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Babelgum, Metacafe Form Strategic Partnership, Launch Babelgum-Powered Metacafe iPhone App

Web and mobile content provider, Babelgum, and broadband video site, Metacafe, announced a strategic partnership Monday that they are billing as aligning Babelgum's premium content offerings and mobile technology with Metacafe's audience of around 46 million monthly uniques.

News Round-Up

--Patent Application Casts Light on Apple's Multiplatform Video Plans
--BSkyB in OTT Deal with IP Vision
--Canoe to Have Canoe Advanced Advertising Platform (CAAP) in Place by Year's End
--Cox Unveils MyPrimetime VOD Service's Fall Line-Up
--Etilasat Acquires 16.6% Stake in SoftAtHome
--IFC Taps Ustream to Power Live Streaming Video of Monty Python Reunion
--Ooyala Launches Closed Captioning Support
--SeaChange to Focus on Three-Screen Video Delivery at Cable-Tec Expo
--Tim Hanlon to Leave Publicis Groupe

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

Sky News Begins Streaming Its Live TV Output Free-of-Charge Online

--Sky to Announce OTT Deal with IP Vision, Will Launch Sky Player on Xbox 360 October 27th

BSkyB's Sky News arm has begun streaming its TV output live, free and 24/7 on its Web site, It has also launched a new, higher-bitrate video player on the site, which it says will provide visitors with a "richer and more immediate" video experience: Sky News's online team worked with BSkyB's Sky Player arm to develop a login-free version of the latter's broadband video platform, which is accessed via a tab on's main story carousel. The player, which does not require viewers to have a Sky account, can be accessed by anyone in the UK or the Republic of Ireland.

ExtendMedia Powers "TV Everywhere"-Type Service for Bell TV and Astral Media

--TMN Online Lets Subscribers to The Movie Network Access Programming from any Computer

Multiscreen video-management software solutions provider, ExtendMedia, said Tuesday that its OpenCASE platform is now powering a "TV Everywhere"-type service for Canadian pay-TV operator, Bell TV.

Cliqset Launches Social TV Application for Boxee's Over-the-Top Platform

Cliqset, a company which has developed a platform for sharing, discovering and discussing content with social-network friends around the Web, on Tuesday launched a real-time conversation application for Boxee's over-the-top-TV platform. Cliqset's platform is designed to tie together over 70 different social networks, including Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, LinkedIn, FriendFeed, Flickr and Yelp, into "activity streams" that users can share with their friends and to social networks, and thereby to enable real-time communication across those networks and around specific events in users' activity streams.

Veeple Launches interPlay API to Add Interactive Functionality to Third-Party Video Players

Veeple, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based company that specializes in interactive online video solutions for marketers (note: for an in-depth overview of the company's products and strategy, see the interview with its co-founder and CEO, Scott Broomfield, that was published on, April 22nd), has developed an interactive API and plug-in, called interPlay, which it says will allow users to add Veeple interactive functionality to their existing, third-party online video player.

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Sales SVP, Mike Quinn, Replaced by Board Member, David Mendels
--BT Vision CEO, Watson, Concedes Service Has Not Been Marketed Effectively
--China Begins Development of National Broadband TV Channel with Interactive Features, UGC
--Citroen Uses Augmented Reality to Promote DS3
--Ustream Teaming with Skype for Anti-Poverty Initiative
--Internet-Exclusive World Cup Soccer Qualifier Attracts Only 500,000 Viewers

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

Ooyala Launches Live Video Streaming with Real-Time Analytics

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, last week announced the release of live streaming with real-time analytics for its flagship Backlot platform. According to the company, the new functionality enables its customers to quickly and easily set up a live stream from the same console from which they manage their VOD content, while the company's analytics engine provides real-time viewership statistics from its analytics dashboards.

