Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): TV Genius, Red Bee Media, Verismo, Virgin Media

--TV Genius Acquired by Red Bee Media
--Verismo Launches New Business Unit Focused on Entertainment Services
--Virgin Media Launches V Festival Interactive TV App on its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: 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 us. Media management company,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Rovi, HP, Best Buy, Ziggo, DigiForge

--Rovi's RoxioNow Supporting HP MovieStore App on HP TouchPad
--Rovi in Deal to Support Best Buy's CinemaNow Service in Canada
--Rovi Loses EPG Patent-Infringement Case against Dutch Cable Operator, Ziggo
--Rovi Acquires DigiForge
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: Rovi said Wednesday that its RoxioNow platform (which it acquired via its $720 million purchase of Sonic Solutions earlier this year--for more on the acquisition, see the interview with Rovi's EVP of product management and marketing, Corey Ferengul, published on, January 7th) is powering a new HP MovieStore application for...

SeaChange Acquires Dutch VOD Software Provider, eventIS

--Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a Loss
VOD, IPTV and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , announced Tuesday that it has acquired all the issued share capital of eventIS , a privately owned Eindhoven, Netherlands-based company that provides VOD and linear broadcast software and services to cable and telco operators primarily in Europe. According to SeaChange, in 2008 eventIS generated US GAAP revenues of approximately $13 million and turned a profit. The company has around 70 full-time employees. Under the terms...

Macrovision to Acquire Entertainment Metadata Specialist, Muze

--ZyXEL Using Macrovision Connected Platform
Macrovision, the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide (and which has since divested itself of the latter's TV Guide Magazine, TV Guide Network, TV Guide Online and TVG properties), announced Wednesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Muze, a New York-based company that provides entertainment information (metadata) products and discovery services. "Macrovision believes that professional entertainment metadata is required for...