Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): HSN, Intel, Intrasonics, Ball State University

--HSN Enables Second-Screen tCommerce via QR Codes
--Intel to Close its Digital Home Group
--ACR-Based Interactive TV Company, Intrasonics, Launches SDK
--Ball State University Center for Media and Design in ACR Partnership with Intrasonics
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. Multiplatform retailer, HSN (which has a history of pioneering interactive TV/tcommerce in the US), debuted Quick Response (QR) codes as a tcommerce mechanism on its HSN HD channel during its recent Innovation Weekend (October 7th-10th). "Reaffirming its position as a leader in transactional innovation, HSN will be the first ever retailer...

Google TV Reaches Out to Academia via New "Google TV for EDU" Program

Earlier this week, Google launched "Google TV for EDU," which it bills as a seeding program to support university research. "Google TV for EDU asks campuses around the country: how can educators enhance the Web on TV for the classroom?," Google TV product manager, Miriam Schneider, explained on the Google TV blog. "Specifically, we're asking faculty how their research could: 1) Generate new interest in television engineering; 2) Make computer science tangible for students; 3)...

News Round-Up (I): Ball State University, Bell TV, Brightcove

--Ball State University Installs Closed-Loop Interactive TV Testing Lab
--Bell TV Launches VOD Service for Satellite-TV Subscribers
--New Brightcove Release Offers More Analytics Tools, Audio Quality Detection
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. OEDN (note: the name is an acronym for "OCAP/EBIF Developer Network"), an organization which is attempting to drive application development efforts using the US cable industry's OCAP/tru2way and EBIF middleware standards and whose backers include Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter and Bright House,...

News Round-Up (V): RTE (MHEG), Music Choice, NDS

--MHEG Selected as Interactive Middleware for Ireland's National DTT Service
--Music Choice Launches "Back 2 School" Programming Promotion for its Interactive Channel, SWRV
--NDS Says New Hire Heralds Increased Focus on Advanced Advertising Solutions for Asia Pacific
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us 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 yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

Students at NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program Produce Live Interactive TV Show

--Show Developed as Final Project for Class on "Live Experimental Interactive Television"
Shawn Van Every, a lecturer at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know about " UnItv ," a live interactive TV show that has been produced by his students as the final project for his class on " Live Experimental Interactive Television ."

"'UnItv' is an exciting new venture in live television," Van Every told us by email. "Performed as a local news broadcast, the...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names Paul Goetz SVP of Sales for North America
--"Doctor Who" Breaks iPlayer Record
--Sigma Designs Announces Major Corporate Reorganization
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Party Down" on Free VOD, Online
--USC Annenberg to Launch Social Online Video Editing Platform
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has named Paul Goetz SVP of sales for North America. "Paul Goetz brings more than 20 years of technology sales experience, most recently serving as senior vice president of US sales and consulting at SAVVIS Corporation, where he led engagements with major consumer brands, media organizations and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers," Brightcove says in its...

News Round-Up

--Bollywood Hits On Demand Launches on Time Warner Cable's NYC Networks
--UCLA Taps Clicker to Develop Broadband Video Portal for its Students
--Move Networks' New Strategic Focus Results in Layoffs
--OMVC, Harris Interactive, Rentrak to Study Consumer Mobile TV Viewership Patterns
--Sneak Peek of a New Verizon FiOS TV User Interface?
--Verizon to Offer Dedicated Interactive TV App for Winter Olympics
--Report: Sundance Rentals on YouTube Generate Only $10,709 in Revenue
--Univision Channel Launches on YouTube
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of recent news in various categories: Eros International and International Media Distribution have launched Bollywood Hits On Demand, a subscription VOD service targeted at South...

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 Using Interactive Videos to Teach Developmentally Disabled People How to Make Good Choices

In a posting on the BBC Internet blog, Monday, BBC Future Media & Technology 's head of user experience and accessibility, Jonathan Hassell, announced the launch of Us5 , a series of interactive online videos that have been created "by, for and with" people with learning difficulties/developmental disabilities, in order to "help them think through one of the biggest issues affecting them at the moment--the opening up of more choices to them resulting from the...

AFI Digital Content Lab to Hold its DigiFest November 4th and 5th

--Event Showcases Projects Incubated by the Lab and Significant Digital Productions from Past Year
The American Film Institute Digital Content Lab , an organization which for more than a decade has played a key role in fostering the development of interactive and multiplatform TV--and interactive media in general--in the US, will hold its annual interactive media showcase, the AFI DigiFest (formerly known as the AFI Digital Content Festival), at the Mann Chinese Theater (auditorium #1) in Hollywood, November 4th and 5th. The first day of the AFI DigiFest will...