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iTV Developers & Agencies

ActiveTV, http://www.active-tv.com

ActiveTV is a leading developer of iTV services in Scandinavia and is a double-winner of the Interactive Prize 2001 for the best launched program-related and advertising application. The company has contributed to the development and building of the iTV-concepts for operators Boxer and Viasat in Sweden.

High deliverance capacity and strong position in developing services for sports, betting, quiz, entertainment and advertising. ActiveTV develop services cross-platform, i.e. for all operator platforms; OpenTV, MHEG, Media Highway, and HTML based systems. Represented in Sweden and U.K. currently producing applications/interactive services for Sweden, Norway and Spain.

Aglet Technologies, http://www.aglet.dk

Aglet Technologies (established 2000) is dedicated to Research & Development of iTV products and iTV integration systems.

Boasting a combined troup of 17 skilled professionals, including the Singapore based Aglet Stratagrams Asia Pacific, the company offers a wide variety of iTV services and consultancy in all aspects of service development and production. 

With the invention of BASE, Aglet provides a number of generic ITV applications that can be adopted to specific customer requirements with regard to functionality and look-and-feel. All applications have been developed in BASE ML and can be made available as operational turnkey products according to the customer specifications or as generic application templates that can be customized and extended by the customer using the BASE development platform.

The applications presently available have been launched and proven successful in operational digital TV networks.


amassmedia
, http://www.amassmedia.co.uk

amassmedia is a new company formed by the ex-Razorfish Future TV group. Existing collaborations include working with Channel 4 to create their digital text services across Channel 4 brands, re-designing DIRECTV’s entire on-air identity and launching Italy’s first VOD service with Rai.Click.

apeTV, http://www.apetv.net

apeTV is a creative agency entirely focussed on interactive TV. Our experience spans 5 years since the very beginning of interactive television. We work with some of the UK's largest blue chip clients providing interactive advertising and services, platform design and applications.

Cell iTV,
http://www.cellitv.com

Stockholm based iTV developer responsible for eTV portal on Senda's DTT platform. Significant "Consulting" capability through its parent company Cell Consulting.

Clear Blue Day,  http://www.clearblueday.com

Clear Blue Day is a rapidly expanding iTV developer, based in Sydney Australia, with an international base of clients including McDonalds and Optus. Specialising in user interface design, enhanced TV, ITV advertising and gaming, Clear Blue Day's breadth of experience results best of breed solutions.

Codecell, http://www.codecell.com

London based Codecell are a new iTV agency already working with Two Way TV and the BBC.

Connect, http://www.connect.org.uk

Connect specialises in publishing and application design for iTV and the Internet. Clients include TeleWest, the North West Development Agency and Liverpool Football Club.

Di3 Digital Impact, http://www.di3.co.uk

With unique multi-platform, future-proof technology di3 is a market leader developing innovative software, providing end-to-end solutions and consultancy for interactive TV and digital multi media.

Dusted, http://www.dusted.tv

Dusted are provider's of innovative and creative solutions for interactive TV. Specialising in the production of interactive TV applications, layout design, navigational methods and consultancy.

Enteraction TV, http://www.enteractiontv.com

Enteraction tv is Britain’s leading brand channel specialists – providing an end-to-end solution for new market entrants in digital television including consultancy, production, design, distribution and management. The company also works with broadcasters, internet based services and brands to provide content and solutions via broadband web or corporate intranets.

eTV Solutions AB,   www.etvbroadcasting.tv

eTV Solutions is a leading Scandinavian applications- and solutions provider. The company has developed and supervised one of the world's first fully interactive digital TV-channels, eTV. The t-commerce channel was distributed in the Nordic region over cable, satellite and terrestrial digital TV towards one million households, in four countries, in four languages and developed in two types of middleware, OpenTV and MediaHighway. eTV Solutions has a unique skill-set in developing, integrating and running cross-platform interactive solutions.

Extend Media, http://www.extend.com

Canadian iTV developer.

Farncombe Technology Ltd, http://www.ftl.co.uk/

"Based in the UK but with a worldwide client base, Farncombe provide technical project management and consultancy services covering all aspects of DTV, broadband and convergence to the broadcast and telecommunications industries."

