October 2011

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Canoe Publishes ExpandTV Guidelines

-- Interactive TV Consortium Wants Networks to Encourage Viewers to 'Press OK' to Interact

AT&T Launches Four Social TV Apps for U-verse TV Subs

--IPTV provider rolls Miso, BuddyTV Guide, TV Foundry, WayIn
AT&T is turning to social TV to diffentiate itself form pay rivals, launching social TV apps Miso , BuddyTV Guide , TV Foundry and WayIn for users with mobile phones and tablets. The AT&T deal marks the second big deployment in less than six weeks for Miso, which announced an agreement last month with DirecTV which allows the satellite provider's subscribers to access companion programming during Dexter and other original programs. AT&T's move provides exposure...

New Edition of Brian Seth Hurst's StoryCentered Column Features SocialSamba Co-Founder and CEO, Aaron Williams

[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of StoryCentered (formerly StoryCentric), our video column from Brian Seth Hurst , CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and former second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. StoryCentered 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 Round-Up (I): Amino, Apple TV, Arris, BigBand, Avail-TVN, "Big Brother"

--Amino Plans US Debut for its OTT-Enabled IPTV Set-Tops at TelcoTV
--Apple TV 4.4 Released
--Arris to Acquire BigBand Networks
--Avail-TVN Names Laurie Lawrence CMO
--New "Big Brother" Play-Along Game Encourages Viewers to Keep Watching During Commercials
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. Amino Communications plans to debut its OTT-enabled IPTV set-top box range in the US in its booth (133) at the TelcoTV trade show later this month. It also plans to debut a new user interface for its Freedom Jump OTT Companion Media Center. "The company's Aminet A140 and A540 DVR devices...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Canoe Ventures, Comcast, Opera, Digital TV Labs

--Canoe Ventures Continues Hiring Spree, Outlines How New Hires Will Support its Strategy
--Comcast Casts Light on its Connected-TV Plans
--Opera Using Digital TV Labs' Ligada Test Tool to Facilitate HbbTV Browser Integration
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. Canoe Ventures has appointed David Kelly as VP of affiliate relations, reporting to CFO, Neil Schaffer. The company has also provided more information on its recent hires and promotions of industry veterans Chris Pizzurro, Jonathan Bokor and Sanjay Patel (see the article published on itvt.com, September 15th), explaining how they will...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): DirecTV, Discovery, General Sentiment, Q Scores, Google TV

--DirecTV's Nomad Device Lets Customers Side-Load Content from their DVR's
--Discovery Names JB Perrette Chief Digital Officer
--General Sentiment and The Q Scores Company Launch "Social TV Audience Reaction Monitor" Service
--Final Version of Google TV Add-On for Android SDK Released
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. DirecTV has launched a device called the Nomad that allows customers to side-load recorded programming from their DVR to up to five mobile devices or PC's. Priced at $149 and built by Morega Systems, the device currently supports PC's, the iPhone and the iPod touch; future versions are slated to support...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): HSN, Intel, Intrasonics, Ball State University

--HSN Enables Second-Screen tCommerce via QR Codes
--Intel to Close its Digital Home Group
--ACR-Based Interactive TV Company, Intrasonics, Launches SDK
--Ball State University Center for Media and Design in ACR Partnership with Intrasonics
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. Multiplatform retailer, HSN (which has a history of pioneering interactive TV/tcommerce in the US), debuted Quick Response (QR) codes as a tcommerce mechanism on its HSN HD channel during its recent Innovation Weekend (October 7th-10th). "Reaffirming its position as a leader in transactional innovation, HSN will be the first ever retailer...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): KIT digital, Harmonic, MobiTV, Motorola, NDS, Sky Deutschland

--KIT digital, Harmonic Partner to Enable Pay-TV Operators to Embrace Multiplatform Delivery
--MobiTV Claims Record Usage in September
--China's Henan Cable Selects Motorola M3 Media Server to Power VOD and Network DVR
--NDS Powers Push-VOD for Sky Deutschland
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. KIT digital and Harmonic have announced a strategic partnership that they say "harnesses their complementary product portfolios to offer an end-to-end multiscreen video architecture optimally managed for maximum performance. The two companies are working together to create solutions that enable tier-one video providers to expand existing broadcast and pay-TV services efficiently...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Netflix, AMC, On Demand Group, Cablevision Mexico, HIT

--Netflix Kills Qwikster
--Netflix in Multi-Year Licensing Deal with AMC Networks
--SeaChange's On Demand Group in VOD Deal with Mexico's Cablevision
--On Demand Group in Children's VOD Deal with HIT Entertainment
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. As has been widely reported, Netflix has abandoned its plan to spin off its DVD business into a separate operation and Web site called Qwikster . "It is clear that for many of our members two Web sites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Roku, HBO, Sling Media, TiVo

--Roku Launches $49.99 Streaming Player
--HBO's "TV Everywhere" Service, HBO Go, to Launch on Roku
--Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer for Android Tablets
--TiVo Announces Availability of its $500 Premiere Elite DVR
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. OTT TV specialist, Roku , has launched a $49.99 streaming player, called the Roku LT. "The Roku LT streams 720p high‐definition video and features built‐in wireless," the company states in its press materials. "It will be available from Roku.com, Amazon.com and in retail stores nationwide beginning in early November. The Roku...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): TOLN, UMG, TVplus, Disney, Universal, Comcast

--TOLN Partners with Universal Music Group to Bring Music Purchases to Online Soap Operas
--ACR Company, TVplus, Powers Second Screen Experience for Disney's "The Lion King"
--Universal Abandons Plan to Release "Tower Heist" Three Weeks after Theatrical Release
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. The Online Network (TOLN) contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new deal which, among other things, will see it enabling ecommerce on its online versions of the soap operas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live." TOLN "has partnered with Universal Music Group (UMG)...to license music...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IX): Virgin Media, Sky Anytime, Wattpad, beActive, Wowza

--Virgin Media Launches Sky Anytime on its VOD Platform and Online Media Player
--Wattpad, beActive Team on Transmedia Project, "Aisling's Diary"
--Wowza Releases New Version of its Wowza Media Server
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. UK cable operator, Virgin Media , has launched BSkyB' s Sky Anytime service on its VOD platform and its online player. "The addition of Sky Anytime on Virgin Media will increase what is already the largest collection of on-demand entertainment in the UK by over a third, to provide over 6,500...

Exclusive: RCDb Appoints Richard Fisher to its Board of Directors, Gerard Kunkel to its Advisory Board

--Fisher Was President and CEO of Premier Retail Networks, Kunkel Is Media Strategy Advisor to Microsoft
Interactive TV software and data services company, Related Content Database (RCDb) , has appointed Richard Fisher to its board of directors and Gerard Kunkel to its board of advisors.

New Edition of Michael Collette's INdustry Column Profiles Interactive TV Advertising Agency, BrightLine

--BrightLine Has Conducted Over 280 Interactive Ad Campaigns
[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of INdustry , our new column by interactive TV industry veteran, Michael Collette , managing director of MediaTech Strategies .

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