every one of its standard definition and HDTV channels across all time zones. Showtime now offers a whopping 32 Dolby Digital 5.1-enabled channels. In 2002 alone, Showtime plans to air close to 150 movies and 88 series episodes in 5.1
So who can get Dolby Digital 5.1? Well, at year's end 2001, more than 30 million households had DVD players, and almost all of those have the capability to output or decode the 5.1 signal. And according to Dolby Laboratories, more than 10 million households have a set-top box capable of outputting Dolby Digital 5.1 via DBS or digital cable.
• CompleteTV tabs Stack
Bill Stack has been appointed chief operating officer at CompleteTV. In his new position, Stack will oversee the day-to-day operations at the broadband digital entertainment service provider. The company believes Stack's background, including a stint as vice president and general manager at US West in Arizona, will enable it to reach its goal of aligning itself with the telcos.
• SCTE honors cable systems
The Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers is honoring 100 cable systems for their commitment to safety in the workplace. The award is based on a company's OSHA recordable incident rate. All of the 100 hundred awards were doled out between three of the country's largest MSOs: Charter Communications, Cox Communications and Comcast Cable. For a complete list of the winning systems, visit www.scte.org/membership/awards/safetyawardwinners.html
• Worldgate reports Q1 results
Interactive television provider WorldGate Communications Inc. posted first quarter revenue of $3.2 million, a 22 percent drop from the $4.1 million reported in the first quarter 2001. Reduced equipment sales fueled the drop, says WorldGate. The company's quarterly net loss was $4.2 million, or 18 cents a share. Analysts on average were expecting a loss of 24 cents a share, according to Thomson Financial/First Call.