FORMATEL, http://www.formatel.fr

FORMATEL , Paris based, specialises in technologies linked to digital television and is the partner of famous audio-visual groups and satellite operators. Partner of OpenTV since the launching of TPS (Television Par Satellite – France), FORMATEL has designed and developped dozens of services , games and quiz, interactive adds…..

References:

E-commerce : www.formatel.fr/fr/tvi_ecommerce.html
General services : www.formatel.fr/fr/tvi_services.html
Quiz and games: www.formatel.fr/fr/tvi_quizz.html

Advertising campaigns : www.formatel.fr/fr/tvi_epub.html

Fresh-IT,  http://www.fresh-it.com

Spanish iTV developer working closely with Canal Satelite, Viadigital and others.

Frisches Fernsehen, http://www.frischesfernsehen.de

FRISCHES FERNSEHEN is Germanys leading developer of interactive TV
Services based on SMS and phone calling. We created the first German Music-TV-Community VIVA PLUS. For our customers we create and develop new and fresh interactive TV Services.

Funny Garbage, http://www.funnygarbage.com

Funny Garbage is one of the premier media developers in the world,
producing work in a variety of media ranging from broadcast animation to interactive television, web sites, games and product designs.

GO TV, http://www.gotv.pt

Go TV is the main supplier of iTV software and applications for TV Cabo (Portuguese cable networker). We are expanding to Latin America.

Holotype,
http://www.holotype.com.au

Australia's best kept secret, Holotype are responsible for Austar's Interactive Weather Channel Application plus Australia's first interactive Television Advertising campaigns. Other clients include Sky NZ. Daniel Barton of Holotype is one of the co-founders of BroadbandBananas Australia.

HTTV, http://www.httv.fr

Business contact:
Jean-Christophe Jubin - Commercial Director - jc.jubin@httv.fr

Httv is a French based company specializing in the development of interactive services for the digital TV market ( Open TV, Mediahighway, MHP, DVB-HTML,…) Its expertise covers the whole aspect of the production chain from authoring and editing tools, to broadcasting and return path facilities.

Httv also commercializes a range of end-to-end ready to broadcast solutions enabling TV channels, operators and content providers to create their own interactive services. (TV channel, Magazine, Quiz, Radio).

Httv offers a catalogue of 18 ITV games and portal enabling the operators to manage their own games channel.(ie.e, Bandiagara TPS, )
Over the last 4 years, Httv has developed many interactive services (about 20 on air now) for major operators in Europe (TPS, Noos, Canalsat, Via Digital, FunTV) and also for TV channels.

Jacobs Rimell, www.jacobsrimell.com

JR provides service management and provisioning solutions to Broadband and Telco operators. We specialise in Broadband Interactive TV and have reference customers including: NTL, UPC/chello, OMNE, @NetHome Japan, BSI Korea.

Mainframe, http://www.mainframe.co.uk

Mainframe have been providing excellent design and intuitive technology to a number of media/entertainment companies and cultural organisations since 1999 inc. lastminute.com, Cartoon Network, ICA and Radio 1. Mainframe is a full service agency and specialises in advertising and branding for iTV, IP based broadband, PDA and wireless.

Massive Interactive, http://www.massive.com.au

Massive Interactive is the largest ITV developer in the Australasia region. With 25 broadcast applications to date, Massive develops award-winning services on the Open TV, Liberate, NDS, and MHP platforms. Massive capabilities span design and user interface, enhanced TV, programming and content development, ITV advertising, ITV messaging, custom set-top box development, content management systems, and large scale platform integration.

Coupled with their web development business, Massive has a list of
international clients, including Austar, Sky NZ, Optus, XYZ, the Lifestyle Channel, Channel [v], Music Country/Soundtrack Channel, Arena
TV, Liberate Technologies, and AOL7.

Mediaverge Solutions, http://www.mediaverge.altech.co.za

Mediaverge Solutions have provided downloable front-end and embedded set top box interactive television solutions for many broadcasters across the globe.


These solutions include return path TV-mail, on-line interactive
registration solutions as well as enhanced TV application solutions such as Big Brother and multi-language menu support solutions.

