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Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): CBS, "Grammy Live," AEG Digital Media, Ooyala, Akamai, Clearleap, Fox, Dish Hopper, httv

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): Accedo, Deluxe Digital Distribution, Adap.tv, Nielsen, Adobe, AT&T U-verse, Disney/ABC, BBC, BlackArrow, Clearleap, Brightcove, Akamai, Rovio

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format. Due to the volume of news generated by the NAB and MIPTV shows, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all recent developments--so if your company has briefed us on an announcement or sent us a press release, and you don't see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Panasonic, re:fine, Roku, Rovi, Saffron Digital, Akamai, SeaChange, Smokebomb, SnappyTV, AEG Digital Media, Midcontinent, TiVo, Nielsen, Triveni Digital

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format. Due to the volume of news generated by the NAB and MIPTV shows, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all recent developments--so if your company has briefed us on an announcement or sent us a press release, and you don't see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): Oscars, Akamai, mDialog, AMC, The Nerdist, "The Talking Dead," Amino, Apple TV, BBC, Beck, Chris Milk, blinkbox, MGM

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco--Super-Early-Bird Registration ends next Thursday!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): A+E Networks, Akamai, Apple TV, ATSC, BSkyB, Roku, CBS, Dish Network, Cisco

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2012 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period--as well as the huge volume of news generated earlier this month by CES 2013--we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a couple of weeks to catch up with all recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us.

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Icareus, Kaltura, Livestream, Perform, Sportal, Revision3, SeaChange, Neon Stingray, Synacor, ThinkAnalytics, Pace, TP Vision, JustAd.tv, Akamai, Verimatrix, TiVo, Opera, Vestel, Yospace

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City)--and because of the large volume of news currently being generated by the IFA and IBC shows--we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format:

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Red Bee Media, Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai, Samsung

--Red Bee Media Teams with Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai to Launch Online Video Platform
--Samsung Says it has Sold over 2 Million Smart TV's in Three Months
--Samsung Teams with University of California, San Diego to Bring Smell to Television

Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form:

CBS Interactive Books Multiplatform 'Live On Letterman' Concerts

-- Vevo Distribution Deal Delivers Concerts to iPhone, iPad 

 

CBS Interactive Music Group is expanding its "Live On Letterman" concert series, signing several major artists to perform extended sets after their appearances on its late-night talk show. 

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- DirecTV Shoots 3D Series on Women Surfers

-- GetGlue Reaches 1 Million Users Milestone

-- Miso Upgrades Social TV App for iPhone

-- Hillcrest Raises $5.5M for Motion-Control Technology

-- Synacor Teams with Akamai on TV Everywhere Demo

  • DirecTV is banking on 3D video of women surfers to help differentiate its programming lineup from pay TV rivals. The DBS provider signed Union Square Agency to produce a 3D TV series that will take viewers behind the scenes of the professional female surfing circuit. "Gone Until December" is scheduled to debut this summer on n3D, DirecTV's 24-hour 3D network. More
  • After hitting the milestone of 1 million users, social-TV check-in service GetGlue is comparing itself to Web giants IMDB, Fandango, TV Guide and Amazon.com. The company boasts that it has also hit the milestone of generating 100 million data points, which represent "connections between people and the entertainment they've consumed, revealing insights about tastes and dynamics of entertainment consumption." GetGlue says it generates as many as 10 check-ins per second during primetime, and that it sees 500,000 new unique data points on an average day. More
  • Miso, another social-TV check-in service, upgraded its iPhone app. Users can now use a five-star rating system for TV episodes and movies. It also added a push notification system that allows viewers to receive emails when their friends check in to a show, and it updated the navigation bar on the app. Miso recently struck a deal with Starz to help promote its "Camelot" series. Viewers that use Miso to check in to "Camelot" can earn badges based on the show.  
  • Motion-control technology firm Hillcrest Labs raised another $5.5 million, according to an Securities and Exchange Commission filing. While Hillcrest hasn't yet struck deals with pay TV providers to deploy its Loop remote, it has licensed its Freespace technology to LG Electronics, Universal Electronics, Logitech and other CE manufacturers for use in connected TVs and devices. Hillcrest, which in 2009 settled a patent infringement suit filed against Nintendo for allegedly using its technology in its Wii controllers, didn't name its new investors in the filing. 
  • Among the "TV Everywhere" technologies Akamai Technologies and Synacor touted at a joint demonstration at the NAB convention in Las Vegas this week is a "viewing continuity" feature – or allowing viewers watching video on a PC to pause a scene, and resume play on a tablet. But the companies don't yet have a joint multiplatform video product to pitch TV programmers and distributors, noting in an announcement that the new features "are not yet commercially available." Synacor operates a Web video portal for Charter Communications, and has been shopping a TV Everywhere authentication and authorization solution to other providers. More

Ooyala Launches iPhone App for Publishing Video, Brightcove Drops Limelight for Akamai

Online video platform provider, Ooyala, on Wednesday unveiled an iPhone app called OoyalaDirect that it bills as making it easy for video publishers who use its service to record and publish high-quality videos directly from their smartphones.

NBC Sports Taps Microsoft Silverlight, iStreamPlanet, Akamai, Inlet to Stream Wimbledon Live

--Service Will Leverage Microsoft's Smooth Streaming Adaptive Bit Rate Technology

Webcasting specialist, iStreamPlanet, said Monday that it has been tapped by Microsoft to help deliver live streaming and on-demand coverage of the Wimbledon Championships for NBC Sports' Wimbledon Live service on NBCSports.com. According to the company, it will manage the encoding of live coverage of the tennis championship, as well as design and deploy a custom Microsoft Silverlight-based "media experience" that will leverage Microsoft Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS) Smooth Streaming adaptive bit rate technology (adapts the video stream in accordance with the limitations of the end-user's broadband connection).

Adobe Says Multiple Companies Supporting its New Framework for Building Media Players

Adobe announced Wednesday that over 20 companies are "embracing" its recently announced open framework for building media players (note: for more on the new framework, see the article posted on itvt.com April 21st). The company bills the framework, code-named "Strobe," as helping establish an open industry standard for media players and as offering production-ready software components to streamline the development of custom media players, thus reducing the time content publishers spend creating their own playback technologies.

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