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ActiveVideo, Videon Team Up For Interactive TV Platform

9/21/2009 03:37:01 PM Eastern

San Jose, Calif. - ActiveVideo Networks and middleware developer Videon Central said Monday they have partnered to develop and expand their interactive television systems for CE devices.

The two companies will combine Videon'score middleware technologies and ActiveVideo'sprocessing for an "in the network cloud" system, to expand Web-based user experiences.

The companies said they expect a joint solution to be available on Web-connected televisions, Blu-ray Disc and DVD players, and other devices by the end of 2010.

The two companies will demonstrate the joint solution at the Intel Developer Forum, held Sept. 22-24 at the Moscone Center West in San Francisco.

ActiveVideo offers viewers an immersive experience that combines Web video, Web 2.0 functionality and traditional television. With ActiveVideo, viewers can navigate an interactive environment of both linear and broadband programming including rich interfaces and graphics optimized for TV and remote control navigation, the company said.

Its dozens of applications, which are all accessed using standard TV remote controls, include social-networking functionality that allows viewers to link online communities with television viewing - and to share recommendations of TV shows, movies or other media - and video-on-demand (VOD) "menuing" that can drive usage by enabling viewers to sample VOD content and easily search for titles, actors and genres of interest.

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