Vevo Launches Music Video Chats in 'Vevo Rooms'

- Users Can Chat in Rooms Dedicated to Katy Perry, Lil Wayne, Snoop Dog
Music video site Vevo is building several "Vevo Rooms" focused on allowing users to chat about videos from various musicians, including rooms dediated to Katy Perry , Lil Wayne and Snoop Dog . The company teamed up with Chill to build its Vevo Rooms project, which could help it increase the amount of time users spend on the site. Vevo viewers must login through Facebook in order to access the Vevo Rooms. Vevo is looking...

6rounds Rebrands as Rounds, Extends its Video Chat Platform to Facebook

--Platform Lets Users Video-Chat while Watching YouTube Videos, Playing Real-Time Games, and More
6rounds --a Tel Aviv-based company which offers a real-time interactive video chat platform that allows users to video-chat while watching video, playing games and otherwise using online media in real time (note: the company, which was founded in 2008, has so far raised $2 million in venture capital from Rhodium and Startup Factory)--said Tuesday that it has rebranded itself as Rounds and that it has launched a version of its platform, called Video Chat Rounds,...

Two Way Limited, Foxtel Launch Interactive TV Chat Application for "Australia's Next Top Model"

--"Chat On" App Will Be Made Available to Other Programs and Channels on Foxtel's Pay-TV Platform
Australian interactive TV company, Two Way Limited , has partnered with Australian pay-TV operator, Foxtel , to develop an interactive TV application, called "Chat On," that is accompanying the latest season of the reality show, "Australia's Next Top Model," on Foxtel's OpenTV-powered platform.

According to the companies, the app--which went live July 27th--allows viewers to share their comments with other viewers and watch them live on the TV screen during the show's...

IKEA Is First Company to Sponsor Oxygen's Two-Screen Social/Interactive TV Service, OxygenLive

--Service Now Supports Mobile Chat
--Liam Neeson in Exclusive Interview on Bravo's Interactive TV Show, "Watch What Happens Live"
Oxygen Media , the company behind Oxygen, a US cable channel that targets a female demographic, said Monday that it has secured a fully integrated on-air and online sponsorship deal with IKEA for the fifth season of the reality series, " Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood ." Among other things, the deal (which also includes on-air billboards, tagged tune-ins and in-episode integrations) will see the home furnishing chain becoming the first sponsor for OxygenLive,...

Vpype Begins Public Beta of Social/Interactive Live Video Broadcasting App for Facebook

Vpype , which describes itself as a "social video company," announced last week that it has begun a public beta of its Vpype Live Broadcaster Facebook application ( ), which it says will enable all 350 million Facebook users to create and share live, interactive video. According to the company, the app is easy to use and, among other things, allows end-users to create scheduled or unscheduled interactive live shows, send video notes, store...

Broadband Video/Live-Streaming News Round-Up

--Babelgum in Deal to Offer Cinelan's Library of Three-Minute Non-Fiction Films
--Bambuser's Live Streaming iPhone App Receives App Store Approval
--Conviva Names Former NBCU CTO, Darren Feher, President and CEO
--Episodic Powers Showtime Sports' "Strikeforce: All Access" Launches Unified Chat Option, Plans to Launch Pay-Per-View Service
--Livestream to Provide Live-Streaming Coverage of Times Square New Year Celebrations
--Netflix Web Site Updated to Push "Watch Instantly" Option
--Next New Networks Announces "Next New Creators" Program
--NHL Teams with NeuLion to Launch "NHL VideoCenter" Player
--VidZapper Integrated with Amazon CloudFront
--Chinese Broadband Video
A number of items of broadband-video and live-streaming news have come across [itvt]'s desk over the past few days. Here is a brief round-up: Broadband/mobile video content platform provider, Babelgum , has announced a partnership with Cinelan , a company which specializes in publishing three-minute non-fiction films--often from prominent filmmakers--and which was co-founded by filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"). Babelgum says it will make Cinelan's complete library of films available on a Cinelan-branded channel...

Ustream to Offer Live, Interactive Coverage of "Avatar" Premiere, Golden Globe Nominations

--Broadband Video Round-Up: Qik, Brightcove, Xfinity, SeeSaw, Seven
Live Internet broadcast service provider, Ustream (note: the company recently announced the availability of a Ustream Live Broadcaster iPhone app in the iTunes App Store--see the article published on, December 10th), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it will be powering live, interactive feeds of today's (Tuesday) Golden Globes nominations and tomorrow's (Wednesday) premiere of the new James Cameron movie, "Avatar ."

According to the company, its live interactive...

Kyte Launches LivePro Add-On, Enabling HD Live Streaming

Broadband and mobile video platform provider, Kyte , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched a new solution, called Kyte LivePro, which it says brings high-definition (1080p), professional-grade live streaming functionality to its platform. According to the company, Kyte LivePro, which is designed to be used in conjunction with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, is an add-on component for the Kyte platform that enables publishers to deliver HD live streaming video...

New Site Brings Social TV to the Adult Entertainment Space

Adult content provider, Metro Content, has launched a broadband TV site, dubbed , that allows viewers to interact with one another while watching pornographic movies. "While traditional IPTV sites simply host streaming movies for user viewing," Metro Content's press materials explain, "RedHotTV enhances the user's experience by allowing communication between viewers." The site's various "channels" contain chatrooms where viewers can comment on the movie they are watching, or, if they prefer, engage with one...