Technology

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 (IV)

--Metrological to Incorporate Technology from Fluendo into its OTT Platform
--MTS Launches TV-Based Caller ID
--NBC.com to Offer Range of Original Content to Complement April-May Sweeps Programming on NBC
--NDS to Highlight Products for Connected/Hybrid TV at ANGA Cable
--Ooyala Supports Management, Syndication and Analytics for YouTube Videos

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.

Radio: YouTube Annotations Inventor, Michael Fink

--Reveals Secret for Using Annotations to Enable Interactivity Within a YouTube Video, rather than Between Videos

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "Radio [i]tvt," the inventor of YouTube Annotations (i.e.

News Round-Up: Pay TV

--FCC Publishes Notice of Inquiry on "AllVid"
--Arris Sues Harmonic over VOD Patents
--Comcast Media Center Expands into Latin America
--Frito-Lay Using Current TV VCAM for National Campaign
--NetPlayTV in Interactive TV Gambling Deal with UK Broadcaster, ITV
--Verizon FiOS TV Revamps its Interactive TV Widgets Service

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. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the pay-TV (cable, satellite, telco) space:

sofatronic to Unveil New Interactive TV Solutions, iTV Kaleidoscope and iTV Dashboard, at Cable Show

--Claims iTV Kaleidoscope Allows Even Novices to Build Complex Applications

sofatronic, a Hamburg, Germany-based company that specializes in Java-based interactive video technologies (Blu-ray Disc, tru2way, MHP), contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about its plans for next month's NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles (May 11th-13th).

Brightcove Announces Support for Facebook's Open Graph and Social Plug-Ins

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, says that its platform will provide support for the Open Graph and new set of Social Plug-ins that were announced by social networking giant, Facebook, at its f8 Conference in San Francisco, Wednesday (note: an explanation of the Open Graph and the new plug-ins can be found here).

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer EBIF-Based HD Interactive TV App During Showtime Boxing Telecast

--Second Outing for "Showtime Sports Interactive," which Debuted in February During MMA Telecast

Verizon FiOS TV said Wednesday that it will offer "Showtime Sports Interactive"--which it bills as "the first nationwide, high-definition interactive television application using the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format" (EBIF)--this Saturday (April 24th, 9:00PM Eastern/Pacific), to accompany Showtime's broadcast of the "Super Six World Boxing Classic," which will see WBA super middleweight champion, Carl Froch, fight against former champion, Mikkel Kessler.

Australia's FetchTV Selects Orca Interactive IPTV Middleware

Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive, said Wednesday that Australia's FetchTV (note: the Australian FetchTV is not related to the UK service of the same name) is using its RiGHTv IPTV middleware platform to power its wholesale subscription TV service, which is set to launch shortly.

Widevine Lands Deal with Netflix, Releases v4.4.4 of its Video Optimization/DRM Platform for OTT/TVE

--Platform Also Being Used by Best Buy, Blockbuster, Sonic Solutions

Content security specialist, Widevine, revealed Wednesday that its video optimization and DRM platform for over-the-top and TV Everywhere services delivered to retail consumer electronics devices is being used by Netflix to secure the latter's "Watch Instantly" instant streaming service; and also announced the commercial availability of version 4.4.4 of the platform.

According to the company, features offered by the new release include:

BBC Releases iPlayer Stats for March

The BBC on Wednesday released March usage statistics for its online TV and radio programming catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer. Among the highlights:

Dailymotion Integrates Facebook's "Like" Button

Paris-based video-sharing site operator, Dailymotion, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that users of its site can now share videos in their Facebook profile, using the new Facebook Social Plug-In "Like" button. With one click of the button, the company says, a video is embedded into a Facebook user's Wall, and the button will also allow users to associate a personal comment with the shared video.

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