HBO Programming Now Available on Sony PlayStation3 and PlayStation Portable

Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) said Tuesday that programming from premium cable network, HBO , is now available for purchase (for between $0.99 and $2.99 per episode) in the US on its PlayStation3 (PS3) and PlayStation Portable (PSP) consoles via its PlayStation Network video delivery service. The Sony consoles are the first such devices to offer HBO's programming.

The HBO programming, which will be available to PS3 and PSP owners at the...

News Round-Up

--Cooliris Updates Cooliris Express and its Embeddable Cooliris Wall
--FCC Moves Closer to Network-Agnostic Gateways
--UK Broadcaster ITN Launches Fashion-Themed iPhone App
--Simulmedia Raises $8 Million in Series B Funding
--Sony to Offer MLB.TV on PlayStation3
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Visual navigation specialist, Cooliris , has announced various updates for its Cooliris Express tool and the embeddable Cooliris Wall. The FCC on Wednesday voted in favor of items that could move the pay-TV industry towards a new breed of network-agnostic gateway adapters in the long term, while addressing some of the problems with CableCARD in...

News Round-Up

--BT Vision Plans to Undercut Sky's Pricing of Premium Sports Programming
--CBS to Air Interactive Show Featuring Super Bowl Commercials
--DVPRemote v. 1.4 Released
--Google Seeks Patent for System that Would Enable Advertisers to Create Own Interactive Overlay Ads
--ITU Releases Three-Stage Roadmap for 3D TV, Sky Taps 3ality for its New 3D TV Service
--Kaltura Launches Video Extensions for Joomla
--Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Offer ESPN on Xbox
--NBC Unveils Broadband Video Plans for Winter Olympics to Showcase Enhancements to its Interactive TV Product Line at BVE 2010
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new, post-TVOT EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: In an interview with the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, BT Retail CEO, Gavin Patterson, states that BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision , will offer premium sports...

BBC iPlayer Sees Record Usage in December: 1 in 8 TV Requests Now Come through Games Consoles

--BBC Trust Launches Public Consultation on iPlayer
The BBC announced last week that its online catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer , has achieved a new monthly record, having for the first time generated over 100 million requests. The service is now available on over 20 devices, and the BBC says that the last two weeks of December saw a huge increase in the number of people accessing it through a games console: according to the corporation, one in eight of all iPlayer...

News Round-Up

--Babelgum Closes Two Offices
--Microsoft's MSN in Broadband Video Partnership with Pact
--Sony Launches PlayStation Network Video Delivery Service in Europe
--YouTube UK Launches "Shows" Page, Featuring Full Episodes from Multiple Programmers
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video content company, Babelgum , is closing its Dublin headquarters and its Nice office, and consolidating those offices' operations in its London, Milan and New York City offices, according to a report in Paid Content. "This decision allows Babelgum to streamline its approach, improve its cost-effectiveness and ensure its continued growth in future years," the company...

Netflix in Deal with Sony to Offer Instant Streaming on the PlayStation 3

As [itvt] was going to press Sunday night, video rental company, Netflix , and Sony Computer Entertainment America announced a deal to make Netflix movies and TV episodes available via instant streaming on the PlayStation 3 game console (note: Netflix instant streaming has been available on the rival Microsoft Xbox platform since last year--though users must first subscribe to that platform's $50-a-year Xbox Live Gold service). Netflix says that it expects to begin streaming via...