Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Comcast, Comedy Central, Xbox, Commercial Break, Cord-Cutting, Roger Corman, Cox,, Icareus, Screen, HbbTV, Digitalsmiths, zeebox, Thuuz

As most of our readers are probably aware, [itvt]'s news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch...

New Edition of Michael Collette's INdustry Column Focuses on the "Cord-Cutting" Phenomenon

--Argues that Cable May Have Less to Fear from Silicon Valley OTT Upstarts than Many Believe
[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of INdustry , our new column by interactive TV industry veteran, Michael Collette , managing director of MediaTech Strategies . This edition of the column--entitled " VOD II: The Empire Strikes Back "--sees Collette arguing that a number of emerging developments in the VOD space may mean that the cable industry has less to fear from Netflix and other OTT upstarts than many might suspect.

News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo, Concurrent, Harmonic Announce SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Plans
--Babelgum Launches Channel for Culture-Jamming Duo, The Yes Men Relaunched with More Video, iReport Integration
--Comcast COO Burke: TV Industry Must "Get in Front of" Internet or Face Cord-Cutting
--Video-Sharing Company, Dailymotion, Secures $25 Million in New Funding
--News Corp.'s Chase Carey Confirms that Hulu Will Launch Premium Service
--Sky+ HD DVR Now in 1.6 Million Households
--Thomson in Deal to Provide Interactive HD Set-Tops to Israel's HOT
--Windows 7 Offers Extensive Internet TV Features
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: ActiveVideo Networks , Concurrent and Harmonic have announced their plans for this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. Broadband video content company, Babelgum , has launched a new channel devoted to The Yes Men --described by the company as "culture jamming activists who practice what they call 'identity correction,' revealing the true, planet- and people-raving intents of business and...