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News Round-Up (V): SeaChange, Seth Green, Digital Broadcasting Group, Sezmi, Amazon

--SeaChange Lowers Guidance, Plans to Restructure Servers and Storage Business Unit
--Actor Seth Green Teams with Digital Broadcasting Group on Interactive TV Series
--Sezmi Now Available through Amazon.com
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IFA and the run-up to the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see...

News Round-Up

--ANT Reports Higher H1 Revenues, Lower Losses
--BBC Outlines iPlayer Design Strategy
--Evolution Digital to Incorporate EBIF into its DTA's
--Harmonic Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
--IMPALA Welcomes BBC's Decision to Open Source its MHEG+ Toolkit
--Netgem Posts Strong H1 Financial Results
--Sony Launches Qriocity OTT VOD Service in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
--Interactive TV Company, Two Way Media, Launches Web Game on Virginmedia.com
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based digital TV client software company, ANT , has released financial results for the first half: revenues totaled £2.1 million, compared to £2.0 million for the year-ago period; and losses from operations totaled £0.5 million, compared to £0.9 million. The BBC has published a detailed account on its BBC Internet blog of the design...

Concurrent to Unveil "New Video Ecosystem" at IBC

--Company Reports Higher Revenues and Profits for its Fiscal Fourth Quarter
Concurrent , a company that specializes in VOD, media data and advanced advertising solutions, said Tuesday that it will use the IBC show in Amsterdam (booth 4.B74) to unveil a new "video ecosystem" which it bills as connecting media creation, publishing and delivery service companies with consumers via a unified video delivery and data collection platform that can tap into any screen. According to the company, the solution delivers TV-quality video to any device--including TV...

News Round-Up (VI): Showtime, Tvinci, PeerTV, Two Way Limited

--Showtime Launches Alternate Reality Game for "Dexter"
--Tvinci Teams with PeerTV to Enable "Pay-OTT" on Set-Top Boxes
--Australian Interactive TV Company, Two Way Limited, Reports "Strongest" Results
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Showtime Digital Media has announced an alternate reality game (ARG) to promote the season five premiere of its serial killer-themed original series, " Dexter ." The game, which is produced in partnership with Boston-based agency, Modernista!, was originally unveiled at the 2010 San...

TiVo Reports Lower Revenues, More Subscriber Losses

--However, Company's Cash Position Remains Strong
TiVo on Wednesday released financial results and subscriber totals for its fiscal second quarter, ended July 31st (note: the company also announced various enhancements to its Stop//Watch ratings service and a new deal with NASDAQ--see the article in this issue): Combined revenues totaled $51.6 million, compared to $57.6 million for the year-ago quarter. Service and technology revenues totaled $42.1 million, down from $48.8 million for the year-ago quarter and from $43.2 million for the prior...

News Round-Up (V): Digital TV Labs, Envivio, Epix, Charter

--Digital TV Labs to Launch CI+ Test Tool at IBC
--Envivio Secures $15 Million in New Funding, "Strengthens" Management Team
--Epix's Online Video Service Now Available to Charter Customers
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are 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. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

News Round-Up (VIII): Pace, 2Wire, Panasonic (tru2way), Philo

--Pace Targets US Tier-One Telco Market with 2Wire Acquisition
--Panasonic No Longer Selling tru2way Devices in Retail
--Social TV Start-Up, Philo, Secures Funding, Launches New Features
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are 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. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs Working on "OLCA" Specs for "TV Everywhere"
--DISH Network, EchoStar Demo Google TV to the FCC
--New App from PlayOn Will Let Users Stream Hulu on their iPhone
--ruwido Adds Capacitive Sensor to its tau Remote Control
--Social TV Company, Sofanatics, Closes Seed Funding Round
--Tivo Premiere DVR's Now Available in hhgregg Stores
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CableLabs is working on a new set of specifications to add "some unification and scale" to the way cable operators and programmers deploy "TV Everywhere" services, according to a report by Cable Digital News's Jeff Baumgartner. The so-called Online Content Access (OLCA) specs follow an RFI that was issued by CableLabs last fall (see the article published on itvt.com, November...

Hulu Launches Preview of its Subscription-Based Premium Service, "Hulu Plus"

--Service Touted as Available on "Four Screens"
Network-backed broadband programming service provider, Hulu , on Tuesday launched a preview of its long-awaited (see, for example, the articles published on itvt.com, April 25th and May 18th), subscription-based premium service, "Hulu Plus." Priced at $9.99 per month (i.e. a dollar more than Netflix's basic Unlimited plan), the service will offer, among other things, full current and past seasons of a range of shows from Hulu parents, ABC, NBC and Fox, the company says, and...

Mobile Interactive TV Veteran, Kai Buehler, Named US CEO of Mobile Marketing Company, mms

--Transpera Raises $9 Million in BlackBerry Partners-Led Third Round of Funding
Mobile marketing company, mobile messaging solutions ( mms ), said Wednesday that it has appointed Kai Buehler as its US CEO. According to the company, Buehler, who for the past four years has led MindMatics' North American operations, will be tasked with leading its efforts to increase its presence in the US mobile marketing and interactive TV spaces. He will be based out of the company's new Los Angeles office.

Buehler succeeds...

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