Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): BBC, Connected TV, QR Codes

--BBC Launches BBC News Product for Connected TV's
--BBC Exec Outlines Plans to Adapt Red-Button Service for Connected TV
--New BBC Cooking Show to Offer Interactivity via QR Codes

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:

Gotuit-Brightcove Partnership Launches First Project: a Video Portal for Fox's "Hell's Kitchen"

Earlier this year, Gotuit Media--a company that offers metadata technologies which, among other things, allow end-users to instantly access the parts of a piece of video that interest them, and which can also be used by video publishers to allow end-users to make mash-ups out of their content, using metadata-defined virtual video clips--announced that it had formed a partnership with broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, which it said would "enable joint Brightcove and Gotuit customers to leverage Gotuit's temporal, scene-level video metadata and unleash the full value of their online video archives" (see the article published on, March 19t

News Round-Up: Broadband TV and OTT

--"Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who" Reviewed (Video)
--Hulu to Begin Testing Subscription-Based Service Next Month
--NCAA in 14-Year, $10.8 Billion "March Madness" Deal
--Revision3 Launches Interactive TV Cooking Show
--Roku Begins Offering NBA Game Time
--Vudu Offering "Avatar" with Extras, 28 Days before Netflix
--YouTube Quietly Expands its Movie Rental Line-Up

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the broadband TV/OTT space:

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Tapped by STV to Power Long-Form, Catch-Up HD Programming Initiatives
--BSkyB Attacks Project Canvas in New Submission to BBC Trust
--Channel 4 Said to Be Close to Deal to Offer Majority of its Content on YouTube
--Monotype Licenses Typefaces to Yahoo! for TV Widget Development Kit
--Nielsen Invites Clients to Meeting to Discuss Implications of "TV Everywhere"
--Redux Supporting Facebook and Twitter Feed Importing
--Scripps' New Cooking Channel to Feature VOD, "Fully Interactive Internet and Broadband Platform"
--Shaw Communications Adding More Content to its VOD Service
--Virgin Media to Trial Delivery of TV over Copper Phonelines
--Layoffs at ZillionTV

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Hong Kong's TVB Set to Launch Interactive TV Cooking Show

Hong Kong broadcaster, TVB, is set to launch an interactive TV cooking program, called "Eating Right," on its HD Jade digital terrestrial channel. According to reports in local trade publications (Marketing Hong Kong and Brand Republic Asia), the show, which will debut June 21st, will allow viewers equipped with TVB-certified MHEG-5-enabled digital set-top boxes to use their remote controls to access recipes, health tips, restaurant descriptions and episode summaries.

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