--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through August 1st
--BBC iPlayer and BBC News Web Icons Launched for BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet
--BigBand Networks to Power Local Ad Insertion for AT&T U-verse TV
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format:
-- VOD Vendor to Demonstrate Nitro at The Cable Show
Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International is expanding into the video navigation business, developing a user interface that pay TV providers can use to deliver content to TVs, PCs, tablets and other mobile devices.
SeaChange plans to demonstrate its Nitro interface, which relies on HTML5, next week at The Cable Show convention in Chicago. The company said Nitro can support live and on-demand viewing, multiroom DVRs, virtual channels, TV listings, bookmarking and search and recommendation.
-- AT&T Rolls ITV App That Lets Subs Pick Camera Angles in Baseball Games
-- Cox Uses thePlatform to Power TV Everywhere site
-- PlayJam to Deliver Social Games to Connected TVs
-- AAMP Survey Calls for Improved Metrics for VOD Measurement
-- BBC Releases Red Button Interactive Programming Schedule
HBO is preparing to launch an app for its HBO Go TV Everywhere product for Apple's iPad, laptops and other mobile devices. The app will launch on May 2, according to a YouTube video HBO posted to tease the new service.
But it's not clear how many HBO subscribers will be able to use the app to watch HBO original series and movies on mobile devices. The premium network only has a few deals with pay TV providers to offer subscribers access to its HBO Go TV Everywhere site, including Verizon's FiOS TV, DirecTV, Comcast, and AT&T's U-verse TV.
--Ensequence Unveils iTV Manager Programmer Edition 2.0
--Innovid Launches Tool for Interactive Pre-Rolls
--AT&T in Interactive TV Deal with Music Choice
--DirecTV Offering Interactive TV Mosaic for 2011 Masters Tournament
--Showtime Names Don Buckley SVP of Digital Services
Here is the second of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories:
--ABC to Revive its Nielsen-Powered Two-Screen Interactive TV App for iPad
--Report: Amazon May Be Launching Netflix-Type Instant Streaming Service
--Amazon to Acquire Lovefilm, the "European Netflix"
--AT&T Rebrands its Transactional VOD Service to Head Off Competition from Netflix
Because the [itvt] editorial team was busy last week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.
Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, ADB, AdaptiveBlue (GetGlue), Amino, AT&T, Avail-TVN, Ball State University (OEDN), BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer
[itvt]'s daily news coverage went on hiatus October 18th in order to allow our editorial staff to work full time on TVOT NYC Intensive. This issue contains a round-up of some of the major interactive TV-related news stories that have broken since then. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries of each item are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using itvt.com's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.
--ADB to Showcase Virtual Gateway, tru2way Analyzer at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
--Report Ranks EchoStar-Alticast-Zappware HD DVR Solution Highest in Consumer Usability
--Amino to Debut New Set-Tops at TelcoTV
--AT&T Launches New DVR Management Features on U-verse Online
--AT&T U-verse TV Supports Use of Xbox 360 as Supplemental Set-Top Box
--Avail-TVN to Invest $30 Million in Digital Media Services
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.
--Report: Amazon Attempting to Acquire Lovefilm
--AT&T Teams with NCAA Football on Social App
--BBC Commissions Second Series of "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"
--CBS Sports Launches Pro Football App for Apple iPad
--ivi Receives Cease-and-Desist Letters from Broadcasters, Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
--Motive Television to Acquire Adecq, Provider of the Bestv DTT-Based VOD Solution
--Ofcom Hands over Responsibility for VOD Content Regulation to Association for Television on Demand
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Four More Members
--Pace Hires Nokia UK & Ireland MD, Mark Loughran, to Head New Convergence-Focused Unit
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:
--ActiveVideo Networks to Demo Cloud-Based 3D TV User Interface at IBC
--ANT, Ocean Blue Partner to Develop Integrated HbbTV/Connected-TV Solution
--Report: AT&T Working to Enable U-verse TV on Xbox 360
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of 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.
--ActionView International in Deal to Offer Mixed Martial Arts Programming on Comcast VOD
--Amino to Launch "Amino Solutions" Offering, Focus on OTT Solutions, at IBC
--AT&T Launches Interactive TV Account Manager App
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.
--CIMM Announces Plans for Cross-Platform Media Measurement Research Project
--MRC, NCC, MVPD's Collaborate on Guidelines for Creating Consistent Digital Video Viewership Data
--Sam's Club to Deploy WiFi to Facilitate In-Store Demo's of Connected TV Sets
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:
AT&T on Tuesday unveiled My Multiview, a new interactive TV app for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered U-verse TV IPTV platform that allows viewers to select the channels for their own Multiview (multiscreen mosaic) display (note: U-verse TV launched Sports, Kids and News Multiview apps in the fall of 2009, and this year has offered special Multiview apps for a number of major sporting events).