Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Lions Gate, Movieclips, YouTube, Roku

--Lions Gate Planning Early VOD Release of Taylor Lautner Vehicle, "Abduction"
--Movieclips in Deal to Bring 20,000+ HD Hollywood Movie Clips to YouTube
--Roku Secures $8 Million in New Funding
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days 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 covered in this issue, please bear with us. Lions Gate Entertainment...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Skype, Concurrent, Hulu, Facebook, Google, LG

--Comcast Publishes Videos Demo'ing its New Skype App
--Concurrent Secures VOD Deals with Four Chinese Cable Operators
--Hulu Launches, then Suspends, Facebook-Powered Social-TV Functionality
--Hulu Suitors Said to Include Google; Hulu Plus Launches on LG LCD TV's
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: At the Cable Show last month (see the article published on, June 14th), Comcast revealed that it is teaming with Skype to test HD video calling on the TV, with trials slated to begin in the next few months. Comcast has now published two videos (embedded on this page) that...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Google, SageTV, HBO, Limelight

--Google Acquires SageTV
--App Lets Fans Insert themselves and their Facebook Friends in "True Blood" Video
--Limelight Launches Interactive In-Stream Video Ad Formats for iOS and Android
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Google has acquired SageTV , a provider of media center and PVR software for the PC, presumably with the goal of using that company's technology to enhance its Google TV platform. "We're thrilled to announce that SageTV has been acquired by Google," a statement on SageTV's Web site reads. "Since 2002, we've worked...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): TiVo, Toshiba, Irdeto, wireWAX

--TiVo Set to Launch iPhone and Android Apps
--Toshiba to Use Irdeto Security Technology in Cinema Series Connected TV Sets
--wireWAX Teams with FremantleMedia to Study Viewers' Engagement with Interactive Video
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: A full-page ad in the June issue of CEPro, that was noticed by Dave Zatz , reveals that TiVo plans to shortly launch control and management apps for the iPhone and Android platforms, similar to the app it recently launched for the iPad. Irdeto has announced that Toshiba has selected its dynamic security...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Mixed Reaction to Google's YouTube Plan
-- Cablevision iPad App Gets 50,000 Downloads
-- IntoNow Upgrades Social TV App
-- Miso Lands HLN's "The Joy Behar Show"

New Interview with Shalini Govil-Pai, Group Manager, Partner Technologies and Strategy for YouTube and TV at Google

Qualcomm Enables Netflix Instant Streaming on Android Devices

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Al Jazeera Launches "Lean-Back" Version of its Web Site for Google TV
--Brightcove Launches "YouTube Sync" Capability
--Cisco's Set-Top Sales Decline 29%
--GetGlue Brings "Check-In"-Based Social TV to the Grammy Awards
--Howard Stern Live-Tweets "Private Parts"
--S&T to Showcase MHEG-IC and HbbTV Solutions at IP&TV World Forum
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Al Jazeera , the Qatar-based news network whose coverage of the ongoing Egyptian revolution has been widely viewed and praised, but which has previously faced difficulties getting its Al Jazeera English channel carried by US pay-TV platforms, has launched a "lean-back" version of its Web site for Google TV . Google trumpeted the news, Friday, on its dedicated Google TV...

Brightcove Powers vCommerce-Enabled Broadband Video Service for Online Retailer,

--Service Features Custom Full-Screen Interface for Google TV Devices
Online video platform provider, Brightcove , said Thursday that it is powering a vcommerce-enabled broadband video service for online fashion retailer, . Dubbed Net-a-Porter TV, the service presents viewers with a stream of images of the clothing items and accessories featured in the video they are watching (note: the images appear to the right of the video), which they can click on in order to go to a dedicated commerce-enabled product page. The service...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...