LG Electronics CES News Round-Up

--Revamps its NetCast Connected-TV Platform
--Launches Google TV-Based Connected 3D TV Line
--Unveils "Magic Remote" for its 3D Connected TV's
--Partners with Gaikai to Bring Cloud-Gaming Service to its 3D Connected TV's
--Will Launch Verizon FiOS TV App on its Connected-TV Devices Later This Year
LG Electronics generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related announcements and news from and about the company: The company unveiled its new Cinema 3D Smart TV 's, which among other things feature an upgraded version of its NetCast connected-TV platform. "Over the past year, LG has elevated the user experience of its smart-TV function by adding over 1,200 apps and a range of premium content services," the...

News Round-Up (X): TVNZ, WealthTV, Verizon FiOS TV, XStreamHD, Zappware, naxoo

--TVNZ Commissions Second Season of Emmy-Winning Interactive Online Series, "Reservoir Hill"
--WealthTV Offering 3D Episode on Verizon FiOS TV's VOD Platform
--Satellite VOD Company, XStreamHD, in Distribution Deal with Lionsgate
--Zappware in Interactive TV Deal with Swiss Cable Operator, naxoo
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. New Zealand public broadcaster, TVNZ , has commissioned a second season of the online interactive TV drama series, " Reservoir Hill ." The series, which won...

New iTV Doctor Column on 3D TV

--Television Academy's Geoff Katz and Suzanne Stefanac Discuss the Interactive Media Emmys
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe' s regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " In this edition, the good doctor explores the emerging 3D TV space--among other things, interviewing Hitesh Shah , CEO of The Z Effect , a company that turns existing 2D programming into stereoscopic 3D.

We have also just published an interview with Geoff Katz , co-governor of the IMPG and Suzanne...

Oberon Media Unveils Catalog of Interactive TV Games for 3D TV

Multiplatform casual games company, Oberon Media , on Wednesday unveiled a catalog of interactive TV games for 3D TV. According to Oberon, the stereoscopic 3D games are designed to be visually engaging and are based on the company's "commercially proven" casual games catalog, which among other offerings features the "Dream Day Wedding" franchise. The games will "help promote and highlight the capabilities of the latest advancements in 3D TV screens," the company claims.

New Video Interview with Bob Perry, SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

[itvt] has just published a video interview in which Bob Perry , SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company , provides an overview of Panasonic's connected TV and 3D TV product strategy. Topics discussed include Panasonic's product priorities; third-party service offerings that are set to launch on Viera Cast over the coming year; what applications might look like that integrate both 3D and connected TV; and more. Perry also explains why he is interested in reaching...

News Round-Up: Interactive TV Technologies and Operators

--Sky Reveals its 3D TV Plans
--Miniweb in Advertising Deal with Real Media
--Rovi in Multi-Year EPG Patent License Agreement with Austar
--RTB Launches Interactive TV Service
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of interactive TV technology/operator news for the past few days. BSkyB announced last week that it will launch Sky 3D, which it bills as "Europe's...

News Round-Up

--BT Vision Plans to Undercut Sky's Pricing of Premium Sports Programming
--CBS to Air Interactive Show Featuring Super Bowl Commercials
--DVPRemote v. 1.4 Released
--Google Seeks Patent for System that Would Enable Advertisers to Create Own Interactive Overlay Ads
--ITU Releases Three-Stage Roadmap for 3D TV, Sky Taps 3ality for its New 3D TV Service
--Kaltura Launches Video Extensions for Joomla
--Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Offer ESPN on Xbox
--NBC Unveils Broadband Video Plans for Winter Olympics
--never.no to Showcase Enhancements to its Interactive TV Product Line at BVE 2010
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new, post-TVOT EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: In an interview with the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, BT Retail CEO, Gavin Patterson, states that BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision , will offer premium sports...

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interactive TV Notables Weighing in on 3D TV

[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, "The iTV Doctor Is In!" This week, various interactive TV industry notables--including Mike Bloxham of Ball State University's Center for Media Design, Allison Dollar of the iTV Alliance, Jaspal Bhasin of itaas, Glen Friedman of Ideas & Solutions, and Gary Arlen of Arlen Communications--weigh in on the buzz around 3D TV at the recent Consumer Electronics Show.


News Round-Up II: Miscellaneous

--Concurrent Forms Advisory Board to Provide Counsel on Cross-Platform Strategy
--DirecTV to Launch Three 3D TV Channels
--DISH Network, EchoStar Announce "TV Everywhere" Products
--Hillcrest Labs Integrates Freespace with Broadcom's Bluetooth Chipsets
--iN Demand Names Bob Benya President and CEO
--ThinkAnalytics Joins NDS's Recommendations Engine Partner Program
--NDS to Offer End-to-End e-Publishing Solution
--Sky Says its 3D TV Service Will Be Compatible with Sets from LG, Panasonic, Samsung, Sony
Here is a brief round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , has announced the establishment of an advisory board. According to the company, "media industry leaders Chris Bowick, William Markey and Vin Bisceglia will serve on the board to provide third-party counsel on Concurrent’s cross-platform strategy and execution." DirecTV has announced plans to launch three 3D TV channels in...

3D TV Round-Up

--CableLabs to Offer 3D TV Testing
--Comcast On Demand Offering 3D Horror Movie
--Discovery, ESPN to Launch 3D TV Channels
--JVC Launches 2D-to-3D Converter
--MPEG Industry Forum Launches 3D TV Working Group
--Samsung in 3D TV Partnership with RealD
--Sigma Designs to Demo New 3D Technologies at CES
--Vizio Launches New Line of 3D TV's
As was widely anticipated, 3D TV has emerged as one of the major themes of this year's Consumer Electronics Show--and a number of pieces of 3D TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: CableLabs has announced that it is providing testing capabilities for 3D TV implementation scenarios over cable. According to the organization, these capabilities "cover a full range of technologies including various frame-compatible, spatial multiplexing solutions for transmission." The...