Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): PBS, Roku, Disney, Fling Soft, "Travel with Kids," YouTube

--PBS to Premiere First Episode of New Ken Burns Documentary on its iPad and iPhone/iPod touch Apps
--Roku Adds Disney App Featuring Short-Form Video
--TV Series, "Travel with Kids," Launches on Roku; Official YouTube Roku Channel Set to Launch
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. PBS said Wednesday that the first episode of " Prohibition ," the new documentary miniseries from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on PBS's free apps for the iPad and for the iPhone and iPod touch this Friday. "The entire series will air nationally on PBS Sunday-Tuesday, October 2nd, 3rd...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): NDS, Netflix, Ooyala, ESPN

--NDS Unveils its IBC 2011 Exhibit Plans
--Netflix Launches Children's Version of its Service
--Ooyala Tapped to Power Online Video for ESPN
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on our second annual TVOT NYC Intensive event--we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more 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...

Charter Launches PBS Kids Sprout on its VOD Platform

Charter Communications announced last week that it has launched PBS Kids Sprout --a multiplatform programming service which is a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop and which targets children aged 2-5--on its VOD platform. The MSO also says it plans to make the service's 24-hour linear channel available on a market-by-market basis by the end of the year.

PBS Kids Sprout claims to offer 65 hours of VOD...

High-Profile Interactive TV Industry Figure, John P. Roberts, Joins Discovery-Hasbro JV, The Hub

--Roberts Pioneered Participation TV in the US while at the Game Show Network
John P. Roberts , the executive who pioneered participation TV in the US as SVP of digital media and entertainment at the Game Show Network (now GSN), has been named SVP of digital content and cross-platform entertainment at The Hub , a multiplatform children's TV network that is a joint venture between Discovery and Hasbro and that is scheduled to launch October 10th with what it promises will be a "robust and engaging online presence."...

BBC Announces Plans to Offer Four Original "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"

--Also Makes Children's Radio Reports Available through Red Button
--Commissions Second Series of "EastEnders" Broadband TV Spin-Off
The BBC last week announced plans to offer four original "intera ctive episodes" of its long-running scifi series, "Doctor Who." Entitled " Doctor Who- -The Adventure Games " and available free of charge on, the "interactive episodes" will take the form of downloadable computer games for PC and Mac that will allow players to assume control of The Doctor and his human sidekick, Amy, as they embark on new adventures that complement the latest...

Music Choice Says Viewers Responding Enthusiastically to New Interactive Network, SWRV

--Imira, Enne Team on Interactive TV Series for Children
--MySpace, Fox Inviting Viewers to Audition for New Roles in "Glee"
--"Sims" Creator, Will Wright, Said to Be Teaming with Current TV on Interactive TV Series
Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that its new 24/7 interactive music video network, SWRV , has generated 500,000 viewer interactions in 750,000 homes since its launch last month. According to the company, 54% of those interactions were via the Web ( ) and 46% via the phone.

The SWRV program that has enjoyed the highest percentage of viewer interactions to date, Music Choice...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for New Sports Social Media Site, Sportpost
--FTC Seeking Input on Whether COPPA Should Be Updated to Reflect Interactive TV, Other New Tech
--Harmonic Secures VOD and Web/Mobile TV Deals in China and Switzerland
--Hulu Sued by Hulavision
--LG Electronics Demo'ing Mobile Phones with Broadcast DTV Reception
--Twitter-Based Interactive TV Show Launched in Spain
--Widevine and Verimatrix Settle Patent Dispute
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has announced that Sportpost , a newly launched social media site for European sports fans, is using its platform to power its broadband video offerings. According to the company, the video will be ad-supported and will include "high-def exclusives from Nike Football, Red Bull, Monster Energy, UFC, Laureus Sports and World Sport TV." Sportpost...

BBC Launches @North Initiative to Boost Interactive/Multiplatform TV Industry in North of England

--Initiative Has £500,000 Budget to Support Development of Interactive Content for Children
The BBC on Wednesday unveiled a new digital initiative, called @North , that is designed to boost the interactive/multiplatform TV industry in the north of England, the region in which Salford--the city to which a number of BBC departments, including Future Media & Technology and Children's, are scheduled to move in 2011--is located.

According to the corporation, the initiative, which was announced by BBC director north, Peter Salmon, at the Manchester Media...

"Sesame Street" Launches its First-Ever iPhone App, Makes Current-Season Episodes Available on iTunes

Sesame Workshop , the nonprofit educational organization behind the long-running children's TV show, "Sesame Street" (which is currently celebrating its 40th anniversary), said Wednesday that it has teamed with design consultancy, IDEO , to launch the first-ever official "Sesame Street" iPhone/iPod touch app .

Entitled " Grover's Number Special " (note: Grover is a furry, blue muppet perhaps best known for his encounters as a bumbling waiter with a long-suffering customer...

Characters from New E4 Show, "Misfits" to Tweet to Audience During Each Episode

--Other "In-Character" Multiplatform Extensions Include Facebook Page, YouTube Channel
" Misfits ," a new drama series from Channel 4 's digital channel, E4 , that centers on a group of teenage superheroes, will offer a multiplatform experience by having two of its characters send out tweets during the course of each of its hour-long episodes, according to an article in The Guardian. The tweets for the show's first episode have been written in advance of its November 12th broadcast by a team led by...