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Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Nielsen, Facebook, Netflix, Oscars, Packet Ship, Prospect Park, TOLN, Hulu, iTunes, Roku, SeaChange International

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2012 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period--as well as the huge volume of news generated earlier this month by CES 2013--we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- iTunes Creator Helping to Develop TV for Apple -- Shelby.tv Builds Apps for iPhone, iPad -- DirecTV Adds Recommendation Engine to Interactive Program Guide -- NCTC Expands into TV Everywhere Authentication -- Nintendo Lands Hulu Plus for 3DS, Wii -- Alticast Partners with Icareus

Media Heavyweights Back Fanhattan

-- Startup's iPad App Integrates Content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes
Several media and technology industry veterans are teaming up to back Fanhattan , a San Mateo, Calif.-based digital startup that has developed an iPad app that integrates content from Netflix , Hulu , iTunes , ABC and other online video services. Fanhattan's board includes investor Jarl Mohn, who is the former CEO of E! Entertainment Television and Liberty Digital . TiVo founder Mike Ramsay also sits on the board, and Fanhattan's executive team includes veterans...

LodgeNet Slashes Movie Pricing, Revamps User Interface

-- Hotel Entertainment Provider Launches 'Menu-On-Turn-On' Feature
Hospitality-industry interactive TV provider LodgeNet revamped its user interface, and slashed the prices for many of the movies it sells in hotel rooms. The company unveiled a "VOD 2.0" initiative Tuesday that includes pricing of $10.99 and under for the majority of movies in its library that are available outside the exclusive hotel window, which it said represents a price reduction of 35 percent. LodgeNet said it will also offer "daily deals" on some movies...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- AOL Teams with i.TV for Relaunch of AOL TV -- Bravo Pushes Multiplatform 'Platinum Hit' -- Blinkx Builds Video Search App for Roku -- Tvinci Powers Dutch Online Video Portal -- ANT Building Set-Tops with Harvard International
A OL relaunched its AOLTV.com site, and teamed up with mobile application developer i.TV to create new apps for Apple 's iPhone and iPad. The new site includes revamped interactive TV listings and increased video. AOL, which recently purchased The Huffington Post , said the redesigned site "furthers its position as a full service TV-viewing companion." More Bravo is banking on multiplatform distribution to drive its new "Platinum Hit" music series, which debuts May 30...

Yidio Hits 1.5 Million Registered Users

-- Internet TV Guide Generates 10 Million Monthly Visitors
Three years after its debut, online television guide site Yidio said it hit the milestone of reaching 1.5 million registered users. Yidio has made a business of aggregating links to both free and paid online TV series on its site, in addition to embedding videos from Hulu and other online video portals. For example, it offers six ways to watch the "Goodbye, Michael" episode of NBC's "The Office", including links to NBC.com , Hulu.com ,...

i.TV Supports Hulu in New App for iPhone and iPad

i.TV launched a new version of its TV listings app for the iPhone and iPad, allowing users to browse content available on Hulu , Netflix and iTunes . Its "i.TV 3" app features a new user interface, and lets users look up related show information through IMDB 's database without leaving the application. It also added a news feed page, which delivers recent entertainment news, and allows users to filter stories based on their favorite...

Yahoo Buys Social TV Startup IntoNow

Just 12 weeks after IntoNow launched its social TV application, Yahoo! Inc. said it acquired the Silicon Valley-based startup. The deal could help Yahoo expand into interactive TV programming, using IntoNow's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. IntoNow's app for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch lets users identify which TV programs they are watching, and share their viewing choices with friends. IntoNow, which has integrated its application with Facebook , Twitter , iTunes and...

Apple Releases New Software for its Apple TV Over-the-Top Device

--New Features Include Redesigned Menu, Support for iTunes Extras and iTunes LP
Apple last week released new software for its over-the-top device, Apple TV . According to the company, Apple TV 3.0, as the new software is designated, is immediately available free-of-charge to existing Apple TV owners via an automatic download (note: an Apple TV box with 160GB capacity is priced at $229), and offers: A redesigned main menu, that is billed as providing easier access to content. According to the company, recently rented or purchased movies,...

NBC Universal Programs Return to iTunes

NBC Universal says it has settled its dispute with Apple over pricing flexibility (NBC Universal wanted the option of pricing certain premium content higher than the standard price specified by Apple) that resulted in NBC Universal content being unavailable on Apple's iTunes sell-through service for a while. The company is now offering episodes of programs from its NBC, USA Network, Sci Fi, Bravo, Sleuth and NBC News channels on iTunes, including episodes of such primetime...