The latest happenings from around the world of IPTV

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Macrovision acquires Gemstar-TV Guide
Macrovision and Gemstar-TV Guide International said last week that they have signed a definitive agreement for Macrovision to acquire Gemstar-TV Guide in a cash and stock transaction. The aggregate value of the transaction on Dec. 6 was about $2.8 billion.
Combining Macrovision’s and Gemstar-TV Guide’s solution portfolios will enable extensive libraries of commercial and personal protected content to be accessible on numerous devices via simple, intuitive guides.
For more information, visit: www.macrovision.com.

Motive, AT&T Knowledge Ventures collaborate on IPTV service assurance
Motive has formed a partnership with AT&T Knowledge Ventures to market an advanced service assurance solution for IPTV.
Using Motive Service Assurance Solutions, providers can rapidly deploy and manage complex service offerings, such as high-speed Internet, video, mobile and converged services, by enabling comprehensive visibility into and control over the entire service delivery chain.
For more information, visit: www.motive.com.

ON Networks partners with WorldGolf.com
New media company ON Networks has concluded a promotion and distribution partnership with WorldGolf.com under which WorldGolf.com will publish and syndicate episodes of ON’s “Golf Tips With Joe Black” program on its Web sites and promote the show to its 300,000 e-mail subscribers and weekly e-newsletter recipients.
For more information, visit: www.onnetworks.com and www.WorldGolf.com.

ERF Wireless, Latens Systems cooperate to offer secure FTTH systems
ERF Wireless and Latens Systems are collaborating to provide advanced, secure fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) systems for international projects.
ERF Wireless will offer Latens’ conditional-access solutions content and revenue protection as part of the systems provided to its FTTH clients.
For more information, visit: www.latens.com and www.erfwireless.com.

India’s Bharat Sanchar Nigam turns to Redback for broadband deployment
Bharat Sanchar Nigam of India will use Redback Network’s SmartEdge family of multi-service edge routers to deliver broadband services for up to 2.5 million business and residential users.
Under the new deal, BSNL plans to deploy Redback’s SmartEdge 800 multi-service edge routers for multiple broadband services to more than 200,000 broadband customers in Bangalore and Chennai, India.
For more information, visit: www.redback.com.