Financials

TiVo "Non-DVR" Software to Be Integrated into Connected TV's from Best Buy's Insignia Brand

--Legal and R&D Expenses Widen TiVo's Q1 Losses

TiVo and electronics retailer, Best Buy, said Tuesday that development is underway to integrate TiVo's software and advanced TV services (though not the TiVo platform's core DVR functionality) into new connected TV sets from Insignia, Best Buy's in-house consumer electronics brand. The companies did not say when the sets will be available and how much they will cost. This represents the first time that TiVo's software has been integrated directly into a TV set--though the company has announced several deals to integrate it into third-party set-top boxes (see, for example, the article on TiVo's new deal with Technicolor that was published on itvt.com, May 24th).

Independent Web Show Distributor, blip.tv, Raises $10.1 Million in Third Funding Round

--Revision3 to Launch New Show Starring Magician, Penn Jillette

blip.tv, a New York-based distributor of independent Web shows, said Wednesday that it has closed its third round of institutional capital, raising $10.1 million in new funding. The funding round was led by Canaan Partners, and saw the participation of existing investor, Bain Capital Ventures. blip.tv's first funding round, which was concluded in 2007, raised $2.5 million, and its second funding round, concluded in 2008, raised $5.2 million.

News Round-Up

--ADB's Prototype 3D EPG's Generate Buzz at NCTA Cable Show
--Diva Launches Mobile VOD Platform
--Espial Reports Record Revenues, Swings to an EBITDA Profit
--Zelfy Demo's Remote Control/Two-Screen Interactive TV Application

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

News Round-Up (II)

--Canoe Promotes Dana Runnells to VP of Marketing and Communications
--Concurrent Releases Fiscal Q3 Results
--Cox Completes Deployment of Rovi's ShowRunner VOD App in its Motorola-Based Systems
--DISH Network and DirecTV Launch National Satellite Interactive TV Advertising Platform, "ASAP"
--Google Lets Users Search for Specific TV Episodes

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (III)

--Hulu Abandons Plans for UK Version of its Service
--iN Demand Appoints CTO
--Kaltura Powers Live Video, VOD of Earth Day Rally
--KIT Digital Closes $55 Million Equity Offering
--Latens Powers Remote DVR Service for Altibox

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (V)

--RadioactiveGiant Launches Series of Interactive TV Apps for Connected Platforms
--Report: Regulators May Use Veto Power over Comcast-NBCU Merger to Protect Web Video Start-Ups
--Rentrak in VOD Measurement Deals with Eurocinema, Tribeca Enterprises
--Report: Samsung Considering Developing Android-Based "Google TV's"
--SeaChange Sells Stake in Casa Systems

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (VI)

--Sky to Abandon Red-Button in Favor of Green-Button Interactive TV Advertising
--STB Company, TechnoTrend Goerler, Licenses ANT Galio HbbTV Platform
--TiVo Announces Availability of Wireless N Network Adapter
--Tremor Media Raises $40 Million
--Interactive, Cross-Platform Reality Format, "uMan," Sold into Portuguese-Speaking Markets


The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

News Round-Up (VII)

--Clearleap, itaas Develop EBIF App for Continuous, Lean-Back Viewing of Short-Form VOD
--Ustream Launches in Japan
--Verizon Adds YouTube Access, Internet Radio to FiOS TV, Extends Media Manager to All HD Subs
--Virgin Media Launches Online VOD Service, "Virgin Media Online Movies"
--Vidiactive Launches Social TV Platform

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

NDS, BlackArrow Form Strategic Business and Technology Alliance for Advanced Advertising

--BlackArrow Raises $20 Million in NDS-Led Series C Funding Round

Advanced advertising technology provider, BlackArrow, announced Monday that it has closed a $20 million Series C financing round that was led by interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS, and that also saw the participation of existing BlackArrow investors Cisco, Comcast Interactive Capital, Intel Capital, the Mayfield Fund and Polaris Venture Partners.

Broadband Video Platform Provider, Brightcove, Raises $12 Million in Series D Funding Round

--Has Raised $99 Million To Date, Is Expected to Go Public This Year or Next

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, has confirmed a report by Jessica Vascellaro in Monday's Wall Street Journal that it has raised $12 million in new funding. According to the company, the Series D funding round was led by Accel Partners and General Catalyst, and saw the participation of other existing investors, including AOL, Hearst, AllianceBernstein, Maverick, and Brookside Capital. It says it plans to use the new funds to "expand the company's cash balance sheet and increase investments in key growth initiatives, including expansion in Asia and Europe, the roll-out of new product lines like Brightcove Express on a worldwide basis, R&D innovation, and possible M&A activity."

Google Acquires Broadband Video Platform Provider, Episodic

--Episodic's Platform Includes a Range of Monetization Capabilities
--Hulu Claims to Have Been Profitable for Past Two Quarters

Broadband video platform provider, Episodic (note: among other projects, the company has worked with BitGravity to produce an online interactive TV service, called "Strikeforce: All Access," for Showtime Networks--see the articles published on itvt.com, April 9th, August 12th and December 22nd, 2009), announced on its corporate blog last week that it has been acquired by Google, the company which last year was rumored to be eying rival Brightcove. Episodic claims to offer a comprehensive platform for distributing live and on-demand video to the Web and to any Web-enabled device. Among other things, the platform lets publishers and marketers host, stream, measure and monetize video content, Episodic says.

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (II)

--CTAM, CableLabs, Canoe Ventures, Cablevision, ActiveVideo Networks, CBS, Charter Communications, Concurrent, FourthWall Media, Cisco, Clicker Media, Comcast, Cox, C-Span

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the second of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV)

--Gotuit, ICE Innovative Technologies, Idioma, Immersive Media, Irdeto, Selevision, HTTV, itaas, ITV Network, Jinni, KickApps, Latens, Liveclicker, MatrixStream, MediaFriends, Minerva Networks, MobiTV, Motorola, Music Choice

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the fourth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (V)

--Nagravision, Samsung, NBC Universal, NDS, ODG, OEDN, Ofcom, Ooyala, OpenTV, Oxygen, PBS, Playcast Media, Press Association, Vizimo

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the fifth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI)

--RCDb, Red Bee Media, Five, Revision3, Roku, Roundbox, Jacked, Rovi, FourthWall Media, Scripps Networks, SeaChange International, SeeSaw, Sezmi, Sonic Solutions, Strategy & Technology, Synacor, SysMedia

Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010--and then took a few days off to recover. This is the sixth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus:

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