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Google Acquires Broadband Video Platform Provider, Episodic

--Episodic's Platform Includes a Range of Monetization Capabilities
--Hulu Claims to Have Been Profitable for Past Two Quarters
Broadband video platform provider, Episodic (note: among other projects, the company has worked with BitGravity to produce an online interactive TV service, called "Strikeforce: All Access," for Showtime Networks--see the articles published on itvt.com, April 9th, August 12th and December 22nd, 2009), announced on its corporate blog last week that it has been acquired by Google , the company which last year was rumored to be eying rival Brightcove. Episodic claims to offer a comprehensive...

News Round-Up

--BBC Future Media & Technology Undergoes Reorg
--BBC Develops "Mythology Engine" to Represent Dramas on the Web
--Dailymotion Launches New Video Player
--Panasonic Decides against Using Google Android in Connected TV's
--YouTube Launches Video Page Redesign
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC's Future Media & Technology division is being reorganized by its director, Erik Huggers. Paid Content UK has obtained an email from Huggers to the division's staff, that describes the various organizational changes that are being made to the division, including the creation of a new "director of digital media" role, and the appointment...

News Round-Up

--BT Vision Plans to Undercut Sky's Pricing of Premium Sports Programming
--CBS to Air Interactive Show Featuring Super Bowl Commercials
--DVPRemote v. 1.4 Released
--Google Seeks Patent for System that Would Enable Advertisers to Create Own Interactive Overlay Ads
--ITU Releases Three-Stage Roadmap for 3D TV, Sky Taps 3ality for its New 3D TV Service
--Kaltura Launches Video Extensions for Joomla
--Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Offer ESPN on Xbox
--NBC Unveils Broadband Video Plans for Winter Olympics
--never.no to Showcase Enhancements to its Interactive TV Product Line at BVE 2010
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new, post-TVOT EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: In an interview with the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, BT Retail CEO, Gavin Patterson, states that BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision , will offer premium sports...

Google Patent Application Appears to Describe Method for Creating Interactive Games on YouTube

--New York Times Article Provides Some Insight into YouTube's Product Plans
Google has filed a patent application that appears to describe a method for collaboratively creating interactive games on top of videos on YouTube . The existence of the patent application--entitled "Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos," and billed as describing a means to provide "the collaborative generation of interactive features for digital videos, and in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of video playback locations and creation of interactive...

News Round-Up:

--Lori Schwartz Elected Co-Governor of ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group
--Ex-Digeo CEO, Greg Gudorf, Resurfaces at Thomson Technicolor
--Free Press: Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Service Poses a Threat to Online Video Competition
--New Online Reality Show Involves Hulu, MySpace
--Jinni Secures $1.6 Million in Series A Funding Round
--Ooyala Provides Live Streaming Coverage of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
--Report: SeeSaw Secures Content Deals with Channel 4, Five
--Teletext Closes Down
--Thoughts from thePlatform's Ian Blaine and SysMedia's Andrew Lambourne
--Google's Eun: YouTube Mulling Subscription Option
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: As [itvt] was going to press, we learned that Lori Schwartz , SVP and director of the Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, has just been elected as co-governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (note: the other co-governor is Geoff Katz , VP of business development and marketing at Transpond). We hope...

MIPS Technologies Seeking to Bring Android into the Digital Home (Set-Top Boxes, Digital TV's, etc.)

--Makes Source Code Publicly Available, Launches Early Access Program
MIPS Technologies , a company which, among other things, provides processors for home entertainment devices, announced this week that it has met what it describes as a "key milestone" in its ongoing efforts to drive the Android platform beyond mobile handsets: two months after announcing its port of the Android platform to the MIPS Architecture, the company says it is making the source code publicly available. It has also launched an Early Access Program for...

Channel 4 Using "Google/Twitter Mash-Up" to Build Interest in New Series, "Alone in the Wild"

UK broadcaster, Channel 4 , has tapped digital agency, Anywhichway , to create an application on its Web site that combines Twitter with Google Maps and GPS technology, in order to build interest in "Alone in the Wild," a show set to debut next month that follows documentary filmmaker, Ed Wardle, as he spends 12 weeks surviving alone in the Yukon. According to Anywhichway, the app allows users to "follow [Wardle's] exact daily whereabouts using...

New Interviews with Google TV Ads' Keval Desai and ThinkAnalytics' Eddie Young and Pete Docherty

--Plus BIAP's Chief Product Officer, Ellen Dudar, on Interactive TV Standards and HDTV
[itvt] has just published audio interviews with Keval Desai , director of product management at Google and head of the company's Google TV Ads operation; and with Eddie Young and Pete Docherty , CEO and CTO respectively of ThinkAnalytics . Desai provides an in-depth overview of Google's ongoing efforts in the TV advertising space. Topics discussed include why Google decided to move into TV advertising; the company's deployment with DISH Network and its plans for...

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