Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Netflix, AMC, On Demand Group, Cablevision Mexico, HIT

--Netflix Kills Qwikster
--Netflix in Multi-Year Licensing Deal with AMC Networks
--SeaChange's On Demand Group in VOD Deal with Mexico's Cablevision
--On Demand Group in Children's VOD Deal with HIT Entertainment
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. As has been widely reported, Netflix has abandoned its plan to spin off its DVD business into a separate operation and Web site called Qwikster . "It is clear that for many of our members two Web sites would make things more difficult, so we are going to keep Netflix as...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Rovi, Ford, NTT Plala, Trident Microsystems

--Ford Making Extensive Use of Rovi's Interactive TV Advertising Platform
--Rovi in EPG Patent-Licensing Deal with Japan's NTT Plala
--Trident Microsystems Launches Integrated 240Hz SoC for Android-Based Connected TV's
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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amazon, CBS, AT&T

--Amazon Expands its Programming Library via New Licensing Deal with CBS
--AT&T Expands Availability of its U-verse Mobile App
--AT&T Launches U-verse Service & Support Tool App for Smartphones
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Amazon has signed a non-exclusive licensing agreement with CBS that will enable customers of its subscription-based Amazon Prime and transactional Amazon Instant Video services to stream TV shows from the CBS library. "Amazon Prime customers will be able to instantly watch thousands of episodes from the CBS library at no additional...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CBS Interactive, Clikthrough, Gucci, Hearst, DECE

--CBS Interactive's New "Star Trek" iPad App Proving Popular
--Clikthrough in Interactive Video Deals with Gucci, Hearst Publishing
--DECE Launches B2B Licensing Program for its UltraViolet Digital Rights Locker System
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: CBS Interactive contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that its recently launched $4.99 "Star Trek PADD App " for iPad (see the article published on, July 11th) is proving successful. Although "it's only been available for two days, in the US it's beamed up to the #1 Paid...

Apple in Multi-Year Deal to License Intellectual Property from Rovi

In a Form 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) , Monday, Rovi (formerly Macrovision), a company best known for its EPG solutions (note: its other solutions include entertainment data, content protection and content networking technology; among other things, it recently announced a cloud-based advertising solution for connected devices ), announced that it "has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple, Inc . whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from the company."...

Rovi in EPG Patent Licensing Deal with Freeview Australia

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on, July 16th ) said Wednesday that Freeview Australia has signed a multi-year cooperation agreement for Rovi-held EPG patents. Freeview Australia--which, as its name suggests, is similar in concept to the Freeview services that have been launched in the UK and New Zealand--is co-owned by Australian free-to-air broadcasters,...

Macrovision in Multi-Year EPG Technology Patent License Agreement with Sony

Macrovision --the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, and which recently announced that it would change its name to Rovi, as part of a complete revamp of its brand identity--said Monday that it has signed a multi-year deal with Sony that will allow the latter to continue to use its EPG technology and the related patents in its Gemstar patent portfolio in its consumer electronics products. Macrovision bills its...