--DISH Network, Blockbuster Launch DVD's-by-Mail/Instant-Streaming Service for DISH Subscribers
--Blockbuster to Launch Facebook App for Renting and Viewing Videos
--HealthiNation Enters Connected-TV Space via Launch on Roku
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the recent news: 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 bear with us.
--Google Enables Social Viewing on YouTube via Google+ Hangouts Button
--New Microsoft Video Illustrates Company's Vision for the Future of Media in the Living Room
--MTV Launches WatchWith Companion App to Provide Supplemental Content, Social-TV Experiences
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011--we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up with all the recent news: 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 bear with us.
--Ocean Blue Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Ooyala Launches Facebook Sharing SDK
--Oxygen Extends OxygenLive Social TV Service with OxygenLive TV
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: 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 bear with us. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers.
MobileTribe--a company which describes itself as an enabler of cloud-based converged services across multiple screens and which recently announced the launch of a service that it bills as bringing online social networking to the Roku over-the-top-TV platform (see the article published on itvt.com, December 7th)--on Tuesday announced that the service now supports YouTube. The company previously announced support for Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Google, Flickr, Picasa and Yahoo.
--Demos to Include "Smart" Search and PVR, Social Network Integration, OTT Video Functionality
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV, announced Wednesday the line-up of products and features that it will be demo'ing in its booth (Hall 1, Stand C81) at next month's IBC show in Amsterdam. "There is a fundamental shift in the way people are watching television: now more than ever it is at the center of the home entertainment experience, an extension to the lives of people who watch it," OpenTV CEO, Ben Bennett, said in a prepared statement. "To address this shift in viewing and social habits we are bringing the latest technologies and functionalities in support of next-generation services to the television.
--Service Will Leverage Microsoft's Smooth Streaming Adaptive Bit Rate Technology
Cable/satellite channel, Turner Classic Movies (TCM), has launched a social networking service for its viewers, called the TCM Classic Film Union (tcm.com/fan). "TCM fans are devoted to the world of classic film, and they want to connect with others who share their passion," Molly Battin--who serves as SVP of brand development and digital platforms for TCM, as well as for Turner Broadcasting properties, TBS and TNT--said in a prepared statement. "TCM has long been a forum for these fans, but this new fan community takes it to the next level."
--Service Recently Began Offering a "Pro Account" Option
In a posting on its corporate blog Thursday, Justin.tv, a San Francisco-based company that bills itself as "the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video" (it claims to have around 428,000 live video channels, to which 20 hours of video are uploaded each minute, and says its Web site receives over 41 million unique visitors per month), announced the launch of a number of new Twitter, Facebook and MySpace features on its service:
In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Patrick Koppula, founder and
CEO of ffwd--a company that has just beta-launched a service that uses
social networking to facilitate Internet programming discovery and to
enhance the online viewing experience--discusses the service (which is
scheduled to launch commercially in September), the thinking behind
it, and ffwd's plans for enhancing it in the future; recounts the events
that led to his founding ffwd (he previously founded iLike.com and
--Deal Nets Company £1.4 Million
--Company in Deal with Gaming Ventures
UK-based interactive and participation TV specialist, Cellcast, says that
it has agreed to an exchange of its two channels on the Sky satellite
platform (one of which it says is "surplus to its requirements," the other
of which serves as an outlet for user-generated programming from its
UGC/video-sharing service, SUMO.tv) in exchange for a new channel
(in a less favorable EPG slot) and a cash consideration of £1.4 million;
the net book value of the two channels was £304,936. The company
says it will use the cash for general working capital, and to repay
The BBC recently relaunched its younger-skewing digichannel, BBC
Three, as a multiplatform service with programming that heavily
features interactivity, user-generated content and social-networking
components. The channel, which according to its controller, Danny
Cohen, aims to "become Britain's ambitious multiplatform network,
combining television and the Web into a single, integrated offering,"
now simulcasts all its programming on the Internet; invites viewers to
upload clips of themselves introducing their favorite programs, the best
of which are featured during the channel's peak-time schedule; and,
according to its press materials, promises to produce original, online