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Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Discovery, DISH Network, enableTV, ESPN, Five, Facebook, Google TV

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using itvt.com's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers: our regular...

News Round-Up

--CBS Interactive Testing Social TV App, "TV.com Relay"
--DirecTV, Google in Ad Sales Partnership
--UK Broadcaster, Five, in Deal to Embed its Broadband VOD Player in Facebook
--iN Demand Renews VOD Deal with SES World Skies
--Panasonic Taps Netgear to Provide Wireless Connectivity for its Viera Connected TV's
--Sony in Bravia OTT Deal with Germany's sevenload
--Transpond Acquired by Webtrends
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CBS Interactive is beta-testing a social TV application, called TV.com Relay, according to an article by Andrew Wallenstein in the Hollywood reporter. Among other things, the app features Foursquare-style user check-in functionality and badge rewards (note: users will be able to check-in to and receive rewards for viewing other programming in addition to CBS offerings), as well as chat and...

UK Broadcaster, Five, Withdraws from Project Canvas

The partners behind Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) the BBC and other UK public-service broadcasters, 2) UK ISP's, BT and TalkTalk, and 3) UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD, as well as other Internet-based services (including VOD and interactive TV widgets), to broadband-connected Freeview and...

BBC Relaunches iPlayer with Simplified User Experience, New Personalization and Social Features

--Service Will Provide Links to Broadband Video Services from ITV, Channel 4, S4C, Five, Arqiva
The BBC on Wednesday unveiled a new beta version of its broadband VOD/OTT service, the BBC iPlayer , that features 1) what the corporation calls a "simplified and intuitive" user experience that is intended to make it easier to find content on the service; 2) personalization options that the corporation says will allow users to "create their own iPlayer experience"; and 3) social media integration. A new mobile version of the iPlayer is expected to...

BBC Releases iPlayer Stats for March

The BBC on Wednesday released March usage statistics for its online TV and radio programming catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer. Among the highlights: Across all platforms (including Virgin Media's implementation of the service, as well as on PC's, game consoles and mobiles), the iPlayer received 117.6 million requests for programs (around 84 million for TV programs and around 33 million for radio programs), up from 116.4 million in February, but down from 120.3 million in...

Project Canvas Publishes Deadline for Expressions of Interest by Potential Partners

--Project Canvas CTO and Director of Marketing Named
--BT Exec Says Company Will Remain Committed to BT Vision even after Canvas Launches
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, 2) UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, and 3), as of last week, UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva ( see the article published on itvt.com, March 23rd ), partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD,...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI)

--RCDb, Red Bee Media, Five, Revision3, Roku, Roundbox, Jacked, Rovi, FourthWall Media, Scripps Networks, SeaChange International, SeeSaw, Sezmi, Sonic Solutions, Strategy & Technology, Synacor, SysMedia
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the sixth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: At last month's CableLabs Winter Conference, RCDb demo'd the integration of its Web services...

Rovi Unveils Multiple New North American, European Content Partners for its TotalGuide EPG

--Announces Support for HbbTV
Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ) announced last week that it plans to add OTT content from Showtime Networks and ZillionTV to its new TotalGuide consumer electronics EPG (formerly code-named "Liquid"), and also said that it is collaborating with 15 European content providers to bring content to the guide.
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News Round-Up:

--Lori Schwartz Elected Co-Governor of ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group
--Ex-Digeo CEO, Greg Gudorf, Resurfaces at Thomson Technicolor
--Free Press: Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Service Poses a Threat to Online Video Competition
--New Online Reality Show Involves Hulu, MySpace
--Jinni Secures $1.6 Million in Series A Funding Round
--Ooyala Provides Live Streaming Coverage of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
--Report: SeeSaw Secures Content Deals with Channel 4, Five
--Teletext Closes Down
--Thoughts from thePlatform's Ian Blaine and SysMedia's Andrew Lambourne
--Google's Eun: YouTube Mulling Subscription Option
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: As [itvt] was going to press, we learned that Lori Schwartz , SVP and director of the Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, has just been elected as co-governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (note: the other co-governor is Geoff Katz , VP of business development and marketing at Transpond). We hope...

News Round-Up

--BBC Develops MOLE for Live Red-Button Events
--Informational Web Site Launched for Project Canvas
--FCC Seeks Info on How STB's Might Encourage Viewing of Broadband Video
--UK Broadcaster Five in Deal to Offer Full-Length Programs on YouTube
--SAMBA Project Uses Interactive TV to Deliver Interactive Communications to Remote Communities
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In a posting on the BBC's Press Red blog, Chris Tangye, assistant development producer for BBC Red Button, discusses MOLE, a new tool that the BBC Red Button team has developed in order to facilitate the production of live, red-button events. Project Canvas --the joint initiative between the BBC, UK commercial terrestrial broadcasters ITV and Five, and...

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