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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

--CableLabs Working on "OLCA" Specs for "TV Everywhere"
--DISH Network, EchoStar Demo Google TV to the FCC
--New App from PlayOn Will Let Users Stream Hulu on their iPhone
--ruwido Adds Capacitive Sensor to its tau Remote Control
--Social TV Company, Sofanatics, Closes Seed Funding Round
--Tivo Premiere DVR's Now Available in hhgregg Stores
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CableLabs is working on a new set of specifications to add "some unification and scale" to the way cable operators and programmers deploy "TV Everywhere" services, according to a report by Cable Digital News's Jeff Baumgartner. The so-called Online Content Access (OLCA) specs follow an RFI that was issued by CableLabs last fall (see the article published on itvt.com, November...

Augmented Reality Gaming Company, Ogmento, Raises $3.5 Million in Series A Funding

--Company's Offerings Include Technology that Lets Users "Sketch Images and Watch them Come to Life"
--metaio Partners on AR App with Portland's Regional Transit Agency, TriMet
Augmented reality gaming company, Ogmento , said Wednesday that it has closed a $3.5 million Series A funding round. The round was led by Chart Venture Partners , with participation from CNF Investments and various private investors. Ogmento claims to be the first AR gaming company to have secured institutional investment.

Ogmento says that it will use the funding to build out its development teams in New York City and Los Angeles, as well...

Independent Web Show Distributor, blip.tv, Raises $10.1 Million in Third Funding Round

--Revision3 to Launch New Show Starring Magician, Penn Jillette
blip.tv , a New York-based distributor of independent Web shows, said Wednesday that it has closed its third round of institutional capital, raising $10.1 million in new funding. The funding round was led by Canaan Partners, and saw the participation of existing investor, Bain Capital Ventures. blip.tv's first funding round, which was concluded in 2007, raised $2.5 million, and its second funding round, concluded in 2008, raised $5.2 million.

The company says...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Hillcrest Labs Launches Half-Price Promotion for its Loop Pointer
--Israeli Start-Up, Interlude, Demo's Interactive Video Platform
--Addressable Advertising Specialist, Invidi, Secures $23 Million+ in Google-Led Series D Round
--itaas Develops tru2way-Based Twitter App, Plans Extensive Interactive TV Showcase at Cable Show
--itaas Develops Three New Interactive TV Apps for iN Demand
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. Hillcrest Labs has launched a $49 promotion for its Loop Pointer in-air mouse/remote control device. The device is usually priced at $99. An Israeli start-up called Interlude presented...

News Round-Up (III)

--Hulu Abandons Plans for UK Version of its Service
--iN Demand Appoints CTO
--Kaltura Powers Live Video, VOD of Earth Day Rally
--KIT Digital Closes $55 Million Equity Offering
--Latens Powers Remote DVR Service for Altibox
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. Hulu has abandoned plans to launch a UK version of its service--at least for the time being--after talks with major UK broadcasters have collapsed,...

Live Interactive Broadcasting Specialist, Ustream, Nets $75 Mil in Softbank-Led Series B Funding Round

--Will Use New Funding for Expansion in Asia Pacific Region
Live Internet broadcasting service provider, Ustream , announced late Monday that it has secured $75 million in a Series B funding round that was led by Softbank of Japan, and that additional funding commitments are pending from other investors in the US and Asia. The company says that the funding will help it continue its growth in the US, and allow it to expand its presence in the Asia Pacific region where it is hoping...

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...

Sezmi Secures $25 Million in New Funding, Launches Public Pilot in Los Angeles

--Company's Flagship Offering Combines Traditional TV, Movies and Internet Video
Sezmi , a company that has developed a set-top box-based offering which it bills as "combining traditional TV content, movies and Internet video in a single, easy-to-use product and service," said Monday that it has secured $25 million in new funding from new and existing investors. The company--which last year announced that it had raised $33 million in an earlier funding round--also announced Monday that it has made its "all-in-one personalized television service" available via...

Ooyala Raises $10 Million in Series C Funding Round

--Company Has Raised $20 Million to Date
Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , announced late Monday that it has closed a $10 million Series C funding round. The round--which brings the total raised by the company to date to $20 million--was led by new investor, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and saw the participation of current investors, including Sierra Ventures. As part of the investment, Rembrandt general partner, Sik Rhee, will join Ooyala's board. Ooyala (which just launched live streaming capabilities-- see the article...

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