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News Round-Up:

--Alcatel-Lucent Trumpets Work on Vodafone Portugal's Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service
--Amino IPTV Set-Top Boxes Selected by Tele2 Netherlands
--BBC Switch Revamps its Web Portal
--beActive Launches Multiplatform Thriller, Featuring Social and AR Elements
--Blockbuster in VOD Alliance with Suddenlink and Mediacom
--Epix Launches Initiative to Create Largest Online Movie Catalog
--Five, UEFA, Livestation Launch Europa League iPhone/iPod touch App
--HBO Launches "HBO Imagine" Interactive Video Experience
--Hillcrest Labs Launches New Products for OEM's
--Hulu Launches Social TV Apps for Facebook Users, "Continuous Play" Feature
--Inverto Supporting HbbTV
--IP Vision in Over-the-Top Deal with Disney for FetchTV
--MTV Releases Usage Stats for VMA Interactive Enhancements
--SBS Launches Avatar-Driven Interactive TV Show
--Ex-Bebo Chief, Joanna Shields, Tapped for New Social TV Venture
--Telecom New Zealand to Offer Customers TiVo DVR's
--Time Warner's Bewkes Dismisses Content Providers' TV Everywhere Complaints
--UFC Teams with MobiTV on iPhone/iPod touch App
--Ustream Launches Mobile Streaming App for Android
--ZillionTV to Target Consumers Directly, Pushes Back Launch to 2H 2010

The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time constraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up:

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next three weeks. Here are the highlights:

Broadband VOD Content Aggregator, blinkbox, in Digital Distribution Deal with BBC Worldwide

UK broadband video content aggregator, blinkbox, announced Thursday that it has signed a digital distribution deal with the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide (note: the latter recently signed a similar deal with Microsoft UK that will make its content available on the new MSN Video Player service--see article published on itvt.com, July 30th).

BBC Children's Planning More Red-Button "Children's Commentaries" for Major Sporting Events

--CBeebies to Launch Red-Button Quiz for "Numberjacks"

BBC Children's interactive division is planning to work with BBC Sport to produce "children's commentaries" for major sports events and make them available through the red button, according to a report in the UK broadcast-industry trade publication, Broadcast.

New Interviews with Irdeto's Jan Steenkamp and the BBC's Russell Barnes

--Topics Discussed Include RSS-TV and "Open Source" TV Production
--Plus Verizon FiOS TV's Rachelle Zoffer Explains Interactive TV Widgets

[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jan Steenkamp, VP America at Irdeto, and Russell Barnes, senior producer at the BBC.

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

--Taps TV Chef for Primetime BBC iPlayer Marketing Campaign

The BBC announced Friday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks (and beyond). Here are the highlights:

BBC Sharing its Broadband Video News Content with UK Newspaper Web Sites Free-of-Charge

--BBC Red Button Updates: Maestro Cam, Football League

The BBC announced Tuesday that it has launched a program under which it is sharing its broadband video news content with UK newspaper Web sites free-of-charge. The corporation says that The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Mail will be the first newspapers to embed the content in their sites. It is making the content available under an initiative called Project Marquee, which calls for it--as a publicly funded public-service entity--to share its content, technology and knowledge with other UK entities.

BBC Executive Responds to BBC Trust's Request for More Information on Project Canvas

--Stresses Willingness to Work with Relevant Industries and International Standards Bodies

The BBC Trust, the body responsible for public oversight of the BBC, said Friday that the BBC Executive has responded to its request for additional information on Project Canvas, a joint over-the-top venture between the BBC, UK commercial broadcaster ITV, and UK incumbent telco BT, which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to broadband-connected set-top boxes--specifically, set-top boxes designed for reception of the UK's free-to-air multichannel TV services, Freeview and Freesat.

New Interview with BBC Red Button Chief, John Denton

--Plus iCueTV Founder and President, Michael Huegel, Explains Interactive TV Commerce

[itvt] has just published an in-depth audio interview with the BBC's managing editor of TV platforms, John Denton, the executive who leads the team responsible for the BBC's highly popular (an average of around 11 million viewers access it each week) Red Button interactive TV service.

BBC to Air Interactive Thriller Series, "The Well," Targeted at Teens

--Vodafone-Sponsored Social Media-Integrated Series, "Who Killed Summer?," Launches

The BBC announced Thursday that BBC Switch, a BBC brand devoted to multiplatform content for teenagers (its offerings include programming blocks on BBC Two and Radio One, as well as an online portal), has commissioned digital production company, Conker Media (note: the latter is part of Lime Pictures, the company behind the soap opera, "Hollyoaks"), to create and produce an interactive, digital drama thriller targeted at its teen audience.

BBC Interactive TV Executive, Rahul Chakkara, to Step Down

Rahul Chakkara, the BBC's most senior interactive TV executive and one of the key figures behind the corporation's Project Canvas initiative (note: the latter is a joint over-the-top venture between the BBC, UK commercial broadcaster ITV, and UK incumbent telco BT, which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to broadband-connected set-top boxes--specifically, set-top boxes designed for reception of the UK's free-to-air multichannel TV services, Freeview and Freesat), is set to leave the corporation, according to a report in UK br

BBC Unveils its Red Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

The BBC announced Wednesday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks (and beyond). Here are the highlights:

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Glastonbury Festival Sets Records

The BBC said Wednesday that record numbers of people watched coverage of this year's Glastonbury Festival on-demand through its dedicated festival Web site and through its BBC Red Button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, the site--which offered highlights of around 60 acts playing on the festival's main stages--received 7.2 million video requests. Lady Gaga's performance proved the biggest draw, the BBC says, with 1.3 million requests, followed by Lily Allen's with 762,000 requests, and Blur's with 538,000 requests.

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Wimbledon Proves Popular

The BBC on Monday released viewership statistics for its red-button and broadband video coverage of this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament. According to the corporation:

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

The BBC announced Thursday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks. Here are some highlights:

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