ACR

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): News Corp., Permira, NDS, Orange, Percy3D

--Report: News Corp., Permira Planning New York IPO for NDS
--Orange Launches ACR-Based Social-TV App for iPhone
--PercyFX Lets Users Embed 3D Text in Movie Clips
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: News Corp. and Permira , which jointly own interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , have hired banks to arrange a New York listing for the company, the Financial Times reported last week. The newspaper said that it is not yet clear how much NDS's parent companies expect to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Virgin Media, TiVo, Nestle, YouTube, Zazum

--Virgin Media Launches Android App for its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Virgin Media Launches "Harry Potter" App on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
--Nestle's Wonka Brand Launches Interactive Video Channel on YouTube
--Start-Up Zazum Unveils Its Automatic Content Recognition-Based Tcommerce Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: UK cable operator, Virgin Media , has launched the Virgin Media TV Guide, a free Android app for its recently launched, TiVo-powered hybrid-TV service. The app allows customers to "browse the TV guide, see what's on over the next seven days and remotely set recordings from their mobile device," Virgin Media...

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview with TVplus/Spot411 Technologies CEO, Ajay Shah

--Company's ACR-Based Interactive TV Platform Set to Launch in Apple App Store Later this Month

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Flingo, Hulu, ITU

--Flingo Unveils its Automatic Content Recognition Platform
--CEO Kilar Says Hulu Plus Now Has 875,000 Subscribers
--ITU Issues Call for Entries for IPTV Application Challenge
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Flingo , the new automatic content recognition (ACR) company from BitTorrent co-founder, Ashwin Navin, emerged from stealth mode Thursday, with the launch of "application publishing products [that] seamlessly integrate the Web with the TV experience. Already the largest publisher of smart TV apps," the company's press materials continue, "Flingo is available...

Shazam Raises $32 Million to Continue its Expansion into Interactive TV

Audio-based automatic content recognition (ACR) specialist, Shazam (note: the London-based company is best known for offering a mobile application that consumers can use to identify music, as well as TV shows and other content--a process it calls "tagging"), said Wednesday that it has raised $32 million in a funding round led by Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Institutional Venture Partners , with the participation of existing investor, DN Capital .

SeaChange to Integrate Civolution's Watermarking Technology into its VOD Solutions

--Companies Say Integration Will Facilitate Launch of Early-Window VOD Services

New iTV Doctor Column Focuses on Need for Better Data on the Interactive TV Consumer

--Rick Howe to Be Inducted into Cable TV Pioneers' Class of 2011
[itvt] has just published the LATEST EDITION of Rick Howe' s regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This edition sees the good doctor sharing some thoughts on the need for better data on the interactive TV consumer.

New Edition of Michael Collette's INdustry Column Features Interview with TVIS CEO, Zeev Neumeier

--Interview Centers on the Applications, Economics and Strategy for Content-Aware TV's
[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of INdustry , our new column by interactive TV industry veteran, Michael Collette, managing director of MediaTech Strategies.

Civolution Preps OTT Platforms for Premium Content

--By Steve Donohue Civolution took a key step toward allowing movie studios and other content owners to deliver premium content to connected TVs and other devices, integrating its watermark technology with an encoding system from Digital Rapids . The companies said the combination of Civolution's NextGuard watermark pre-processing technology and the StreamZ and StreamZHD encoding systems from Digital Rapids will allow for the delivery of pay-per-view content through over-the-top video services. NextGuard applies a unique...

[itvt] Presents INdustry, a New Column by Interactive TV Industry Veteran, Michael Collette

--First Edition of the Column Focuses on Automatic Content Recognition and its Significance for ITV
[itvt] is pleased to present INDUSTRY , our new column by interactive TV industry veteran, Michael Collette , managing director of MediaTech Strategies .

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