--Comcast, Disney Sign Long-Term Multiplatform Distribution Agreement
--Espial Reveals its Demo Plans for CES
--IFC Launches ClipSync-Powered Second-Screen Companion App
Because of the volume of news already being generated by next week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), and because the [itvt] editorial team has a backlog of news to cover following TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 and our post-event vacation, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.
--Social-TV Company, ClipSync, Receives Investment from RealNetworks
--Deadline for Entering CTAM/Canoe Ventures "ITV Idol" App Contest is This Friday
--Digital TV Labs to Highlight HbbTV Solutions at IBC 2011
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format:
Epix, a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, on Wednesday announced plans to hold an online social TV event around a film of the Black Eyed Peas' sold-out concert tour, "The END World Tour 2010," on its EpixHD.com Web site.
San Francisco-based social TV company, ClipSync, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that the CBS shows, "CSI" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," are now available through its recently launched ClipSync Viewing Parties for Facebook application. ClipSync promises that it will be adding more shows to the app on a weekly basis.
--Channel 4 Launches Facebook Connect-Based Social Programming Recommendation Service
San Francisco-based social TV company, ClipSync, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has launched an application called ClipSync Viewing Parties for Facebook, which it claims is the first Facebook application to combine social networking with social TV, allowing users to host, invite and gather Facebook friends into live viewing parties. The company says that the new app will initially be offered in conjunction with the reality series, "Big Brother 11," and the soap opera, "The Young and the Restless," both of which air on CBS, a company with which ClipSync has an existing partnership.