The State of the Streaming Nation: OTT, "TV Everywhere" and Beyond

[itvt] is pleased to present a video recording of the session, " The State of the Streaming Nation: OTT, "TV Everywhere" and Beyond ," which was one of the highlights of The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 (June 12th-13th). The session was described in the show brochure as follows: This session, moderated by a journalist who has specialized in covering the Internet video space since its inception, will explore some of the most pressing issues...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): "Get Yourself Tested," Fox Digital, Myspace, Hulu, Netflix

--FHI 360, CDC, MTV, Planned Parenthood, Kaiser Family Foundation Team on Interactive Video
--Fox Digital Entertainment to Premiere Original Scripted Series, "Wolfpack of Reseda," on Myspace
--Hulu Launches its First Original Scripted Series, Netflix Produces its Second
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Public health organization, FHI 360 (Family Health International) , has teamed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , MTV , Planned Parenthood of America and the Kaiser Family Foundation on an interactive video for a joint campaign dubbed "Get Yourself Tested," which encourages young people to...

Panasonic CES News Round-Up

--Unveils Multiple New Apps and Features for its Viera Connect Connected-TV Platform
--Partners with Myspace on New Social-TV Service
--Enables Skype-Powered Social TV via New Split Screen Feature
--12 of Company's 2012 Line-Up of LED/LCD TV Sets Offer Viera Connect
--Company's New Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems Offer Viera Connect
--Viera Connect Supports Video Distribution by Ooyala Publishers
--Flixster Brings Movie App to Viera Connect
--Time Warner Cable Unveils App that Brings its Pay-TV Service to Viera Connect
Panasonic generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of announcements and news from and about the company: The company announced various new applications and features that are slated to appear on its Viera Connect connected-TV platform this year. "Panasonic's 2012 additions will feature exciting new apps for children, music enthusiasts, online shoppers, and movie/TV lovers, adding to an already robust line-up of interactive apps," the company states in its press...

Music Choice Says Viewers Responding Enthusiastically to New Interactive Network, SWRV

--Imira, Enne Team on Interactive TV Series for Children
--MySpace, Fox Inviting Viewers to Audition for New Roles in "Glee"
--"Sims" Creator, Will Wright, Said to Be Teaming with Current TV on Interactive TV Series
Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that its new 24/7 interactive music video network, SWRV , has generated 500,000 viewer interactions in 750,000 homes since its launch last month. According to the company, 54% of those interactions were via the Web ( ) and 46% via the phone.

The SWRV program that has enjoyed the highest percentage of viewer interactions to date, Music Choice...

News Round-Up:

--Lori Schwartz Elected Co-Governor of ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group
--Ex-Digeo CEO, Greg Gudorf, Resurfaces at Thomson Technicolor
--Free Press: Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Service Poses a Threat to Online Video Competition
--New Online Reality Show Involves Hulu, MySpace
--Jinni Secures $1.6 Million in Series A Funding Round
--Ooyala Provides Live Streaming Coverage of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
--Report: SeeSaw Secures Content Deals with Channel 4, Five
--Teletext Closes Down
--Thoughts from thePlatform's Ian Blaine and SysMedia's Andrew Lambourne
--Google's Eun: YouTube Mulling Subscription Option
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 Lori Schwartz , SVP and director of the Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, has just been elected as co-governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (note: the other co-governor is Geoff Katz , VP of business development and marketing at Transpond). We hope...

New NBC Social Media Game Rewards Viewers for Promoting "Chuck" on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace

NBC last week announced the launch of a new social media game, called " Mission: Chuck Me Out " ( ), that is designed to reward viewers who use popular social networking sites to promote the network's returning action-comedy series, "Chuck" (note: the series' third season premieres at 9:00PM Eastern, January 10th, before the series moves to its regular day and time--Mondays at 8:00PM Eastern--on January 11th). According to the broadcaster, the game's grand...

Paramount Digital Entertainment Launches Interactive Thriller Series on MySpace

--Broadband Video Round-Up: Babelgum Interactive Series,, FA Cup, Last.FM, Colbert, Vevo
Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) on Tuesday launched an original, interactive supernatural thriller series, called " Circle of Eight ," exclusively on MySpace . The 10-part series, which was produced in association with Mountain Dew's Green Label Studios, is billed as using gaming and social media to propel its story forward. Its first three episodes are currently available on MySpace (; episodes four and five will be made available November 3rd; and the remaining episodes will...

MySpace Premieres Second Season of Game Show, "BFF"

--Show Features User-Generated Video Questions, Social Media Presence
MySpace contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched the second season of its original broadband video game show, " BFF ." The show, which is hosted by Jake Hurwitz (of the "College Humor" Web site, MTV's "The College Humor Show," and the comedy duo, "Jake and Amir"), challenges best friends on how well they really know each other. Pairs of best friends, aged 18-24, are asked questions about each other in...

Turner Sports Offers Extensive New Media Coverage of PGA Championship

--Offerings Include Live Streaming Player with Twitter/Facebook/MySpace Integration, iPhone App
--Also Invites Viewers to Determine Which Players to Feature
Turner Sports offered a range of interactive and social features to supplement its coverage of last week's PGA Championship , including the broadband video coverage that it offered on as part of its long-term deal with the PGA of America (note: the Turner Sports-PGA partnership, which was formed in 2002, was recently extended through 2019). Before and during the championship, all of Turner's TNT television announcers for the event, as well as on-air...

Live Broadcasting Service,, Launches New Twitter, Facebook and MySpace Features

--Service Recently Began Offering a "Pro Account" Option
In a posting on its corporate blog Thursday,, a San Francisco-based company that bills itself as "the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video" (it claims to have around 428,000 live video channels, to which 20 hours of video are uploaded each minute, and says its Web site receives over 41 million unique visitors per month), announced the launch of a number of new Twitter, Facebook and MySpace...