Based in South Africa and belonging to a large corporate group that has a strong association with the Pay TV broadcast environment through its set top box provider sister company UEC Technologies, Mediaverge Solutions provide cross platform and multi-network interactive solutions with their unique mix of system engineering and software development capabilities

Mindhouse, http://www.mindhouse.co.uk

iTV application developers specialising in cross-platform enhanced TV
applications for channels, broadcasters and platforms. Experience in OpenTV, MHP, Liberate, MHEG and PowerTV gained through delivery of 5 live services in the UK and 3 enhanced TV prototypes.

Mobilsoft, http://www.mobilsoft.com.tr

Mobilsoft develops applications and provides multimedia content for iTV, mobile devices, internet as well as electronic media. Between our products, TV-Mail (mail and and messaging application), BorsaVizyon (a financial tool that provides viewing, analyzing and managing of different kinds of investments, such as stock exchanges, stock indices etc.) and games (mostly based on language teaching and improving logical thinking) can be count. Operating platform for all of the applications is OpenTV EN2.

Nativ, http://www.nativ.tv

Nativ specialises in interactive television, broadband and broadcast
technologies. We are a team of uniquely skilled and experienced individuals dedicated to shaping and enriching the television and broadband industries.  We work with media agencies, broadcasters and application developers to build and deploy rich media content across the major European platforms.

Our goal is to shape the future of the iTV and broadband industries. We seek to do this by providing innovative solutions for the creation and delivery of interactive media.

NDS, http://www.nds.com

Part of the News Corp family, NDS have a significant iTV development capability and are responsible for much of the development work on Sky Sports Active, QVC Interactive etc.

NovaMedia, http://www.media.is

NovaMedia is a seven-year old company that has expertise in the area of computing and broadcasting, while working with the interaction and convergence of those technologies. NovaMedia is developing tomorrow's broadcasting solutions for the following services: Interactive Television, automated broadcasting solutions, Live SMS-feed and InfoTV-solutions.

NPTV, http://www.nptv.fr

Paris based iTV solutions provider with experience in Mediahighway and focus on Enhanced Television.

Oktobor, http://www.oktobor.com

Oktobor are New Zealand's leading interactive television developers, and one of the few developers worldwide to offer SDK-level development for OpenTV EN2. Working closely with Sky Television New Zealand, we have sucessfully launched NZ's first interactive application and now offer our development and broadcast design expertise to the world.

Purple Lizard, http://www.purple-lizard.com

“Purple Lizard Ltd is a leading provider of component-based technology solutions to the interactive entertainment and financial services sectors.
Purple Lizard develops an integrated family of highly scalable, Java based software products that enable enhanced digital entertainment and secure e-voting applications that can be deployed via the Web, digital TV, WAP, SMS, fixed-line phones, kiosks and other devices.

Purple Lizard built the Interact Server, which is available as a product, for the world two largest interactive TV events to date – Big Brother 2 and 3 in the UK. Over 10 million interactive TV votes have been processed by Interact Server so far.”

Random One, http://www.randomone.com

Random One is a mobile and cross-media marketing pioneer in Spain. They  were first to deliver true, live interactive programming on television   via SMS. Random One continues to innovate by providing value-adding campaigns linking print, events, radio, web and television. During their  first year Random One has worked for well established clients such as San Miguel, Smirnoff, Red Bull and Spanish media groups Grupo Godó and Media Pro.

Red Ant Interactive, http://www.redant.tv

Set up in 2002 to deal with the increasing demand for interactive and enhanced television, Red Ant Interactive is one of the fastest growing new media agencies in the UK, with experience in the consultation, development and implementation of interactive TV services on a host of various platforms.

Ricor, http://www.ricoritv.com

RICOR is a russian iTV services developer

Roundpeg, http://www.roundpeg.com

With a base in the USA and the UK, Roundpeg Inc. was Incorporated in 1996 as Media Application Development Company. Specialising in Interactive TV, Wireless and the Internet.

Roundpeg offer strong partnerships with leading iTV middleware and technology companies, content providers, networks, and award-winning broadcast design companies. Main business areas include iTV consulting, development, integration and training.

Softel-USA, http://www.softel-usa.com

Softel-USA offers the MediaSphere Family of technology, a collection of professional broadcast solutions for digital & interactive television all backed by Softel-USA's renowned customer service. 

