AT&T ready to start talking with Hallmark Channel; Envivio breaks down video processing walls

> A smart aleck might suggest that Martha Stewart is scaring AT&T (NYSE: T) back to the negotiating table with the Hallmark Channel. Since the TV diva has her fingerprints all over Hallmark these days (and we're sure she'll use some vinegar solution to clean that up) it's not surprising that an AT&T spokesperson said that its U-Verse service is ready to make nice with the channel, which has been off the net since Aug. 31. Hallmark, true to the cause of retransmission, said that's hogwash; AT&T is still hunkered down in a non-negotiating stance. Story.

> Envivio is doing its part to tear down the walls surrounding multi-screen video processing with upgraded firmware that it says delivers "the world's first unified, broadcast-quality, video processing platform with built-in support for all leading IPTV, mobile and Internet TV video formats." News release.

> The cliché you're thinking of is synergy. Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will be using its new Google Instant search update with its soon-to-be-launched Google TV offering. Story.

> No doubt the whole world's watching as Motorola (NYSE: MOT) launches its always-popular, new and improved next-generation HD IPTV set-top box in Turkey, where TTNET will take advantage of the box's high-end features at low-end prices, the two parties said in a news release.

> Entone used a more conventional stage to unveil its hybrid HD receiver for "live broadcast and OTT applications." The box, called Karmai, is part of the company's demonstrations at IBC in Amsterdam. Story.

> There must be a trade show going on-we're reading and hearing the word "launch" more often than the folks at Cape Canaveral. Anyhoo, Liberty Global (Nasdaq: LBTYA) has said it will launch a multimedia home gateway product powered by Celeno's WiFi "solution." That, of course, begs the never-ending question. If it's a solution, where's the problem? News release.

> Never one to be left off an opportunity to use its technology, Clearwire (Nasdaq: CLWR) has launched CLEAR iSpot, "a personal hotspot with dedicated support for Apple's (NASDAQ:AAPL) line of mobile devices. News release.

And finally... Ted Torbeck has launched a new career as general manager of Cincinnati Bell Communications (NYSE: CBB), where he will oversee the telco's cable-competitive consumer and business wireline and wireless products. News release.

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