Broadband Briefs for 12/03/08
• Cablevision unveils online store for CE products
By Traci Patterson
Cablevision has revealed the new Optimum Store.com, which provides Cablevision customers with access to information and savings on a variety of consumer electronics products.
The CE products, according to Cablevision, have been selected to enhance the company’s iO TV digital television, Optimum Voice and Optimum Online high-speed Internet services.
The online store features customer ratings of CE products and online video tutorials addressing frequently asked questions. Featured items include high-definition televisions, DECT 6.0 cordless phones, Bluetooth devices, home audio equipment and more.
• OpenTV helps power up HOT’s HD service
By Mike Robuck
HOT, one of Israel’s largest operators, has tapped OpenTV to help launch its new high-definition (HD) TV services.
HOT has deployed OpenTV’s Core2 to reach the one million households it serves in Israel with the new HD services.
“OpenTV was selected to provide us with a robust and scalable solution which we needed to accommodate our growing business and new services,” said Meidad Katz, HOT’s Vice President Engineering & Chief Technology Officer. “We look forward to a continued and strong partnership with OpenTV and to bringing more advanced services to our subscribers.”
• Mobile DTV Alliance partners with bmcoforum, GCF
By Traci Patterson
The Mobile DTV Alliance (MDTVA) has formed a strategic liaison with the Broadcast Mobile Convergence Forum (bmcoforum) in order to expand the mobile digital TV market. The MDTVA also announced an agreement with the Global Certification Forum (GCF), an active partnership between network operators, device manufacturers and the test industry.
The liaison with the bmcoforum provides the MDTVA with an opportunity to build on the knowledge acquired by the Forum through its deployment and testing in mobile DTV markets outside of North America. The GCF will help provide a crucial specifications suite for emerging mobile DTV technologies.
And the MDTVA announced the formation of technical working groups. One group is devoted to driving the interoperability profile of mobile DTV technologies, in conjunction with the Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC), which recently elevated its specification for Mobile Digital Television to Candidate Standard status (story here). A second group is focused on measuring audience metrics. The third working group is concentrating on how to leverage the audience data so that broadcasters can provide their clients with more targeted advertising opportunities.
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