Buckeye picks BigBand for IP video technology; Charter, Itaas partner on EBIF-enabled interactive TV

> Buckeye CableSystems said it will extend its switched digital video infrastructure using BigBand's video technology to offer IP video services across multiple platforms while supporting for existing business models. Buckeye is using Verimatrix for its digital TV security solutions for the trial period. News release.

> Charter Communications is working with Itaas on an EBIF-enabled interactive TV platform using Motorola set-tops and software developed by Comcast-owned TVWorks. Story.

> OpenTV has launched a campaign management product designed to serve the VoD advertising market and scheduled for beta release next month. Story.

> Four-year-old company Related Content Database Inc. (RCDb) is looking to expand into the cable industry with servers that reside at the cable headend and run on devices on EBIF and tru2way. Story.

> Cable executives see no reason to rush into putting all their programming on the Web before it's proven that the move won't cannibalize existing businesses, industry leaders said during a session at The Cable Show. Story

And finally ... E-commerce vendor Delivery Agent has acquired interactive media agency The Band, marking its second acquisition in less than two weeks. Delivery Agent now plans to set up an advanced interactive media division. Story.