Video Search Engine Company, blinkx, Eyes Connected-TV Space with New TV API

--Company's Connected-TV Partners Include Amino, Miniweb
Video search engine company, blinkx , on Wednesday announced the launch of a TV API, which it says is designed to provide partners in the "fast-growing connected-TV ecosystem"--including CE and set-top box manufacturers, game console vendors and app developers--access to its index of approximately 35 million hours of online video. According to blinkx, the new TV API automatically filters results based on the capabilities of the user's device--such as the video formats that device supports--in...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): BBC, blinkx, TV Guide Network, Channel 4, CineMexicano, Rentrak

--BBC iPlayer Sets New Records in December
--blinkx in Exclusive Online Video Deal with TV Guide Network
--Channel 4 Establishes Annual Fund to Invest in Apps and Concepts for Next-Generation Connected TV
--CineMexicano to Use Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials Service
Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV-related news stories that we didn't have room for in this issue. The BBC says that December was a record month for its BBC iPlayer programming catch-up service. "In total BBC iPlayer received 145 million requests for TV and radio programs in December 2010," BBC social media executive, Nick Reynolds, wrote in a blog post. "This was the third month in a row that BBC iPlayer...

News Round-Up

--Report: Apple in Talks with Networks to Launch $0.99 Rental Service, Will Unveil iTV September 7th
--blinkx in Online Video Partnership with
--DISH Network Officially Announces DishOnline TV Everywhere Service to Offer More Games, Multiple New Enhancements
--Tremor Media to Support HTML5
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. that could result in iTunes users being able to rent Fox TV episodes--within 24 hours of their broadcast and with a 48-hour viewing window--for $0.99, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. According to the news service, the company--which has apparently abandoned earlier plans for a subscription-based TV service--is also in talks about implementing such a...

News Round-Up

--ABC Licensing Deal with CafePress Will Enable Fans to Design Merchandise Based on its Shows
--blinkx Trumpets Ranking by Nielsen as a "Top Online Video Site"
--Freeview Australia to Feature Ads that Appear When Viewers Fast-Forward
--Reports: YouTube to Offer Live Streaming Coverage of Indian Premier League Cricket
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: ABC has announced a licensing deal with CafePress , a company that operates a Web site that allows users to place their own designs on clothes and other items. According to...

Miniweb Integrates blinkx's Video Search, Recommendation and Personalization Technology

--Says Integration Will Make Vast Amounts of Internet Video Content Easily Accessible on TV
--Claims it Will Also Enable "Web-Like Business Models to Emerge on TV"
London, UK-based interactive TV company, Miniweb (note: last September, the company--which is best known for offering an interactive TV alternative to the red button on the Sky satellite-TV platform--announced that it had raised $32 million in venture funding--see [itvt] Issue 8.06 Part 1 ), and San Francisco, Calif.-based video search company, blinkx , announced Monday that they have signed a technology integration agreement which they are billing as having the potential to, among other things,...