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Tapped by STV to Power Long-Form, Catch-Up HD Programming Initiatives
--BSkyB Attacks Project Canvas in New Submission to BBC Trust
--Channel 4 Said to Be Close to Deal to Offer Majority of its Content on YouTube
--Monotype Licenses Typefaces to Yahoo! for TV Widget Development Kit
--Nielsen Invites Clients to Meeting to Discuss Implications of "TV Everywhere"
--Redux Supporting Facebook and Twitter Feed Importing
--Scripps' New Cooking Channel to Feature VOD, "Fully Interactive Internet and Broadband Platform"
--Shaw Communications Adding More Content to its VOD Service
--Virgin Media to Trial Delivery of TV over Copper Phonelines
--Layoffs at ZillionTV

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

Major League Baseball, Turner Sports, Fox Team on Interactive Video Service for Baseball Postseason

--Subscription-Based "Postseason.TV" Will Let Fans Choose Between 10 Live Cameras

Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced Tuesday that Postseason.TV, a live interactive broadband video service delivered by its division, in partnership with Turner Sports and Fox Sports (i.e. the two broadcasters that hold the US national TV rights to the Major League Baseball postseason), will launch today (Wednesday), when the Division Series begins airing on TBS.

Ooyala Launches Real-Time Broadband Video Analytics

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala (note: the company claims to have over 140 global media and enterprise customers, including Warner Bros., Electronic Arts and Sybase), on Tuesday announced the launch of real-time analytics for its platform. It says that the enhancement makes its Analytics Engine one of the fastest in the industry and that the speed improvement will allow its customers to make more informed decisions faster than ever before. "The need for advanced video analytics has become increasingly important to media companies, marketers and publishers seeking to understand and optimize their video ROI," Ooyala co-founder and president of product strategy, Bismarck Lepe, said in a prepared statement.

News Round-Up

--Kaltura Launches Open Source Broadband Video Solution for Educational Institutions
--Limelight Launches New Version of its Network Platform, Incorporating "Adaptive Intelligence"
--MediaVest Diverting Ad Dollars from Broadcast TV to Hulu
--MONKEYmedia to Promote Its Patent Claims at Conference
--Nobel Prize Announcements Streamed Live on YouTube
--Publicis Taps Interactive TV Veteran to Head Up New Branded Entertainment Division
--Pioneering Broadband Video Company, TheFeedRoom, Acquired by KIT Digital
--TiVo Releases Data on Democrats' and Republicans' Viewing Behavior
--England-Ukraine World Cup Qualifier to Be Broadcast Exclusively on Internet

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

WheelsTV's Ooyala-Powered "POV Reviews" Service Goes Live on eBay Motors

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala, contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that the market test of "POV Reviews," a video shopping service developed by WheelsTV and powered by Ooyala's technology, has now launched on eBay's eBay Motors online marketplace. [itvt] originally reported on the service September 16th, but we were subsequently informed that it had been temporarily delayed. A slightly redacted version of our original article is below, now complete with some embedded video examples of POV Reviews.

thePlatform to Power Two New Broadband Video Initiatives for Big Ten Network

--Initiatives Target International and North American Audiences Respectively

Comcast-owned white-label video management company, thePlatform (note: the company recently announced a major expansion of its partner program--see the article published on, September 9th), will announce today that it has been tapped by the Big Ten Network, a joint venture between Fox Cable Networks and subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference, to manage and publish its online video offerings.

News Round-Up:

--Arqiva to Name its Kangaroo-Derived VOD Service "SeeSaw"
--BBC Officially Launches Revamped CBeebies Red-Button Interactive TV Service
--BBC Trust Launches Review of Red Button Services, and BBC One, Two and Four
--Brightline Interactive TV Advertising Campaigns Win Two Awards
--Cox Rolls out ShowRunner VOD Software in Orange County
--Dailymotion in Broadband Video Distribution Partnership with Conduit
--Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award Deadline Extended to October 18th
--Espial Trumpets MediaBase VOD Performance with Intel Solid State Drivers, Xeon 5500 Processors
--Will Flannery, VP of Advanced Services at Fox Cable, Dead at 38
--Hand Eye Technologies Showcases its Interactive TV Platform at DEMOfall
--Livestream Launches "Satellite Television Truck in a Backpack"
--MySpace Said to Be Teaming with Hulu on New Broadband Video Service
--Philips in OTT Partnership with Global Digital Broadcast
--Project Canvas Set-Tops to Be in Stores by 2010, BBC Exec Claims
--Sonic Solutions in Multi-Year Over-the-Top Deal with Blockbuster
--TiVo: Data Show Most Popular Programs Often Suffer Most Ad Skipping
--Videon Central-RCDb Partnership Targets Internet-Connected Blu-Ray Disc Players

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

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