* BigBand, TVWorks do ETV demo work
BigBand Networks and TVWorks, the Comcast Corp.-Cox Communications interactive television joint venture, said they have demonstrated enhanced television (ETV) capabilities during a series of interoperability tests conducted at CableLabs.
BigBand noted that it has expanded its Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR) to enable interactive advertising, TV-based e-commerce and interactive programming based on the CableLabs ETV specs.
TVWorks, meanwhile, has developed a platform that supports apps based on the new CableLabs ETV-Binary Interchange Format specs, which are designed to support the cable industry’s legacy, pre-OCAP base of digital set-tops, as well as forthcoming models that will support the full OCAP stack.
* Main joins Tandberg
Tandberg Television has appointed Robin Main to the post of senior vice president of application software.
* Widevine to protect Telus content
Widevine Technologies, a maker of downloadable content protection technologies, has won a six-year deal to protect content across multiple devices and platforms for Canada-based TELUS, which offers a range of cellular and IPTV-based video services.
Under the deal, Widevine will secure content via set-tops and PCs. TELUS will also tap Widevine’s Cypher platform to protect content that is fed wirelessly.
* Cisco to buy metro Ethernet specialist Greenfield Networks
Cisco Systems Corp. will acquire privately-held Greenfield Networks, a maker of integrated circuits, hardware and software optimized for Ethernet packet processing techniques that will be used to optimize next-generation Metro Ethernet services.
“By integrating Greenfield Networks’ technology with Cisco’s family of Metro Ethernet switches, we will be able to improve time to market of new carrier-class features to our service provider partners,” said Kathy Hill, senior vice president, Ethernet and Wireless Technology Group.