News Round-Up:

--Alcatel-Lucent Trumpets Work on Vodafone Portugal's Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service
--Amino IPTV Set-Top Boxes Selected by Tele2 Netherlands
--BBC Switch Revamps its Web Portal
--beActive Launches Multiplatform Thriller, Featuring Social and AR Elements
--Blockbuster in VOD Alliance with Suddenlink and Mediacom
--Epix Launches Initiative to Create Largest Online Movie Catalog
--Five, UEFA, Livestation Launch Europa League iPhone/iPod touch App
--HBO Launches "HBO Imagine" Interactive Video Experience
--Hillcrest Labs Launches New Products for OEM's
--Hulu Launches Social TV Apps for Facebook Users, "Continuous Play" Feature
--Inverto Supporting HbbTV
--IP Vision in Over-the
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time constraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Alcatel-Lucent is trumpeting its role in developing Vodafone Portugal's new Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, Vodafone Casa TV...

Ireland's MercuryGirl to Develop "Travel-Oriented Layers" for SPRXmobile's Layar AR Browser

--Doritos Teams with Blink-182, Big Boi on Augmented Reality Promotion
In a posting on its corporate blog earlier this week, MercuryGirl , a Dublin, Ireland-based developer of applications for the iPhone, Android and BlackBerry smartphone platforms, revealed that it has been awarded a developer account for SPRXmobile's Layar augmented reality browser (note: for more on the Layar platform--which superimposes layers of interactive digital information on top of real-time video on a smartphone's camera screen-- see the articles published on, June 17th and July 9th,... Running Interactive VOD Promotion for San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival , a Mag Rack Entertainment-owned free VOD service specializing in coverage of live music performances and other music-related programming, said Wednesday that it is teaming with Another Planet Entertainment and Superfly Productions on an SMS-based interactive promotion for the second annual Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival in San Francisco. During August, is running Outside Lands promotional messages that include a text call-to-action for the opportunity to win two free tickets to the...

New Interview with BBC Red Button Chief, John Denton

--Plus iCueTV Founder and President, Michael Huegel, Explains Interactive TV Commerce
[itvt] has just published an in-depth audio interview with the BBC's mana ging editor of TV platforms, John Denton , the executive who leads the team responsible for the BBC 's highly popular (an average of around 11 million viewers access it each week) Red Button interactive TV service. Topics discussed include red-button interactive TV projects that Denton and his team are currently working on; which kinds of red-button interactive TV applications and programming have...

Clikthrough Raises $1 Mil from Music-Industry Figures, Adds 35 Interactive Videos to its Web Site

--Featured Artists Include Michael Jackson, Eminem, Britney Spears, Lady GaGa
San Francisco-based privately funded interactive video and video analytics company, Clikthrough , announced last week that it has 1) debuted 35 new interactive music videos on its Web site as a result of new partnerships with Universal Music and Slip N Side Records (note: it already has a relationship in place with Sony Music/Photogenic Records); 2) launched a new version of its proprietary video analytics product, Traffic Jam; 3) made its Clikthrough Theater online showcase...

BBC's Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of Glastonbury Festival Sets Records

The BBC said Wednesday that record numbers of people watched coverage of this year's Glastonbury Festival on-demand through its dedicated festival Web site and through its BBC Red Button interactive TV service. According to the corporation, the site--which offered highlights of around 60 acts playing on the festival's main stages--received 7.2 million video requests. Lady Gaga's performance proved the biggest draw, the BBC says, with 1.3 million requests, followed by Lily Allen's with 762,000 requests,...

Propaganda 3 Creates Interactive Video for Kansas City Band, Queens Club

Kansas City band, Queens Club , has tapped Propaganda 3 , an interactive production studio also based in Kansas City, to create an interactive video for its single, "Haunted House." Among other things, the video allows viewers to change the stage sets behind the band, change its color scheme and brightness level, and change its viewing angle as if they were moving the camera that shot it The video was created in Papervision 3D--a 3D...

BBC Unveils Plans for Interactive TV and Broadband Video Coverage of "T in the Park" Music Fest

The BBC has announced plans for broadband video and red-button interactive TV coverage of Scotland's annual " T in the Park " music festival (at which around 85,000 attendees will see performances from such bands as Nine Inch Nails, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, and Pet Shop Boys). During each of the festival's three days, viewers will be able to press red while watching any BBC channel to access four different channels of performances...

Spanish Band, Labuat, Launches Flash-Based Interactive Music Video for "Soy Tu Aire"

Spanish band, Labuat (note: the band opened for Beyonce Knowles in Barcelona last month), has launched a Flash-based music video for its single, "Soy tu aire." The video allows viewers to use their cursor to manipulate a constantly flowing ink-like line that occasionally explodes into splatters, words and images (such as birds, fish, butterflies and a pair of lips). It appears designed to give the viewer the impression that s/he is painting the flow of...

BBC Trumpets Success of its Interactive Coverage of Radio 1's Big Weekend

--Unveils Plans for Interactive TV Coverage of Glastonbury Music Festival
The BBC said Wednesday that this year's " Radio 1's Big Weekend " event, an annual free music festival produced by the corporation's flagship rock and pop station, was "the most interactive to date," with record numbers accessing the corporation's coverage of the event via the Internet, mobile phones and the red button. According to the BBC, a major push was made this year to use multiplatform interactivity in order to make "the audience feel...