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Philo, a New Social TV Service Featuring Interactive Games, Launches on iPhone and Web

--Google Ventures Invests in Bazaar Labs' Miso Social TV Service
A Los Angeles-based start-up called Philo (in honor of Philo T. Farnsworth, one of the inventors of television) officially launched its flagship social TV service Wednesday. The company bills the service, which is offered via a free iPhone app (note: a Web version is also available at http://www.playphilo.com , and the company says that Android and BlackBerry versions will be available shortly), as "combin[ing] television with the power of social media to create a real-time,...

News Round-Up

--BBC iPlayer, Sky Mobile TV, Livestation Now Available for Apple iPad
--BBC Announces Red-Button Interactive TV Programming Line-Up through June 18th
--CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD programs
--CJ HelloVision Launches Social TV-Enabled Broadband Video Service
--DMGT Fined £225,000 for Closing Teletext
--Fox Mobile Beta-Launches Bitbop Mobile TV Service
--Overlay TV Powers Interactive Video for Tory Burch
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In time for the Apple iPad's launch in the UK, 1) the BBC has announced the availability in beta of an iPad version of the BBC iPlayer, that is based on the so-called iPlayer "Bigscreen site"; 2) Sky has announced the availability in the Apple App Store of an iPad version of Sky Mobile TV; and 3)...

Eric Shanks, Who Led DirecTV's Interactive TV and VOD Efforts, Named President of Fox Sports

--NBC News Promotes Ryan Osborn to Newly Created Position of Director of Social Media
DirecTV said Wednesday that Eric Shanks , its EVP of entertainment, will leave the company next month to take up a new position as president of Fox Sports , reporting to Fox Sports Media Group chairman and CEO, David Hill.

Shanks, who joined DirecTV in 2004, as SVP of advanced services and content, oversaw its interactive TV programming and services, its original entertainment and its advertising sales. Among other things, he was...

Alticast Demo's Multiple ETV/EBIF and tru2way Interactive TV Apps at NCTA Cable Show

GEM-based interactive TV software specialist, Alticast , said Tuesday that it is showing a range of ETV/EBIF and tru2way solutions in its booth (329) at the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week. According to the company, its Cable Show exhibit, which it has branded with the theme "Your World Runs on Alticast," features: Twitter on TV, an ETV template which is designed to show how viewers can interact with social media on their...

Zodiac Unveils PowerUP Advanced Messaging Solution (AMS)

--Server-Based Offering Provides Two-Way Connectivity between STB's and Mobile Internet Devices
In its booth (ES-7) in the CableNET exhibit at the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles, Tuesday, interactive TV software developer, Zodiac Interactive , unveiled its PowerUp Advanced Messaging Solution (AMS), which it bills as the world's first server-based offering to deliver multiscreen, bi-directional connectivity between set-top boxes and mobile Internet devices. The new offering complements Zodiac's PowerUp platform, which the company says is currently integrated into over 10 million set-top boxes.

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News Round-Up (VI)

--Revision3 to Use Miso iPhone/iPod touch Social TV App to Drive Interest in its Shows
--Rovi Launches Cable Operator Version of its TotalGuide EPG
--Rovi Licenses Passport EPG and Applications to Two Latin American Cable Operators
--Shaw Taps Verivue to Power Expansion of its VOD Service
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Revision3 has announced that it will use Bazaar Labs ' new iPhone/iPod touch app, Miso, to help drive awareness and tune-ins for its shows. According to the company, it is hoping that its viewers "will use Miso's brand new platform to 'check in' and share their entertainment...

News Round-Up (II)

--Report: Blockbuster to Release "Blockbuster Everywhere" API
--Boxee Updates its Platform, Adds More Content Apps
--Bravo Organizes Social TV Event around "Real Housewives" Premiere
--Cablevision Begins Deploying RS-DVR
--Cisco Powering 3D VOD for French Cable Operator, Numericable
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster , is set to release an API called "Blockbuster Everywhere," that is designed to deliver films, reviews and real-time inventory to set-top boxes,...

News Round-Up (VIII)

--OpenTV Now CEO-less
--RCN Launches "TiVo Premiere from RCN" in Washington, DC
--Roku Unveils New Netflix Channel
--Rovi Touts New Methodology for Measuring Ad Campaigns on EPG's
--The CW Holds "Watch and Tweet" Social TV Promotion
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Ben Bennett has stepped down as CEO of OpenTV , but still remains on the company's board, following its acquisition by Kudelski , Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner...

News Round-Up (VII)

--Clearleap, itaas Develop EBIF App for Continuous, Lean-Back Viewing of Short-Form VOD
--Ustream Launches in Japan
--Verizon Adds YouTube Access, Internet Radio to FiOS TV, Extends Media Manager to All HD Subs
--Virgin Media Launches Online VOD Service, "Virgin Media Online Movies"
--Vidiactive Launches Social TV Platform
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. Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, has announced that it has partnered...

Brightcove Announces Support for Facebook's Open Graph and Social Plug-Ins

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , says that its platform will provide support for the Open Graph and new set of Social Plug-ins that were announced by social networking giant, Facebook , at its f8 Conference in San Francisco, Wednesday (note: an explanation of the Open Graph and the new plug-ins can be found here ).

"We have created a way for Brightcove online video platform customers to quickly embed the Facebook...

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