Turner Sports Trumpets Success of its Multiplatform Coverage of NBA Regular Season

Turner Sports last week released viewership/usage statistics for its multiplatform coverage of the 2009-10 NBA regular season. According to the company (which jointly manages NBA Digital and the latter's line-up of broadband video and mobile offerings with the NBA): has streamed a record 1 billion videos worldwide since the end of last season, representing a 65% increase in video views for the site. also averaged a record of over 52 million global monthly...

Vestel to Integrate Miniweb's Connected TV Services Platform into Connected TV Devices

--Miniweb Platform Enables Converged Broadcast/Broadband Viewing Experiences
Miniweb , a London-based company that offers a platform designed to enable converged broadcast and broadband entertainment on the TV, said Monday that it has formed a strategic partnership with Turkish "white label" consumer electronics manufacturer, Vestel Electronics , that will see it integrating its Connected TV Services Platform and broadband content guide across a range of the latter's connected TV devices. According to the company, the first Vestel devices to incorporate its technology will...

thePlatform Launches its Next-Generation Multiscreen Video Publishing System, mpx Beta

--Features a Complementary mpx Dev Kit
Comcast-owned white-label video management and publishing company, thePlatform , on Monday evening launched mpx Beta , which it bills as a "radically re-engineered video management system designed to deliver an unmatched combination of efficiency and scalability for publishing online video"; and also unveiled a complementary mpx Dev Kit. The launches were scheduled to coincide with thePlatform's 10th anniversary.

According to thePlatform, mpx Beta incorporates an entirely new and "intuitive" console for managing...

News Round-Up: Interactive/Multiplatform TV Content

--Bravo in Partnership with Mobile Social Network, Foursquare
--Elisabeth Murdoch Stresses Importance of Social Media to Future of TV
--NBCU Unveils Plans for Measuring Multiplatform Viewing of its Olympics Coverage
--Sky Betting and Gaming Shifts Focus from Interactive TV to Online
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of interactive TV content news for the past few days: Bravo is set to announce a partnership with mobile social networking service, Foursquare , to...

News Round-Up

--BIAP Changes its Name to FourthWall Media
--Canoe Ventures Looking to Staff Up
--Disney's Keychest Tech Would Enable New Content Ownership Model for Multiplatform World
--MySpace Launches vCommerce-Enabled Music Videos Hub
--NBA to Launch Interactive TV Show on
--NBA Also Considering Letting Fans Interact with One Another via Interactive TV Widgets
--Rogers to Launch TV Everywhere-Type Service Next Month, Cox in Wait-and-See Mode
--Yahoo! in Branded Programming Partnership with GroupM
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: As [itvt] was going to press, we learned that Plano, Texas-based interactive TV software provider, BIAP (note: last year, the company--whose name is an acronym for Broadband Interactive Applications--secured a five-year license agreement for its ETV User Agent with Time Warner Cable--see [itvt] Issue 8.23 Part 2B), has changed its name to FourthWall Media . We plan...

News Round-Up

--Patent Application Casts Light on Apple's Multiplatform Video Plans
--BSkyB in OTT Deal with IP Vision
--Canoe to Have Canoe Advanced Advertising Platform (CAAP) in Place by Year's End
--Cox Unveils MyPrimetime VOD Service's Fall Line-Up
--Etilasat Acquires 16.6% Stake in SoftAtHome
--IFC Taps Ustream to Power Live Streaming Video of Monty Python Reunion
--Ooyala Launches Closed Captioning Support
--SeaChange to Focus on Three-Screen Video Delivery at Cable-Tec Expo
--Tim Hanlon to Leave Publicis Groupe
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: A new patent application from Apple , which has just been published by the US Patent & Trademark Office, suggests that the company is planning to expand its MobileMe service into video, according to an article in Patently Apple. "Generally speaking, Apple's patent relates to synchronizing media state across multiple devices," Patently Apple writes. "Specifically, the patent...

Verizon Joins RVU Alliance

--Organization Promotes New Remote User Interface for Viewing TV on Multiple Devices in the Home
The RVU Alliance announced Tuesday that Verizon will become its fifth "Founding Promoter"--the others being Broadcom, Cisco, DirecTV and Samsung. The Alliance is attempting to develop a specification for a new "pixel accurate" Remote User Interface that will form the core of a new RVU home networking technology, whose goal is to "make it simple and easy for consumers to connect multiple electronic devices to create powerful home entertainment systems." "Joining the Alliance gives us...

RGB Launches Content Repurposing Solution for "Real-Time Delivery of Any Video to Any Device"

Network video processing specialist, RGB Networks , on Tuesday unveiled its new content repurposing solution, which it claims enables cable, telecom and other IP video service providers to simultaneously deliver any video program to multiple devices (including TV's, PC's and mobiles) via any network and with "pristine" picture quality. According to the company, this claimed ability to easily repurpose multiple video sources, and to deliver them over multiple networks and to all viewing devices using...

Tandberg to Demo "Device-Aware Backoffice for Multiplatform TV" at CableLabs Summer Conference

--CableLabs Summer Conference Preview: Demo's from Arris, BigBand, Sigma Systems
Ericsson-owned Tandberg Television announced Friday that it will debut what it is calling the "cable industry's first device-aware backoffice for multiplatform TV" at this week's CableLabs Summer Conference in Keystone, CO, and at next month's IBC show in Amsterdam. According to the company, the new solution--which is the latest version (5.0) of its OpenStream Digital Services Platform (note: the platform, which Tandberg acquired via its purchase of N2 Broadband back in 2005, is used by,...

CBS Moves Multiplatform Social TV Series, "Harper's Island," to Saturday

--Claims Show is Attracting "Passionate Audience" of DVR Users and Online Viewers
Broadcast network CBS announced Monday that "Harper's Island"--a multiplatform, social TV-enhanced mystery series that [itvt] reported on yesterday--will move to Saturday (9:00-10:00PM ET/PT), as of May 2nd, where it will form the first hour of a two-hour block of original mystery programming with "48 Hours Mystery" (10:00-11:00PM ET/PT). The broadcaster purportedly made the decision to move the show to the less desirable timeslot because its greatest strength is with timeshifting and online audiences. It says...