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: Billing it as its "first fully-integrated transmedia play," NBC Universal's Bravo is looking to boost revenue and ratings by adding several interactive elements to its " Top Chef " series. Season nine of the reality show will rely on mobile phones, tablet computers, social media, and Bravo's Web site to incorporate viewers into the storyline. More . CBS is recruiting actors, sports...

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. At its 2011 European Forum in Budapest, Monday, Samsung announced the winners of its European connected-TV application development contest, the Samsung Smart TV Challenge, which focused on the UK, Germany and France (note: Samsung recently announced the winners of a similar contest in the US--see the article published on itvt.com, January 6th)...

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: Current TV , a channel well known for its use of user-generated content and other interactive initiatives (including, for example, its VCAM--or "Viewer Created Ad Message"--program, which invites viewers to upload their own video ads for participating brands; and "Bar Karma," its soon-to-premiere interactive TV series created by "The Sims" creator, Will Wright, and Worldwide Biggies CEO,...

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: Cambridge, UK-based IPTV/OTT set-top box company, Amino Technologies , has released financial results for the year ended November 30th: Revenues totaled £44 million, compared to £25.3 million for the prior year; gross profit totaled £12.6 million, compared to £8.3 million; gross margins were 28.6%, compared to 32.9%--largely due, the company said, to adverse foreign exchange markets...

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.