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Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ACTV8.me, AOL, BCM

--Social-TV Company, ACTV8.me, Trumpets Digital Wallets, Launches Loyalty Program
--AOL Launches Curated Online Video Portal, AOL On
--BCM Awarded Interactive TV Patent
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 ( note: discount registration ends midnight next Monday! ), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Due to the volume of news generated by the NAB Show last week, we anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Aereo, A+E Networks, AOL, blinkx

--Internet-TV Company, Aereo, Raises $20.5 Million, Adds Barry Diller to its Board
--A+E Networks Launches Facebook Game for "Top Shot"
--AOL Taps blinkx for Video Search, Abandoning its In-House Truveo Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Aereo (formerly Bamboom Labs), an Internet-TV company founded by interactive TV industry veteran, Chet Kanojia (who previously founded interactive TV and addressable advertising company, Navic), announced Tuesday that it has secured $20.5 million in a Series-A funding round that was led by IAC and that also saw the participation...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): AOL, Huffington Post, Sony, Boxee, Facebook

--AOL HD App Launches on Sony Connected-TV Devices
--Report: AOL's Huffington Post Media Group to Launch Live, Interactive Online News Channel
--Boxee Launches Facebook App
--Boxee's VP of International Quits to Start Connected-TV Company
Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Clikthrough, AOL, Cliffs Notes, Comcast, EBIF, Xcalibur

--Clikthrough Teams with AOL and Cliffs Notes to Make Shakespeare Interactive
--Comcast's Hess Urges CTAM in New York Attendees to Take Advantage of EBIF
--Comcast's Schwartz Discusses MSO's Connected-TV Plans, Ongoing Xcalibur Trial
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. San Francisco-based interactive video specialist, Clikthrough , contacted [itvt] earlier this week to let us know about a project it has just completed for AOL and Cliffs Notes Films that sees it powering interactive, animated Cliffs Notes-versions of six Shakespeare plays. "I am proud to announce that Clikthrough has just launched...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- AOL Teams with i.TV for Relaunch of AOL TV -- Bravo Pushes Multiplatform 'Platinum Hit' -- Blinkx Builds Video Search App for Roku -- Tvinci Powers Dutch Online Video Portal -- ANT Building Set-Tops with Harvard International
A OL relaunched its AOLTV.com site, and teamed up with mobile application developer i.TV to create new apps for Apple 's iPhone and iPad. The new site includes revamped interactive TV listings and increased video. AOL, which recently purchased The Huffington Post , said the redesigned site "furthers its position as a full service TV-viewing companion." More Bravo is banking on multiplatform distribution to drive its new "Platinum Hit" music series, which debuts May 30...

John Gilles Joins Coincident TV

-- Digital Media Veteran named EVP of Sales and Marketing and GM of Coincident Studios
Interactive video technology provider Coincident TV named cable TV and Internet veteran John Gilles executive vice president of sales and marketing and general manager of Coincident Studios . The former general manager of San Francisco-based studio Code and Theory , Gilles specializes in new product development, programming development, content production and digital content business strategy for several top media companies, including Fox , Warner Bros. , Comcast , Time Warner , Electronic Arts , PBS...

Clikthrough Powers Interactive Video for AOL, Kohl's

Interactive video specialist Clikthrough developed a campaign for AOL and Kohl's that features several unique elements, including the ability for Web surfers to buy the clothes worn by models in a fashion tips video with a click of mouse. Clikthrough's interactive video technology is powering a two-minute fashion tips segment on AOL's Styelist.com site about how to select the right clothes to "get longer-looking legs." The video is being distributed across AOL's network and 5Min.com...

CBS Interactive Books Multiplatform 'Live On Letterman' Concerts

-- Vevo Distribution Deal Delivers Concerts to iPhone, iPad
CBS Interactive Music Group is expanding its "Live On Letterman" concert series, signing several major artists to perform extended sets after their appearances on its late-night talk show. Upcoming concerts include a May 11 performance from Ray LaMontagne and the Pariah Dogs, who will stick around after appearing on the "Late Show with David Letterman" to jam for online viewers. In addition to streaming the concert on CBS.com, it will be available live and on...

New Edition of StoryCentric Features AOL's Head of Video Programming, Amber J. Lawson

[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of StoryCentric , our new video column from Brian Seth Hurst , CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and former second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. StoryCentric focuses on the business, technology and art of interactive storytelling, and highlights new technologies and other industry developments that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we create and interact with stories and narratives--in...

AOL, Endemol USA Partner to Produce Interactive Web Series

AOL and Endemol USA (the company behind such TV shows as "Big Brother" and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," as well as the Web series, "Married on MySpace" and "Coupon Mom") said Wednesday that they have signed an agreement to co-develop and co-produce new Web programming that will initially be aimed primarily at AOL's female audience. According to the companies, their partnership will focus on creating unscripted digital video content that will take advantage of the...

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