Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Accedo, Facebook, Al Jazeera, Avail-TVN, Brightcove, Military.com

--Facebook Designates Accedo Broadband "Preferred Developer Consultant" for TV Applications
--Al Jazeera English to Launch Social Media-Driven Show, "The Stream"
--Avail-TVN Launches Digital Media Metadata Management Solution
--Brightcove Powers Broadband Video for Military.com
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this issue,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): AccuWeather, Panasonic, Alticast, Amino, Avail-TVN

--AccuWeather.com Unveils Interactive TV App for Panasonic's New Viera Connect Platform
--Alticast Provides More Detail on its Integrated tru2way/Android Solution
--Vodafone Iceland Upgrades IPTV Offering with Amino A140 Set-Tops
--Avail-TVN Bringing On-Demand Nigerian Movies to US
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. AccuWeather.com has announced that it will offer an interactive TV application on Panasonic's new Viera Connect platform (note: for more on the latter, see the article published on itvt.com, January 6th). Key features of the new...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, ADB, AdaptiveBlue (GetGlue), Amino, AT&T, Avail-TVN, Ball State University (OEDN), BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer

[itvt]'s daily news coverage went on hiatus October 18th in order to allow our editorial staff to work full time on TVOT NYC Intensive . This issue contains a round-up of some of the major interactive TV-related news stories that have broken since then. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries of each item are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the...

News Round-Up (I): ADB, Alticast, EchoStar, Zappware, Amino, AT&T, Avail-TVN

--ADB to Showcase Virtual Gateway, tru2way Analyzer at SCTE Cable-Tec Expo
--Report Ranks EchoStar-Alticast-Zappware HD DVR Solution Highest in Consumer Usability
--Amino to Debut New Set-Tops at TelcoTV
--AT&T Launches New DVR Management Features on U-verse Online
--AT&T U-verse TV Supports Use of Xbox 360 as Supplemental Set-Top Box
--Avail-TVN to Invest $30 Million in Digital Media Services
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) has announced that it will showcase its Virtual Gateway and tru2way Analyzer products at the SCTE Cable-Tec Expo this week. "ADB's Virtual Gateway...

Disney to Offer Free Preview of its Disney Family Movies Subscription VOD Service

--Fox to Offer Primetime Shows on Cox's MyPrimetime VOD Platform
Disney-ABC Domestic Television said Monday that its subscription VOD (SVOD) service, Disney Family Movies, has partnered with Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS TV and various operators that are affiliates of VOD content distributor, Avail-TVN , to offer a free preview from Thursday, September 2nd through Monday, September 6th.

The free preview, which will be hosted by Phylicia Rashad, will offer a range of classic and contemporary Disney movies, including...

News Round-Up (III): Avail-TVN, BBC Red Button, blip.tv

--Avail-TVN in Deals with NewWave Communications, Toner Cable Equipment
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through August 13th
--blip.tv Develops Pre-Roll Ad that Lets Viewers Click to Remotely Download Game Demo to Xbox
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while for us 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...

CableLabs Trumpets Success of Advanced Advertising Interop Event

--Event Sought to Prove Interoperability of SCTE-130 Interfaces, Develop Profiles for SCTE-130 and SaFI
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , is trumpeting the success of an Advanced Advertising Interop event it held, June 14th-18th, to prove interoperability, based on the SCTE-130 standard, across a number of advertising interfaces. The weeklong event was organized in partnership with SCTE DVS/Working Group 5, the SCTE committee charged with working on advanced advertising, and with Canoe Ventures, the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and...

News Round-Up (I): Avail-TVN, Betfair-Samsung, Boxee

--Recent Releases Dominate Avail-TVN's List of Top-20 Most-Watched VOD Movies
--Betfair to Offer Interactive TV Sports Wagering Apps on Samsung's Connected TV Platform
--Launch of Boxee Box Delayed until November, My Damn Channel Launches on Boxee
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. VOD distribution services provider, Avail-TVN , has released a list of the top-20 most-watched VOD movies, based on a national sample of around 14 million homes. "With increased...

OpenTV Launches Campaign Management Solution for VOD Advertising

--Vendors Team at Cable Show to Demo Dynamic Linear Ad Insertion, Interactive EBIF Ads
--SeaChange Launches Advertising System Evolution Program
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV , on Tuesday unveiled a new campaign management solution designed specifically to serve the VOD advertising marketplace. Dubbed EclipsePlus/xG OnDemand and scheduled for beta release next month, the new solution--which OpenTV is demo'ing in its booth (1301) at the NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles--is billed by the company as supporting the backoffice requirements to monetize dynamic VOD inventory such as short-form (pre-, mid- and post-rolls) and...

Avail-TVN in VOD Deal with Epix

--Epix Teams with USO to Provide Online Screening Rooms for US Military Personnel
Avail-TVN --the company formed last July from the merger of VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, and Avail Media, a provider of managed content-aggregation services for smaller IPTV operators ( see the article published on itvt.com, July 15th )--announced last week that it has signed an industry-wide, long-term digital media services deal with existing customer, Epix , a multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures...