American Idol

The iTV Doctor Interview: Viggle President, Chris Stephenson

Dear Readers : The ACTIVITY in the second-screen interactive television space is exploding. But, as with all fast-growing technology, the BUSINESS of second-screen interactive television has some open questions. The following interview asks some of those questions, a few of which remain unanswered.

Fox Confirms that "American Idol" Will Offer Facebook-Powered Online Voting

--Viewers to Select Ending for "American Idol" Judge Jennifer Lopez's New Music Video
Fox Broadcasting confirmed Friday that the reality show, " American Idol ," will allow Facebook -powered online voting, starting Tuesday, March 1st immediately after the show's first performance episode (airs 8:00-9:30PM, Eastern/Pacific). News of the development was broken by Entertainment Weekly last week (see the article published on, February 25th); while People separately reported that Simon Cowell's new reality show, "The X-Factor," will also shortly offer voting via Facebook.

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ADB, Espial, Kudelski Release Financial Results
--Kudelski Provides an Update on its OpenTV "Turnaround Plan"
--ADB Says it Has Secured Deals with Two Tier-1 US Cable MSO's in 2011
--Reports: "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" to Support Voting via Facebook
--BBC to Offer "Waterloo Road" Spin-Off through the Red Button
--E! Entertainment Television Teams with Trailer Park on Red-Carpet App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
--Liveclicker Enables Interactive Video Shopping via Facebook Pages
--Connected-TV App Developer, MOVL, Appoints Director of Technology, Acquires Interactiva Colombia
--Rdio Social Music Service Launches on Roku
--Report: Samsung May Launch Google TV Devices Based
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB , Espial and the Kudelski Group have all released their latest financial results this week. Kudelski 's results announcement contains the following update on OpenTV , the interactive TV technology provider it acquired early last year: "With the full acquisition of OpenTV completed at the beginning of 2010, the Group launched a turnaround plan, with a...

Fox Launches User-Generated Video Promotion for "American Idol"

--ABC Adding Several Holiday Specials to Full Episode Player
--STV's mySTV Integrated with Facebook Connect
US broadcast network, Fox , on Tuesday launched a user-generated content (UGC) promotion that invites fans of the reality show, " American Idol ," to create "video testimonials sharing what they love" about the show, and upload their testimonials to a special "Idol Fans" section of its Web site ( ).

According to Fox, the testimonials will be evaluated for inclusion in a promotional campaign for "American Idol"--whose next season kicks...

AT&T Says Eighth Season of "American Idol" Saw Record Levels of Text-Based Interactivity

--However, Questions Emerge over Fairness of Voting Process
AT&T says that viewers interacting with the recently concluded eighth season of the interactive TV reality series, " American Idol ," sent 178 million text messages over its network--the highest total for any season and more than double the 78 million messages that it reported last year. According to the company, which is the exclusive provider of text messaging services for the show, text message traffic counted in its tally includes not only text votes,...