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News Round-Up

--Intel Publishes Video of Panel on Future of TV, Featuring [itvt] Columnist, Brian David Johnson
--ITV Considers Reintroducing SMS Voting on its TV Shows
--New York Times Publishes "Sofa Wars" Article Series on Online Video and its Relationship with Pay TV
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Intel has published video of the panel on the future of TV that was covered by Intel consumer experience architect, " Screen Future " author, and [itvt] columnist, Brian David Johnson , in his July 18th column ("Drinks by the River Thames"). The panel included Project Canvas CTO, Anthony Rose, and high-profile advertising-industry figure, Sir Martin Sorrell, as well as...

UK Broadcaster, ITV, in Deal to Launch its ITV Player Broadband VOD Service on Sony PlayStation 3

--ITV, TalkbackThames Launch Exclusive "X Factor" Trailers on Facebook
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Sony to make its online catch-up service, the ITV Player, available on Internet-connected PlayStation 3 games consoles by the end of the year (note: Sony on Tuesday also announced similar deals with Germany's Animax, Holland's NOS, Spain's TV3, Finland's YLE and Australia's Seven). According to ITV, the deal--which it bills as the first of its kind with a UK commercial...

News Round-Up (V): ITV Player, NBC, Pace-MultiChoice

--Report: ITV Looking to Launch ITV Player App on Smartphones
--NBC Invites Viewers to Create "Fanisode" of "The Office"
--Pace Develops New HD DVR for South Africa's MultiChoice
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. UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , is in talks with Apple , RIM (BlackBerry) and Google (Android) about launching a mobile app for its ITV Player programming catch-up...

ITV to Offer Two-Screen Interactive TV Application, ITV Live, in Time for 2010 World Cup

--App's Social TV Elements Will Also Be Available through the Red Button
--Karaoke Channel Launches on Virgin Media's VOD Platform
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , last week launched a two-screen interactive TV service, called " ITV Live ," that will reside on its Web site.

According to ITV, the service--which will initially be offered in conjunction with the broadcaster's coverage of the upcoming soccer World Cup --will be customizable, allowing each viewer to "take their pick of which interactive tools they use to enhance their viewing experience." Features of...

TV Genius Powers Recommendations for UK Broadcaster ITV's New Facebook App

--Social TV Round-Up: Verizon FiOS TV Viewing Parties, New Facebook Feature on YouTube
Video search specialist, TV Genius , announced last week that UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , has selected its Content Discovery Platform to power a personalized recommendation feature on a new ITV Player app for Facebook . According to the company, the app, which is called "ITV Favourites" and which is available now, will "promote Christmas and New Year scheduling, as well as into 2010," through recommendations of content available via the ITV Player online...

UK Terrestrial Broadcaster, ITV, Closes its Future Technology Department

--Director of Future Technologies, Simon Fell, Among Those Laid Off
As it has long been expected to do ( see article published on, May 21st ), UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name is an acronym for Independent Television Network), has laid off its director of future technologies, Simon Fell, and closed down the seven-person Future Technology department that he led. According to a report in the UK trade publication, Media Week, three of the department's employees have been laid off in addition...

ITV's Future Technology Department Reported to Be Facing Ax

UK broadcast-industry trade publication, Broadcast, reported Thursday that UK commercial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name is an acronym for Independent Television Network), is set to ax its future technology department. According to Broadcast, ITV's director of future technologies, Simon Fell, "is understood to be in consultation with the commercial broadcaster over his job, along with the rest of his department, which is thought to comprise under ten staff." An ITV spokesperson told the publication that...