April 2011

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Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Canoe Automates ITV Ad Sales
-- NDS, TRA Tout Ad Accountability
-- Interactive Reality Show Hits Italy
-- Samsung Builds “Smart Living Room” Site
-- Amanita Debuts Interactive Music Video
Canoe Ventures and its MSO partners are beginning to automate their ad-sales operations for interactive ads, using software from Invision Inc . The firm said Canoe is using its DealMaker Ad Sales System, which does everything from creating ad-sales proposals to allocating spots to brands according to client specifications. More

DirecTV: No Plans to Launch Epix

It looks like Dish Network will remain the exclusive U.S. satellite distributor for Epix , as rival DirecTV says it won’t launch the premium channel and Website owned by Viacom. DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said that the company has no plans to launch Epix. The network also has distribution deals with Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon’s FiOS TV. Epix has relied on a multiplatform distribution strategy, allowing subscribers to access movies...

March Madness On Demand Could Be a Slam Dunk Interactive TV App

--By Steve Donohue Considering the huge demand Web surfers and smart phone owners showed this year for March Madness On Demand , imagine how much traffic wall-to-wall coverage of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament could generate if Turner Sports and CBS Sports manage to create an interactive TV application for the Big Dance. Since 2004, MMOD has been a huge draw for hoops fans, allowing viewers to toggle between up to four live games running...

Panasonic Activates Connected TV Apps

--By Steve Donohue While Panasonic is activating apps for its line of connected TVs that allow viewers to track baseball and basketball scores, the CE manufacturer isn't yet offering any full-length games or access to sports TV subscription packages such MLB Extra Innings . Panasonic took the wraps of its Viera Connect IPTV platform at the Consumer Electronics Show in January, offering viewers that buy Viera HDTVs access to several applications, including Netflix, Amazon Video...

Rovi Targets Connected TVs in Advertising Trial

--By Steve Donohue Rovi is beginning to test ways to sell advertising on broadband connected TVs from Samsung and other consumer electronics manufacturers. The interactive program guide vendor announced Tuesday that it had signed Carnival Cruise Lines and clients of interactive TV ad agency BrightLine to participate in a trial that it will run in North America. It also plans to conduct trials in the United Kingdom and Canada during the second half of 2011...

Civolution Preps OTT Platforms for Premium Content

--By Steve Donohue Civolution took a key step toward allowing movie studios and other content owners to deliver premium content to connected TVs and other devices, integrating its watermark technology with an encoding system from Digital Rapids . The companies said the combination of Civolution's NextGuard watermark pre-processing technology and the StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding systems from Digital Rapids will allow for the delivery of pay-per-view content through over-the-top video services. NextGuard applies a unique...

Exclusive: Call for Entries Issued for the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media

--Deadline for Submissions is April 29th
--[itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow Interviews Interactive Media Peer Group Co-Governor and Co-Chairs
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group has issued a call for entries for the 2011 Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media . The deadline for entries is April 29th .

Entries can be submitted online at http://www.emmys.tv/awards/63rd-primetime-emmy-awards, and additional entry and eligibility information is available at http://www.emmys.tv/interactive. This year, eligible entries include the associated interactive media components of a Drama Program or...

How Cablevision Could Deliver Live TV to iPad Outside the Home

By Steve Donohue
While Cablevision subscribers who download its new iPad app can only use it to watch live programming within their homes, the cable MSO could be laying the groundwork to use its extensive WiFi network to deliver live video to subscribers in public areas. In the last three years, Cablevision has quietly expanded the coverage area for its WiFi hotspots. As this WiFi map shows, Optimum Online subscribers can access WiFi hotspots in thousands of public...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I) By Steve Donohue

--Bravo to Add Multiple Interactive and "Transmedia" Elements to "Top Chef"
--CBS Launches "Tweet Week"
--mgMedia in Connected-TV Apps Deal with LG Electronics
--Studios' Premium VOD Plans May Have Little Impact on Theaters
--Mobile Interactive Group Integrates its Interactive TV Platform with Facebook
Here is the first of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories: Billing it as its "first fully-integrated transmedia play," NBC Universal's Bravo is looking to boost revenue and ratings by adding several interactive elements to its " Top Chef " series. Season nine of the reality show will rely on mobile phones, tablet computers, social media, and Bravo's Web site to incorporate viewers into the storyline. More . CBS is recruiting actors, sports...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II) By Steve Donohue

--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: Ensequence has upgraded its iTV Manager product, a Web-based platform that allows programmers to create, manage, update and deploy interactive programming. More . Look for NBC , ABC , CBS , MTV , BrightRoll and Tremor Media to begin adding interactivity to Internet video pre-roll ads using a new "iRoll" app from Innovid . The app allows media buyers to add several...

Introducing our New Writer, Steve Donohue

As many of you have noticed, our news publication schedule has been pretty irregular the past few weeks, as the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on the TV of Tomorrow Show . Today we are pleased to announce that one of our favorite journalists, Steve Donohue (you've probably noticed that we link to his work quite frequently), has agreed to fill in for us, and will be writing daily news articles for the [itvt] newsletter and Web site while we focus on the show.

[itvt] Blogger, Wes Williams, on TiVo's Response to Epsilon's Data Breach

--Plus RadioactiveGiant CEO, Albert Sandoval, on the Connected Living Room
[itvt] is pleased to present new articles from [itvt] bloggers, Wes Williams , director of online production at Scripps Networks , and Albert Sandoval , CEO of RadioactiveGiant . In " TiVo Notifies Subscribers of Data Breach at Vendor ," Williams reports on TiVo's prompt response to a data breach at one of its vendors, email marketing company, Epsilon.

New Online Nominations Form for the 8th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television

--Deadline for Submissions is April 11th
[itvt] has just launched an online submissions form for the 8th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television . The deadline for submissions is midnight, Monday April 11th .