News Round-Up

--Report: Apple in Talks with Networks to Launch $0.99 Rental Service, Will Unveil iTV September 7th
--blinkx in Online Video Partnership with
--DISH Network Officially Announces DishOnline TV Everywhere Service to Offer More Games, Multiple New Enhancements
--Tremor Media to Support HTML5
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. that could result in iTunes users being able to rent Fox TV episodes--within 24 hours of their broadcast and with a 48-hour viewing window--for $0.99, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. According to the news service, the company--which has apparently abandoned earlier plans for a subscription-based TV service--is also in talks about implementing such a...

Vimeo Launches Channel on Roku's OTT Platform

--Vimeo also Launches "Watch Later" and "Universal Player"
OTT specialist, Roku , and IAC-owned video-sharing company, Vimeo , on Tuesday announced the launch of a Vimeo channel on the Roku platform. Roku is Vimeo's first partner in the home entertainment space, the companies said.

According to the companies, the channel, which Roku users can find in the Roku Channel Store, will feature the most popular videos on Vimeo--in "up-to-HD quality"--as selected by Vimeo staff. Roku customers who are also Vimeo...

News Round-Up (IV): FreeWheel, HBO, Hulu

--FreeWheel's MRM Now Supports Android, Cocoa, Flash, HTML5 and Silverlight
--HBO Launches Twitter-Based Two-Screen Interactive TV Service for "True Blood"
--Report: Hulu to Launch Subscription-Based Service Shortly, CTO Steps Down
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. FreeWheel has announced that its flagship Monetization Rights Management (MRM) product now supports video ad serving on Android, Cocoa, Flash, HTML5 and Silverlight. "Media companies face a major...

News Round-Up (II)

--BSkyB to Acquire Virgin Media Television
--Cellcast Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Loss
--Coincident TV Beta-Launches "Interactive Video Experience Builder" for HTML5/iPad
--Comcast Announces World Cup Programming Plans, Including 3D, VOD, Online
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. BSkyB and Virgin Media have announced that BSkyB will acquire Virgin Media Television for up to £160 million in cash. As part of the...

MeFeedia Launches Analytics Suite for HTML5 Video

--Company Says Suite Reveals Consumption by Device
Web video search engine provider, MeFeedia , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it is today launching a free analytics suite for HTML5 video that reports on consumption by device. According to the company, the new analytics offering enables the tracking of video engagement across the Web, mobiles and connected TV platforms--including on the Apple iPad and the forthcoming Google TV platform. "Consumers are increasingly watching video on all screens from laptops to...

Clicker Beta-Launches, a "10-Foot" Version of its Service, Designed for the Living Room

--HTML5-Based Interface Works Entirely in the Browser
Clicker Media --the company which last fall 1) launched, a service that it bills as "the first complete programming guide to Internet television" and as "the first truly comprehensive, structured and unbiased resource for navigating all broadcast- and broadcast-quality programming online" (see the article published on, November 16th), and 2) revealed that Sling Media co-founder, Blake Krikorian, had invested in it and joined its board (see the article published on, November 9th);...

Revision3 Says It Now Supports HTML5 for iPad Playback

Revision3 --a company which bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web," and which produces its own original, broadcast-quality programming--said Monday that it now supports playback of its videos on the Apple iPad , thanks to its decision to embrace the HTML5 spec. "As many of you may be aware, the emergence of the new HTML5 spec allows for much richer video support natively within HTML," the company wrote on its corporate blog...

Hulu Updates its Service, Explains Why It Is Not Yet Ready to Adopt HTML5

--Gotuit Powers NBA Playoffs Highlights Site
--BitTorrent Develops P2P Protocol for Live Video Streaming
In a posting on its corporate blog last week by its VP of product, Eugene Wei, network-backed broadband video service, Hulu , announced a number of updates to its player and to its service in general, and also explained why it is not yet ready to jump on the HTML5 bandwagon.

According to the company, the updates include: Support for adaptive bitrate streaming, thanks to the fact that the new version of...

Brightcove, FreeWheel Unveil Video Advertising Solution for iPad, Other HTML5-Compatible Devices

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , on Wednesday announced plans to go live by early June with an HTML5 video advertising solution for media companies. According to the company, the solution will build on Brightcove's native support for HTML5 video and will provide turnkey integration with the Monetization Rights Management (MRM) product of its partner, video monetization technology provider, FreeWheel . The solution is designed to enable Brightcove's customers to deliver ad-supported video to such...

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...