The MediaSphere Family offers a potent mix of technologies to maximize investment and minimize configuration effort. The range includes, a full-spec DSM-CC object carousel for the playout of, for example, OCAP, MHP, MHEG and other iTV applications. “MediaSphere TX” offers sophisticated, yet robust functionality, which is in use at an impressive number of installations worldwide. 

The product takes a fresh approach to the management of multiple units and channels, through a sophisticated web-based environment, meaning administration can be performed whenever and wherever the engineer desires. 

The DSM-CC engine is also offered in “MediaSphere Lab” guise, with licensing for in-house use, in prototyping and other test environments. Additional products include a high value transport stream analyzer, along with a remote stream analyzer, and transport stream archiving tools.

Standard Alliance Corporation, http://www.standardalliance.com

Standard Alliance Corporation develops iTV applications for all major iTV platforms. Another of the few truly experienced iTV developers in the U.S. market.

Sublime Software, http://www.sublimesoftware.com 

Sublime Software is a global pioneer specialized in application development software for digital television and digital cinema. We develop and manufacture content authoring and management tools for any DTV environment (DVB-S,T,C) and for various platforms (MHP, MHW, OpenTV etc.). Key DTV products include Sublime iTV Suite (content authoring), Sublime iTV Integrator (XML and other content), Sublime Payback Server (content charging gateway with return channel) and others. Key references include MTV3 Finland (Scandinavia's biggest commercial broadcaster) and NRK

SysMedia Limited, http://www.sysmedia.com

If you’re looking to publish digital interactive teletext services, then look no further than SysMedia. With over 26 years’ experience in the broadcast teletext and sub-titling/captioning markets, we have recently launched PLASMA MAGENTA, a content production system for multi-platform authoring and service management for the digital broadcast and internet markets. With its intuitive content import and creation tools, and its use of industry standards such as XML, PLASMA MAGENTA makes it easy for broadcasters and content providers to publish digital teletext services to many digital platforms.

TeleAmericas, http://www.teleamericas.com

TeleAmericas works both as a content provider, authoring its own
proprietary channel applications as well as a strategic partner with network operators, content providers, advertisers and middleware companies

TeleIDEA, http://www.teleidea.com

TeleIDEA is a young company based in Eindhoven the Netherlands, focusing on interactive TV applications & tools and digital TV system integration. Thanks to its unique, create once, deliver anywhere IDEApublisher platform, TeleIDEA is able to offer top quality iTV applications, including EPG's, virtual channels, interactive game shows and chat boxes, for very attractive prices, with an unprecedented development speed. The digital TV system integration activity is based on a deep architectural and operational experience in DVB, both on cable, terrestrial and satellite. The combination of both activities puts TeleIDEA in the unique position to oversee the entire technical field of digital TV.

tentendigital, http://www.tentendigital.com

tentendigital is a leading UK based iTV agency with skills in design, technical deployment and project management. It has delivered the attheraces betting application, the largest and most complex iTV project in the country, as well as a number other projects such as Channel 4's interactive service on Sky. tenten was founded by executives from Sky, ntl and Accenture.

TVC Multimedia, http://www.tvcmultimedia.com

TVC Multimèdia is one of the main Spanish itv companies providing development of interactive applications, collaborating with Canal Satélite Digital and Vía Digital in the design, programming and editing of interactive channels. The company supports all the technologies used in Spain and Portugal: Open TV (Vía Digital and Quiero); Mediahighway (Canal Satélite Digital) and Microsoft TV (TV Cabo). Moreover, TVC Multimèdia is pioneer in the development of applications in MHP.

Underwired* http://www.underwired.com

Underwired was started in 1996 by Head New Media founders Felix Velarde and Jason Holland. In 2002 Underwired acquired Head End Interactive Television, which they had set up in 1998.

The company has done ground-breaking work in interactive television for clients such as Sci-Fi Channel, Tesco (in 1999 Head End was responsible for the only purpose-built iTV ad in the Flextech trials in the UK) and Rebus Media, and developed interactive TV microsites, relationship marketing sites and iTV strategies for Digital Satellite, Cable and WAPtv, for clients including Unilever and more recently Cancer Research UK.

