Technology

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 ,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): AFDESI, AKQA, ATVOD

--AFDESI Issues Call for Entries for its Ninth Annual International Interactive TV Awards
--AKQA Two-Screen Interactive TV App for Heineken Wins Cannes Gold Cyber Lion for Mobile
--ATVOD Unveils New, "More Progressive" Fee Tariff for VOD Service Providers
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: International interactive TV industry body, AFDESI (the Association for the Development of Enhanced TV Services and Interactivity) , has issued a call for entries for its ninth annual International Interactive TV Awards. The awards, which will be presented at a ceremony at MIPCOM in October, will recognize ITV excellence in eight...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, DISH Network, GetGlue

--Technical Lead for BBC News on Connected TV Outlines Best Practices for TV Software Design
--DISH Launches Independence Day Promotion for its DISH Cinema VOD Service
--GetGlue Launches Mobile Web Site, Sees 100% Check-In Growth since March
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 a BBC blog, Robert Hardy, the technical lead for the recently unveiled BBC News app for connected TV's (see the article published on itvt.com, June 20th), has outlined his team's six TV software design best practices: "1) Our internal data sources need to be platform-neutral--meaning we can...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): HBO, Hillcrest Labs, MediaMall Technologies

--HBO Go Set to Surpass 3 Million Downloads
--Hillcrest Labs to Market New Motion-Sensing Remote Directly to Pay-TV Subscribers
--MediaMall Technologies Launches Closed Beta for PlayLater, a "DVR for Online Video"
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: HBO 's "TV Everywhere" app, HBO Go, will by this weekend surpass the 3 million download mark, a company spokesperson told CNET earlier this week. The app, which launched May 2nd, is available for iPad, iPhone and Android devices, and allows authenticated HBO subscribers to access around 1,400 shows. According to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): NDS, Time Warner Cable, Virgin Media, TiVo, Youku, Warner Bros.

--NDS Joins MoCA
--Time Warner Cable Northeast OH/Western PA Rolls Out ITV App for Ordering Premium Services
--Virgin Media Developing iPad Companion App for its Virgin Media TV Powered by TiVo Service
--China's Youku Signs Broadband VOD Deal with Warner Bros., Launches Premium...
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 and conditional access technology provider, NDS , has joined the Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) as an associate member. "NDS is engaged in a number of service provider projects featuring MoCA," MoCA explains in its press materials. "NDS is responsible for the middleware and user experience in Liberty Global's...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, BBC

--Apple Seeking Patent for "Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm"
--AT&T U-verse TV Launches "Troubleshoot & Resolve" Interactive TV App
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for May
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: Apple has applied for a US patent for what it describes as "an enhanced TV widget paradigm." The existence of the patent application was first reported on by Patently Apple. "Apple states that they recognized a limitation of existing widget technology as applied to a TV environment--in that conventional widgets, while...

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