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[itvt] Column: The iTV Doctor Is In! Multi-Sourced Content Curation from aioTV

Dear Readers : I was talking to a senior programming exec. from one of the network families the other day, and he was bemoaning the disconnect between his enormous library of content, and his ability to monetize it. He said, "I'm like an independent farmer--land rich and cash poor. I have a gigantic library of content, and the only way I can make money is to license it through the cable and satellite guys. But they're only using a fraction of what I've got. Something has to change."

[itvt] Presents...The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013, June 25-26 in San Francisco

  • TVOT 2013 Will Feature Three Tracks, Close to 200 Expert Speakers and Panelists, and the Presentation of the 10th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television
  • Expanded Venue Will Accommodate Event's Rapid Growth
  • Tickets on Sale Now : Special Early-Bird and Group Rates Available
[itvt] is pleased to announce that the seventh annual TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) will take place June 25th-26th (Tuesday-Wednesday) at San Francisco 's famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) , where we have secured additional space this year to keep pace with the event's recent rapid growth . The TV of Tomorrow Show has been widely praised not only as a true experts' conference that attracts a veritable "who's who" of the...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Canoe Automates ITV Ad Sales
-- NDS, TRA Tout Ad Accountability
-- Interactive Reality Show Hits Italy
-- Samsung Builds “Smart Living Room” Site
-- Amanita Debuts Interactive Music Video
Canoe Ventures and its MSO partners are beginning to automate their ad-sales operations for interactive ads, using software from Invision Inc . The firm said Canoe is using its DealMaker Ad Sales System, which does everything from creating ad-sales proposals to allocating spots to brands according to client specifications. More

Panasonic Activates Connected TV Apps

--By Steve Donohue While Panasonic is activating apps for its line of connected TVs that allow viewers to track baseball and basketball scores, the CE manufacturer isn't yet offering any full-length games or access to sports TV subscription packages such MLB Extra Innings . Panasonic took the wraps of its Viera Connect IPTV platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, offering viewers that buy Viera HDTVs access to several applications, including Netflix, Amazon Video...

Civolution Preps OTT Platforms for Premium Content

--By Steve Donohue Civolution took a key step toward allowing movie studios and other content owners to deliver premium content to connected TVs and other devices, integrating its watermark technology with an encoding system from Digital Rapids . The companies said the combination of Civolution's NextGuard watermark pre-processing technology and the StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding systems from Digital Rapids will allow for the delivery of pay-per-view content through over-the-top video services. NextGuard applies a unique...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I) By Steve Donohue

--Bravo to Add Multiple Interactive and "Transmedia" Elements to "Top Chef"
--CBS Launches "Tweet Week"
--mgMedia in Connected-TV Apps Deal with LG Electronics
--Studios' Premium VOD Plans May Have Little Impact on Theaters
--Mobile Interactive Group Integrates its Interactive TV Platform with Facebook
Here is the first of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories: Billing it as its "first fully-integrated transmedia play," NBC Universal's Bravo is looking to boost revenue and ratings by adding several interactive elements to its " Top Chef " series. Season nine of the reality show will rely on mobile phones, tablet computers, social media, and Bravo's Web site to incorporate viewers into the storyline. More . CBS is recruiting actors, sports...

New NDS Solutions Bridge Pay-TV and OTT

--NDS SDP Enables Operators to Extend their Offerings to Companion Devices via Third-Party Apps
--Infinite TV Exchange Leverages OTT Delivery to Bring Special-Interest Channels to Operators' Line-Ups
NDS on Wednesday unveiled two new offerings: its Service Delivery Platform (SDP), an application development portal that it says "marries" digital TV platforms with OTT content; and the Infinite TV Exchange, a B2B content marketplace that is designed to connect service providers with content owners, in order to enable the creation of special-interest programming channels. According to the company, the NDS Service Delivery Platform is a fully scalable platform that enables TV operators to extend...

Report: New Samsung Connected TV's to Support Live Streaming of TV Shows to New Galaxy Devices

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Clvr TV Launches Interactive Video Player
--Ergen: DISH in Talks with Cable Programmers about Streaming Channels OTT
--Motorola Challenges TiVo DVR Patents
--30% of Netflix's Instant Streaming Content Now Offers Subtitles
--NetPlay TV COO, Guy Templer, to Step Down
--TV Guide Offers "Second-Screen Red Carpet Fashion Cam" for Oscars
--YouTube Disputes Report that it Is Planning to Launch Subscription-Based Streaming Service in the UK
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: A Denver-based company called Clvr TV has launche d a video player that it says allows users to interact with clickable hotspots in order to, for example, purchase products, book reservations, or share content via social media. The company, which claims to be cash-flow positive and to have no debt, says that its focus to date "has...

Telstra Using thePlatform's mpx as the Central Video Management System for its Connected-TV Offering

Comcast-owned white-label video publishing company, thePlatform , said Thursday that it has been tapped by Australian telco, Telstra , to provide the central video management system for the latter's BigPond TV service across IP-connected devices. The new multi-year deal between the companies builds on an earlier deal that was limited to Telstra BigPond's Web-only movie service.

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