Vertigo, http://www.vertigo.net

Vertigo is a developer of interactive content automation systems for live broadcasts on TV, the internet, interactive TV and wireless devices.

Victoria Real, http://www.victoriareal.com

Brighton UK and Australian based agency and developer working for clients such as Open..., Channel Four etc. Skills primarily design/content focussed.

Visionik, http://www.visionik.com

VISIONIK Interactive TV - A pioneer in developing award winning interactive broadcast services and management solutions working across satellite, terrestrial and cable platforms for clients in Europe, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Wheel:iTV, http://www.wheel.co.uk

Wheel:iTV is the specialist division of full-service agency Wheel:Group
(www.wheel.co.uk, www.foresight.co.uk, www.abelbaker.co.uk) and provides strategic, creative and technical services for interactive television.

Areas of expertise include strategic consultancy, interface design and project management for broadcasters, programme makers, advertisers and content providers. Wheel has 4 years experience developing interactive and enhanced services across all major UK platforms, and non-broadcast VOD systems.

Wheel:iTV works in close partnership with all iTV platforms in the UK and is a Four Star member of Sky's WapTV Developer's Programme. Wheel:iTV also has a number of partnerships with major technology providers.

YooMedia, http://www.yoomedia.com

YooMedia specialises in creating enhanced and interactive TV products for broadcasters, platform operators and content providers. These products include different forms of Chat, games as well as whole portal services. We have launched the first satellite Chat service deployed in the UK, the only interactive cable Chat in the UK and we are responsible for the first distribution of Tetris on cable in the UK.

Zentropy Spain, http://www.zentropyspain.com

Zentropy is a full-service agency specialised in strategies of interactive communications. We provide end-to-end solutions in advertising and branding for broadband, iTV, wireless and any other interactive media. Our goal is to create the best and most innovative multi-platform solutions in the dialogue between a brand and a customer. We believe in the potential of interactive media and the communication through advertising campaigns, games, quiz or any other kind of service.

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Weapon7, http://www.weapon7.com

Weapon7 exists to passionately realise the potential of digital media. The company offers independent strategy, creative and production services for interactive television. Our aim is to enable outstanding ideas to be realised as attractive and persuasive interactive television executions that people love.

Workhouse Limited, http://www.workhouse.tv

UK agency, recognised as a key player within the world of iTV with the delivery of projects across all major UK platforms for clients as diverse as The Prudential, Blue Square, Open...., and Charmin for Procter & Gamble.

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Content, Game & Service Providers

Atomic Powered Games http://www.atomicpoweredgames.com

Atomic Powered Games, bringing mainstream console games development techniques to OpenTV and Liberate. Cutting edge games developed for Sky Gamestar, Two Way TV and PlayJam ( Static 2358 ). Creative and technical team able to develop original game titles or adapt existing IP to Interactive TV.

3RD sense, http://www.3rdsense.com

3RD sense are a new type of agency that specialises in games-based campaigns. We offer independent creative, strategic and commercial solutions that revolve around a game on iTV ad the web. We work with advertisers, platforms, developers and tv channels to develop interactive & accountable advertising.

Infogrammes, http://www.infogrammes.com

Infogrammes are a well known PC and Console gaming brand who have provided a number of games to digital television platforms such as Canal Satellite in France.

Ludi TV/Visiware, http://www.visiware.com

Visiware, with its DTV "LudiTV" brand is one of the world's leading iTV game providers with a wide portfolio of OpenTV games in deployment in Australia, South Africa, France, Spain, Italy etc.

Minds Eye, www.minds-eye.net

Over 20 games produced exclusively for Sky Gamestar, many breaking new ground in technology and genre, Minds Eye is developing some of the most advanced games available on OpenTV middleware, along with a number of high profile licences.

Playjam/Static 2332, http://www.static.co.uk

Revenue share games/quiz services on a number of European platforms under the "Playjam" brand.

Standard Alliance Corporation, http://www.standardalliance.com

Standard Alliance Corporation develops original television programming that integrates audience interaction through all existing and developing iTV platforms.

