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Google Develops Personalizable Interactive Video to Illustrate Potential of HTML5

In a posting on its corporate blog, Monday, Google announced that it has teamed with writer/director, Chris Milk, and the band, Arcade Fire , to develop a personalizable, interactive music video, entitled "The Wilderness Downtown" (note: the video's soundtrack is the new Arcade Fire single, "We Used to Wait"). The video is designed to showcase Google's Chrome browser, the company's Google Maps service, and--most importantly--the potential of the HTML5 standard and other open Web technologies...

News Round-Up

--Report: TV Networks Reluctant to Support Google TV
--IP Vision Files Complaint with Ofcom over Project Canvas
--Monsoon Launches its Vulkano Platform, which it Bills as Replacing TiVo, Slingbox and Roku
--Total Immersion Uses Augmented Reality to Promote Environmental Awareness
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: " Google Inc . is launching a campaign to line up TV networks' support for its new Google TV software, but many remain reluctant to partner with a service they believe encroaches on their turf," Jessica Vascellaro reports in the Wall Street Journal . According to Vascellaro's report, while Google has met with officials of ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and...

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...

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...

News Round-Up

--Report: Google CEO, Schmidt, Championing "Interactive Video Ads"
--Reports: Hulu Planning International Hulu Plus Launch, Is in Talks about Launching on US Cable VOD
--MTV Acquires Social Gaming Company, Social Express
--Panasonic in VieraCast OTT Deal with AceTrax
--PlaySpan Launches Micropayments Service for Broadband Video
--USPTO Suspends DISH Network's Application to Trademark "TV Everywhere"
--Comcast Attempting to Register "DVR2Go" with USPTO
--Visiware Develops Multiplayer Skill-Based Internet Games for France's TF1
--YouTube Announces 4K Support, Partner Grants Program
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Google is championing "interactive video ads," the company's CEO, Eric Schmidt, told the Wall Street Journal's Jessica Vascellaro at Allen & Co.'s Sun Valley conference last week. "Such ads, which could appear anywhere on a Web page, not just inside a video, would be like mini-Web pages," Vascellaro writes. "That means they could allow Web users to watch a video,...

News Round-Up

--Cox's Interactive TV Services Seeing Heavier Usage than VOD among ITV-Enabled Subs
--Google Uses Interactive YouTube Video Game to Showcase Chrome's Native Flash Support
--Move Networks Ceases Operations, Seeks Buyer
--Qualcomm to Offer Augmented Reality Platform and SDK, Forms AR Partnership with Georgia Tech
--Total Immersion Creates Augmented Reality Camera that Takes Photos
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: At Light Reading Cable's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference in Atlanta last week, Cox Communications ' VP of video strategy and product management, Steve Necessary, revealed that the MSO's suite of interactive TV applications is seeing heavy usage, even though it has been deployed to less than 10% (415,000) of the MSO's subscribers. In fact,...

News Round-Up (IV): Fastweb-justAd.TV, FourthWall Media, Google TV-Logitech, Tim Kring, iN Demand

--IPTV Operator, Fastweb, Launches Interactive Ad Formats Powered by justAd.TV
--FourthWall Media-Commissioned Survey Shows "Overwhelming Consumer Demand" for Interactive TV
--Google Publishes Google TV Video, Logitech's Google TV Device to Be Called "Logitech Revue"
--"Heroes" Creator, Tim Kring, Teams with Nokia on ARG to "Effect Social Change" in the Real World
--iN Demand Promotes Two, Launches VOD Golf Tutorial Featuring Phil Mickelson
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days 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 covered in this issue, please bear with us. We...

News Round-Up (IX): Tremor Media, Two Way Media-Betfair-Samsung, Ustream, Verizon FiOS TV, Videotron, Widevine-Samsung, Yahoo!-Sony

--Tremor Media Names Ex-Googler, Matthew Corbin, VP of Global Platform Solutions
--Two Way Media Develops Connected TV Betting App for Betfair and Samsung
--Ustream Live Mobilizer Enables Brands, Artists to Launch Custom Ustream iPhone Apps
--Verizon FiOS TV Launches Zona Latina Interactive TV Widget
--Videotron Launches Broadband TV Service
--Widevine in Global Connected TV Deal with Samsung
--Yahoo! Expands Availability of its Interactive TV Widget Platform on Sony Bravia TV's
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days 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 covered in this issue, please bear with us. We...

News Round-Up (VI): Samsung-Facebook-Google Maps, Sonic-RealD-DTS, Sony-Eurosport

--Facebook and Google Maps Applications Launched in Samsung Apps Store
--Sonic Solutions in 3D Partnership with RealD, Audio Partnership with DTS
--Sony in Connected TV Partnership with Eurosport
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. Samsung Electronics America has announced the availability of Facebook and Google Maps interactive TV applications in its Samsung Apps store. The apps can be downloaded for use in...

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