Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Synacor, Grande Communications, UltraViolet, LodgeNet

--Synacor Targets Smaller Operators with "TV Everywhere for Everyone" Campaign
--Synacor to Power "TV Everywhere" for Grande Communications
--Consumers Can Now Set Up UltraViolet Accounts
--LodgeNet Joins DECE, Announces "Four-Track" UltraViolet Strategy
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Synacor , which claims to power programming portals and "TV Everywhere" services that reach over 30 million high-speed Internet customers around the world, has launched what it calls its "TV Everywhere for Everyone" (TVEE) campaign. The company says that the campaign sees it investing in a platform that will enable independent...

News Round-Up

--Miracle TV, ADB to Demo tru2way-Based Hospitality-Industry Solution for Cable Operators
--Israel's Reshet TV Launches iPhone/iPod touch Application
--RGB Networks Announces Cable-Tec Expo Exhibit Plans
--SeaChange to Launch New Products at Cable-Tec Expo and Expand their Relationship
--Mitch Berman Replaced as ZillionTV CEO
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In a posting on LinkedIn's "OCAP, MHP and Java TV" group, Tuesday, Miguel Kramis, president and CEO of Miracle TV , stated that his company and Geneva-based set-top box company, ADB "will be demonstrating the first tru2way hospitality middleware for cable operators" in Booth #1089 at next week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. The demo will see Miracle TV's...

DoNotDisturb TV, a Hotel Interactive TV Channel Devoted to Short-Form Web Video, Proves Popular

--Channel's Viewership among Hotel Guests Said to Be Higher than that of Many Major Cable Channels
DoNotDisturb TV --an in-hotel TV channel that features short-form programming from such broadband video Web sites as , and , as well as UGC received through its own Web site--is being watched by over 19% of hotel guests who have access to it, according to the channel's operator, LodgeNet Interactive-subsidiary, The Hotel Networks (THN). According to THN, the viewership percentage--which is based on data gathered by THN and LodgeNet through in-room set-top...

Packet Ship Provides VOD Solution for Hoist Technology's New Eyecom IPTV Offering

Packet Ship , a company that specializes in Linux-based software components for VOD, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that its Media Delivery Platform (MDP) is powering on-demand movies as part of Hoist Technology's Eyecom IPTV solution for the hospitality market. Hoist plans to distribute Eyecom IPTV primarily in the Scandinavian, Russian and Polish markets, where it claims to have a large customer base of hotels. According to Packet Ship, the Packet Ship MDP...

Next 1 Interactive Acquires Interactive TV Channel, Resort & Residence TV

--Plans to Re-Launch the Former Turner Media Group Channel in the Fall
Next 1 Interactive --which bills itself as an interactive media company specializing in travel and real estate--announced Monday that it has completed its acquisition of Resort & Residence TV from Televisual Media Works, a company owned by Gary Turner, the founder and former chairman and CEO of defunct interactive TV advertising and channels company, The Media Group (which was originally called Turner Media Group, and which for a long time served as EchoStar/DISH Network's ad...

Viapass Selects Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV Platform with Virtualization for Hospitality Offering

--Offering to Feature Interactive TV Services, VOD, HD
Microsoft last week announced that French telecommunications and network services provider, Viapass , has selected its Microsoft Mediaroom platform, equipped with the platform's recently launched virtualization feature, as the basis for an interactive TV-enabled IPTV service that its Viapass TV subsidiary plans to offer to hotels, hospitals and MDU's. According to Microsoft, Viapass will be the first European Mediaroom customer to take advantage of the platform's virtualization capability (note: Microsoft bills virtualization as making Mediaroom--which...