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News Round-Up

--Canoe Ventures Testing Dynamic VOD Advertising
--Envivio Tapped to Support Meo's New Internet TV Service
--MGM Mirage Launches "Vegas Reality" Augmented Reality App for iPhone
--Netflix to Use Microsoft PlayReady in "Netflix-Ready" OTT Devices
--Saffron Digital Powering NBC Universal International's New Online Video Platform
--Sezmi Updates its Service
--Stoneroos Launches TV Guide App for iPhone/iPod Touch, Yahoo! Widget Platform
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner has an update on Canoe Ventures ' ongoing tests of methods for dynamically inserting advertising into VOD programming. The tests are being conducted in the company's Innovation Lab, and are using This Technology 's SpotBuilder Placement Opportunity Information Service (POIS) software. Envivio has announced that Portugal Telecom has selected its Three Screens...

SeeSaw Enhances Functionality of its Broadband VOD Service, Adds Range of Premium Content

SeeSaw --the broadband VOD service that broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, launched 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, 2009 by the Competition...

Lexus Commissions Interactive Video to Promote New Hybrid Luxury Compact

--Video Lets Viewers Determine its Narrative, Insert their Likeness, Record their own Dialog Lines
Toyota 's Lexus brand has tapped creative agency, Skinny , and production company, Stink Digital , to develop a high-definition and high-production-values interactive video to promote its new luxury hybrid compact car, the CT 200h.

Entitled " Dark Ride ," produced by Aris McGarry ("Gone in Sixty Seconds," "Kalifornia"), directed by James Brown, shot by 2009 Academy Award nominee, Claudio Miranda ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button") and starring Norman Reedus ("Boondock...

News Round-Up

--BigBand Integrates with Entone, Orca, Verimatrix, Western Mediabridge
--Boxee Selects Vindicia as its Payments Platform Provider
--BrightLine iTV Says 2009 Was its Second Consecutive Year of Record Growth
--Edgeware Integrates Web TV Servers with MediaMelon's MediaCloud SaaS Solution
--Firefly Video Launches Interactive Online Video Advertising Platform
--Kaltura Launches New Version of its Self-Hosted Online Video Platform
--KickApps, Adobe Release OSMF App Studio Drag-and-Drop Media Player Solution
--Motorola Launches tru2way-Compatible Multiroom HD DVR
--NDS Extends Interactive TV Professional Services and Integration Work Contract with Cox
--Panasonic Demoing 3D, tru2way, New RUI
Due to the volume of news generated by the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles this week, [itvt] is covering a number of stories in this issue in round-up/summary form: BigBand Networks has announced IP video integrations with Entone , Orca Interactive , Verimatrix and Western Mediabridge . Boxee has announced the selection of Vindicia as the payments platform provider for its plans to offer premium content on its platform. "Vindicia's CashBox solution will enable...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Revision3 to Use Miso iPhone/iPod touch Social TV App to Drive Interest in its Shows
--Rovi Launches Cable Operator Version of its TotalGuide EPG
--Rovi Licenses Passport EPG and Applications to Two Latin American Cable Operators
--Shaw Taps Verivue to Power Expansion of its VOD Service
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Revision3 has announced that it will use Bazaar Labs ' new iPhone/iPod touch app, Miso, to help drive awareness and tune-ins for its shows. According to the company, it is hoping that its viewers "will use Miso's brand new platform to 'check in' and share their entertainment...

News Round-Up (III)

--Clearleap, Arris Integrate Technologies to Offer Content Management Solution for VOD and Ad Services
--Clicker Media Launches Clicker Live
--Clikthrough Powers Interactive Video Commerce Service for Elle Magazine
--Comcast Media Center Launches Managed Solution for Delivering ETV Apps Less Expensively
--Concurrent Launches MediaHawk VX Multiscreen Video Delivery Software
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Clearleap , a company that offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, and Arris, a company whose offerings include a range of VOD...

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. the technology that allows YouTube users to create interactive videos, such as the Chad, Matt & Rob "Interactive Adventures" profiled in an interview published on, March 25th), Google engineer Michael Fink , discusses the technology, its origins, the innovative ways in which it is being employed both by professionals and consumers, and YouTube's roadmap for...

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 ).

"We have created a way for Brightcove online video platform customers to quickly embed the Facebook...

Genos Announces Plans for Broadband TV Service

A company called Genos --which, according to its press materials, was founded by "Rob Shambro, serial entrepreneur and a founder of Savvis, Streamsearch and iLabs; Mike West, subject matter expert in consumer electronics and former technical leader at IBM; and Kevin Bachus, a creator of the Microsoft Xbox," and is a subsidiary of a company called ShambroWest--emailed [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about a broadband TV service it says it is developing, called GenosTV...

TubeMogul Launches Destinations, Enabling Free "From-Anywhere-to-Anywhere" Video Distribution

TubeMogul , an Emeryville, Calif.-based provider of distribution and analytics services for broadband video, last week announced the launch of its "Destinations" video publishing suite, which it says allows "from-anywhere-to-anywhere" video distribution--for free.

According to the company, Destinations allows media companies and content creators to easily create and automate customized video distribution venues: TubeMogul will ingest video files, the company says, automatically transcode those files to fit any site's technical specifications, and...