Gaming

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Netflix, Neulion, Roku

--Netflix Now Supported on 22 Android Smartphones and Tablets
--Neulion Powering Broadband Video for Billie Jean King's World TeamTennis League
--Next Generation of Roku's OTT Set-Tops Features Support for Casual Gaming
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, Netflix announced that it has just added support for its service on "a large number" of Android devices. According to Netflix's Android Market page, its service is now supported on the following Android smartphones and tablets: Casio G'zOne Commando C771 with Android 2.2,...

NDS Sells Gaming and Betting Technology Subsidiary, OpenBet

--Management Buyout Funded by Vitruvian Partners
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said last week that it has signed a deal under which funds managed by Vitruvian Partners will finance a management buyout of its subsidiary, OpenBet, a provider of online gaming and betting technology. According to the company, the deal will see Vitruvian and OpenBet's management acquiring OpenBet for £208 million in cash. It says it will use the proceeds of the transaction for general corporate purposes...

News Round-Up (VIII): TransGaming, Boxee, Ustream, Yahoo!, Toshiba

--TransGaming Unveils Revamped User Experience for its GameTreeTV Games-on-Demand Platform
--United Football League App Launches on Boxee
--Ustream Multiview Lets Viewers Switch between Multiple Camera Angles on a Live Event
--Yahoo! Connected TV Available on New Toshiba HDTV's
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 format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. At the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco last week, TransGaming , unveiled what it billed as a "completely redesigned" user experience for its GameTreeTV videogames-on-demand platform (note: according to TransGaming, GameTreeTV is optimized for HDTV on set-top boxes and other connected consumer...

ExtendMedia Announces "TV Everywhere" Support for Mobile, Gaming and CE Platforms

Multiscreen video-management software solutions provider, ExtendMedia , on Tuesday announced that its flagship OpenCASE platform now supports multiple mobile, gaming and CE platforms. The company says that it is integrating the video delivery software platform with the five major operating systems for mobile devices--iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry--and that it has also integrated the platform with the Sony PS3, Oregan Onyx-based set-top boxes and connected TV's, and the Yahoo! TV Widgets framework. According...

New iTV Doctor Column Asks Whether Interactive TV Games Can Compete with Regular Programming

[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In!" This week, Sangita Verma , founder and CEO of TAG Networks , explains how that company's interactive TV games channel on Oceanic Time Warner Cable is beating major linear programming networks in terms of average daily viewing minutes. (Note: [itvt] would like to thank Rick for moderating the highly praised panel, "The iTV Doctor Is In!:...

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...

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