Financials

Open-Source Online Video Platform Provider, Kaltura, Secures $20 Million in New Funding

--Company Claims its Platform Is Serving over 100,000 Video Publishers

Open-source online video platform provider, Kaltura, said Monday that it has secured an additional $20 million in a funding round that was led by new investor, Nexus Venture Partners, and that also saw the participation of Intel Capital, existing investors .406 Ventures and Avalon Ventures, and technology lender Silicon Valley Bank.

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo Announces its Cable Congress Exhibit Plans
--BBC Releases January iPlayer Usage Statistics, Says New iPlayer iPad App Proving Popular
--Mobile Interactive Group Posts Strong 2010 Results
--Report: NDS Seeking $1.05 Billion in Loans to Refinance Debt
--Rovi Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Sonic Solutions Shares
--Sorenson Media, Kulabyte Team on Cloud-Based Live Video Encoding Platform
--Telefonica Unveils Cloud-Based Multiplatform Apps Environment

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Cisco, Inlet Technologies, Mubi, Belgacom, Softbank, PPTV

--Cisco to Enhance its New Videoscape Platform via Acquisition of Inlet Technologies
--Mubi in VOD Deal with Belgacom
--Softbank Acquires Stake in Chinese Broadband TV Service, PPTV

Here is the first of two round-ups of some recent interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

Revision3 Says It Enjoyed Strong Growth in 2010, Achieving Profitability in Q4

--Secures Investment from Internet-TV Skeptic, Mark Cuban

Revision3--a company which bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web," and which produces its own original, broadcast-quality programming for distribution on the Web, mobiles, and connected-TV devices--has announced that it achieved profitability in Q4 of 2010, and grew its year-over-year revenues by 80%. It also says that it grew its roster of advertisers to over 60, including such Fortune 500 companies as Verizon, Ford, HP, EA, Sony and HP; and that its total views increased nearly 165% year-over-year, with over 42 million views in December alone. "We had another incredible year in 2010, with impressive gains in revenue, viewership, advertising and distribution," Revision3 CEO, Jim Louderback, said in a prepared statement.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): MTV, Samsung, NDS, OIPF, bmcoforum, Omek Interactive

--MTV to Launch Music Meter App on Samsung Connected-TV Devices


--Zon TV Cabo Becomes First Customer for NDS Snowflake UI


--OIPF, bmcoforum to Merge


--Gesture Recognition Specialist, Omek Interactive, Expands Management Team, Closes Series-B Round




 

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. 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.


Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): TiVo, Charter Communications, Microsoft, Vudu

 


--TiVo Secures Deal to Provide Charter with Hybrid-TV Platform


--Microsoft Files Complaint with ITC Seeking to Block TiVo DVR Imports


--Vudu OTT Service Launches New Version of its User Interface




 

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. 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.


[itvt] Presents...The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011


InteractiveTV Today [itvt], the first, best and most widely read news source on interactive and multiplatform television, is pleased to present the fifth annual TV of Tomorrow Show, May 17th-18th (Tuesday-Wednesday), 2011 in San Francisco, California at the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. 

Arqiva Seeking Investment Partner for its SeeSaw Broadband TV Service

UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, said Wednesday that, following a strategic review, it is seeking an investment partner for its broadband TV service, SeeSaw (offers programming from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as from Disney, MTV and NBC Universal), with the aim of accelerating the development of the service.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): BBC, blinkx, TV Guide Network, Channel 4, CineMexicano, Rentrak

--BBC iPlayer Sets New Records in December
--blinkx in Exclusive Online Video Deal with TV Guide Network
--Channel 4 Establishes Annual Fund to Invest in Apps and Concepts for Next-Generation Connected TV
--CineMexicano to Use Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials Service

Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV-related news stories that we didn't have room for in this issue.

NDS Sells Gaming and Betting Technology Subsidiary, OpenBet

--Management Buyout Funded by Vitruvian Partners

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, said last week that it has signed a deal under which funds managed by Vitruvian Partners will finance a management buyout of its subsidiary, OpenBet, a provider of online gaming and betting technology. According to the company, the deal will see Vitruvian and OpenBet's management acquiring OpenBet for £208 million in cash. It says it will use the proceeds of the transaction for general corporate purposes.

Silver Lake Sumeru Invests in PrimeSense, a Provider of Gesture-Recognition Tech for TV's and Other CE

PrimeSense--a Tel Aviv-based provider of sensing and recognition solutions, whose technology powers Microsoft Kinect--has received an undisclosed investment from Silver Lake Sumeru (note: Silver Lake Sumeru is a $1.1 billion middle market tech-focused fund managed by Silver Lake, a technology investment company that claims to manage over $14 billion in assets, and whose portfolio includes such companies as Skype and Avago).

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Fannie Mae, GetGlue, "Guidelight," Hulu Plus

--Fannie Mae Launches Interactive Video to Educate Homeowners about Foreclosure Options
--Social TV "Check-In" Service, GetGlue, in Promotional Partnerships with Fox, Showtime
--Interactive Transmedia Series, "Guidelines," to Premiere on Heavy.com
--Hulu Plus Coming to Android Smartphones

Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

New Interview on Rovi's Acquisition of Sonic Solutions

[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW with Corey Ferengul, EVP of product management and marketing at digital entertainment technology provider, Rovi. Ferengul discusses Rovi's recent announcement that it will acquire digital media delivery infrastructure company, Sonic Solutions, for approximately $720 million (see the article published on itvt.com, January 3rd).

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Comcast, Hillcrest Labs, Jinni

--Comcast Unveils Plans to Extend its Pay-TV Offering to the iPad and to Android-Powered Tablets
--Hillcrest Launches Motion-Control System for Connected TV's, Licenses Freespace Tech to SMK
--"Mood-Based" Programming Search-and-Recommendation Specialist, Jinni, Raises $5 Million

Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS FOR TVOT NYC INTENSIVE

[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th, at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City), our new event devoted to the new national interactive TV platform and the rise of the ITV economy.

Tickets to the event (priced at $875) are still available for purchase here. However, because the event is now close to capacity, we advise purchasing your tickets as soon as possible.


SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS FOR TVOT NYC INTENSIVE

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