IBC 2009 headlines

IBC 2009 was held in Amsterdam Sept. 11-15, and FierceIPTV has collected many announcements made at the show:

> Opera Software announced and demonstrated support for the Intel Media Processor CE 3100, which could be used in Internet-connected TVs and other devices and could provide the foundation for Opera widgets to TV apps. The company said the move was part of its "Opera for connected TVs" strategy.

> Open TV had several announcements, including an external PVR storage solution in partnership with Seagate, a new version of its middleware--Open TV Core3, a new software developers kit, and support for "pull" video-on-demand and over-the-top (OTT) video.

> Multichannel news reported that both Motorola and Tandberg Television announced and demonstrated 1080p HDTV encoders.

> Broadband TV News reported that Advanced Digital Broadcast landed a contract to supply ITI Neovision with a hybrid satellite-IP receiver to ITI Neovision, and that the ADB-5720SX will be offered as the nbox.

> Virgin Media announced that it is deploying Cisco's digital video headend technology and IPTV distribution platform to upgrade Virgin's current cable TV infrastructure.

> For the first time at IBC, switched digital video vendor BigBand Networks will be showcasing its vIP PASS™ its MSP2000 network-based media processing platform; and its Converged Video Exchange or CVEx&trade, a converged video platrform.

> Software vendor ANT says it will chat up its new Managed Service concept at IBC. The concept revolves around the recently announced ANT Galio HbbTV Platform for supporting hybrid IPTV/Web multimedia content. The HbbTV industry initiative was just announced last week. Find out more at the European Broadcasting Union village, stand number 10.D21.

> Nagravision and its parent firm the Kudelski Group have a lot going on at the show. Nagravision and Deutsche Telekom are using the Nagra Media Widget platform to demonstrate a new tvister widget on an OpenTV-powered HD set-top box. Kudelski subsidiary SmartDTV also will be talking about its new licensing agreement with Irdeto, and Kudelski itself may have more to say about this week's acquisition of U.S. firm MediOh!

> SoftatHome has announced partnerships with Broadcom and Bitband Technologies leading up to the show, and also is displaying what it claims is the first end-to-end, 3D TV solution, along with partners Orca Interactive and Viaccess.

> Harmonic announced its new MediaPrism convergence suite for multi-screen video delivery to the TV, PC, iPhone and other mobile devices. The company said its being used by Tier 1 service providers in trials. In addition, Harmonic said that Civolution's content monetization and security technologies have been integrated with Harmonic's Rhozet Carbon Coder to deliver multiple-format transcoding with watermarking and fingerprinting capabilities.