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Frontier Launches TumTiki Video Portal

-- Users Can Access Free and Paid Content from Amazon and Hulu

Frontier Communications launched a video portal Monday that allows subscribers to access content from Hulu and Amazon.com . The strategy from the rural U.S. telco appear similar to one from Charter Communications , which recently announced plans to allow its high-speed Internet subscribers to search for content from Amazon, Hulu and Netflix through its Charter.net portal. Frontier is run by CEO Maggie Wilderotter , the founder of interactive TV pioneer Wink Communications ...

Canoe, ANA Release Interactive Advertising Research Results

-- 18 percent of TV Enthusiasts ages 18 to 49 said "Yes" to Interactive Offers
About 18 percent of adults 18 to 49 in a research panel said "yes" when prompted to use their remote controls to respond to interactive ads, according to Canoe Ventures and the Association of National Advertisers . Looking to drive interest in interactive ads such as RFI spots, Canoe and ANA released initial findings from their CEE MEE initiative, which is focused on studying how the "Connection, Emotion and Experience of advanced television solutions, including...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Audible Magic, Charter Communications, HBO

--Audible Magic Launches SmartSync Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) Solution
--Audible Magic Awarded US Patent for its ACR Technology
--Charter Launches HBO's "TV Everywhere" Services
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: Digital audio and video fingerprinting specialist, Audible Magic , has launched an Automatic Content Recognition (ACR) solution, called the SmartSync System, for synchronizing events on smartphones, tablets and other "smart" devices with content being delivered on TV sets and other media-playing devices. The solution can be used to facilitate social TV,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, Charter Communications, Irdeto, Samsung

--Rovi in TotalGuide EPG Deal with Charter Communications
--Irdeto Acquires Rovi's BD+ Technology for Blu-ray
--Samsung's Connected-TV 3D VOD Service Surpasses 1 Million Views
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 Thursday that it has signed an agreement with Charter Communications , enabling the latter to distribute the Rovi TotalGuide solution on its set-top boxes, as well as on mobile and tablet devices and the Web. The multi-year deal also includes a license for the Rovi Remote Record Scheduling Application...

Hollywood Studios Renew Cable VOD Marketing Push

-- $10 Million Campaign Touts Movies On Demand, Day-and-Date Releases
Ten Hollywood studios renewed a marketing campaign organized by major cable operators looking to tout their video-on-demand platform as best way for viewers watch new movies. The studios and cable MSOs are spending $10 million in cash and cable ad inventory on the campaign, which has the tag line "Push It," from the song by rap group Salt-N-Pepa. Last year, the cable MSOs and studios spent $30 million on a similar campaign called, "The Video...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): TiVo, Charter Communications, Microsoft, Vudu


--TiVo Secures Deal to Provide Charter with Hybrid-TV Platform
--Microsoft Files Complaint with ITC Seeking to Block TiVo DVR Imports
--Vudu OTT Service Launches New Version of its User Interface


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. 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.

Charter Launches PBS Kids Sprout on its VOD Platform

Charter Communications announced last week that it has launched PBS Kids Sprout --a multiplatform programming service which is a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop and which targets children aged 2-5--on its VOD platform. The MSO also says it plans to make the service's 24-hour linear channel available on a market-by-market basis by the end of the year.

PBS Kids Sprout claims to offer 65 hours of VOD...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (II)

--CTAM, CableLabs, Canoe Ventures, Cablevision, ActiveVideo Networks, CBS, Charter Communications, Concurrent, FourthWall Media, Cisco, Clicker Media, Comcast, Cox, C-Span
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the second of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: The Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) has announced that it is partnering...

Concurrent Reports Lower Revenues and Profits, but Beats Wall Street Expectations

--Says It Has Secured Multiplatform Advanced Advertising/Measurement Deal with Charter
VOD and advanced advertising technology provider, Concurrent , on Tuesday released financial results for its fiscal second quarter (2010), ended December 31st: Revenues totaled $15 million, compared to $18.1 million for the year-ago quarter. However, the result beat Wall Street expectations: the First Call consensus had been that the company would report revenues of $12.5 million. Gross margins were 62%, compared to 59% for the year-ago quarter. Operating expenses totaled $9.1 million, compared to $9.7...

Charter Launches VOD Reminder Service, Claims Record Usage of its VOD Platform

--Hannover House in Multiple VOD Deals, Verizon FiOS TV Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies
--BBC iPlayer Continues to Perform Strongly
Cable MSO, Charter Communications , has launched an " on-demand reminder service " that sends customers text or email reminders, alerting them to new movie releases, events and premieres available on its VOD platform. Customers can register to receive the reminders, which are based on both title and category searches, at http://www.charter.net/reminders .

Charter also claims that its VOD service--which launched nine years a go and which it claims offers around 6,000...

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