Ex-Comcast SVP of User Experience and Product Design, Gerard Kunkel, Joins Microsoft

--Will Serve as Media Strategy Advisor to Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business
Former Comcast SVP of user experience and product design, Gerard Kunkel , who left the MSO earlier this year (see the article published on, January 28th), has joined Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment Business (IEB) as media strategy advisor. Microsoft IEB is "the unit that is focused on TV experiences using Microsoft's hugely successful Xbox, Kinect, Xbox LIVE, Mediaroom and related cross-platform solutions," Kunkel explained in an email to [itvt]. "IEB is led by Don Mattrick...

"Designing for Television's Multiplatform Future" at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011

[itvt] is pleased to present a video of "Designing for Television's Multiplatform Future," a panel session at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 (took place May 17th-18th in San Francisco). The panelists for the session were: Brian David Johnson , Futurist, Intel (Moderator) Gavin Kelly , Principal, Artefact Rebecca Rusk Lim , then-Senior Director of Advanced Entertainment, Starz Entertainment Gregory Lindley , Chief Experience Officer, Peel Dewey Reid , Chief Creative Officer, Margret Schmidt...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, DISH Network, GetGlue

--Technical Lead for BBC News on Connected TV Outlines Best Practices for TV Software Design
--DISH Launches Independence Day Promotion for its DISH Cinema VOD Service
--GetGlue Launches Mobile Web Site, Sees 100% Check-In Growth since March
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: In a posting on a BBC blog, Robert Hardy, the technical lead for the recently unveiled BBC News app for connected TV's (see the article published on, June 20th), has outlined his team's six TV software design best practices: "1) Our internal data sources need to be platform-neutral--meaning we can...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): mgMedia, Fastweb, Miniweb (woomi), devilfish, Motorola

--mgMedia Powers OTT VOD Service for Fastweb
--Miniweb Taps devilfish to Help Position its woomi Connected-TV Platform as an Entertainment Brand
--Motorola Launches IP Set-Top with "Click-In" DVR Module
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: mgMedia has announced that it has been tapped by Italian telco, Fastweb , to create a multidevice OTT delivery system for the latter's broadband VOD service, Chili TV. The system is based on mgMedia's Open4Content platform. "Chili is available on Italian LG and Samsung devices (Smart TV's, BDP and Smart Upgraders),"...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Motorola, NDS, Nagra, This Technology

--Motorola Televation Device Enables In-Home Streaming of Live TV to Connected Devices
--NDS Announces Exhibit Plans for Cable Show
--Nagra, This Technology to Demo Multiscreen Advertising Solution at Cable Show
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Motorola Mobility has unveiled Motorola Televation, a broadband device that works with a WiFi router to allow consumers to watch live TV on connected devices in their home. "Televation employs a 1GHz digital tuner and CableCard to access broadcast TV channels directly from a coax outlet," the company explains in its...

Google TV Launches Templates, UI Library to Facilitate Development of TV-Optimized Web Sites

SnapTV to Launch Browser-Based UI for Fast Deployment of Interactive IPTV Services

SnapTV --an Oslo-based company that bills itself as providing customized, turnkey IPTV, VOD, PVR and OTT systems for small and medium-sized ISP's, residential and commercial buildings and the hospitality and healthcare spaces--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it plans to launch a turnkey, browser-based user interface at IBC which it claims will bring IPTV services to market in record time.

Dubbed, the new interface application is billed by the...

New Edition of "Jet Set" Features Dale Herigstad on TV Design

--"Jet Set" Is Authored by Brian David Johnson, Consumer Experience Architect at Intel
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of our new regular column, " Jet Set ," which is authored by Brian David Johnson , consumer experience architect at Intel Corp . "Jet Set" (the first two editions of which can be seen here and here) explores the future of TV through the prism of the places, people and conversations that Johnson experiences as he goes on a global tour for his new book, Screen Future...

News Round-Up (III)

--Cox Unveils Cisco/tru2way-Powered "Plus Package," Featuring Frog-Designed/NDS-Built "Trio" Guide
--DISH Network, Univision Partner on National RFI Interactive TV Advertising Product
--DVB Completes First Live Transmission Using New DVB-C2 Standard
--Ensequence Partners with Softel, S&T, VDS to Offer Single-Source Interactive TV Platform
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Cox Communications has announced a new "TV experience," called the Plus Package, that is based on tru2way-powered Cisco 8642 HD/DVR and 1642 HD receivers. While the new offering features, among other things, whole-home DVR functionality and an expanded line-up of HD channels, what Cox calls its "crown...

Ensequence Cuts More Jobs, in Effort to Focus on Core Interactive TV Business

Portland, Oregon-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, Ensequence , has conducted another round of layoffs in an effort to refocus its efforts on its core business, hometown newspaper The Oregonian reported last week. The company--which in September announced that it had secured an additional $20 million in funding, and that it had appointed New York-based Peter Low, who was formerly president and COO, as president and CEO, replacing founder Dalen Harrison ( see the article...