VOD Technology Veteran Don Gordon Joins BlackArrow

--Former ActiveVideo, Microsoft and Diva Executive Named Senior VP, Technology
Advanced advertising technology provider BlackArrow named former ActiveVid eo Networks and Microsoft Corp. executive Don Gordon senior VP, technology. Gordon, an inventor who is named on 70 pending patents, is a veteran of the VOD technology sector. He was the first employee at Diva Systems Corp ., which began selling VOD technology to cable operators in the mid-1990s. He later served as director of development at Microsoft TV's TVD venture, and was most recently the...

Lack of Programming Deals Thwarts SnappyTV

SnappyTV is gaining some attention for its social TV viewing site, which allows users to share 20-second video clips from shows with friends on Facebook and Twitter. But since it only has rights to share clips from a handful of programs from Fox, Bravo, and other networks, it could be difficult for SnappyTV to attract a broad following. Founder Mike Folgner says he got the idea for the site after watching the news feeds on...

Fox Confirms that "American Idol" Will Offer Facebook-Powered Online Voting

--Viewers to Select Ending for "American Idol" Judge Jennifer Lopez's New Music Video
Fox Broadcasting confirmed Friday that the reality show, " American Idol ," will allow Facebook -powered online voting, starting Tuesday, March 1st immediately after the show's first performance episode (airs 8:00-9:30PM, Eastern/Pacific). News of the development was broken by Entertainment Weekly last week (see the article published on, February 25th); while People separately reported that Simon Cowell's new reality show, "The X-Factor," will also shortly offer voting via Facebook.

Fox Launches iPad-Based, Broadcast-Synchronized Two-Screen Interactive TV App for "Bones"

Fox Taps Coincident TV to Build "Pop-Up" Interactive Video App for "Glee" Facebook Page

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): TVO, Verismo, Techstorm, Visiware, Fox,, YouView

--TVO's Academic Outreach Efforts Result in Three New Connected-TV Apps for Boxee and Yahoo! TV
--Verismo Powers Connected-TV Programming Service for UAE-Based Techstorm
--Visiware's "Money Drop" Play-Along Game to Premiere Tuesday, February 1st Launches App Featuring 360-Degree Music Video, AR and other Interactive Elements
--Report: YouView Launch Could Be Delayed into 2012
Because the [itvt] editorial team was busy last week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please...

Endemol Unveils "Hybrid" (Cross-Platform, Cross-Genre) Formats for MIPCOM 2010

--Says Fox Has Commissioned Pilot of Two-Screen Interactive TV Format, "The Money Drop"
Formats developer, Endemol (credits include "Big Brother"), on Tuesday unveiled a line-up of what it describes as "hybrid formats that cross over programming genres and media platforms." It will be marketing the new formats at the upcoming MIPCOM 2010 tradeshow.

The formats include: "The Money Drop," a two-screen interactive TV offering which already met with some success in the UK earlier this year, where it was broadcast by Channel 4 as "The...

Disney to Offer Free Preview of its Disney Family Movies Subscription VOD Service

--Fox to Offer Primetime Shows on Cox's MyPrimetime VOD Platform
Disney-ABC Domestic Television said Monday that its subscription VOD (SVOD) service, Disney Family Movies, has partnered with Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS TV and various operators that are affiliates of VOD content distributor, Avail-TVN , to offer a free preview from Thursday, September 2nd through Monday, September 6th.

The free preview, which will be hosted by Phylicia Rashad, will offer a range of classic and contemporary Disney movies, including...

News Round-Up (IV): Dreampark, Epix, FASCINATE, Gotuit

--Dreampark Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Epix Hires Ex-Showtime Exec, Signs First-Look Deal with Albie Hecht's Worldwide Biggies
--Pan-European Interactive TV Project, FASCINATE, Receives EUR 9.35 Million of EU Funding
--Gotuit Powering Broadband Video Portal for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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. Swedish middleware provider, Dreampark , has announced the line-up of technologies and products that it will be showcasing in its booth (Hall 4, Stand A75) at...

New Interview on Coincident TV's Interactive Video Player for "Glee"

[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW with Matt Apfel , VP of content, East Coast, at Coincident TV . Coincident--which earlier this year launched its "hypervideo" software suite, which it says combines online video, social media, Web links and commerce into a single immersive experience (see the article published on, April 13th)--recently received an Interactive Media Emmy nominatio n for the " Glee Superfan Experience ," an interactive video player it created for Fox's...