Interactive TV News Round-Up (I) By Steve Donohue

--Bravo to Add Multiple Interactive and "Transmedia" Elements to "Top Chef"
--CBS Launches "Tweet Week"
--mgMedia in Connected-TV Apps Deal with LG Electronics
--Studios' Premium VOD Plans May Have Little Impact on Theaters
--Mobile Interactive Group Integrates its Interactive TV Platform with Facebook

Here is the first of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories:

VOD Distributor iN Demand Promotes Emilio Nunez to SVP of Movies and Original Programming

Cable industry-backed VOD programming distributor, iN Demand, said Friday that it has promoted Emilio Nunez to SVP of movies and original programming. Based in the company's New York headquarters, he will report to EVP of programming and general counsel, Michael Berman.

SeaChange|eventIS Powers VOD for Polish Telco, INEA

SeaChange International said Wednesday that Polish telco, INEA, has rolled out a VOD service using the converged Service Delivery Platform (cSDP) and systems integration services of SeaChange-subsidiary, SeaChange|eventIS (note: SeaChange acquired Eindhoven-based eventIS back in 2009; for more on the acquisition, see the article published on itvt.com, September 2nd, 2009). According to SeaChange, the launch of INEA's new Wypozyczalnia Filmow VOD service means that SeaChange|eventIS is now the platform provider for a total of four VOD services across Poland. The company is also powering VOD services in Slovenia and Hungry.

BigBand to Unveil Solution to Help Cable MSO's Expand Broadcast TV and VOD to iPads, PC's, Consoles

--Solution Offers "Hybrid Approach" to Managing HTTP Adaptive Streaming Traffic

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Samsung, SCTE, Alcatel-Lucent, Aurora, Genband, Juniper, SeaChange

--Samsung Announces Winners of its European Connected-TV App Development Contest
--Samsung Announces European Availability of its "Smart Hub" Connected-TV Offering
--SCTE Announces Technology Challenge Contestants

Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up format.

DISH Network to Offer "The Resident" on VOD on the Same Day as the Movie's Theatrical Release

--DirecTV Offers "Waiting for Superman" on VOD Day-and-Date with Movie's DVD Release

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Former MSNBC Host, Keith Olbermann, Joins Current TV
--HTC Invests $40 Million in Games-on-Demand Company, OnLive
--iDirect, Sky-Stream Enable Access to On-Demand Programming on Apple TV in Remote Locations
--LodgeNet Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies on its In-Room Interactive TV Platform in 2010
--Twitpic Launches Video Sharing on Twitter
--Report: Wal-Mart's Vudu OTT Service Could Threaten iTunes' EST and Internet VOD Dominance

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

Ericsson Powers VOD for Portuguese Cable Operator, Cabovisao

--Provides OTT Interactive TV Solution for Singaporean Media Company, MediaCorp

Ericsson said Monday that it has been tapped by Portuguese cable operator, Cabovisao, to power its VOD service. "We recognize that consumer behavior is changing and they are demanding more flexible television services," Alexandre Fonseca, Cabovisao's executive director of technology and systems said in a prepared statement. "Video-on-demand presents a significant opportunity for us to provide the viewing experience that our subscribers are increasingly looking for, so we are delighted to work with Ericsson for this important deployment. The Ericsson solution proved to be flexible and very cost-effective."

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Amino Reports Higher Annual Revenues, H2 Operating Profit
--Report: BBC to Launch Dedicated iPlayer App for iPad This Thursday
--Rovi Replenishes its Cash Reserves
--Sony Launches Qriocity Connected-TV VOD Service in Canada
--Report: Hybrid TV Set to Strike Deal to Ensure Australians Continue to Receive TiVo Service

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

New iTV Doctor Column Focuses on DISH Network's Interactive TV Strategy

--Features Interview with DISH's Bruce Eisen and Chris Kuhrt

[itvt] has just published the LATEST EDITION of Rick Howe's regular column, "The iTV Doctor Is In!" This edition sees the iTV Doctor interviewing DISH Network's VP of online content development and strategy, Bruce Eisen, and its manager of interactive TV programming, Chris Kuhrt, about the satellite-TV provider's interactive TV strategy.

Comcast Launches On-Demand Streaming on its Xfinity TV App for iPad

--Says App Has Been Downloaded over 1 Million Times Since its Mid-November Launch

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Bluefin Unveils Tech for Analyzing Real-Time Viewer Response to TV Shows and Ads via Social Media
--New EMEA Hire, Customer Wins for Brightcove
--BT Vision Adds 40,000 Subscribers in Q4
--Cable VOD Offerings Celebrate Black History Month
--Hulu in Content Deal with Viacom
--CEO Kilar Provides Information on Hulu's Growth and Financials
--Kaltura in Broadband Video Partnership with Siemens IT
--MTV Launches Micropayment-Based Online VOD Service
--Russia's IMAQLIQ Integrates Opera's Browser Technology into its IPTV Devices
--Suddenlink Rolls Out VOD in Cabot, Arkansas
--Time Warner's Bewkes Confirms Premium VOD Plans
--Verimatrix Secure's PMT's OViVO Personalized TV Service
--YuMe Trumpets Two Studies Showing Growing Importance of Online Video for Ad Campaigns

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

KPN Deploys Edgeware VOD Servers

Edgeware, a Stockholm-based provider of VOD server systems, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has been selected by European telecommunications provider, KPN, to deploy its video delivery architecture and products as part of a solution that is being provided by Nokia Siemens Network (NSN).

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Vudu OTT Service Now Available on Boxee
--Swisscom Launches Two Mobile TV Apps
--Verimatrix Secures Hong Kong VOD Service

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

iN Demand to Promote Cable VOD Movies to Consumers Ordering Pizza from Pizzahut.com

Cable industry-backed VOD programming distributor, iN Demand, said Tuesday that it has teamed with Pizza Hut and the latter's digital agency, Triad Digital Media, to be the featured content provider for a new online offering from Pizza Hut, dubbed "Entertainment Hut," that was developed and is managed by Triad (note: the latter is also the exclusive sales agent for the service).

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