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Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Netflix, Omek Interactive, PlayJam, Samsung

--Netflix Raises Monthly Subscription Prices by Up to 60%, Faces Subscriber Backlash
--Gesture-Recognition Specialist, Omek Interactive, Raises $7 Million in Intel Capital-Led Funding Round
--PlayJam Launches Interactive TV Games Service on Samsung's Connected-TV Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Netflix has announced a new pricing structure which eliminates its unlimited-DVD-plus-streaming plans, and effectively raises monthly subscription rates by up to 60% for users who wish to receive both its Internet streaming and its DVD's-by-mail services. News of the move--coupled with the company's clumsy PR efforts to, as one commentator put...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, Toshiba, TiVo, TV Genius

--Rovi and Toshiba in Multi-Year Deal for Rovi TotalGuide, EPG Patent Portfolio
--TiVo App Now Available for iPhone/iPod touch
--TV Genius Launches Facebook-Integrated TV Guidance Solution
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Rovi and Toshiba have signed a multi-year agreement for use of Rovi's TotalGuide EPG (note: for more on the latter, see the article published on itvt.com, January 11th, 2010) and the company's EPG patent portfolio in Toshiba TV sets, Blu-ray players and recorders, as well as in mobile and tablet devices...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Virgin Media, TiVo, Nestle, YouTube, Zazum

--Virgin Media Launches Android App for its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Virgin Media Launches "Harry Potter" App on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Nestle's Wonka Brand Launches Interactive Video Channel on YouTube
--Start-Up Zazum Unveils Its Automatic Content Recognition-Based Tcommerce Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: UK cable operator, Virgin Media , has launched the Virgin Media TV Guide, a free Android app for its recently launched, TiVo-powered hybrid-TV service. The app allows customers to "browse the TV guide, see what's on over the next seven days and remotely set recordings from their mobile device," Virgin Media...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): "America's Funniest Home Videos," Cablevision, Scripps, Canoe

--"America's Funniest Home Videos" Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch
--Cablevision Teams with Scripps on Promotion for its Interactive TV Real Estate Listings Service
--Canoe Ventures CEO, David Verklin, Stepping Down; COO, Kathy Timko, Named Interim CEO
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: The long-running show, " America's Funniest Home Videos ," has launched its first app: The AFV App for iPhone and iPod touch, which was designed by Teleca. "The AFV App offers 14 video channels available, from dogs, cats, sports and celebrations to babies, teens, practical jokes, mishaps and fan favorites," the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CBS Interactive, "Star Trek," Channel 4, Facebook, Cisco

--CBS Interactive Launches "Star Trek" App for iPad
--Channel 4 to Offer Live Streaming Coverage of its T4 on the Beach Event through Facebook
--Report: Cisco Selling Off its Set-Top Box Manufacturing Facility
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: CBS Interactive on Monday announced the launch of the official " Star Trek PADD " (stands for "Personal Access Display Device") app for iPad. Priced at $4.99 and available in the Apple App Store, the app "features an authentic reproduction of the LCARS interface--the fictional computer operating system depicted in the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): ClipSync, RealNetworks, CTAM, Canoe, Digital TV Labs

--Social-TV Company, ClipSync, Receives Investment from RealNetworks
--Deadline for Entering CTAM/Canoe Ventures "ITV Idol" App Contest is This Friday
--Digital TV Labs to Highlight HbbTV Solutions at IBC 2011
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: RealNetworks has made an undisclosed investment in San Francisco-based social-TV specialist, ClipSync , a company with which it has been working closely for some time now. "For the second consecutive year, ClipSync is the exclusive viewer engagement platform for SuperPass, the online video and VIP premium programming service from RealNetworks," RealNetworks...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): France Telecom-Orange, Samsung, DirecTV, i.TV, GetGlue

--France Telecom-Orange in Deal to Launch Portal on Samsung Connected-TV Devices
--Report: Initial Consumer Test Finds "Tepid" Response to Premium VOD
--i.TV Unveils New Version of its TV App, Forms Partnership with GetGlue
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: France Telecom's Orange arm has signed an agreement with Samsung to launch a content and services portal on the latter's connected-TV platform. The portal is slated to roll out on 2011 Samsung Smart TV's in France in the coming weeks, and then on Samsung Blu-ray players and home theater products in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Microsoft, Roku, Facebook, BYUtv

--Report: Microsoft to Launch Zune-Branded VOD Service for Xbox 360
--Roku Updates its Facebook Photos App with Video Support, Other New Features
--BYUtv Channel Launches on Roku
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Microsoft is planning to launch a subscription VOD service for the Xbox 360 under its Zune brand later this year, according to an article in The Daily. In a posting on its corporate blog last week, OTT specialist Roku announced that it has revamped its Facebook Photos app ("channel") and added...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Shazam, Syfy, Suddenlink, SyncTV, DLE

--Shazam's Automatic Content Recognition Technology to Enhance New Syfy Series, "Alphas"
--Suddenlink Launches VOD in Auburn, California
--SyncTV, DLE in Deal to Bring Japanese Animation to US Connected-TV Platforms

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview with TVplus/Spot411 Technologies CEO, Ajay Shah

--Company's ACR-Based Interactive TV Platform Set to Launch in Apple App Store Later this Month

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