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Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): EchoStar, Comcast Spotlight, Ensequence, Epix

--EchoStar Launches Three STB's to Facilitate Operators' Roll-Out of its "Aria" TV Applications
--Comcast Spotlight Licenses Ensequence iTV Manager for Local Interactive TV Advertising Roll-Out
--Ensequence Names Paul Jelinek SVP of Global Business Operations
--Epix-Commissioned Survey Finds Younger Consumers Embracing Multi-Device Movie Watching
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: EchoStar Technologies has launched three new HD set-top boxes which it says are designed to enable mid-sized and independent cable operators to easily launch its cloud-based TV applications. "EchoStar's powerful HC-620DRS, HC-410D and HX-410 set-top boxes come loaded with IP-based content management features and are optimized to support EchoStar's new Aria...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Epix Builds Apps for Google TV, Roku, Mobile Devices -- Image Entertainment Tracks VOD Usage with Rentrak Data -- Ruwido Unveils New Remote Control Platform -- Canoe Recruits Former Turner, Leap Media Executive
New premium movie channel Epix said it is developing apps for Android mobile phones and connected devices, including Roku 's over-the-top set-top and Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. Google TV is the only connected device that currently offers Epix. The Viacom -owned network said it will be available on additional devices later in the second quarter. The apps allow Epix subscribers to watch access more than 3,000 movies. More VOD measurement firm Rentrak Corp. is...

DirecTV: No Plans to Launch Epix

It looks like Dish Network will remain the exclusive U.S. satellite distributor for Epix , as rival DirecTV says it won’t launch the premium channel and Website owned by Viacom. DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said that the company has no plans to launch Epix. The network also has distribution deals with Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon’s FiOS TV. Epix has relied on a multiplatform distribution strategy, allowing subscribers to access movies...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Launch Subscription-Based Broadband VOD Service
--Report: New Apple TV Device to Feature Netflix Access
--BeeSmart Announces New Release of its Interactive TV Middleware
--Boxee Invites Users to Choose Tagline for its Boxee Box
--Epix Live Lets Viewers Interact with On-Screen Talent
--Netgem Upgrades Telekom Slovenia's Legacy IPTV Infrastructure
--SingTel Launches TV App Store, Video Search Engine
--Softel Launches MultiText for Streamlined Multilanguage Subtitle and Caption Processing
--Yoostar Now Available for Mac
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Amazon is attempting to create a subscription-based broadband VOD service, and has proposed the idea to various media companies, including NBC Universal, Time Warner and Viacom, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal." The service would be available through the Web or through devices (such as the Roku platform) that already provide access...

News Round-Up (III): DISH Network, Sling Media, Epix, Netflix, ESPN

--DISH to Let Subscribers Access TV on iPad, iPhone, BlackBerry and Android
--Report: Epix Negotiating Five-Year, $1 Billion Exclusive Streaming Deal with Netflix
--ESPN Secures VOD Rights to Archived English Premier League Soccer Matches
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...

News Round-Up (V): Digital TV Labs, Envivio, Epix, Charter

--Digital TV Labs to Launch CI+ Test Tool at IBC
--Envivio Secures $15 Million in New Funding, "Strengthens" Management Team
--Epix's Online Video Service Now Available to Charter Customers
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while 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 Round-Up (IV): Dreampark, Epix, FASCINATE, Gotuit

--Dreampark Announces its Booth Plans for IBC 2010
--Epix Hires Ex-Showtime Exec, Signs First-Look Deal with Albie Hecht's Worldwide Biggies
--Pan-European Interactive TV Project, FASCINATE, Receives EUR 9.35 Million of EU Funding
--Gotuit Powering Broadband Video Portal for Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance"
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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. Swedish middleware provider, Dreampark , has announced the line-up of technologies and products that it will be showcasing in its booth (Hall 4, Stand A75) at...

Epix Taps ChoiceStream for EpixHD.com Movie Recommendations

Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, said last week that it has tapped ChoiceStream to provide movie recommendations to users of its EpixHD.com service (note: the latter is available to authenticated customers of Cox, Mediacom, Charter and Verizon FiOS TV).

EpixHD.com currently offers around 3,000 movie titles. According to Epix and ChoiceStream, the...

News Round-Up (II): Comcast Spotlight, DirecTV-Wimbledon, Epix-Cox-Mediacom-Charter

--Comcast Spotlight Exec Says Interactive Remind/Record Spots Proving Successful
--DirecTV Provides Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon
--Epix's Authentication-Based HD Web Site Launches for Cox, Mediacom and Charter Customers
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 apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Comcast and Turner Broadcasting executives revealed a couple of interesting nuggets of interactive TV news at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference in Atlanta last week. Kathleen DeBenedictis, director of product management...

ClipSync Powers Online Social TV Event for Epix

Epix , a subscription-based multiplatform (linear, VOD, online) premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate, on Wednesday announced plans to hold an online social TV event around a film of the Black Eyed Peas ' sold-out concert tour, "The END World Tour 2010," on its EpixHD.com Web site. The event is scheduled to begin at 10:00PM on Saturday May 15th (note: in addition to streaming...

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