TeleAmericas, http://www.teleamericas.com

TeleAmericas works both as a content provider, authoring its own
proprietary channel applications as well as a strategic partner with network operators, content providers, advertisers and middleware companies

TwoWayTV, http://www.twowaytv.com

A pioneer in enhancing traditional broadcasts and the leading provider of Interactive TV Quiz and competition formats, TwoWay have a significant presence on UK cable, DTT and digital Satellite. Outside the UK, TwoWayTVs know-how is licensed through a number of partnerships the most significant being Twin Entertainment in the US and a recently launched Sydney office.

Visionik , http://www.visionik.com

VISIONIK Interactive TV - Our iTV games range from amusements for kids to highly innovative and entertaining games adapted for adults and are successfully broadcast in 10 cable and satellite networks over the world for clients such as Sky Active, DIRECTV Latin America and Showtime.

Zone4Play, http://www.zone4play.com

Zone4Play is a leading developer and provider of a variety of betting
applications for the multiple access market. Active in the European,
American, and Asian marketplaces, Zone4Play is truly an established
international player. Applications developed by Zone4Play allow for easy access by interactive TV, Web, PDA, and Wireless users. Zone4Play has developed a robust platform that provides "always-on" gaming, with a roadmap poised for growth in the emerging multi-media markets.

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Middleware & Technology Providers

ADB MHP/OCAP Middleware, http://www.adbglobal.com

ADB is recognized as the world leader in the development of the latest open API stack, MHP/OCAP. In fact, ADB is the only company in the world at this time to have the MHP stack running in production STBs. These MHP STBs are operating in retail terrestrial networks in Finland and in over 15 field trials in DVB-T,C and DVB-S Networks.

BetaResearch, http://www.betaresearch.de

BetaResearch is the undisputed market leader in German-speaking countries with over three million deployed digital DVB set-top boxes in cable and satellite networks. BetaResearch's conditional access system betacrypt(TM) as well as its set-top box middleware betanova(TM) both have more than 90% market share. In 1999 BetaResearch deployed the world-wide first Java based middleware called betanova 2.0. Today betanova 2.0 is in use in more than 1.7 million digital decoders - making it the so far only mass-deployed Java middleware world-wide.

BetaResearch is committed to MHP and is currently migrating betanova 2.0 to be fully compliant with MHP Version 1.0.2. BetaResearch's unique upgrade mechanism will bring MHP onto existing betanova 2.0 devices at the beginning of 2003 by software download. BetaResearch also offers its betanova-MHP middleware stack to set-top box manufactures and platform providers for implementation in their products.

Canal Plus Technologies, http://www.canalplus-technologies.com/

Canal Plus Technologies provides its MEDIAGHIGHWAY middleware product line to a number of digital cable, satellite and terrestrial platforms in Spain, Italy, France, Poland Middle East, Scandinavia, India, Malaysia, the United States etc., to deliver true interactive applications that are changing the perception of what consumers can expect of TV. MEDIAGHIGHWAY today is ported in 14.5 million digital set-top boxes.

IDway, http://www.idway.com

IDway provide software solutions needed by manufacturers of Digital TV consumer equipment. The IDway engineering team combines Java programming knowledge with Digital TV expertise. The first product resulting from this unique combination is: IDway-MHP for STAPI.

This product is compliant to DVB-MHP 1.0.2 (certification pending) and has been especially developed and optimized for ST Microelectronics chipsets. IDway is committed to provide complete turnkey solutions including porting services and certification of the set top box.

Liberate, http://www.liberate.com

Leading provider of HTML based middleware and solutions to the cable industry, particularly in the UK with NTL & Telewest who have had the middleware deployed since 1999. Liberate has also made significant inroads in the Netherlands, Austria through UPC as well as Germany and Spain.

MicrosoftTV, http://www.microsoft.com/tv

With products aimed at both mid end and high end set-top-boxes, MicrosoftTV intends to roll out commercially on a number of platforms including TV Cabo in Portugal.

NDS Core, http://www.nds.com

NDS Core is a fully featured middleware offered by NDS as a key component of the overall NDS digital TV solution. This high performance middleware has been specifically designed to maximise performance in resource constrained STBs, enabling operators to offer interactivity on low cost devices. NDS Core has been successfully deployed in over 2.8 million STBs worldwide and offers an environment for running iTV applications authored in web based languages such as HTML and Java.
NDS Core and the NDS Value@TV interactive solution can also offer operators a clear migration path to MHP.

