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Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Hulu, icueTV, SeaChange, SureWest, iPowow, Miss Universe

--Hulu Plus Now Has Over 1 Million Subscribers
--icueTV Partnering with SeaChange on SureWest VOD tCommerce Deployment
--iPowow's Second Screen Voting System Generates 23.6 Million "Miss Universe" Votes in 9 Minutes

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.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): SocialGuide, SureWest, SeaChange International

--SocialGuide Releases Social-TV Ratings for Week of September 12th-18th
--SocialGuide Begins Tracking Social Media Activity around Movies
--SureWest Launches SeaChange's VODlink 5.0 Software Platform and Watch & Buy tCommerce App

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.

News Round-Up (VI): PlayJam, SeaChange, SureWest

--Interactive TV Games Company, PlayJam, Trumpets "Encouraging" Usage and Conversion Rates
--Major Investor Urges SeaChange to Sell Servers and Storage Business, Separate Chairman and CEO Roles
--SureWest Uses VOD to Help Customers Calibrate their TV's

Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more days for us 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 news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

News Round-Up (VII): SureWest, TeliaSonera-Spotify, thePlatform-Canwest-CBC

--SureWest Launches Caller ID on TV, Online DVR Manager Apps, Selects BigBand SDV Solution
--TeliaSonera Becomes First Pay-TV Platform to Offer Spotify
--thePlatform Powering Broadband Video for Canwest, CBC

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.

News Round-Up

--CableLabs' Next ETV Interop Begins February 22nd, Deadline for Applying Is January 29th
--DirecTV Begins Public Beta of Multiroom DVR
--Report: Hulu Mulling Plans to Launch Subscription Service
--Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle
--Live Interactive Broadband Video Spin-Off Planned for Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies"
--Move Networks Appoints Eddy Hartenstein, Sol Trujillo to its Board
--SureWest Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Service
--Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Capability
--Verizon Rolls Out Interactive TV Upgrade in Pittsburgh and West Central Florida
--Vimeo Beta-Launches HTML5 Video Player

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form:

SureWest Switches to Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV Platform

--Says Platform Will Allow it to Offer Advanced and Interactive TV Services to 25,000 More Homes

SureWest Communications, an independent triple-play provider that offers service in and around Sacramento, Calif. and Kansas City, MO, announced Tuesday that it will deploy the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform to power an advanced TV service over its IP-based fiber-to-the-home and copper networks in the greater Sacramento region. The company, which previously used Minerva's IPTV middleware platform for its Sacramento-area TV offering, anticipates that the new Mediaroom-powered service will be available to new customers by the end of the year.

SureWest Launches Caller-ID on TV in its Sacramento Market

SureWest Communications, an independent triple-play provider that offers service in and around Sacramento, Calif. and Kansas City, MO, said Wednesday that it has launched caller-ID on TV on its Sacramento-area networks (note: it already offers the service on its Kansas City networks, which it acquired via its purchase of Everest Broadband in February, 2008).

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