Cable’s Still in the Game

Did you catch that World Series? Apparently, according to the audience rankings, lots of people did. Of course while you were all watching baseball games, I was thinking about the telecommunications industry and how the Yankees and the Phillies are great examples of the opposing sides in that space. Start with the Yankees; the best team money can buy. These guys are so stocked with star players they look like an All Star team. They...

Video: A Day in the Life of...Softel CEO, Sam Pemberton

During our recent trip to the UK, the [itvt] editorial team shot a " Day in the Life of... " segment with Softel CEO, Sam Pemberton , at the company's headquarters in the Berkshire village of Pangbourne (near Reading). Softel offers a range of television products including solutions for interactive TV, opt cuing/ad insertion, subtitling and captioning.

Filipino Prisoners Dance in Unison to Queen and More

Thanks again to the power of YouTube, you can see something amazing on demand as UGC. -- Tracy swedlow

YouTube - Tennis Interactive Lesson - Part 1

Found this great interactive TV ivideo series using YouTube annotations technologies made by Canadians, which claims to be the first interactive tennis lesson on YouTube. Tried it out and it's kind of weird and amazing and fun, if you're into tennis. Pretty well done when you consider that the creators (tennis pros) had to think through all the interactive options to make this work. I really give them credit for doing this and not making...

Lori Schwartz Gives Birth to Sadie!

Lori Schwartz , the well-loved and respected veteran in our industry (directs the Emerging Media Lab at Interpublic and this last year's winner of an [itvt] Leadership Award for Multiplatform and Interactive Television), has just given birth to a wonderful little girl named Sadie Bee!! Here is a link to her Facebook page for more photos. Congratulations - Mazeltov!!!

And now BLOBbox is also a PVR!

Hi all, thanks to the efforts of the whole team, the BLOBbox got a software update and became a full-featured PVR for the Digital Terrestrial TV. Now we are working to improve the EPG in some "social" direction. Stay tuned! Pancrazio

Cisco, Nortel, Rovi, TDG & Verimatrix at STB 2009

Turner, AccuWeather and Sky Angel in Attendance Last week's STB 2009 in San Jose was a well received, quality event in the heart of Silicon Valley. Greg Fawson and his X Media Research staff put on this 3 rd annual conference which attracts a select, albeit, small crowd for the 2 day event. The 300 or so attendees were exposed to a wide cross section of the Digital TV and entertainment eco-system with trends and...

Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

I just couldn't resist. Beautifully done. Interactivity is at the end. It's about one of my favorite subjects: the Universe. Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking rap poetically to Glorious Dawn. -- Tracy Swedlow

MIT Media Lab Siftables - Cool

I really like these. Imagine miniature story videos as well. -- Tracy Swedlow

Japanese Hologram 3D TV

CLICK LINK ABOVE FOR VIDEO: Found this. Perhaps we'll see video imagerly floating in mid-space someday. I think so. Seems pretty logical. Now that we're seeing the emergence of augmented reality, why wouldn't we see holoreality? Video shouldn't need a 2D surface, per se. It just needs particles in the air. And, once we have video floating in mid-air, it should be interactive because it will be using geo-space location technology, which can be televised...