Netgem, http://www.netgem.com

Netgem is a leading provider of interactive TV technology based on open, DVB and Internet standards. Netgem brings together the best of TV and Internet technologies into a unified Interactive software platform, enabling businesses to offer highly attractive and state of the art Interactive TV services to consumers, such as Electronic Program Guides, Video on Demand, interactive gaming, secure shopping and banking on TV, Internet access, multimedia mail, and real-time chat on TV.

OpenTV Inc, http://www.opentv.com

Paris (France) and Mountain View (SFO - USA) based Middleware provider with the largest number of deployments worldwide.reaching over 27 million STB's World-wide with major offices in London, Germany, Sydney, Seoul etc. The company provides a comprehensive suite of iTV solutions including operating middleware, web browser software, interactive applications, content creation tools, professional support services, and strategic consulting.

Philips Softworks, http://www.MHP.Philips.com

Philips Softworks is the first global company to enter the MHP market with a complete and stable program of industry software solutions in the interactive TV domain. We offer state-of-the-art MHP client software modules, complete range of MHP application development tools, MHP Training Courses, E-2-E solutions for MHP iTV applications and related professional support services. For more information please visit Philips Softworks web site.

PowerTV, http://www.powertv.com

PowerTV is a leading provider of iTV software solutions for the cable industry.  Our offerings consist of the PowerTV Platform - which includes the most widely deployed operating system in the cable industry today and standards-based middleware components- as well as the latest applications consumers want and the management tools businesses need.  Through our proven end-to-end solution cable operators are realizing the true business potential of iTV.

RespondTV, http://www.respondtv.com

RespondTV are an enhanced TV infrastructure provider for the provision of high volume eTV broadcast synchronisation and transaction management capabilities.

WorldGate, http://www.wgate.com

Worldgate's inexpensive HTML based solution reaches into approximately 180,000 homes across 46 cable networks with its primary deploments in the US.

Wink, http://www.wink.com

Wink has produced a simple solution for enhancing television and providing interactive services that even runs on some of the world's dumbest STB's.

Predominantly deployed in the US on Cable and also on DirecTV.

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NTL's interactive tv developers site explains how to create content - advertising and partnerships - for UK digital cable (Telewest is based on the same standards and principles).

http://www.digitalcabletv.co.uk

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Tools & Technology Providers

Chyron Interactive, http://www.chyronitv.com

Serving the broadcast industry for three decades, Chyron Corporation has established itself as a leading innovator in the development of broadcast technology for the creation of on-air graphics, dynamic information delivery, content management and distribution. Its Lyric ITV authoring tool has recently been integrated with IDP's RegieLine.

Ensequence Inc, http://www.ensequence.com

Founded May 2000. First Product Release: Nov 2002. Funding: Private Investors. Products: on-Q Authoring Solution, on-Q Broadcasting Solution Ensequence provides powerful cross-middleware authoring and broadcasting solutions for the ITV industry. on-Q Authoring Solution is a set of tools which allow a television professional to create, simulate and debug an interactive television (ITV) application in the visual development environment of a personal computer. Applications created using on-Q Authoring solution can be played out on any digital network supported by Ensequence. on-Q Authoring solution combines the optimal mix of ease of use with power and flexibility to allow creative professionals to conceive and create applications that are only limited by their imagination. on-Q Broadcasting Solution is the set of tools which the distributor uses to amass, schedule, broadcast, control, and respond to ITV applications. These tools fit into the hardware and software environment of the distributor - the cable head-end or satellite network operations center.

itv|world, http://www.itvworld.com

itv|world is a professional services firm providing solutions across all
televisual media platforms including Internet/broadband and digital TV.
Headquartered in Sydney, itv|world is during early 2002 launching it's
In|Orbit product, a management system for Interactive Broadcast providing application scheduling, content updates etc.

NPTV, http://www.nptv.fr

Paris based iTV solutions provider with iTV Factory tool aimed at Enhanced TV service creation e.g. popup, quiz etc.

