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Google Launches Google TV

--Partners Include Sony, Logitech, DISH, Intel, Adobe, Best Buy, Jinni, Rovi
As expected ( see the article published on itvt.com, May 5th ), Google unveiled a connected TV platform at its I/O developer conference in San Francisco last week. Dubbed simply " Google TV " and billed as "an open platform that adds the power of the Web to the television viewing experience," the new platform will, Google says, allow consumers to "search and watch an expanded universe of content available from a variety of sources...

Transpond Launches TAP TV for Creating and Publishing Apps to Google TV

Transpond (formerly iWidgets), a San Francisco-based company that offers a widget creation platform called the Transpond Apps Platform (TAP), last week announced TAP TV, which, as its name suggests, is a version of its platform that enables the creation of apps for connected TV. The company bills TAP TV as a "software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform for media companies, advertisers, marketers, brand managers and publishers looking to build fully branded, fully native engagement apps" for Google 's...

Syabas Taps RealD to Bring 3D Functionality to its PopBox OTT Set-Top Box

--Boxee Integrates with Google Buzz
--MediaMall Technologies' PlayOn OTT Service Switches to Subscription Model
--Foxtel's Pay-TV Service to Launch on Xbox 360
--Sky Player Launches on IP Vision's FetchTV SmartBox Freeview+ STB
Syabas , a Fremont, Calif.-based company that specializes in over-the-top set-top hardware and software, said last week that it is partnering with 3D technology provider, RealD , to equip its new PopBox OTT set-top box with the ability to display high-definition 3D content (note: for more on the device, which features a user interface design from Moxi UI designer, Dewey Reid, see the article published on itvt.com, January 5th). According to the company, the partnership...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Launches Operations in France
--Google Launches WebM Open Web Media Project
--Kyte Launches Android SDK and Application Framework
--QuickPlay Media Launches PrimeTime2Go on Android-Powered Motorola Smartphones
--Project Canvas Gets Green Light from Office of Fair Trading
--Roku Publishes Demo Videos of its New Netflix UI and its UFC Channel
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , has announced the official launch of company operations in France. It has opened an office in Paris and appointed Henri Hallynck as director of regional sales for France. It has also announced a strategic partnership with Hub Sales, and customer wins with Societe Generale, Audi France and Roche. The company has...

Veeple Demo's Prototype Interactive Video Platform for Mobile Phones

Veeple said Tuesday that it has developed a version of its interactive video platform for mobile devices. A video posted by the company on its Web site shows its new mobile interactive video platform--which is still a prototype--working on a Droid handset. "In this video," the company explains on its corporate blog, "Veeple's SVP of user experience, Doug Broomfield, demonstrates the interactive video experience for the first time for [his brother] Veeple CEO, Scott Broomfield...

News Round-Up (V)

--FourthWall Media's EBIF-Based Ad Widgets System Deployed by Puerto Rico's OneLink
--FourthWall Media in Interactive TV Advertising Deal with Axesa Servicios de Informacion
--Report: Google May Unveil Android-Based TV Software at I/O Developer Event Later this Month
--Gotuit Powers "The VIEWer's Choice" for ABC's "The View"
--High-Profile Interactive TV Advertising Figure, Tim Hanlon, Joins Catalyst S+F
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. FourthWall Media , the interactive TV technology company formerly known as BIAP, has announce d that the OneLink San Juan cable system in Puerto Rico has deployed its...

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 (V)

--RadioactiveGiant Launches Series of Interactive TV Apps for Connected Platforms
--Report: Regulators May Use Veto Power over Comcast-NBCU Merger to Protect Web Video Start-Ups
--Rentrak in VOD Measurement Deals with Eurocinema, Tribeca Enterprises
--Report: Samsung Considering Developing Android-Based "Google TV's"
--SeaChange Sells Stake in Casa Systems
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. A Santa Monica-based company called RadioactiveGiant has announced that it has developed a series of branded TV apps that are slated for distribution this...

Radio: YouTube Annotations Inventor, Michael Fink

--Reveals Secret for Using Annotations to Enable Interactivity Within a YouTube Video, rather than Between Videos
In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, " Radio [i]tvt ," the inventor of YouTube Annotations (i.e. the technology that allows YouTube users to create interactive videos, such as the Chad, Matt & Rob "Interactive Adventures" profiled in an interview published on itvt.com, March 25th), Google engineer Michael Fink , discusses the technology, its origins, the innovative ways in which it is being employed both by professionals and consumers, and YouTube's roadmap for...

News Round-Up

--AirTies, GooMe Interactive in OTT Partnership
--Brightcove Tapped to Power New Finnish Broadband TV Service
--Analyst: EchoStar May Buy TiVo
--Google Launches Search Stories Video Creator
--Juniper to Acquire Ankeena
--Telstra in OTT Deal with LG Electronics, ABC (Australia) in OTT Deal with Sony
--Netflix's New Deals with Fox, Universal Impose 28-Day Delay on Streaming New Releases
--ninemsn Launches Catch-Up TV Service
--Visible Measures to Support HTML5 Video Measurement
--Wowza, Digital Rapids in Three-Screen Video Partnership
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: AirTies and GooMe Interactive have announced a joint OTT solution, consisting of 1) an AirTies set-top box with advanced graphics capabilities, supporting pause-live-TV and progressive download via Flash memory (i.e. without the need for a hard drive), and 2) GooMe's M Cube platform, which the company bills as "a content management system that allows the...

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