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Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, Charter Communications, Irdeto, Samsung

--Rovi in TotalGuide EPG Deal with Charter Communications
--Irdeto Acquires Rovi's BD+ Technology for Blu-ray
--Samsung's Connected-TV 3D VOD Service Surpasses 1 Million Views
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 said Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications , enabling the latter to distribute the Rovi TotalGuide solution on its set-top boxes, as well as on mobile and tablet devices and the Web. The multi-year deal also includes a license for the Rovi Remote Record Scheduling Application...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Sony, YouView, thePlatform, Time Warner Cable

--Sony's UK Chief Says Company Will Not Support YouView
--thePlatform Names Former SeaChange Exec, Simon McGrath, General Manager for Europe
--Time Warner Cable Launches Version 2.0 of its iPad Streaming App
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: Speaking at a consumer electronics conference in London earlier this week, Sony 's managing director for UK and Ireland, Gildas Pelliet, revealed that the company does not plan to support the UK's YouView standard (note: YouView is an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and UK public-service broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Verizon FiOS, Virgin Media, Spotify, Wired City, YouTube

--Verizon Resumes Roll-Out of Version 1.9 of its Interactive Media Guide
--Virgin Media to Offer Spotify on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Funding Sought for "Internet Television Network," Wired City
--YouTube Invites Users to Check Out Experimental Re-Design of its...
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: Verizon has resumed the roll-out of version 1.9 of its FiOS TV Interactive Media Guide, with launches in the Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay areas. The IMG 1.9 roll-out began in Harrisburg, PA, and Albany, Buffalo and Syracuse, NY in April, but was then suspended so that the company could "make some...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, SBS, LG, BBC, Bell TV

--Accedo Tapped by SBS to Develop Tour de France Interactive TV App for LG Connected-TV Devices
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 18th
--Bell TV to Close its Interactive TV Service
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: Accedo Broadband , a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and app stores for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices, has been tapped by Australian broadcaster, SBS , to develop an interactive TV app for the 2011 Tour de France. The app, which is available for download on 2011 LG connected-TV...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Boxee, Brightcove, Comcast, NBC Universal

--Release 1.2 of Boxee Box Software to Include Multiple App Categories
--Brightcove to Move to New 82,000-Square-Foot Facility
--Report: Comcast to Close NBC Universal Digital Studio
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: In a posting on its Developer blog last week, OTT specialist Boxee announced that the upcoming 1.2 release of its software for the Boxee Box will feature new categories for apps. "Up until now, apps have been categorized solely by Video, Photo, and Music," the blog post explained. "With 1.2, we'll...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Skype, Concurrent, Hulu, Facebook, Google, LG

--Comcast Publishes Videos Demo'ing its New Skype App
--Concurrent Secures VOD Deals with Four Chinese Cable Operators
--Hulu Launches, then Suspends, Facebook-Powered Social-TV Functionality
--Hulu Suitors Said to Include Google; Hulu Plus Launches on LG LCD TV's
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: At the Cable Show last month (see the article published on itvt.com, June 14th), Comcast revealed that it is teaming with Skype to test HD video calling on the TV, with trials slated to begin in the next few months. Comcast has now published two videos (embedded on this page) that...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): itaas, ITV, Massive, BBC

--itaas Appoints Pat Tylka to its Advisory Board
--ITV Launches ITV Player App for iOS
--Massive Trumpets its Work on the BBC News Product for Connected TV
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: Interactive TV services provider, itaas , has named Pat Tylka to its advisory board. "Tylka will give itaas the benefit of his sales management experience and knowledge of the global telecommunications industry," the company states in its press materials. "Tylka has over 30 years' management experience in the global telecommunications and...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): MIG, Endemol, Facebook, Channel 5, NBC, Netflix

--Mobile Interactive Group Enables "Big Brother" Voting via Facebook Credits
--NBC.com Launches "Summer Videopalooza"
--Netflix to Launch Instant Streaming in Latin America, Caribbean
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 commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 5 , is teaming with Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) , Endemol and Facebook to develop a Facebook app that will allow viewers to use Facebook Credits to pay to cast votes (either by Web or by smartphone) on the reality show, "Big Brother," New Media Age...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): OIPF, Ryz Media, Virgin Media, TiVo

--OIPF Elects New President
--Ryz Media Launches Social-TV/Programming-Discovery/Remote-Control App, blinQ
--Virgin Media Launches First Ad Campaign for its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
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 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-- has announced the election of Dr. Nilo Mitra...

"The Business of ITV" at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011

[itvt] is pleased to present a video of " The Business of ITV ," a panel session at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 (took place May 17th-18th in San Francisco). The panelists for the session were: Chris Allen , VP/Director of Video Innovation, SMGx Bruce Dennler , SVP of Agency Relations, Canoe Ventures Craig Leddy , Principal, Interactive TV Works (Moderator) Chip Meehan , VP of Advanced Advertising Sales, Comcast Spotlight Peter Low ,...

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