Australia's Fairfax Media Taps Accedo Broadband to Bring News to LG Connected TV's

Australian media company, Fairfax Media , has unveiled an app that will make content from its newspaper Web sites, smh.com.au, theage.com.au, brisbanetimes.com.au and watoday.com.au, available on connected TV sets from LG Electronics. The app, which is scheduled to be delivered to customer living rooms via LG's next network service update, will also be available free of charge on all new LG connected TV sets sold in Australia, the company says. The app was built by...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- AT&T Rolls ITV App That Lets Subs Pick Camera Angles in Baseball Games -- Cox Uses thePlatform to Power TV Everywhere site -- PlayJam to Deliver Social Games to Connected TVs -- AAMP Survey Calls for Improved Metrics for VOD Measurement -- BBC Releases Red Button Interactive Programming Schedule
AT&T launched an interactive app for its U-verse TV subscribers that allows WGN-TV viewers to control camera angles while watching Chicago Cubs baseball games. Its Chicago Cubs Multiview app features WGN's main broadcast feed, along with six alternate camera angles. AT&T relies on Microsoft Mediaroom technology to power its IPTV platform. AT&T launched a "My Multiview" interactive TV app in June which allows viewers to select channels for their own mosaic guides. AT&T isn't the...

Fastweb Launches Broadband Movie Service in Italy

-- Chili TV Offers Free Movies, Rentals, and Option to Purchase Titles

Italian telephone company Fastweb launched Chili TV , a broadband video-on-demand service offering Web surfers a combination of free movies, rentals, and titles that can be purchased. Featuring movies from Italian producers and several major studios, including Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures , MediaWeb said viewers can access Chili TV from any connected device. In addition to connected TVs from LG , Samsung and other CE manufacturers, the content can be viewed on...

Audi Launches UK's First Video Ad Campaign on Connected TVs

Audi kicked off a video advertising campaign for its A7 Sportback through connected TVs in the United Kingdom. The ad campaign, which marks the first time an advertiser will run video ads on connected TVs in the UK –features pre-roll ads running on connected TVs from Samsung and LG . Key players in ad campaign include ad agency Mediacom , online video advertising sales network smartclip , and cloud-based connected TV platform woomi . In...

Playjam Supplying Games to LG Connected TVs

PlayJam struck a deal with LG to supply its library of 500 casual games to LG's line of connected TVs and Blu-ray players. London-based PlayJam already supplies games to 50 million pay TV homes through distribution deals with Dish Network , BSkyB and other pay TV providers. The agreement shows how it can expand the audience for ad-supported games ranging from Darts to Sudoku without having to rely on cable and satellite providers. For LG,...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Syncbak Powers Broadcasters with OTT Video Play
-- LG Unveils Tweet-TV, Mobile 3D Phones
-- No Live Video in iPad Apps from NBC, ABC
-- Two-Way Media Builds Facebook Game for Fox International
-- HBO Go Lands DirecTV Deal

UK Takes Lead in Delivering Video to Connected TVs

If NBC or another major network allowed viewers without pay TV subscriptions to access any program they missed in the last week through a broadband connected TV, there may be a backlash from providers that pay license fees to deliver VOD programs and catch-up services such as Time Warner Cable's "LookBack" feature. But it's another story in the UK, where the BBC iPlayer is expanding the number of connected TVs and devices that viewers can...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I) By Steve Donohue

--Bravo to Add Multiple Interactive and "Transmedia" Elements to "Top Chef"
--CBS Launches "Tweet Week"
--mgMedia in Connected-TV Apps Deal with LG Electronics
--Studios' Premium VOD Plans May Have Little Impact on Theaters
--Mobile Interactive Group Integrates its Interactive TV Platform with Facebook
Here is the first of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories: Billing it as its "first fully-integrated transmedia play," NBC Universal's Bravo is looking to boost revenue and ratings by adding several interactive elements to its " Top Chef " series. Season nine of the reality show will rely on mobile phones, tablet computers, social media, and Bravo's Web site to incorporate viewers into the storyline. More . CBS is recruiting actors, sports...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Accedo Broadband, LG, Alticast, S&T, ANT, Sunplus

--Accedo Broadband Tapped to Develop Facebook and Twitter Apps for LG Electronics' Connected TV's
--Alticast Partners with S&T to Demo Delivery of Social RFI Campaigns to EBIF Set-Tops
--ANT Galio Integrated with Sunplus's New System-on-a-Chip (SoC) Solutions
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: 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 in this issue,...

LG Partners with YouTube to Bring 3D to the World of User-Generated Content

Consumer electronics giant, LG Electronics , said Monday that it is partnering with YouTube to "provide a unique 3D mobile experience to users": according to the company, its new Android-powered Optimus 3D smartphone will enable users not only to capture 3D videos and view them without glasses, but also to upload them to YouTube. "The Optimus 3D is LG's newest flagship smartphone," Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG's LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said...