Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): PBS, Roku, Disney, Fling Soft, "Travel with Kids," YouTube

--PBS to Premiere First Episode of New Ken Burns Documentary on its iPad and iPhone/iPod touch Apps
--Roku Adds Disney App Featuring Short-Form Video
--TV Series, "Travel with Kids," Launches on Roku; Official YouTube Roku Channel Set to Launch
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. PBS said Wednesday that the first episode of " Prohibition ," the new documentary miniseries from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, will premiere on PBS's free apps for the iPad and for the iPhone and iPod touch this Friday. "The entire series will air nationally on PBS Sunday-Tuesday, October 2nd, 3rd...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC's Interactive TV Coverage of Royal Wedding --LOVEFiLM Lands Disney VOD Movie Agreement
BBC is using its Red Button interactive TV platform to enhance its coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. After Friday's wedding, BBC viewers will be able to watch highlights from the event for up to one week by pressing the Red Button. BBC plans wall-to-wall TV, radio, and Web coverage of the Royal Wedding. Additional highlights from the BBC's Red Button schedule are available here . Walt Disney Co . struck...

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...

New Edition of StoryCentric Features Albert Cheng, EVP of Digital Media at Disney/ABC Television Group

[itvt] is pleased to present the LATEST EDITION of StoryCentric , our new video column from Brian Seth Hurst , CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and former second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. StoryCentric focuses on the business, technology and art of interactive storytelling, and highlights new technologies and other industry developments that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we create and interact with stories and narratives--in television and beyond.

Neovia to Process Payments for Sony/Disney-Owned Broadband VOD Service, FilmFlex

--Broadband VOD Service, Lovefilm, Launches Yahoo! App
Payment solutions provider, Neovia Financial , says that UK-based FilmFlex will use the Neovia Payment Network to process all online payments for its recently launched broadband VOD service. Neovia has also previously announced deals with UK broadband video platforms, SeeSaw and Perform.

FilmFlex, a joint venture between Sony and Disney, secured its first customer win earlier this year (see the article published on itvt.com, April 28th): a deal to provide content...

Disney to Offer Free Preview of its Disney Family Movies Subscription VOD Service

--Fox to Offer Primetime Shows on Cox's MyPrimetime VOD Platform
Disney-ABC Domestic Television said Monday that its subscription VOD (SVOD) service, Disney Family Movies, has partnered with Comcast, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Suddenlink, Verizon FiOS TV and various operators that are affiliates of VOD content distributor, Avail-TVN , to offer a free preview from Thursday, September 2nd through Monday, September 6th.

The free preview, which will be hosted by Phylicia Rashad, will offer a range of classic and contemporary Disney movies, including...

News Round-Up (III): Charter-Disney, Coincident TV-Fox, Univision-DISH

--Charter Adds Free VOD Content from a Range of Disney Networks
--Coincident TV Develops Interactive Video Player for Fox's "Glee"
--Univision World Cup Channel on DISH Network Features Interactive TV Voting
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Charter Communications has announced that it has completed the launch of free VOD programming from Disney-owned networks ABC , ABC Family , Disney Channel , Disney XD ,...

News Round-Up (IV)

--Disney/ABC Releases New Version of the ABC Player App for iPad
--Edgeware, Teleste Partner on VOD Solution
--Ensequence Tapped by Showtime to Bring EBIF-Based Interactive TV to its Sports Programming
--Ensequence-Commissioned Survey Shows Consumer Interest in Interactive TV
--ETSI Publishes New Version of MHEG ITV Middleware Standard Incorporating Interaction Channel
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Disney/ABC Television Group has announced the release of a new version of its ABC Player app for the Apple iPad , following the release of the 3G version...

Apple iPad TV and Video News Round-Up

--Brightcove, CBS, Discovery, Disney, Howcast, Jackson Fish Market, MTV, NBA, NBC, Netflix, The Weather Channel, Ustream, Yahoo!, and More
Here is a round-up of recent announcements and news related to the Apple iPad which [itvt] readers might find of interest: Apple has published a list of Web sites that offer iPad-compatible video. The sites include CNN.com, Reuters.com, Vimeo.com, TED.com, MLB.com and NHL.com, among others. Spin Media has announced that it will use Brightcove's new Brightcove Experience for HTML5 solution to deliver video to the iPad, as well as to the Apple iPhone and iPod...

Exclusive: TAG Interactive TV Games Channel Tops Major Linear Channels in Daily Viewing Averages

--TNS STB Data Show Channel Retains Viewers for Longer than Disney, CNN, Nickelodeon and Others
TAG Networks --an interactive TV games company that has developed a games-on-demand channel, called TAG, which it says integrates with existing VOD infrastructures (note: the company has a history of working closely with ActiveVideo Networks and is involved in the latter's deployments with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision)--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that new TNS data , measuring daily time spent viewing per set-top box, show that the TAG channel topped 43 linear...