Philo, a New Social TV Service Featuring Interactive Games, Launches on iPhone and Web

--Google Ventures Invests in Bazaar Labs' Miso Social TV Service

A Los Angeles-based start-up called Philo (in honor of Philo T. Farnsworth, one of the inventors of television) officially launched its flagship social TV service Wednesday.

bee.tv Launches iPhone App Showcasing its "Next-Generation" Programming Recommendations Tech

--Users of the Free App Will Also Gain Access to bee.tv's Private Beta of its New Online Service

bee.tv, a Milan-based provider of programming recommendations technology for TV, Web and mobile, has announced the availability of a free iPhone app in the Apple iTunes App Store. According to the company, the new app enables users to receive personalized recommendations for content ranging from real-time broadcast programming to online and mobile TV shows and movies. It generates content recommendations using a proprietary technology that bee.tv says analyzes and matches individual tastes and preferences.

ITV to Offer Two-Screen Interactive TV Application, ITV Live, in Time for 2010 World Cup

--App's Social TV Elements Will Also Be Available through the Red Button
--Karaoke Channel Launches on Virgin Media's VOD Platform

UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV, last week launched a two-screen interactive TV service, called "ITV Live," that will reside on its ITV.com Web site.

Report: Apple Developing $99 Apple TV Based on iPhone 4 Architecture and OS

--Hulu Blocks New Version of Hillcrest Labs' Kylo TV Web Browser
--Boxee Seeking to Attract BBC iPlayer, Other UK Content Providers, to its Platform
--Wolfgang's Vault App Launches on Boxee

The blog Engadget reported last week that it had received a tip--which it said had been confirmed by "a source very close to Apple"--about the next generation of Apple TV, a platform whose current incarnation has been famously described by CEO Steve Jobs as a "hobby." According to the blog, the new version of Apple TV has been in development for some time now (i.e. before Google announced its new Android-based Google TV platform) and will:

Brightcove and Mobile Roadie Integrate Technologies to Facilitate Development of Mobile Video Apps

--Miniweb Joins Brightcove's Partner Program

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that Mobile Roadie--a company which offers an app platform that it bills as enabling anyone to easily create and manage iPhone and Android apps, and which is a member of its Brightcove Alliance partner program--has built an integration with Brightcove in order to enable customers to build and manage mobile apps that are fully integrated with the Brightcove platform. This, the company says, enables companies and organizations to easily roll out high-quality, customizable mobile video experiences and apps that provide a "rich, engaging user experience" for iPhone and Android device users.

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:

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.

News Round-Up (I)

--ActiveVideo Networks to Demo iPhone-Controlled Interactive TV at ANGA Cable
--ADB to Provide Advanced Cable Solution to CableTEL-Eurocom
--Boxee Hires Ex-Googler as Director of User Experience, Launches Developers' Blog
--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for Financial Times
--Cabot, Access Team on HbbTV Solution

The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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.

News Round-Up

--Cooliris Updates Cooliris Express and its Embeddable Cooliris Wall
--FCC Moves Closer to Network-Agnostic Gateways
--UK Broadcaster ITN Launches Fashion-Themed iPhone App
--Simulmedia Raises $8 Million in Series B Funding
--Sony to Offer MLB.TV on PlayStation3

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

Univision Launches Soccer App for Apple iPhone/iPod Touch

--iPad Version to Launch Before 2010 World Cup

Univision Interactive Media, the digital division of US Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision, announced Wednesday that it has launched a free, video-enabled soccer application, called Univision Futbol, in the Apple App Store. According to the company, the app, which was developed in partnership with July Systems, is currently available for the Apple iPhone and iPod touch, and a version that has been optimized for the new Apple iPad will be available in time for the upcoming soccer World Cup.

News Round-Up

--AETN International Secures Multiple Licensing Deals for Short-Form Content
--Boxee Seeking a Lead iPad and iPhone App Developer
--Dilithium Announces Support for Live and On-Demand Video Streaming to iPad
--Witness List Revealed for House Communications Subcommittee Hearing on STB's
--Location-Based iPhone App Accepted as an Official Entry at Boston International Film Festival
--metaio Says Over 200 Developers Have Now Registered for its junaio AR Platform

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

Starling Unveils New Social TV Platform for Mobiles, Tablet Computers and the Web

At the MIPTV show in Cannes, Tuesday, a start-up called Starling unveiled a new, two-screen social TV platform.

Ben Silverman's Electus, MTV, P&G and Actress America Ferrera to Produce Interactive TV Show

--"Multicultural Interactive Series" Will Let Viewers Help Determine its Storylines
--iPhone/iPod touch/iPad App Launched for Fox Network Medical Drama Series, "House"
--CBS's Online Companion Series, "Ghost Whisperer: The Other Side" Returns for Fourth Season

MTV Networks and veteran producer Ben Silverman's Electus studio on Monday announced plans to develop and produce "the first-ever multicultural, interactive series built for the digital age for MTV." The series, entitled "Pedro & Maria" and billed as a "modern-day Romeo & Juliet" story, will be executive produced by Silverman and by actress America Ferrera ("Ugly Betty") and her production company, Take Fountain; co-executive produced by Quiara Alegria Hudes (author of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, "In the Heights") and by Ian Kleinert and Jarred Weisfeld of Objective Entertainment; and written by Hudes.

MobiTV, Triveni Digital Partner on Interactive TV Solution for Mobile Phones

--MobiTV Launches iPhone Application

At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, mobile TV specialist, MobiTV, and Triveni Digital, an LG Electronics-subsidiary that develops systems for managing and distributing data and metadata in DTV, mobile DTV and IPTV streams, unveiled the MobiTV Interactivity Server and Mobile TV Client, a solution which the companies say is based on the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard and will enable "new interactive possibilities" for mobile media delivery.

Mozaik Launches Two-Screen Interactive TV Application for Apple iPad and iPhone

--Ustream Offers Live, Social TV Coverage of Bon Jovi Concert on the iPad
--Shazam Planning iPad-Based Two-Screen Interactive TV, Based on its Audio "Tagging" Tech

At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, a company called Mozaik Multimedia launched a two-screen interactive TV application for the Apple iPad and iPhone. Dubbed "MovieBuddy" and based on the company's !Content technology, the new app is billed as allowing viewers to learn more about products, people and places they see on a movie or TV program, purchase featured products, and share information via Facebook, Twitter or email.

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