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TVOT: Connected TVs, Mobile Devices Drive Interactive TV

San Francisco – Advances in interactive TV won't be constrained by the slow rollout of technology by pay TV providers, with programmers able to reach viewers through broadband connected TVs and second-screen devices such as Apple 's iPad. That was a key theme here this week at itvt's " The TV of Tomorrow Show ." While cable executives on TVOT panels boasted that they will be able to reach 30 million to 40 million homes...

Yahoo Buys Social TV Startup IntoNow

Just 12 weeks after IntoNow launched its social TV application, Yahoo! Inc. said it acquired the Silicon Valley-based startup. The deal could help Yahoo expand into interactive TV programming, using IntoNow's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. IntoNow's app for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch lets users identify which TV programs they are watching, and share their viewing choices with friends. IntoNow, which has integrated its application with Facebook , Twitter , iTunes and...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC iPlayer Sets New Traffic Record -- Huawei, Pace, Vestel to Build YouView Devices -- Zeitera Helps Broadcasters Synchronize Video with Apps for Mobile Devices -- Cablevision Launches Optimum Link PC-to-TV Media Relay Service -- Accenture Shops "Over-the-Top TV" Solution
BBC iPlayer received 160 million requests for TV and radio programs in March, up from 148 million in February. It saw its highest levels for live streaming to date, with live streaming comprising 15 percent of requests. More British IPTV platform YouView released its final technology specification, and said that any manufacturer will be able to use the spec to develop connected TV devices. YouView, whose backers include BBC , ITV , Channel 4 and...

New Edition of StoryCentric Features Albert Cheng, EVP of Digital Media at Disney/ABC Television Group

[itvt] is pleased to present the LATEST EDITION of StoryCentric , our new video column from Brian Seth Hurst , CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and former second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. StoryCentric focuses on the business, technology and art of interactive storytelling, and highlights new technologies and other industry developments that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we create and interact with stories and narratives--in television and beyond.

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- DirecTV Shoots 3D Series on Women Surfers -- GetGlue Reaches 1 Million Users Milestone -- Miso Upgrades Social TV App for iPhone -- Hillcrest Raises $5.5M for Motion-Control Technology -- Synacor Teams with Akamai on TV Everywhere Demo
DirecTV is banking on 3D video of women surfers to help differentiate its programming lineup from pay TV rivals. The DBS provider signed Union Square Agency to produce a 3D TV series that will take viewers behind the scenes of the professional female surfing circuit. "Gone Until December" is scheduled to debut this summer on n3D, DirecTV's 24-hour 3D network. More After hitting the milestone of 1 million users, social-TV check-in service GetGlue is comparing...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Syncbak Powers Broadcasters with OTT Video Play
-- LG Unveils Tweet-TV, Mobile 3D Phones
-- No Live Video in iPad Apps from NBC, ABC
-- Two-Way Media Builds Facebook Game for Fox International
-- HBO Go Lands DirecTV Deal

Lack of Programming Deals Thwarts SnappyTV

SnappyTV is gaining some attention for its social TV viewing site, which allows users to share 20-second video clips from shows with friends on Facebook and Twitter. But since it only has rights to share clips from a handful of programs from Fox, Bravo, and other networks, it could be difficult for SnappyTV to attract a broad following. Founder Mike Folgner says he got the idea for the site after watching the news feeds on...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Tunerfish, Ustream, Warner Bros., Facebook, Weather Channel, YouView

--Social-TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Fanning" and "Liking"
--Ustream Launches New Version of its iPhone App
--Warner Bros. to Offer Movies through Facebook
--Weather Channel Uses Nielsen's Media-Sync for New Broadcast-Synchronized iPad App
--YouView Names Alan Sugar...
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

Academy Taps Social-TV Check-In Service, GetGlue, for Oscars Promotion

AdaptiveBlue , the company behind the social-TV check-in service, GetGlue (note: the company recently announced that it had raised $6 million in a third round of funding that was led by Time Warner), recently teamed with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and with Mercedes Benz USA on a promotion for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards. According to the company, it worked directly with the Academy to create a unique set of GetGlue...

Dailymotion Launches Video-Powered Social Gaming Feature, "DailyQuizz"

Paris-based video-sharing site operator, Dailymotion , has launched a video-powered social gaming feature called "DailyQuizz." According to the company, DailyQuizz games are designed to take advantage of its expertise at video curation and of its large catalog of video clips. It claims that the games offer viewers a "fun and engaging social experience around their favorite videos" that can easily be shared across popular social networking platforms. Advertisers, meanwhile, can use the games to increase...

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