Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): Oscars, Disney/ABC, A&E, Alphabird, Volt Media, Amazon, CBS, Showtime Networks, Apple, Loewe, Channel 4, "Hollyoaks," Channel 5, Windows 8, Cisco, NDS

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: The Academy and Disney/ABC Television Group's Digital Media Team Unveil Talent Line-Up for the Oscars Second-Screen Experience, "Backstage Pass" A&E Extends its iOS Streaming App to iPhone US Audience-Development Specialist, Alphabird, Acquires Sydney-Based Video Ad Network Operator, Volt Media Amazon in Expanded Deal with...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Dish, Thuuz, DramaFever, Google TV, Espial, Mitsubishi, Fox, Twitter, GetGlue, Harmonic, CCAP, Sony, Alticast, Icareus, HbbTV, iMediaShare, Netflix, A&E, History

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive ( December 10th in New York City--early-bird pricing ends this Sunday! ), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format: Dish Network Launches "Game Finder" Interactive TV App for its Hopper DVR; App Powered by Thuuz DramaFever App Brings Korean Television Shows to Google TV Espial TV Browser Powering Mitsubishi Set-Top Boxes for Japanese...

TV Guide Shops Rich Media Ads for iPhone, iPad and Android Apps

- A&E Touts Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' on all TV Guide Digital Properties
TV Guide is beginning to pitch media buyers cross-platform ads that can run on TVGuide.com, in addition to rich media ads that it will distribute through apps it has built for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and mobile phones running Google 's Android platform. Looking to drive viewers to the premiere last weekend of its Bag of Bones miniseries, A&E was the first sponsor to buy what TV Guide described as a "cross-platform morph overlay execution."...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ActiveVideo, CIMM, A&E, Scripps, Rogers, Concurrent

--ActiveVideo to Showcase CloudTV Platform's HTML5 Support at IBC 2011
--A&E, Scripps Join CIMM
--Rogers Deploying Concurrent's Media Data and Advertising Solutions (MDAS)
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and 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. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): GoldRun, A&E, HBO, IAB, ANA, 4A's

--GoldRun's Augmented Reality Platform Powers "Catch A Con" Promotion for New A&E Series --HBO Significantly Expands Programming Line-Up of its HBO Go "TV Everywhere" Service --IAB, ANA, 4A's Team on Cross-Platform Digital Media Measurement Initiative
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue,...

New Interviews with AETN's Mark Garner and Jinni's Mike Pohl

--New iTV Doctor Column Featuring Motorola's Jim Owens, Cisco's Ben Hollin, TiVo's Tara Maitra
--Plus Michael Collette on Google TV
[itvt] has just published interviews with Mark Garner , SVP of distribution, marketing and business development at A&E Television Networks (AETN) , and with Mike Pohl , CEO of "mood-based" search-and-recommendation company, Jinni .

Garner discusses AETN's interactive TV plans for its various networks (including A&E, History and Lifetime), its tcommerce partnership with Delivery Agent, his views on OTT platforms, ranging from Google TV to the Apple iPad, and much more...

News Round-Up

--AETN International Secures Multiple Licensing Deals for Short-Form Content
--Boxee Seeking a Lead iPad and iPhone App Developer
--Dilithium Announces Support for Live and On-Demand Video Streaming to iPad
--Witness List Revealed for House Communications Subcommittee Hearing on STB's
--Location-Based iPhone App Accepted as an Official Entry at Boston International Film Festival
--metaio Says Over 200 Developers Have Now Registered for its junaio AR Platform
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: AETN International has announced that it has secured multiple licensing deals for its short-form content. The deals will see the content available on-demand through a range of broadband and mobile platforms. Over-the-top TV specialist, Boxee , tweeted Wednesday that it is looking to hire a lead iPad and iPhone app developer . "We consider 'other...

A&E Television Networks to Use Microsoft's Admira TV Ad Marketplace for Three of its Channels

--Microsoft Acquired Admira via Purchase of Interactive TV Company, Navic, in 2008
Microsoft announced last week that it has signed a deal with A&E Television Networks (AETN) that will see the latter using Microsoft's Admira television ad marketplace to help optimize sales of select inventory on its Bio and History International channels (available in 47 million US households) and its History en Espanol channel (available in 29 million US households), starting this month. Microsoft acquired the Admira platform via its purchase of interactive TV and addressable advertising...

A&E Uses Augmented Reality Game to Promote New Season of "Criss Angel: Mindfreak"

US cable channel, A&E , has tapped New York-based creative communications agency, Circ.us , to develop an augmented reality game in order to drive interest in the new season of its magic-themed show, "Criss Angel: Mindfreak" (premieres August 12th). Dubbed "The Five Lives of Criss Angel Augmented Reality Experience" and located on A&E's Web site ( http://www.aetv.com/5-lives-of-criss-angel/5-lives-augmented-reality/ ), the game challenges viewers to navigate a "game piece" that always levitates upwards, through a series of 3D mazes.

TVN in VOD Services Deal with A&E Television Networks

--Company Trumpets Success of its "Watch to Win" VOD Promotion VOD distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment, has signed a comprehensive VOD services deal with A&E Television Networks (AETN). According to the companies, the deal calls for TVN to support all of AETN's VOD initiatives, including distribution of SD and HD content; and gives AETN access to TVN's various VOD tools, including TVNow, its fast-turnaround service for time-sensitive programming, ADONISS, its asset-management system, and iPRI, a...