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CBS Launches Multiplatform Series, "TV Briefly"

CBS Interactive has announced the launch of a multiplatform, original, "news and factoid-focused" series, entitled "TV Briefly," which it says will focus on the behind-the-scenes stories of some of CBS's most popular shows, including "CSI: Miami," "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "NCIS" and "Medium." The show, which is sponsored by HP, will also include two short videos for each of the four TV series featured, as well as a link to their full episodes on

News Round-Up

--BBC Future Media & Technology Undergoes Reorg
--BBC Develops "Mythology Engine" to Represent Dramas on the Web
--Dailymotion Launches New Video Player
--Panasonic Decides against Using Google Android in Connected TV's
--YouTube Launches Video Page Redesign

Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

Music Choice Says Viewers Responding Enthusiastically to New Interactive Network, SWRV

--Imira, Enne Team on Interactive TV Series for Children
--MySpace, Fox Inviting Viewers to Audition for New Roles in "Glee"
--"Sims" Creator, Will Wright, Said to Be Teaming with Current TV on Interactive TV Series

Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that its new 24/7 interactive music video network, SWRV, has generated 500,000 viewer interactions in 750,000 homes since its launch last month. According to the company, 54% of those interactions were via the Web ( and 46% via the phone.

News Round-Up

--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for

Here is a round-up of some of other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue:

Ooyala Launches Video Search Engine Optimization (SEO) SDK

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, on Wednesday announced the launch of its Video Search Engine Optimization SDK. Using Ooyala's video publishing tools, the company says, the SDK allows developers to expose video metadata to search engines in order to improve search engine rankings.

thePlatform Launches its Next-Generation Multiscreen Video Publishing System, mpx Beta

--Features a Complementary mpx Dev Kit

Comcast-owned white-label video management and publishing company, thePlatform, on Monday evening launched mpx Beta, which it bills as a "radically re-engineered video management system designed to deliver an unmatched combination of efficiency and scalability for publishing online video"; and also unveiled a complementary mpx Dev Kit. The launches were scheduled to coincide with thePlatform's 10th anniversary.

News Round-Up: Regulatory and Government

--Comcast: Union with NBCU Will Help "TV Everywhere" and Broadband Market in General
--NCTA Urges FCC not to Rush to Mandate "Standardized Gateway"

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of regulatory/government news for the past few days:

News Round-Up: Broadband Video

--Clikthrough Teams with EuroRSCG to Create Interactive Video for New PlayStation Game
--Immersive Media Powers Live Interactive Video Coverage of Grammys Red Carpet
--NFL Network Programs, Super Bowl "AdZone" Launch on Hulu
--Ooyala Powering Video for, IC Places
--SeeSaw Secures Multiple New Content Deals
--Ustream Launches Tool to Enable Users to Increase Production Values of their Broadcasts
--1.3 Million Viewers for White House's Live Streaming Coverage of State of the Union Address

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of broadband video news for the past few days:

Ooyala Launches Localized Version of its Broadband Video Publishing Platform for Japan

--Also Launches Self-Serve Web Site for Japanese Market

Earlier this month (see the article published on, January 12th), broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, announced that it had entered into a partnership with NTT Smartconnect--a subsidiary of Asia's largest telco, NTT Holdings--to sell a localized, co-branded version of its flagship Backlot video platform in Japan. On Wednesday, the company launched the new Japanese version of the platform, together with a Japanese Web site.

YouTube Invites Users to Interact with President Obama

--President to Answer Viewer-Submitted-and-Selected Questions at Live Streaming Event Next Week

In a posting on its corporate blog, Tuesday, YouTube announced that, during and after President Obama's State of the Union speech--which will be live-streamed Wednesday on YouTube among other platforms, along with the Republican Party's response--users of its service will be able to ask follow-up questions, some of which will be answered live by the president himself next week as part of a special live event (whose exact time and date has apparently not yet been determined). "On Wednesday night at 9 p.m.

Kyte Releases New Version of its Video Management Console

Kyte, a San Francisco-based company that offers a social-enabled broadband and mobile video platform for live and on-demand content (note: it bills its platform as "combin[ing] the real-time, interactive and community building capabilities of the social Web with professional-grade analytics and content management features, enabling businesses and organizations to engage online and mobile audiences and build community around their brand"), on Tuesday launched Kyte Console 2.0.

Online VOD Service, SeeSaw, to Launch Invitation-Only Beta Today

SeeSaw--the broadband VOD service that broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, is developing following its acquisition of the platform assets of Project Kangaroo, the VOD platform developed by UKVOD, a joint venture between the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, and terrestrial broadcasters, ITV and Channel 4, for a price believed to be in the £8 million range (note: Project Kangaroo was believed to be close to launch, when it was nixed in February by the Competition Commission, an independent public body that investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest)--will today (Tuesday) be

Ooyala in Deal to Power Broadband Video for Telegraph Media Group, Replacing Brightcove

--Brightcove in Deal to Power Broadband Video for Fox on Demand, Replacing Move Networks
--Kaltura in Deal to Power Broadband Video for

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, announced Wednesday that Telegraph Media Group (TMG), which publishes the UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph and its Web site,, has chosen its platform to power its broadband video offerings. The deal--which sees Ooyala replacing rival Brightcove as TMG's broadband video platform provider--also calls for Ooyala to work with TMG's recently launched digital business unit, the Euston Project, to develop new technologies for the delivery and consumption of online media. According to Ooyala, members of its technical team will begin working out of the Euston Project's facilities next week.

News Round-Up

--Ceton Launches Digital Cable Quad-Tuner PC Card
--Hallmark Launches Augmented Reality-Enabled Greetings Cards
--HDNet Chairman, Mark Cuban, Attempts to Pour Cold Water on Enthusiasm for OTT
--Kaltura in Integration Partnership with Mzinga
--Ooyala in Broadband Video Deal with New York Daily News
--Vimeo Launches Mobile Version of its Video-Sharing Service
--Xerox Seeks Patent for Tech that Alters TV Shows' Video/Audio to Embed Targeted Advertising
--YouTube Invites Users to Suggest UI Improvements

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form:

News Round-Up I: Connected TV

--DivX Launches DivX TV: Will Be Deployed by LG Electronics
--Home Jinni Launches Social Entertainment Platform/Media Center for Android-Based HDTV's/BDP's
--LG Electronics Expands its Netcast Entertainment Access Service
--Panasonic Adds Fox Sports, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter and Skype to Viera Cast
--Samsung Launches App Store, Napster Launches TV Widget on Samsung's Internet@TV
--Sony Launches 3D-Enabled Bravia Connected TV's, Blu-ray Players
--Toshiba Launches Broadband-Connected CELL TV, Featuring 2D-to-3D Conversion and More
--Trinity Convergence Working with Skype to Embed Skype Video Calling in Connected TV's
--Vizio Launches New Connected HDTV's, Expands its Vizio Internet Apps Service

A number of pieces of connected TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief--and by no means exhaustive--round-up (note: also see "Vudu Unveils Vudu Apps OTT Service," "ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface," and "Showtime Networks, Betfair Launch Interactive TV Widgets"):

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