Interactive TV News Round-Up: Apple, ABC, Hulu, ITV, Kaltura, mgMedia, TotoTV

--Report: Apple Working with Major OEM to Develop iOS-Powered Connected-TV Sets
--"Expedition Impossible" Premiere to Feature Social TV Elements
--Report: Hulu Retains Investment Banks to Help with Possible Sale, Is Being Courted by Yahoo!
--ITV Taps Made By Many to Help Integrate its TV and Online Offerings
--Kaltura Enabling Internet Archive's Video Library to Support HTML5
--Mexico's TotoTV to Use mgMedia's Online Video Platform
--Time Warner Cable, Viacom Put their Litigation over iPad Streaming on Hold

Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • Citing a "former Apple executive, speaking with us on condition of anonymity," Daily Tech reports that Apple is partnering with a major OEM to develop and sell iOS-powered connected-TV sets that would come bundled with its Apple TV platform and iTunes.
  • Producer Mark Burnett will provide live (on both coasts) commentary via Twitter during today's (June 23rd) premiere of his new reality show, "Expedition Impossible," on ABC. "In addition," ABC states in its press materials, "ABC.com will host a live 'Chat Party' during the airing of 'Expedition Impossible,' where viewers can come to the site, take a look at Burnett's tweets and chat with other fans during the show. The 'Chat Party' will go live at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT on Thursday, and remain live until the conclusion of the west coast airing at 10:00PM, PT."
  • Following an earlier report in the Wall Street Journal (see the article published on itvt.com, June 21st) that Hulu is considering selling itself after receiving an unsolicited offer from an unidentified buyer, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday that the company has retained investment banks, Guggenheim Partners and Morgan Stanley, to facilitate a possible sale. The Times also stated that Yahoo! is the company behind the unsolicited offer reported by the Journal.
  • UK broadcaster, ITV, has tapped digital agency, Made By Many, to develop an integrated TV and online proposition for its news, sports and weather content, New Media Age reports.
  • The Internet Archive is using Kaltura's open-source online video platform to enable its entire digital video library to support HTML5, in addition to Flash, Kaltura said Wednesday. According to the company, its video player automatically identifies whether an end-user's device and browser require a Flash or an HTML5 player, and delivers the content accordingly.
  • Madrid-based mgMedia has signed a deal with Mexico's TotoTV that will see the latter using its Open4Content online video platform to deliver video to connected TV's, smartphones and PC's.
  • Time Warner Cable and Viacom have put their litigation over Time Warner Cable's TWCable TV app for the iPad (allows customers to stream live TV to the Apple device at no additional charge) on hold, while they attempt to negotiate a resolution of their dispute over whether a cable operator has the right to stream networks to secondary devices, the Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday.
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