Tech Briefs

Apr 8, 2002  •  Post A Comment

ITV package aimed at cable operators
Three technology companies have partnered to create a comprehensive cost-effective interactive television package for cable operators that will include video-on-demand, an interactive program guide, e-mail and games. TV Guide Interactive will offer its new TVGI2001 IPG, which includes added functionality such as pay-per-view enhancements; WorldGate will offer the ability to send e-mail, chat online, shop, play games and surf the Web; and Concurrent’s MediaHawk Broadband VOD System will offer users the ability to call up movies and watch them with VCR-like functions. The ITV package is expected to be available for cable operators in summer 2002.
Canal Plus previews PVR satellite receiver
Canal Plus Technologies will preview EchoStar’s DishPVR 721 satellite receiver, powered by Canal Plus’ MediaHighway middleware, at the National Association of Broadcasters show in Las Vegas this week. The Dish PVR721 offers up to 110 hours of video storage. It won best of show in the innovations and design-engineering showcase in the satellite systems product category at the International Consumer Electronics Show earlier this year.
Sony dual-broadcast truck on show at NAB
The Sony Integration Center is building an as-yet-unnamed HD/601 dual-broadcast truck that it will display at the Sony Integration Booth at NAB this week, with Fujinon lenses, a Sony MVS-8000 dual-switcher system and Pesa system routers. The truck was designed for separate standard-definition and high-definition video signal paths and aspect ratios so that both signals retain their own pure video layers.
Short takes
Adelphia Communications added 24-hour interactive horse racing network TVG to some of its Los Angeles-area cable systems. Viewers can place wagers on any of TVG’s daily horse races by telephone, computer and, in the future, interactive remote control. … Fox Sports chose Chyron Corp.’s Duet graphics and animation system for its on-air NASCAR coverage.