Kinect

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): AT&T U-verse, CBS, "Big Brother," Comcast, Scripps Networks, Delivery Agent, History Channel, Elemental Technologies, Hulu, Kinect, MobiTV

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for a few weeks, because our editorial team was working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We are covering the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and will then resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a few more days to catch up with all recent developments, so...

Murata Develops Bendable Remote Control

-- 'Leaf Grip Remote Controller' Relies on Plate Containing Piezoelectric Film
Japanese electronics manufacturer Murata has developed a bendable remote control that can change TV channels, adjust the volume and perform other functions by twisting, bending or shaking the device. Murata's Leaf Grip Remote controller offers a new twist on the way viewers can navigate TV and online video programming. It joins new navigation devices such as the Scoop Pointer from Hillcrest Labs and motion-sensing remote controls from LG , SMK Electronics and other CE companies...

Sesame Workshop, NatGeo to Supply Interactive Kids Programming for Microsoft Xbox

-- Xbox to launch Kinect Sesame Street TV and Kinect Nat Geo TV
Microsoft is teaming up with Sesame Workshop and National Geographic to develop interactive kids programming for the Xbox 360 that will allow kids to use Kinect motion-sensing and voice recognition technology to interact with educational programs. It also announced a deal with Disney Pixar to develop games based on Up , Toy Story 3 , Cars 2 and other movies. The Sesame partnership is a big lift for Microsoft, the Xbox 360, and its Kinect...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Microsoft Xbox TV, MStar, Acetrax, NASCAR, ESPN

--Microsoft's Ballmer Demo's Xbox TV Platform
--MStar Incorporates Acetrax' VOD Service into its Connected-TV Software Platform
--NASCAR Expands Availability of its Interactive Video Product, Brings Content to WatchESPN
Due to the large volume of news generated by the IFA, IBC and CEDIA trade shows--and 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. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Google+, YouTube, Microsoft, MTV

--Google Enables Social Viewing on YouTube via Google+ Hangouts Button
--New Microsoft Video Illustrates Company's Vision for the Future of Media in the Living Room
--MTV Launches WatchWith Companion App to Provide Supplemental Content, Social-TV Experiences
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered...

New iTV Doctor Column Asks "Can We Save EBIF?"

[itvt] has just published the LATEST EDITION of Rick Howe's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This edition sees the good doctor sharing some thoughts on how EBIF can co-opt its competition in the interactive TV space.

Microsoft Unveils Xbox/Kinect-Based Interactive TV Ad Format, "NUads"

--NUads Enable Viewers to Interact with Advertising via Voice and Gesture
At the Cannes International Advertising Festival, Tuesday, Microsoft unveiled NUads (short for "Natural User-interface Ads"), an interactive TV advertising format that takes advantage of the voice- and gestural-control capabilities provided by the company's Kinect for Xbox 360 offering (note: a number of pay-TV operators are already delivering live and on-demand programming via the Xbox--see the article published on itvt.com, June 20th; Microsoft is also believed to be working on a TV platform, codenamed "Orapa," that brings together Kinect, the Xbox and the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform--see the article published on itvt.com, March 11th).