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Concert.tv Running Interactive VOD Promotion for San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival

Concert.tv , a Mag Rack Entertainment-owned free VOD service specializing in coverage of live music performances and other music-related programming, said Wednesday that it is teaming with Another Planet Entertainment and Superfly Productions on an SMS-based interactive promotion for the second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco. During August, Concert.tv is running Outside Lands promotional messages that include a text call-to-action for the opportunity to win two free tickets to the...

Call for Entries Issued for 2010 International Digital Emmy Awards

--Deutsche Telekom Officially Launches its 2009 Interactive TV Award
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has issued a call for entries for the 2010 International Digital Emmy Awards , which recognize excellence in programming and other content created and designed for viewer interaction and/or delivery on a digital platform (e.g. interactive TV, the Internet, mobile, etc.). The deadline for entries is November 2nd, 2009; nominations will be announced in early March, 2010; and the winners will be announced in April during an...

Nominees for 2009 Primetime Emmy Awards for Interactive Media Announced

--NBC Dominates Nominee List
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences on Thursday announced the nominees for the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media--and this year has turned out to be a very good one for NBC, whose projects represent five of the six nominees. This year marks the first time that Interactive Media Emmy finalists have received full-fledged nominee status. "Winners aside, nominee status is an officially recognized honor, signifying the relevance and importance...

Companies Announce Plans for IBC

--Accedo Broadband, Softel, Strategy & Technology, SysMedia
A number of interactive TV companies contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about their exhibition plans for the upcoming IBC show in Amsterdam (note: if your company is looking to publicize its IBC plans, let us know, and we may include a brief round-up in a semi-regular IBC preview feature): Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based aggregator and distributor of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company,...

AFDESI Launches its Seventh Annual International Interactive TV Awards

--Deadline for Entries is August 15th
AFDESI , the French Association for Interactive Television, contacted [itvt] Thursday to let us know that it has launched its seventh annual international interactive TV competition, the International ITV Awards 2009. The competition will culminate in an awards ceremony, during the IBC, at Amsterdam's Hotel Okura on the evening of September 13th. Awards will recognize excellence in 10 categories: The Jury "Grand Prix" The AFDESI Prize Interactive TV applications for the set-top box Mobile interactive...

Deutsche Telekom Set to Begin its Annual Interactive TV Development Contest

Deutsche Telekom , which operates a Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service called T-Home Entertain , is set to begin its annual interactive TV development contest, the Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award, next month. In addition to cash prizes with a combined value of 110,000 Euros, the contest will offer select winners and finalists the chance to work with Deutsche Telekom and Microsoft in order to realize their interactive TV projects. The contest will offer three main...

14 Companies Participate in CableLabs' Addressable Advertising Interop Event

--Event Focused on Dynamic Insertion of Addressable Ads into VOD Avails
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, said Tuesday that 14 companies participated in an Addressable Advertising Interfaces interoperability event held at its Louisville, Colorado laboratories, during the week of June 1st. According to the organization, the event--which included multi-vendor interoperability testing for dynamic video-on-demand ad insertion and other addressable advertising technologies--saw the participation of Arris, BIAP, BlackArrow, Cisco, Concurrent, Ensequence, Motorola, OpenTV, RGB Networks, Sigma Systems, Tandberg Television, This Technology, TVN Entertainment and...

Citytv Conducting Interactive TV Competition around "Hell's Kitchen"

Canadian broadcaster, Citytv , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about an interactive TV competition it is conducting around the reality TV show, " Hell's Kitchen ." During the May 7th and May 14th episodes of the show, Citytv will display a special image at the bottom left-hand corner of the screen throughout the broadcast. Viewers will be invited to go to a dedicated "Hell's Kitchen" page on Citytv's Web site, identify the image...

GSN's Game Show Awards to Offer Interactive Elements

--Awards to be Hosted by Howie Mandel
Cable channel, GSN (formerly known as the Game Show Network), announced Tuesday that comedian Howie Mandel will host its June 6th Game Show Awards (8:00PM ET, 7:00PM CT), which it bills as "the first awards show exclusively aimed at celebrating excellence in the genre of game shows." In line with GSN's focus on participation TV programming, the awards will feature a number of interactive elements: through May 15th, viewers can visit a special area of...

Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV News from DISH Network

--Fandango Application, Interactive TV Awards, and More
Last week, [itvt] reported that US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network, had recently teamed with Ensequence and History on an interactive TV application to enhance History's channel presence on the DISH Network platform. Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related news stories from DISH Network:
--Last month, the company launched a Fandango-branded application on its DishHome interactive TV portal (channel 100), that allows viewers to use their remotes to purchase movie...

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