LIGOS JOINS ZODIAC PARTNER PROGRAM, WILL LEVERAGE EBIF PLAYER IN MULTICHANNEL OPERATOR DEPLOYMENTS WORLDWIDE
Partnership Will Further Use, Value of Interactive, Enhanced TV Applications
VALLEY STREAM, NY – (August 3, 2010): Zodiac Interactive (www.zodiac.tv), an industry-leading and Emmy® award-winning developer of software for interactive television (iTV) with a current installed base of more than 12 million set-top boxes (STB), today announced that Ligos Corporation has joined the Zodiac Partner Program.
Through this partner program, Ligos will utilize the Zodiac Interactive EBIF User Agent in the development of Ligos’ ETV Suite, a visual EBIF authoring and playout system that provides tools for creating and delivering interactive content to cable subscribers. The partnership represents an advancement of the collaborative efforts between Zodiac and Ligos, who together have previously developed and deployed digital video Mosaic, an enhanced program guide with multiple navigable thumbnails of live video channels.
“The Ligos ETV Suite enables multichannel operators to build and deploy sophisticated applications for advanced advertising, RFI, video-rich program guides and more,” said Ligos President & CEO, Ricky Cowart. He continued, “We are very excited about working with Zodiac through their partner program, as it will enable Ligos to offer a complete, interoperable EBIF toolkit for operators seeking best-of-breed solutions for this next-generation interactive platform.”
The Zodiac EBIF user agent is fully compliant with CableLabs’ EBIF specification, and enables operators to deliver various applications such as t-commerce, addressable and targeted advertising, and TV widgets such as telescoping to long-form content, voting, polling, click-to-call, caller ID, movie guides, and local search.
Brandon Brown, Zodiac’s CEO stated, “With EBIF clearly becoming the industry standard for iTV and advanced advertising, coupled with the significant advancements made by Canoe Ventures and CableLabs, the Zodiac player will further the deployment of standards-based interactive television. The addition of Ligos into Zodiac’s Partner Program further enhances the ability of both of our companies’ to bring next generation services to operators and by extension, end users.”
About Ligos Corporation
Since 1997, Ligos has been a leading provider in solutions that enable the delivery of digital video and advanced television experiences. The company’s expertise spans multiple platforms and networks, and their products have revolutionized the digital home, professional video production and networked video industries. Ligos’ unique set of proficiencies in video processing enables the personalized video offerings of tomorrow by extending the capabilities of today’s standards and platforms. In conjunction with its industry partners, Ligos has made a worldwide impact on how the industry delivers content to consumer subscribers, and how they interact with it.
About Zodiac Interactive
Zodiac Interactive is an industry leading and Emmy winning developer of software for interactive television. Zodiac’s PowerUp™ Framework is cross-platform software that unifies and enables advanced TV applications across multiple set-tops. The core of PowerUp, with its open APIs and libraries, makes it easy for operators to develop and deploy advanced TV services, such as user interfaces, EBIF, EPGs, tru2way, VOD, Web-Services, and other features demanded by operators today. For more information, visit www.zodiac.tv.
Interactive Television 2.0 and PowerUp are trademarks of Zodiac Interactive. EBIF and tru2way are trademarks of Cable Television Laboratories, Inc. Other company, product and service names mentioned herein may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.