►Atari said it will expand its video game brands across "real money gambling formats," including iLottery , social, online and mobile platforms. The company is teaming up with Majesco Entertainment 's Pariplay joint venture on the expansion into gambling formats. More ► Rovi named former Intellectual Ventures VP of Global Licensing Andy Elder EVP, worldwide sales and marketing. More ► The amount of video that has been placed behind TV Everywhere authentication walls has jumped...

News Round-Up (V): Minerva Networks, Netflix, NetPlay TV

--Minerva Networks Powering Interactive TV Widget-Enabled IPTV Offering for Costa Rica's ICE
--Netflix Launches iPhone/iPod Touch App
--NetPlay TV's New iPhone App Lets Users Interact with its Interactive TV Gambling Programming
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/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. IPTV middleware provider, Minerva Networks , has announced that ICE , the incumbent telco and electricity provider in Costa Rica, has selected its fourth-generation iTVManager platform to power triple-play services. According to Minerva, the IPTV component of that service offering will include network-based...

News Round-Up

--Cameron Death Promoted to SVP and GM of NBC Universal Digital Studio
--Comcast Increases VOD Movie Line-Up for Customers in Pacific Northwest by 450%
--MobiTV DRM Allows Video Downloads to BlackBerry Torch for Local Playback
--Total Immersion's Augmented Reality Slot Machine Returns
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: NBC Universal has announced the promotion of Cameron Death to SVP and general manager of its NBC Universal Digital Studio . The latter, which Death has helmed since its launch back in 2008, creates original digital content for major advertisers and distributes it across multiple platforms. "With the Digital Studio, Death has already created an industry-leading and profitable new business...

News Round-Up (I): Avail-TVN, Betfair-Samsung, Boxee

--Recent Releases Dominate Avail-TVN's List of Top-20 Most-Watched VOD Movies
--Betfair to Offer Interactive TV Sports Wagering Apps on Samsung's Connected TV Platform
--Launch of Boxee Box Delayed until November, My Damn Channel Launches on Boxee
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. VOD distribution services provider, Avail-TVN , has released a list of the top-20 most-watched VOD movies, based on a national sample of around 14 million homes. "With increased...

News Round-Up: Interactive/Multiplatform TV Content

--Bravo in Partnership with Mobile Social Network, Foursquare
--Elisabeth Murdoch Stresses Importance of Social Media to Future of TV
--NBCU Unveils Plans for Measuring Multiplatform Viewing of its Olympics Coverage
--Sky Betting and Gaming Shifts Focus from Interactive TV to Online
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 interactive TV content news for the past few days: Bravo is set to announce a partnership with mobile social networking service, Foursquare , to...

Australian Interactive TV Wagering Service, Tab Active, Enjoys Third-Best Month in December

Australian interactive TV company, Two Way Limited , has provided December performance data for Tab Active , the ITV wagering service which it developed in partnership with Tabcorp Holdings and Foxtel, and which is available to Foxtel and Optus TV subscribers in Sydney and Melbourne. According to the company, December was the third-best month ever for the service--after record results posted by the service during the peak Spring Racing Carnival months of October and November...

Australian Interactive TV Wagering Service, Tab Active, Enjoys Record Month in October

Australian interactive TV company, Two Way Limited , said Wednesday that Tab Active --the interactive TV wagering service which it developed in partnership with Tabcorp Holdings and Foxtel, and which is available to Foxtel and Optus TV subscribers in New South Wales and Victoria--enjoyed its strongest performance to date in October.

According to the company, the service's turnover exceeded $6 million for the month, representing an increase of over 64% from the...

UK Broadcaster Five Seeks to Diversify Revenues via New Online Daily Bingo Show

--Show Produced by Interactive TV Specialist, Two Way Media
In a move that it describes as part of "a concerted effort to broaden its revenues beyond traditional TV advertising," UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Five , has launched a daily interactive TV bingo show on its Web site. Entitled " The FreeBingo Show " and produced by interactive TV specialist, Two Way Media, the hour-long show is designed to increase awareness of and drive traffic to a suite of online gaming services operated by Five:...

News Round-Up

--ADB Issues Cautiously Optimistic Update, Says it Has "Redistributed" Osmosys' Resources
--War of Words between Kudelski and Arcadia over Kudelski's OpenTV Bid
--Cisco Demo's Widget-Enabled EPG for Cable Operators Switching to IPTV
--Crunchyroll Launches Anime App for Boxee
--Motorola Launches HD Set-Top with Optional MoCA Interface
--New Interactive TV Games System Will Place Players Side-by-Side with Drivers in Real Races
--TiVo Launches in New Zealand
--Two Way Limited's Interactive TV Betting Service Shows Growth
--Ustream Enables Simultaneous Publishing of Comments to Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, AIM
--Virgin Media Enjoys Record VOD Usage in Q3
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as some stories from last week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Digital TV technology provider, ADB Group , has issued a cautiously optimistic business update. "The Group's business was sound during the third quarter of 2009," the update states. "The margins and profitability ratios continue to be...

Sky Player Broadband TV Service to Be Available on Windows Media Center on Windows 7 in the UK

--Sky Poker Interactive TV Service to Reward Winner of its 200 Millionth Hand
BSkyB and Microsoft announced Wednesday that the Sky Player broadband video service will be added in the UK to Windows Media Center in Microsoft's new Windows 7 operating system, enabling live and on-demand over-the-top viewing of Sky's pay-TV content, including movies, sports coverage, entertainment and children's programming and more. Earlier this year, the companies announced a deal to offer Sky Player on the Xbox 360 ( see the article published on May 29th ):...