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Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Lovefilm, Disney, BBC, ITV, Deutsche Telekom, MobiTV, NDS

--Lovefilm in Streaming Video Deals with Disney UK, BBC Worldwide, ITV
--Deutsche Telekom to Integrate MobiTV's "TV Everywhere" Solution
--NDS Eyes IPO, Receives TV Innovation Award
Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: 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, please bear with...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- PlayJam to Integrate Philips’ uWand Gesture Control Technology -- LoveFilm Scores Warner Bros. Licensing Deal -- Roku to Expand to United Kingdom and Canada -- Arris May Enable Voice Controls for Moxi Guide -- Entone Names Morton Head of Market Development for Broadband TV

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): FilmFlex, Film4oD, GetGlue, DirecTV, LOVEFiLM, StudioCanal

--FilmFlex Launches "Download-to-Rent" Option on Film4oD
--GetGlue in Social-TV Partnership with DirecTV
--LOVEFiLM Launches iPad Instant-Streaming App
--LOVEFiLM in Exclusive Content Deal with StudioCanal
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. FilmFlex Movies , a VOD service provider that is a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television and The Walt Disney Company EMEA , has launched a "download-to-rent" option on Film4oD, the online VOD service it operates in partnership with UK movie channel, Film4. "Download-to-rent, which saves the movie to the user's...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC's Interactive TV Coverage of Royal Wedding --LOVEFiLM Lands Disney VOD Movie Agreement
BBC is using its Red Button interactive TV platform to enhance its coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. After Friday's wedding, BBC viewers will be able to watch highlights from the event for up to one week by pressing the Red Button. BBC plans wall-to-wall TV, radio, and Web coverage of the Royal Wedding. Additional highlights from the BBC's Red Button schedule are available here . Walt Disney Co . struck...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- UK Retailer Tesco Buys Streaming Video Site Blinkbox -- Two Way Media Raises Funds for Social Gaming, Connected TV Projects -- Hollywood Directors Protes New $30 Premium VOD Window -- Appeals Court Ruling Could Force EchoStar to Settle with TiVo
British retail giant Tesco is expanding into the streaming video business, acquiring an 80 percent stake in online TV and movie site Blinkbox . Founded by former executives from the UK's Channel 4 and Vodafone in 2006, Blinkbox offers both paid content, and free ad-supported videos. Tesco's deal follows a move from Amazon in January to buy Blinkbox rival LoveFilm . Some U.S. retailers are also expanding into the online video sector, including Wal-Mart which...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): httv, Lovefilm, Oregan, MIPTV, Music Choice

--httv Launches New OTT and Hybrid-TV Solutions, Secures Deployment of its HbbTV Playout Solution
--Lovefilm Launches on Oregan's Onyx Browser for Connected TV's
--MIPTV Announces Content 360 Finalists
--Music Choice to Premiere Original Multiplatform Show, "The Cut"
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. Once again, 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 see your news covered in this...

zubibu Launches tcommerce App for Connected-TV Devices

--Lovefilm App Now Available for Samsung Blu-ray Players in UK
A Polish start-up called zubibu has launched a shopping cart-style tcommerce application for connected-TV devices. Dubbed zubibu@TV , the app will initially be available--a few weeks from now--free of charge in the Samsung Apps store, for Samsung TV sets and Blu-ray players equipped with the CE manufacturer's Internet@TV platform.

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

--ABC to Revive its Nielsen-Powered Two-Screen Interactive TV App for iPad
--Report: Amazon May Be Launching Netflix-Type Instant Streaming Service
--Amazon to Acquire Lovefilm, the "European Netflix"
--AT&T Rebrands its Transactional VOD Service to Head Off Competition from Netflix
Because the [itvt] editorial team was busy last 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, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.

Neovia to Process Payments for Sony/Disney-Owned Broadband VOD Service, FilmFlex

--Broadband VOD Service, Lovefilm, Launches Yahoo! App
Payment solutions provider, Neovia Financial , says that UK-based FilmFlex will use the Neovia Payment Network to process all online payments for its recently launched broadband VOD service. Neovia has also previously announced deals with UK broadband video platforms, SeeSaw and Perform.

FilmFlex, a joint venture between Sony and Disney, secured its first customer win earlier this year (see the article published on itvt.com, April 28th): a deal to provide content...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Acquire Lovefilm
--AT&T Teams with NCAA Football on Social App
--BBC Commissions Second Series of "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"
--CBS Sports Launches Pro Football App for Apple iPad
--ivi Receives Cease-and-Desist Letters from Broadcasters, Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
--Motive Television to Acquire Adecq, Provider of the Bestv DTT-Based VOD Solution
--Ofcom Hands over Responsibility for VOD Content Regulation to Association for Television on Demand
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Four More Members
--Pace Hires Nokia UK & Ireland MD, Mark Loughran, to Head New Convergence-Focused Unit
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report in the now paywall-blocked Sunday Times, Amazon has initiated a takeover bid for Lovefilm , the company often referred to as "the European Netflix." The bid is said to value Lovefilm at around £200 million. AT&T and NCAA football have announced the launch of a free NCAA Football Fan Zone App...

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