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Pushbutton Develops New Interactive TV Gambling Game for Sky Vegas

UK-based interactive TV design company, Pushbutton, announced last month that it has teamed with gambling channel, Sky Vegas, to launch an interactive TV version of the arcade-style, "tumbling faces" gambling game, "Chain Reactors," on the latter's service on the UK's Sky satellite-TV platform. In order for a player to win money, a series of what Pushbutton describes as "amusing and quirkily animated tumbling faces" must match up in clusters of at least five in a...

Lawmakers Scrutinizing Cable's Plans for Common Addressable and Interactive Advertising Platform

During a hearing Thursday on Internet privacy issues, lawmakers from the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet signalled that they will be closely scrutinizing the consumer-privacy implications of the US cable industry's plans to launch a common platform for interactive and addressable advertising (note: those plans are being implemented by a cable industry-backed company called Canoe Ventures ). As [itvt] was not able to be in Washington, DC to attend...

New Time Warner Cable-Smithsonian Deal Covers HD, VOD, Broadband Video, Interactive TV

Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable MSO in the US, announced Thursday that it has signed a carriage deal with Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks. In addition for calling for the Smithsonian Channel to be added to Time Warner Cable's line-up of HDTV linear channels, the new agreement calls for Smithsonian Networks to offer a range of its programming on the MSO's HD VOD platform; on its broadband...

Update: JML Launches Interactive TV Service Based on Miniweb's TV Keys and Key & See Offerings

(Note: Earlier this week, [itvt] published a news story on UK home shopping programmer JML 's launch of an interactive TV service based on Miniweb 's TV Keys and Key & See offerings. A Miniweb representative subsequently contacted us to let us know that the press release on which we based our story had, in error, been released too early. We are therefore publishing an updated version of the story, which contains information on how...

IPTV Operator, HickoryTech, Launches CloverLeaf Digital's Interactive TV Service

CloverLeaf Digital, a Brooklyn-based interactive TV applications developer that specializes in building and managing localized "walled-garden" services, said Tuesday that HickoryTech, a regional telco that offers triple-play services, has launched its flagship DotDaily interactive TV service to its IPTV subscribers in Minnesota. The DotDaily service provides localized news and information, including news and sports coverage from the Associated Press, local weather from AccuWeather, local movie guides, and horoscopes, as well as an array of content--including...

Music Choice Trumpets Success of "ShowOff" Interactive TV Offering

Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice, said Tuesday that its ShowOff interactive TV offering has garnered nearly 4 million text and photo submissions since launching last year (according to a study by Atrinsic) and is drawing a daily combined unique audience of nearly 8 million (according to a study by OTX Research). The offering, which is now available on an expanded line-up of Music Choice channels (MC MixTape, Rock, Hit List, Today's Country, Musica Urbana, and...

Home Shopping Company, JML, Launches Interactive TV App Based on Miniweb's TV Keys

UK-based Miniweb says that its TV Keys service is now powering an interactive TV application for home shopping programmer, JML, on the Sky satellite-TV platform (note: Miniweb, which was founded by former BSkyB interactive TV executive, Ian Valentine, recently raised $32 million in new funding and appointed a new CEO--see [itvt] Issue 8.06 Part 1). The application--which can be accessed from five JML channels (JML, JML Home & DIY, JML Choice, JML Lifestyle and JML...

[itvt] Presents…The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

[itvt] Radio: The Weather Channel's Tom Pratt Discusses its ITV Offerings

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In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Tom Pratt , VP of programming and product development at The Weather Channel , discusses the channel's interactive TV offerings and strategy. Topics covered include why The Weather Channel views implementing interactive TV as a high priority; the channel's commitment to ETV/EBIF and OCAP/tru2way; its applications on DISH Network and DirecTV; the infrastructure that enables those apps; and...

[itvt] Presents... The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

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InteractiveTV Today [itvt], the first, best and most widely read news source on interactive and multiplatform television, is pleased to present the third annual TV of Tomorrow Show , March 10th-11th (Tuesday-Wednesday), 2009 in San Francisco, California at the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The first two TV of Tomorrow Shows were praised by sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees not only as true experts' conferences that attracted a veritable "who's who" of the...

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