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CBSSports.com to Offer Social TV-Enabled Live Video Coverage of NFL Draft

CBS Sports contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about its plans to provide social TV-enabled broadband video coverage of Thursday's 2010 NFL Draft. According to the company, the centerpiece of its coverage will be "Inside the Draft Live," a show that will air live on CBSSports.com and that will also be simulcast on the CBS College Sports Network. Produced by CBSSports.com, the show will provide coverage of the first, second and third rounds of the draft: it will originate from the CBS College Sports Network's studio in New York City and will feature live segments from Radio City Music Hall, the site of the 2010 NFL Draft, and from CBSSports.com headquarters in Fort Lauderdale.

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names Paul Goetz SVP of Sales for North America
--"Doctor Who" Breaks iPlayer Record
--Sigma Designs Announces Major Corporate Reorganization
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Party Down" on Free VOD, Online
--USC Annenberg to Launch Social Online Video Editing Platform

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

News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions

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

IneoQuest-Subsidiary, Vloop, Launches Social TV Platform

--Company Claims Platform Offers Tangible Benefits for Content Providers, Operators

Vloop, a start-up that is a subsidiary of IneoQuest, a provider of solutions for monitoring digital video delivery, officially launched its eponymous social TV service at the NAB show in Las Vegas Wednesday. According to the company, the free service, which is currently available in beta at http://www.vloop.com and for which it says patents are pending, lets users:

News Round-Up

--Major Broadcasters Form Mobile TV Content Joint Venture
--History Channel Using Foursquare to Promote New Show
--Intel Demo's PVR Concept
--ON24 Launches "Social Webcasting" Platform
--Softel Working to Streamline Closed Caption Workflow on Avid Editing Systems
--Interactive Video Specialist, Veeple, Launches "VeepleTV"
--YuMe Announces Support for Microsoft Silverlight

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

Music Choice Taps Norway's never.no to Power its New Interactive TV Network, SWRV

Norwegian interactive TV software company, never.no, announced Monday that its flagship Interactivity Suite is a key technology component of SWRV, the new 24/7 interactive music video network that was launched earlier this year by multiplatform programmer, Music Choice. The network--which is currently available to Cox digital cable subscribers in New England and Virginia on Channel 900 and to Cox broadband subscribers nationwide (note: Music Choice says that the network will be rolled out by multiple operators to millions of homes across the US in the coming months)--offers a line-up of interactive TV shows that, among other things, allow viewers to submit content, vote for and rate videos, and take over entire programming blocks.

Mozaik Launches Two-Screen Interactive TV Application for Apple iPad and iPhone

--Ustream Offers Live, Social TV Coverage of Bon Jovi Concert on the iPad
--Shazam Planning iPad-Based Two-Screen Interactive TV, Based on its Audio "Tagging" Tech

At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, a company called Mozaik Multimedia launched a two-screen interactive TV application for the Apple iPad and iPhone. Dubbed "MovieBuddy" and based on the company's !Content technology, the new app is billed as allowing viewers to learn more about products, people and places they see on a movie or TV program, purchase featured products, and share information via Facebook, Twitter or email.

News Round-Up

--Germany's 7P Developing Interactive TV Widgets for Yahoo! Widget Engine
--Accenture Launches OTT TV Solution
--Amino in IPTV Set-Top Deal with CDE Lightband
--Brightcove Releases Version 4.1 of its Platform
--bwin Launches Social TV System
--Edgeware Appoints New CMO, EVP of Sales
--Fox Networks Names Julie Simon SVP of Advanced Services
--New IneoQuest Social TV Service Will Also Gather Feedback on Pay-TV QoS
--iStreamPlanet Integrates Silverlight Rough Cut Editor into its Video Workflow Automation Platform
--China's JENA to Integrate Qtv's Internet Media Player into its Connected TV's, STB's
--Netflix on Wii Now Available to All US Consumers
--Nordija Partners with AcumenLink to Bring its Widget-Based IPTV Middleware to US
--Rentrak to Provide VOD Measurement for New National Geographic Channel
--Turner Sports to Provide Multiscreen Coverage of NBA Playoffs
--Multiple OTT Developments in Australian Market

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

Kyte Extends Its Social Video Platform to Living Room via Support for Boxee

--RawVoice Adds Support for Boxee, Roku

Kyte, a San Francisco-based company that offers a social-enabled broadband and mobile video platform for live and on-demand content (note: customers include ABC, Clear Channel, ESPN, Fox News, MTV, and NBA Digital, among others), announced last week that it has extended its platform to support the Boxee over-the-top-TV platform.

Social Video Start-Up, Qlipso, Acquires Assets of Veoh

--Company Lets Users Interact via Webcam, Chat and 3D Avatars While Watching Flash-Based Media

Qlipso, a Jerusalem Venture Partners-backed social video start-up that allows users to interact live in "virtual rooms" with their friends, via Webcam, chat, voicechat and 3D avatars, while watching Flash-based media (including, for example, games and slideshows, as well as videos), said Wednesday that it has acquired "substantially all of" the assets (including its Web site, its video library, its advertising deals, its filtering, recommendation and backend technology, and--most crucially--its audience) of Veoh, the broadband video company that, in February, announced that it would declare Chapter 7 bankruptcy.

Social Video Company, KickApps, Hires thePlatform Veteran, Tricia Iboshi, as EVP of Sales

Social video company, KickApps, said Wednesday that it has hired Tricia Iboshi as EVP of sales. Iboshi joins the company from Comcast-owned broadband video platform provider, thePlatform, where she served as VP of sales.

Oxygen to Insert Viewers' Live Social TV Interactions Directly into Programming

Yesterday (see the article published on itvt.com, April 6th), [itvt] reported on how Oxygen Media--the company behind Oxygen, a US cable channel that targets a female demographic--is adding social TV elements to the latest season of its "Tori & Dean" reality TV franchise via OxygenLive, an online destination that is designed to add a two-screen social/interactive TV component to the channel's programming.

Coincident TV Powers Interactive, Facebook-Integrated "Social Trailer" for Fox's "Glee"

--Represents First Deployment of Company's "Hypervideo" Technology

San Francisco-based start-up, Coincident TV (CTV), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has been tapped by broadcaster Fox to power a Facebook-integrated, interactive "social trailer" for the primetime musical series, "Glee." The deal represents the first commercial deployment of the company's "hypervideo" technology.

USA Network Launches Twitter Initiative to Provide Audiences with a View "From the Inside"

USA Network, which currently offers nine show-related Twitter feeds, on Monday announced a social media initiative that sees its VP of program research, Ted Linhart, interacting with viewers via a Twitter account (@TedOnTV).

IKEA Is First Company to Sponsor Oxygen's Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV Service, OxygenLive

--Service Now Supports Mobile Chat
--Liam Neeson in Exclusive Interview on Bravo's Interactive TV Show, "Watch What Happens Live"

Oxygen Media, the company behind Oxygen, a US cable channel that targets a female demographic, said Monday that it has secured a fully integrated on-air and online sponsorship deal with IKEA for the fifth season of the reality series, "Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood." Among other things, the deal (which also includes on-air billboards, tagged tune-ins and in-episode integrations) will see the home furnishing chain becoming the first sponsor for OxygenLive, an online destination that is designed to add a two-screen social/interactive TV component to the channel's programming.

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