AT&T signs Jinni to boost VOD sales with personalized recommendations

By Steve Donohue, for [itvt]
Jinni said AT&T is using its recommendation engine to offer U-verse TV video-on-demand subscribers a personalized program guide. The deal, announced Wednesday, is one of Jinni’s biggest since it was founded in 2008. The Tel Aviv-based company also licenses its semantic discovery product to Comcast , VUDU and Microsoft for use on its Xbox gaming consoles. International customers include Belgium’s Belgacom , Spain’s Prisa TV and SingTel i n Singapore. Jinni’s recommendation engine is unique...

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...

Allo Communications Teams with 180Squared to Launch Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service

--Fiber-Based Service Features Interactive TV Caller ID App, Remote DVR Management
Nebraska-based telco, Allo Communications , said Wednesday that it has teamed with 180Squared , a company best known for providing software and integration services for Microsoft's Mediaroom IPTV platform, to launch a Mediaroom-based IPTV service to its customers in western Nebraska (note: last year, Microsoft launched virtualization support for Mediaroom, in a bid to make the platform more cost-effective for smaller operators such as Allo to deploy--see the article published on, May 28th, 2009)...

News Round-Up (VIII): Telus, Microsoft, thePlatform, RCN, TiVo, DISH Network

--Telus Enables Access to its Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service via Xbox
--thePlatform Launches Tools for Creating/Managing Video Feeds, Applying Ad Policies, Enforcing Viewing Restrictions
--RCN Launches TiVo Service in Chicago, FTC Weighs in on TiVo-DISH Litigation
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us 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 in this issue, please bear with us. We apologize...

Portugal Telecom Launches Interactive TV App Store for its Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered Meo Service

--Deutsche Telekom Launches "Personal Conference" App on its Mediaroom-Powered Entertain Service
Portugal Telecom last week launched Meo Interactivo, an app store for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, Meo. According to the company, the app store will aggregate the various interactive TV applications/widgets that are already available for the Meo service, as well as offering various new applications, including apps for Facebook, Picasa, Flickr and Oceanlook (note: the latter is a Portuguese site that bills itself as a portal for Ocean lovers). Applications will be organized into...

News Round-Up:

--BT Vision Planning to Launch VOD Advertising
--DirecTV Teams with Panasonic to Launch 3D Channels
--Groups Seek to Expand COPPA to Interactive TV, Other New Media
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: UK incumbent telco, BT , plans to introduce advertising in the first half of 2011 in association with the VOD programming it offers on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IP platform, BT Vision, Marc Watson, chief executive of TV and online services at BT Retail, told Media Week last week. "Absolutely we will look to offer...

AT&T U-verse TV's "My Multiview" App Lets Viewers Create Personalized Multiscreen Mosaics

AT&T on Tuesday unveiled My Multiview, a new interactive TV app for its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered U-verse TV IPTV platform that allows viewers to select the channels for their own Multiview (multiscreen mosaic) display (note: U-verse TV launched Sports, Kids and News Multiview apps in the fall of 2009, and this year has offered special Multiview apps for a number of major sporting events).

According to the company, the app lets viewers select...

AT&T to Offer Extensive Interactive TV, VOD, Online and Mobile Coverage of World Cup

--AT&T U-verse TV to Offer its First-Ever Spanish-Language Interactive TV Application
AT&T on Tuesday unveiled its plans for interactive TV, VOD, online and mobile coverage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup . Among other things, the plans call for the telco to offer the first-ever Spanish-language interactive TV application to run on its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform, U-verse TV.

According to AT&T, the U-verse TV Spanish-language app--which will be available at no extra charge on channel 3001 and which is the result of...

News Round-Up (IX)

--Time Warner Cable to Showcase EBIF-Based Interactive TV App for its CAMM Initiative
--Report: Time Warner Cable to "Pilot" IPTV Service in LA, Using Microsoft Mediaroom
--TV Genius's Content Discovery Solution Integrated into Zenterio's Middleware
--Canadian Branch of TVWorks to Close Next Month
--Verizon FiOS TV's New YouTube and Internet Radio Capabilities Prove Popular
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. Time Warner Cable has announced that it will preview a new EBIF-based interactive TV app for its Connect a Million Minds (CAMM) philanthropic initiative (which it says is...

Netflix Prize Runner-Up Unveils Programming Recommendations Technology

--Gravity R&D's "Gravity Impress" Demo'd Running on Mediaroom in Microsoft's NAB Booth
A Hungarian company called Gravity R&D contacted [itvt] Monday to alert our readers to the international unveiling of its new Gravity Impress recommendations technology, running on the Microsoft Mediaroom IPTV platform, at the NAB show in Las Vegas this week. The technology, which the company says has been fully integrated with Mediaroom 2.0, is being demo'd in Microsoft's booth (SL220).

Gravity R&D was the leader of The Ensemble Team, which achieved the...