Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (V): Roku, Blockbuster, Rovi, Boxfish, mPortal, Muzu, DivX, LG Electronics, Samsung, SeaChange International, SecondSync

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 ( June 25th-26th in San Francisco -- Super-Early-Bird Registration ends midnight Thursday!), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Blockbuster On Demand Launches on Roku Rovi Expands its Rovi Advertising Service to Support Integration of Advanced Display and Video Advertising in Mobile-Phone, Tablet and Connected-TV Apps; Participants in New In-App Advertising Trial Program Include Boxfish, mPortal,...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Dish, Blockbuster, Gannett, Easel TV, Ooyala, PayWizard, Loft London, eOne, Aurasma, FCC, FilmOn.TV, Fujitsu, Google TV, Washington Post, Harris, CableLabs

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City) , we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format: Dish Network's Charlie Ergen Abandons Plans to Transform Blockbuster into a Netflix Instant-Streaming Competitor Dish Network Claims Gannett Broadcasting Has Threatened to Withdraw Programming from its Platform unless it Removes its Hopper DVR's "AutoHop" Ad-Skipping Feature Easel TV Launches...

DISH Network CES News Round-Up

--Launches Whole-Home HD DVR Solution with 2,000-Hour Storage Capacity
--Adds VOD Streaming Support to DISH Remote Access App for iPad
--Partners with Thuuz on Google TV App that Offers Sports Fans Alerts Based on "Excitement"
--Signs Multiplatform Distribution Deal with Univision
--Gives Prospective Subscribers "TV Everywhere" Access to a Selection of its Programming
--Expands On-Demand Access to HBO Programming
--Adds 3,000 On-Demand Children's Titles to its Blockbuster @Home Entertainment Package
DISH Network generated a fair amount of news over the past couple of weeks at CES and beyond. Here is a round-up of recent major announcements from the company: Most significantly, the company has unveiled a whole-home HD DVR system consisting of two devices--the Hopper and the Joey--and providing the ability to store up to 2,000 hours of programming (thus giving it the ability to function as a catch-up service for primetime programming--see below). "The...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): DISH Network, Blockbuster, Facebook, HealthiNation, Roku

--DISH Network, Blockbuster Launch DVD's-by-Mail/Instant-Streaming Service for DISH Subscribers
--Blockbuster to Launch Facebook App for Renting and Viewing Videos
--HealthiNation Enters Connected-TV Space via Launch on Roku
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. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of 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. DISH...

DirecTV: No Plans to Launch Epix

It looks like Dish Network will remain the exclusive U.S. satellite distributor for Epix , as rival DirecTV says it won’t launch the premium channel and Website owned by Viacom. DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said that the company has no plans to launch Epix. The network also has distribution deals with Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon’s FiOS TV. Epix has relied on a multiplatform distribution strategy, allowing subscribers to access movies...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Vizio, Vudu, Yahoo!

--Hulu Plus, Blockbuster On Demand Launch on Vizio's Connected-TV Platform
--Vudu to Offer 3D Movies on Connected-TV Devices
--Yahoo! Reveals Plans to Offer "Broadcast Interactivity" on its Connected-TV Platform
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by 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...

Blockbuster On Demand Available on New Philips Blu-ray Players

Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster , said Tuesday that the latest Philips Blu-ray players, the 5320 and 7320 (note: the devices are built by Funai Electric-subsidiary, P&F, which is the exclusive licensee for Philips consumer television sets and home theater systems in North America), feature its transactional VOD service, Blockbuster On Demand. "Blockbuster On Demand gives customers instant access to the very latest new releases on the same day as DVD and Blu-ray," Bruce Anderson,...

News Round-Up (II)

--Report: Blockbuster to Release "Blockbuster Everywhere" API
--Boxee Updates its Platform, Adds More Content Apps
--Bravo Organizes Social TV Event around "Real Housewives" Premiere
--Cablevision Begins Deploying RS-DVR
--Cisco Powering 3D VOD for French Cable Operator, Numericable
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. Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster , is set to release an API called "Blockbuster Everywhere," that is designed to deliver films, reviews and real-time inventory to set-top boxes,...

ActiveVideo Networks in Deal to Provide Blockbuster with Cloud-Based User Interface for VOD and EST

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , announced an agreement with Blockbuster , Wednesday, that it says is designed to enhance the consumer VOD and electronic sell-through (EST) experience of the latter's Blockbuster On Demand service across multiple connected platforms. According to ActiveVideo, the deal will see Blockbuster using the company's technology to power a Web-based user interface for its service in the network cloud, that will allow viewers to search, discover and view titles...

Discovery Channel App Launched for iPhone/iPod touch

--Blockbuster in Mobile Handset Integration Deal with Motorola
Discovery Communications announced Tuesday the launch of a free Discovery Channel iPhone/iPod touch application in the Apple App Store (note: it is located in the App Store's "Entertainment" category). According to the company, the app--which was designed and built by Rhythm NewMedia--offers an extensive collection of video clips from its flagship channel's shows, including "Mythbusters," "Man vs. Wild," "Dirty Jobs," "Time Warp," "Deadliest Catch," "Cash Cab" and "Shark Week." "Consumers are increasingly looking to enjoy...