Press Red, http://www.pressred.tv

Press Red is the tools and services provider for iTV advertising, enabling agencies to create, without the need for any technical knowledge, interactive advertising content for delivery over any digital TV platform. Its on-line content creation tool, BlackBox Designer, enables users to log-on over the Internet, populate broadcaster-approved i-Ad templates with appropriate text and graphics, preview the resulting i-Ads on TV, and submit them in ready-to-broadcast format to selected broadcasters. 

BlackBox Designer has been accredited by Sky as their first-approved tool for i-Ad content creation by 3rd parties, and is in use by 40+ agencies in the UK for creating i-Ads for delivery via Sky’s WTVML Microbrowser. Press Red also has an exclusive partnership with emuse Technologies for using emuse’s Modelstream technology to create non-templated high-end i-Ad content, with the aim of productising the entire process for developing and launching Dedicated Advertiser Locations on the Sky platform.

Tamblin, http://www.tamblin.com

Tamblin is a technical solutions provider for the Interactive and Enhanced TV industry. Our years of experience has led to the development of the i-ZoneTV toolset.

i-ZoneTV is a framework-based content publishing and management system for developing interactive and enhanced TV, interactive advertising and SMS-to-TV applications that seamlessly integrate into the TV production process. It also allows for tighter editorial controls for broadcasters and network operators and opens up a whole new range of tools and services to the traditional television producer.

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Training & Education

University of Brighton, UK, http://www.it.bton.ac.uk/courses/mscdtv/

The University of Brighton is running the World's first taught MSc course in 'Digital Television Management and Production'. The course was developed in close collaboration with Victoria Real Ltd, with Hewlett-Packard as technology partners. Major players in the interactive TV industry support the course through its Industrial Advisory Board.

Started in October 2001,it operates in both full and part-time mode (part-timers can join at any point throughout the year). Its modular block structure makes it possible for people working within the iTV industry to take the course as part-time students.

The web site is: http://www.it.bton.ac.uk/courses/mscdtv/

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iTV Useability

Amberlight Parners, http://www.amber-light.co.uk

amberlight partners ltd is a consultancy specialising in Human Computer Interaction (HCI). Their services include interaction design ('blueprinting'), requirements definition, usability testing, interface optimisation, HCI training and design process re-engineering. Their methodology for designing and testing appropriate interactions applies equally to iTV, PC, wireless and fixed-point devices.

iBurbia,  http://www.iBurbia.co.uk

iBurbia is a new, ground-breaking interactive media lab in West London.
It has been designed to create an research environment that redefines
the way that TV and other digital media are researched. It offers a
unique arrangement of state of the art media technologies for
qualitative consumer investigation. iBurbia provides access to live
Sky, Telewest, Freeview and HomeChoice digital TV services. We also
have an emulated NTL service and access to all the relevant satellite
test channels.

LaHIT, http://www.lahit.co.il

LaHIT is a User-Experience company, specializing in the iTV market. Our mission emphasizes making the iTV experience both natural and intuitive, based on our extensive knowledge of usability and user interface design.

We have designed for iTV developers and broadcasters, providing user-friendly interfaces for communication (t-mail, SMS), information (weather, classified ads) and entertainment services. We also wrote comprehensive guidelines for several cable companies.

The Performance Technologies Group,
http://www.performancetechnologies.com

The Performance Technologies Group is a leading Australian firm, with
offices in Sydney, Melbourne, providing user-centred design and
usability services. We provide requirements analysis, interface design,
information architecture, usability testing, accessibility testing,
technology benchmarking and technical performance testing to Australia's top financial services, retail, manufacturing, information technology and telecommunications companies.

We are an Australian Government Endorsed Supplier and work extensively with Federal, NSW and VIC State Government Departments. We improve the business performance and customer experience of technology, such as iTV, websites, intranets, handheld devices (WAP, Pocket PC, Palm and 3G), IVR systems and business applications, to drive growth and success.

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The Usability Company, http://www.theusabilitycompany.com

The Usability Company is the UK's leading usability specialist and work in website, wireless, Intranet, interactive TV and software usability testing and research.

We also utilise online research tools to measure real-time website usability performance. Our key focus is on helping organisations gain increases in ROI through their digital channels by improving their usability. We work with organisations across a range of sectors and with Government in the creation of website development standards.