Alicia Keys Concert to Stream Live in HD on YouTube Today

AEG Digital Media --a company that specializes in the technical and creative production of music, sports, reality and special event programming and that claims to take "a broadcast approach to streaming media to enable the world's most watched and most innovative Webcasts and live events"--contacted [itvt] late Monday to let us know that it is producing a live Webcast of today's (Tuesday, December 1st) sold-out concert by Alicia Keys in AEG's Nokia Theatre Times Square...

ITV's "This Morning" Teams with YouTube on "Virtual Choir" Promotion

--Viewers Invited to Participate in "Virtual Carol Singing Experiment"
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name stands for "Independent Television Network), and video-sharing site, YouTube , are teaming on an interactive Christmas promotion for ITV's flagship daytime show, " This Morning ."

The promotion, which kicked off Monday, sees "This Morning" hosts, Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby, and singer Jonathan Ansell, inviting viewers to join them in what ITV calls a "virtual carol singing experiment." In order to participate, viewers...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--BBC Round-Up: Freesat iPlayer to Beta-Launch December 7th, Canvas Delays, No iPlayer on Xbox
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond: From 9:55PM, December 11th through December 26th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access a weekly updated selection of videos designed to supplement the BBC Two three-part Christmas special, " Victorian Farm ." According to the corporation, the videos showcase, among other things, "the secrets of traditional...

Dick Clark Productions to Offer Interactive Live Streaming Coverage of AMAs' Red Carpet on Facebook

--Ustream-Powered Show to Feature Participation by Facebook's Randi Zuckerberg, Brandee Barker
Dick Clark Productions (DCP) contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it is teaming with Facebook (which, according to new figures from Nielsen's VideoCensus, is now the third-largest broadband video site after YouTube and Hulu in total streams) to add a live, interactive broadband video element to its annual American Music Awards (AMA) .

According to the company, its collaboration with the social networking service will see the AMAs' first-ever...

EMI Becomes First Major Music Company to Offer Music Videos, Concert Coverage on Hulu

--STV Seeking Injunction to Prevent ITV from Signing Deals with Hulu, other Broadband VOD Services
Hulu , the free, ad-supported broadband video venture co-owned by The Walt Disney Company (ABC), NBC Universal and News Corp. (Fox), said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with EMI Music , under which the latter will be the first major music company to offer concerts and music videos on Hulu's broadband video platform.

The Hulu-EMI partnership--which the companies say will see Hulu offering content from artists on various EMI...

MuchMusic Taps Immersive Media to Power Live, 360-Degree, Full-Motion, Interactive Video

Immersive Media , a Portland, Oregon-based company that has developed a patented technology, dubbed IM LIVE , that enables viewer-controlled, 360-degree, live, full-motion, interactive video experiences (note: the experience of watching video powered by the technology is akin to watching a video version of Google Street View), will today announce a deployment of the technology with Canada's MuchMusic , which plans to use it to stream live video from its MuchOnDemand studio to visitors to...

New Hires: BBC Future Media & Technology, Music Choice On Demand, Episodic

The BBC has named Simon Lloyd director of marketing, communications and audiences for its Future Media & Technology (FM&T) division. He will report to the BBC's director of marketing, communications and audiences, Sharon Baylay, and--in addition to his core duties of developing FM&T's marketing, communications and audiences strategy in accordance with the corporation's overall strategy--he will play a role in the strategic leadership and development of the division, the BBC says: he will have a...

blinkx Launches Music Video Search Service

--Alice in Chains Launches Interactive, Video-Enabled iPhone App
Video search engine company, blinkx , on Tuesday announced blinkx Music (, a new service for finding and watching music videos online. According to the company, the service functions as a "single online gateway" that provides access to music videos in every genre, and features a "huge and varied constellation of artists." blinkx claims to have indexed over 33,000 hours of music video from over 10,000 artists.

According to the company, users...

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...

India's DEN Launches Interactive TV Blogging App and Music Service, Based on NDS Middleware

Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said last week that it has partnered with Indian cable operator, DEN , whose digital cable service is based on its MediaHighway middleware platform, to launch two new interactive TV services: a microblogging application, called Blog.telly, which was just launched, and a 24/7 music service which launched in January. According to NDS, Blog.telly allows DEN subscribers to comment on popular discussion topics in four categories, entitled...