IFA 2009 – BERLIN. Eutelsat Kabelkiosk will show hybrid receivers with web access at this year’s consumer electronics show in Berlin. Viewers will be able to request clips and programmes on demand on an interactive Kabelkiosk portal.
The German broadcaster RTL will introduce a new text service using the Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) standard. It will launch the service, called HD Text, next year.
Over-the-top provider Boxee has received a $6 million (€4.24 million) cash injection through a funding round that brings in Boston-based General Catalyst.
Broadcom, Cisco, DirecTV and Samsung are to participate in a new grouping that will develop a full-features “pixel accurate” Remote User Interface to aid the sharing of digital content in the connected home.
Miniweb has announced a collaboration with Metrological Media Innovations, the Dutch provider of middleware and reference designs, that will offer converged internet and broadband TV services onto Intel CE 3100 powered devices.
The success story that is Mediaset Premium continued into the first half of 2009.
Blockbuster has announced it will make its library of premium digital entertainment available via select new Samsung HDTVs, home theatre systems and Blu-ray players.
The French broadcaster NRJ has announced the launch of its service on the Philips NetTV portal.
A new range of Connected TVs from Bristol Interactive is demonstrating a true convergence between the internet and broadcast television.
Sony has announced that the on-demand video service VidZone is now available for free for European PlayStation 3 owners.