Radio [itvt]: Hilary Perchard on Sky's Investments and Partnerships with US Start-Ups

Check Out News Podcasts at Blog Talk Radio with Tracy Swedlow on BlogTalkRadio Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hilary Perchard , VP of business development at Sky, is in charge of that company's efforts to invest in and build partnerships with US start-ups. In this recorded interview with [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow, he discusses some of Sky's recent investments in US high tech and other areas, explains the strategy behind those investments, describes the...

Philo, a New Social TV Service Featuring Interactive Games, Launches on iPhone and Web

--Google Ventures Invests in Bazaar Labs' Miso Social TV Service
A Los Angeles-based start-up called Philo (in honor of Philo T. Farnsworth, one of the inventors of television) officially launched its flagship social TV service Wednesday. The company bills the service, which is offered via a free iPhone app (note: a Web version is also available at , and the company says that Android and BlackBerry versions will be available shortly), as "combin[ing] television with the power of social media to create a real-time,...

News Round-Up

--Cooliris Updates Cooliris Express and its Embeddable Cooliris Wall
--FCC Moves Closer to Network-Agnostic Gateways
--UK Broadcaster ITN Launches Fashion-Themed iPhone App
--Simulmedia Raises $8 Million in Series B Funding
--Sony to Offer MLB.TV on PlayStation3
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Visual navigation specialist, Cooliris , has announced various updates for its Cooliris Express tool and the embeddable Cooliris Wall. The FCC on Wednesday voted in favor of items that could move the pay-TV industry towards a new breed of network-agnostic gateway adapters in the long term, while addressing some of the problems with CableCARD in...

Broadband Video Platform Provider, Brightcove, Raises $12 Million in Series D Funding Round

--Has Raised $99 Million To Date, Is Expected to Go Public This Year or Next
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , has confirmed a report by Jessica Vascellaro in Monday's Wall Street Journal that it has raised $12 million in new funding. According to the company, the Series D funding round was led by Accel Partners and General Catalyst, and saw the participation of other existing investors, including AOL, Hearst, AllianceBernstein, Maverick, and Brookside Capital. It says it plans to use the new funds to "expand the company's cash balance...

Widevine Secures $15 Million from Samsung, Liberty Global, Unnamed Satellite TV Provider

--Company Claims Relationships with Pay-TV and CE Industries Position it Well for "TV Everywhere"
Video content security and optimization specialist, Widevine , said Monday that it has secured $15 million in new funding from Liberty Global , Samsung Ventures (the venture capital arm of Samsung Group) and an unnamed "third corporation" described in a Widevine press release as "the world's...second largest satellite provider ." The company, which has raised close to $52 million to date, says that its technologies are playing a "central role" in the delivery of video...

News Round-Up

--ADB Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Exhibit Plans
--Comcast Exec Says EBIF/Interactive TV Roll-Out Proceeding on Schedule
--Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Trial Now Involves 10,000 Viewers
--Concurrent Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a $1 Million Loss
--HealthiNation in VOD Deal with AT&T U-verse TV
--Highfield: BBC Should Consider Charging for iPlayer Content
--IneoQuest Launches Vendor-Agnostic VOD Monitoring Tool
--Motorola Launches Solution for Scaling On-Demand Catalogs across Multiple Screens
--Netpulse Raises $3.1 Million for its Interactive Media Platform for Fitness Centers
--Pace Says New HCS Multiroom DVR to Launch with Multiple Operators
--Sky Player Xbox Launch
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as stories from the CTAM Summit in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) , has announced its exhibit plans for this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. According to the company, it will "demonstrate how it enables operators deliver the promises of tru2way together with an...

Ooyala Raises $10 Million in Series C Funding Round

--Company Has Raised $20 Million to Date
Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , announced late Monday that it has closed a $10 million Series C funding round. The round--which brings the total raised by the company to date to $20 million--was led by new investor, Rembrandt Venture Partners, and saw the participation of current investors, including Sierra Ventures. As part of the investment, Rembrandt general partner, Sik Rhee, will join Ooyala's board. Ooyala (which just launched live streaming capabilities-- see the article...

Kudelski Makes Another Offer for OpenTV

The Kudelski Group said Monday that its wholly owned subsidiary, Kudelski Interactive Cayman, Ltd ., has commenced a tender offer to acquire all outstanding Class A shares of interactive TV middleware and applications provider, OpenTV , not already owned by Kudelski, for $1.55 per share in cash (note: Kudelski is OpenTV's largest shareholder: it has an approximately 32.3% stake in the company that gives it approximately 77.2% voting control). The bid values OpenTV at approximately...

News Round-Up

--Kaltura Launches Open Source Broadband Video Solution for Educational Institutions
--Limelight Launches New Version of its Network Platform, Incorporating "Adaptive Intelligence"
--MediaVest Diverting Ad Dollars from Broadcast TV to Hulu
--MONKEYmedia to Promote Its Patent Claims at Conference
--Nobel Prize Announcements Streamed Live on YouTube
--Publicis Taps Interactive TV Veteran to Head Up New Branded Entertainment Division
--Pioneering Broadband Video Company, TheFeedRoom, Acquired by KIT Digital
--TiVo Releases Data on Democrats' and Republicans' Viewing Behavior
--England-Ukraine World Cup Qualifier to Be Broadcast Exclusively on Internet
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Kaltura , a company that offers an open source broadband video platform, has announced the launch of what it describes as a "full solution stack for adding video and rich media to educational institutions' online properties." According to the company, the solution is already in use at a number of universities, including the University of Pennsylvania, the...

Boxee Closes $6 Million Series B Financing Round, Led by General Catalyst

--Says General Catalyst Will Help it Strengthen Relationships with Big Media and Cable Companies
--Aims to Bring its Platform to More Connected Devices, Attract More Developers, Add More Content
In a posting on over-the-top-TV specialist Boxee 's blog, Wednesday, the company's founder and CEO, Avner Ronen, announced that it has closed a $6 million Series B funding round that was led by Boston-based General Catalyst, with participation by existing investors, Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures (note: the company raised $4 million in a Series A round that closed last November). As part of the financing package, General Catalyst managing director, Neil Sequeira ,...