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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New iTV Doctor Column Features Videos of the Finalists from CTAM's 2nd Annual iTV Idol Contest

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.