Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): SeeSaw, Sony UK, Moshcam, Time Warner Cable, NBC, TiVo

--SeeSaw CEO Steps Down
--Sony UK Offering Moshcam's Live Video Music Channel on its Connected-TV Platform
--Time Warner Cable Launches NBC Full Season Catch-Up on its VOD Platform
--TiVo Plans $120 Million Private Offering

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, 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 see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • Pierre-Jean Sebert has stepped down as CEO of SeeSaw, the broadband TV service from UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva (note: Arqiva launched the service after acquiring the platform assets of Project Kangaroo, the VOD platform developed by UKVOD, a joint venture between the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, for a price believed to be in the £8 million range), C21 Media reported earlier this week. News of Sebert's resignation comes shortly after Arqiva announced that it had appointed Ingenious Corporate Finance to lead the search for an investment partner for SeeSaw (see the article published on itvt.com, February 22nd).
  • Sony UK has announced the addition of live video music channel, Moshcam, to its Bravia Internet Video connected-TV service. "Moshcam has the world's largest and most comprehensive live music library with over 800 full-length gigs, 10,000 individual tracks and 1,000 hours of content," Sony UK states in its press materials. "Bravia Internet Video lets you watch the programs you missed on popular 'catch-up' TV services such as Demand Five, so you can enjoy full-screen re-runs of your favorite TV shows. Further to this, the Sony partnership with LOVEFiLM lets you watch streamed movies from the comfort of your armchair. Bravia Internet Video also allows access to a whole world of free, on-demand Internet content to explore from sharing Web sites such as YouTube, Facebook and many more."
  • Time Warner Cable has announced that it is offering entire seasons of five NBC primetime shows--"Parks & Recreation" (season 3), "Parenthood" (season 2), "The Event" (season 1), "Outsourced" (season 1) and "Perfect Couples" (season 1)--on its VOD platform's Primetime on Demand service (which, among other things, disables ad-skipping). The offering is branded as "NBC Full Season Catch-Up."
  • TiVo has announced that it is planning a private offering of $120 million in convertible senior notes, due in 2016. "TiVo intends to use the net proceeds from the sale of the notes to fund intellectual property litigation and research and development spending and for general corporate purposes, which may include funding sales and marketing expenses, increasing working capital, making capital expenditures and potentially for strategic acquisitions," the company states in its press materials.
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