Events

News Round-Up

--Amazon Launches "Disc+ On Demand" Promotion
--AFI Publishes Videos from its Annual DigiFest
--Oprah Winfrey's OWN in Multiplatform Partnership with Documentary Distributor
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Online retailer, Amazon.com , has launched a promotion called " Disc+ On Demand ," under which customers who purchase a title on DVD or Blu-ray disc are provided, at no additional charge, with instant on-demand access to a standard-definition version of that title. The on-demand version of the title is automatically added to customers' digital libraries. Currently,...

Open IPTV Forum Trumpets Success of its First Interop Event, Promises More for 2010

The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) --an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services (note: the organization, whose founding members include Ericsson, FT Group, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Telecom Italia, recently published the Architecture Specification for IPTV infrastructure elements and services to be...

Dick Clark Productions to Offer Interactive Live Streaming Coverage of AMAs' Red Carpet on Facebook

--Ustream-Powered Show to Feature Participation by Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg, Brandee Barker
Dick Clark Productions (DCP) contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it is teaming with Facebook (which, according to new figures from Nielsen's VideoCensus, is now the third-largest broadband video site after YouTube and Hulu in total streams) to add a live, interactive broadband video element to its annual American Music Awards (AMA) .

According to the company, its collaboration with the social networking service will see the AMAs' first-ever...

Hillcrest Labs' Loop Pointer, Ocean Blue's and RNIB's Talking TV Technology Receive Design Awards

Rockville, Maryland-based Hillcrest Labs contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has been named an International CES Innovations 2010 Design and Engineering Awards Honoree for its flagship product, the Loop pointer . According to the company, the awards--which have been in existence since 1976 and which are sponsored by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) and endorsed by the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)--are judged by an independent panel of industrial designers, engineers...

Exclusive: Winners of Microsoft's Mediaroom Application Contest Revealed

[itvt] can today reveal the winners of the Mediaroom Application Contest that Microsoft held at its 3rd Annual Mediaroom Developers Conference last month (note: Mediaroom is Microsoft's IPTV platform, which the company says has now been deployed in over 4 million subscriber households worldwide, by a customer base that includes AT&T, BT, Deutsche Telekom, Swisscom and Portugal Telecom, among others).

The contest saw conference attendees voting for three winners from a shortlist...

Boxee Beta to Be Unveiled in Brooklyn on December 7th

-the-top-TV specialist, Boxee , has set the dates for the release of the beta version of its platform. The initial release will take place at 7:00PM on December 7th, at an unveiling event at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City. According to the company, the event will also see the launch of various new applications from its partners, and will kick off "a 4-weeks early access for users to test the...

[itvt] Presents...The TV of Tomorrow Show 2010

InteractiveTV Today [itvt] , the first, best and most widely read news source on interactive and multiplatform television, is pleased to present the fourth annual TV of Tomorrow Show , March 3rd-4th (Wednesday-Thursday), 2010 in San Francisco, California at the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The first three TV of Tomorrow Shows were praised by sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees not only as true experts' conferences that attracted a veritable "who's who" of...

AFI Digital Content Lab to Hold its DigiFest November 4th and 5th

--Event Showcases Projects Incubated by the Lab and Significant Digital Productions from Past Year
The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab , an organization which for more than a decade has played a key role in fostering the development of interactive and multiplatform TV--and interactive media in general--in the US, will hold its annual interactive media showcase, the AFI DigiFest (formerly known as the AFI Digital Content Festival), at the Mann Chinese Theater (auditorium #1) in Hollywood, November 4th and 5th. The first day of the AFI DigiFest will...

New Interviews on Real-Time VOD Ad Insertion and Developing ARG's for "Lost" and "FlashForward"

--Plus The iTV Doctor on Interactive TV for "Fans," Set Top Box 2009 Coverage, and More
[itvt] has just published interviews with senior executives from 1) BlackArrow , an advanced advertising specialist which announced earlier this week that its VOD ad-insertion platform--which enables ads to be inserted into VOD content on-the-fly--has gone live with Comcast in Jacksonville, Florida; and 2) Hoodlum , an alternate reality gaming (ARG) specialist which recently won a primetime Emmy for "The Dharma Initiative: Dharma Wants You," an ARG it created for the ABC drama series, "Lost,"...

Alcatel-Lucent's Stuart Waite and Mark Janes Discuss the Company's Interactive TV Strategy

--New iTV Doctor Column Focuses on Selling Interactive TV Advertising
[itvt] has just published an in-depth interview with Stuart Waite , head of interactive media at Alcatel-Lucent , and Mark Janes , the director of business development and marketing for the company's Digital Media and Advertising Product division. The two executives provide an in-depth update on Alcatel-Lucent's activities in the interactive TV space, covering such topics as the company's new deals with TeleColumbus and du; its various product offerings, including its Interactive Media Manager and...

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