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Microwave Oven Plays YouTube Videos While Heating Food

--Report: YouTube to Launch Sports Hub, Ramp Up Live Streaming Activities

In what may be one of the most unusual examples of convergence to date, two researchers from Japan's Keio University have developed a microwave oven that plays YouTube videos while the user waits for their food to cook. Dubbed the Castoven, the device incorporates a 10.4-inch LCD screen into its door and also integrates a speaker.

Designed to be connected to a home computer, and powered by an Adobe AIR app that accesses videos through YouTube's API, the Castoven--which is not yet available for sale--selects the videos it displays based on length: thus, if the user is warming up their Hungry-Man TV dinner for six minutes, the device will automatically play a six minute-long video.

Immersive Media Powers 360-Degree Interactive Video for CBC/Radio Canada and MTV Networks

Immersive Media--a company which has developed a patented technology, dubbed IM LIVE, that enables viewer-controlled, 360-degree, live, full-motion, interactive video experiences (note: the experience of watching video powered by the technology is akin to watching a video version of Google Street View), and which recently announced a deployment of the technology with Canada's MuchMusic (see the article published on itvt.com, November 9th)--last week announced deployments with CBC/Radio-Canada and with MTV Networks.

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--BBC Round-Up: Freesat iPlayer to Beta-Launch December 7th, Canvas Delays, No iPlayer on Xbox

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond:

Comcast Expands Programming Line-Up for Celtics On Demand

--Virgin Media Provides Info on its Winter VOD Line-Up

Comcast announced last week that it is expanding the content line-up of Celtics On Demand, the free VOD service it offers fans of Boston Celtics basketball on its systems in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. According to the MSO, the new season of the service--which is enabled by a collaboration with the MSO's Comcast SportsNet arm and the Boston Celtics team--will provide more behind-the-scenes coverage of the team, its players and its cheerleaders (the Celtics Dancers), as well as coverage of press conferences and of community events that have been produced by the Boston Celtics.

NBA Launches Two-Screen Interactive TV Application, "NBA TV Companion"

The National Basketball Association's (NBA) NBA Digital arm has launched a two-screen interactive TV application, called NBA TV Companion, that is available on NBA.com and on individual NBA team sites. According to NBA Digital, key features of the new application, which is designed to be used in conjunction with live game telecasts, include:

Sky Launches Mobile TV App for iPhone/iPod touch, CBS Launches Android Versions of its Apps

UK satellite TV operator, BSkyB, announced Tuesday that its Sky Mobile TV service is now available on the Apple iPhone and iPod touch. The company has developed a Sky Mobile TV app specifically for the iPhone/iPod touch: the app allows users to stream live TV via WiFi, and available channels include Sky Sports News, Sky News, ESPN, At The Races and all the Sky Sports channels.

iN Demand Offering Array of Free Cable VOD, Broadband Video Content to Promote PPV Boxing Event

--HD NBC Programs Added to MyPrimetime, SeaChange Subsidiaries in VOD Deals with Kabel BW

Cable industry-owned VOD content-aggregator, iN Demand, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it is offering several free VOD programs on cable systems around the US, as well as two exclusive online documentaries, in order to drive interest in this Saturday's pay-per-view championship boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto.

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond (note: this is the first time that the BBC has released its red-button schedule since announcing that it would be making significant cuts to Freeview red-button services in order to prepared for the launch of HD):

News Round-Up

--BIAP Changes its Name to FourthWall Media
--Canoe Ventures Looking to Staff Up
--Disney's Keychest Tech Would Enable New Content Ownership Model for Multiplatform World
--MySpace Launches vCommerce-Enabled Music Videos Hub
--NBA to Launch Interactive TV Show on NBA.com
--NBA Also Considering Letting Fans Interact with One Another via Interactive TV Widgets
--Rogers to Launch TV Everywhere-Type Service Next Month, Cox in Wait-and-See Mode
--Yahoo! in Branded Programming Partnership with GroupM

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

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:

AT&T Trials Multiview Interactive TV Application for Dallas Mavericks Basketball Games

--Says It Has No "Immediate Plans" to Bring Similar Team-Specific Apps to Other Markets or Games

AT&T is providing Dallas and Fort Worth-area customers of its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, U-verse TV, with a "Dallas Mavericks Multiview" interactive TV application intended to enhance their viewing of Dallas Mavericks basketball games. The application is a team-specific implementation of the new AT&T U-verse TV Multiview application format that was profiled in an article published on itvt.com, September 14th (note: an example of AT&T U-verse TV's new Sports Multiview application, which has been rolled out nationally, can be seen below).

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 MLB.com 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.

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:

Verizon Teams with New England Patriots on Free VOD Offering

--Maya Entertainment in VOD Deal with iN DEMAND

Verizon announced last week that has launched a range of free on-demand programming on the New England Patriots American football team to subscribers to its FiOS TV service in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The programming, which is located in the company's locally themed VOD service, FiOS1 Local Zone, is being offered as part of a multi-year marketing partnership with the New England Patriots.

Five Teams with Livestation to Offer Live Streaming Soccer on Apple iPhone

UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Five, said Wednesday that it has teamed with broadband video specialist, Livestation, to offer live streaming of Europa League soccer on the Apple iPhone. It claims to be the first UK broadcaster to offer live streaming soccer via an iPhone app.

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