Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Google, Disney, Unit9, Guide, Liberty Global, Virgin Media, FilmFlex, Livefyre, Lovefilm, Amazon, mirada, Ericsson, MONKEYmedia, NBCU, CableCARD, Netflix

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: Google Teams with Disney, Unit9 on "Find Your Way to Oz," an HTML5-Powered Immersive Interactive Experience for Chrome Google Updates Hangouts with "Bandwidth Slider" and "Audio-Only Mode" Guide Raises $1 Million, Launches Service that Transforms News Feeds and Other Text-Based Web Content into Avatar-Presented...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Comigo, Concurrent, AuthenTec, DNA, Conax, Envivio, SMIT, Dijit, EchoStar,, Ericsson, HBO, Integra Telecom, Innovative Systems, iStreamPlanet

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)--and because of the large volume of news being generated by the IBC--we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the recent developments, so if you have sent us a press release or...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): AT&T U-verse, Facebook, Comcast, Ericsson, Flipboard, Hillcrest Labs, Ooyala, Pac-12, Open IPTV Forum

--AT&T U-verse Launches "Facebook on TV" App
--Comcast Applies for Network DVR Patent
--Ericsson Finds 62% Use Social Media While Watching TV, Up 18 Percentage Points from Last Year
--Flipboard Launches Curated Video Sections
--Hillcrest Labs Launches Freespace MotionEngine Lite Gestural-Control Solution for Connected TV's
--Ooyala Powers Pac-12 Now App for iPad
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Five More Members
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) , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format: AT&T U-verse on Wednesday unveiled an interactive/social TV app, dubbed Facebook on TV, that allows customers to access the social network while watching programming. "The Facebook on TV interactive app delivers an even better way to watch TV," the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Comcast, TiVo, Trendrr, Verizon, Cisco, Ericsson, ActiveVideo

--Comcast Xfinity On Demand Launches on TiVo Premiere in SF Bay Area
--Trendrr: Three Quarters of All Social-TV Engagement in March Stemmed from Twitter
--Verizon Taps Cisco, Ericsson to Redesign its VOD System, Following Patent Case Loss to ActiveVideo
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. TiVo and Comcast announced Monday that they are offering San Francisco Bay Area TiVo Premiere DVR customers who are also Comcast customers access to Comcast's Xfinity On Demand VOD service. "Beginning today and over the next few weeks, existing TiVo Premiere and Comcast customers in the Bay Area will...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Ericsson, Technicolor, NBC, NewFronts, Ooyala

--Ericsson to Acquire Technicolor's Broadcast Services Division --NBC to Participate in NewFronts --Ooyala's Bismarck Lepe: NewFronts "a Step in the Wrong Direction"
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Ericsson said Tuesday that it has submitted a binding offer to acquire the Broadcast Services Division of Technicolor . The deal, which is expected to close around mid-year, is valued at EUR 19 million, with a potential earn-out, based on anticipated 2015 revenues for the division, of up to...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- SeaChange Supplies VOD Gear to Bulgaria's M-Tel -- Ericsson Powers China's YOU On Demand VOD Platform -- SWRV Hits Milestone of 30M Interactions -- Ruwido: Remote Controls Aren't Going Away -- Softel Launches MediaSphere Digital Transport Adapter
SeaChange International 's On Demand Group said it struck a deal with top Bulgarian telecom company M-Tel to manage its VOD services. M-Tel provides GSM mobile phone service to about 5 million subscribers, and it is expanding into fixed line Internet and entertainment service. ODG has similar agreements to manage VOD and pay-per-view services with Virgin Media in the UK, SFR in France, KBW and Unity Media i n Germany, OTE in Greece, TTNet in Turkey, and du in Dubai.

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Current TV, Digital Rapids, DTS, UltraViolet, Edgeware, Ericsson, Eyepartner, Haier, Harmonic

In order to catch up with the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past two weeks at IBC, IFA, CEDIA, IDF and beyond, we have prepared a series of headline round-ups with hyperlinks to press releases and other news sources. Current TV Names News Veteran, Shelley Lewis, EVP of Programming Digital Rapids Previews Hybrid Live Encoder for Multiscreen Delivery and "Traditional" Television Digital Rapids, DTS Unveil UltraViolet Tools Edgeware Launches Convoy VDN...

Cable Industry Pushes Interactive Ads for VOD Programming

-- CableLabs Demonstrates Technology from 11 Suppliers at Interoperability Lab Event
U.S. cable operators may be ready to add interactive advertising to video-on-demand programming, based on the results of interoperability tests that CableLabs held recently in Colorado. Among the interactive features CableLabs and 11 technology suppliers demonstrated at its Interoperability Lab event was the ability to run interactive applications within VOD content, including a VOD server playing an ad with a RFI (request for information) application. CableLabs said the event also demonstrated the integration of the...

Interactive TV News Roundup

Ericsson Powers VOD for Portuguese Cable Operator, Cabovisao

--Provides OTT Interactive TV Solution for Singaporean Media Company, MediaCorp
Ericsson said Monday that it has been tapped by Portuguese cable operator, Cabovisao , to power its VOD service. "We recognize that consumer behavior is changing and they are demanding more flexible television services," Alexandre Fonseca, Cabovisao's executive director of technology and systems said in a prepared statement. "Video-on-demand presents a significant opportunity for us to provide the viewing experience that our subscribers are increasingly looking for, so we are delighted to work with Ericsson for this important deployment. The Ericsson solution proved to be flexible and very cost-effective."