The iTV Doctor Is In! The Shade Tree Mechanic Goes Over the Top

Dear Readers : My father was a brilliant chemical and mechanical engineer. When he bought a new 1964 Pontiac GTO, he was so curious about the engine that he took it apart and laid the pieces out on the garage floor. And when he put it back together, he didn't have any parts left over (a skill I never mastered...). But one thing Dad always talked about was the primary operating philosophy of the Shade Tree Mechanic: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." And for all of his life, and for most of mine, that philosophy has worked. Until now.

"Still Not Dead? Debating the Future of Pay-TV" at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2014

[itvt] is pleased to present a video recording of the TVOT 2014 session, "Still Not Dead? Debating the Future of Pay-TV" The session was described in the show brochure as follows: "Moderated by Alan Wolk, Global Lead Analyst at Piksel, and taking off from the ideas expounded in his widely disseminated--and controversial--slide deck, 'Still Not Dead: 7 Myths about the Current State of the TV Industry Debunked,' this session will feature two teams of prominent...

INdustry: "TV at the Top" of the Engagement Model

For me, one of the key takeaways from this summer's TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) was a marked change in the creative model for companion content. At TVOT 2012, much--if not all--of the focus was on "second-screen" apps, i.e. apps that run on smartphones and tablets and that are designed to accompany content displayed on TV. At TVOT 2013, it was clear that the second-screen mantra had evolved. The new mantra? Multiscreen.

TVOT 2013 Fireside: Eric Free Discusses Intel Media's Plans to Launch a TV Service

Listen to internet radio with Tracy Swedlow on BlogTalkRadio [itvt] is pleased to present an audio recording of the fireside session at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 , in which Eric Free , VP and General Manager of Content and Services at Intel Media --in conversation with Ashley Swartz , Principal of Furious Minds --discussed his company's plans to launch a "virtual MSO" service.

[itvt] Presents...The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013, June 25-26 in San Francisco

  • TVOT 2013 Will Feature Three Tracks, Close to 200 Expert Speakers and Panelists, and the Presentation of the 10th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television
  • Expanded Venue Will Accommodate Event's Rapid Growth
  • Tickets on Sale Now : Special Early-Bird and Group Rates Available
[itvt] is pleased to announce that the seventh annual TV of Tomorrow Show (TVOT) will take place June 25th-26th (Tuesday-Wednesday) at San Francisco 's famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA) , where we have secured additional space this year to keep pace with the event's recent rapid growth . The TV of Tomorrow Show has been widely praised not only as a true experts' conference that attracts a veritable "who's who" of the...

The iTV Doctor Reviews: Second-Screen Apps at the Oscars

Dear Readers: As promised, this week's column is a review of second-screen (iPhone) apps that complemented the February 26th Academy Awards broadcast on ABC. We'll be looking at Shazam, Miso, Viggle and ABC's in-house iPhone experience. The overall domestic Oscar audience was pegged at 38 million viewers, significantly less than the 44 million viewers for the Grammys, and only about a third of the Super Bowl audience.

LG Electronics CES News Round-Up

--Revamps its NetCast Connected-TV Platform
--Launches Google TV-Based Connected 3D TV Line
--Unveils "Magic Remote" for its 3D Connected TV's
--Partners with Gaikai to Bring Cloud-Gaming Service to its 3D Connected TV's
--Will Launch Verizon FiOS TV App on its Connected-TV Devices Later This Year
LG Electronics generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related announcements and news from and about the company: The company unveiled its new Cinema 3D Smart TV 's, which among other things feature an upgraded version of its NetCast connected-TV platform. "Over the past year, LG has elevated the user experience of its smart-TV function by adding over 1,200 apps and a range of premium content services," the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CTAM, Samsung, Fashion TV, Shazam, Syfy, E! USA Network

--Multiple Oscar Winners and Nominees to Be Featured on Cable VOD during Academy Awards Run-Up
--Samsung in European Connected-TV Deal with Fashion TV
--Shazam Brings ACR-Powered Interactivity to Shows on Syfy, E!, USA Network
Due to the large volume of news generated by the recent 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: 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...

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...

Google TV CES Round-Up

--Google Says Google TV Activation Rates Have More than Doubled Since October 2011 Software Update
--Marvell's ARM-Based Foresight Platform Incorporated into Next Generation of Google TV's
--MediaTek Launches 120Hz SoC for Google TV and Other High-End Connected-TV Platforms
--LG Launches 3D Google TV
--Vizio Launches Multiple Google TV Devices
--Sony Unveils Two Google TV Devices
--OnLive Connected-TV Games Platform Integrated with Google TV
--Newly Updated Google Patent Appears to Describe App Marketplace for Video Channels
Google TV generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of announcements and other news from and about the platform: Just prior to CES, a posting on the Google TV blog announced that the platform has seen its activation rates "more than double" since an update last October that enabled "a simpler interface, a new way to discover great Web and TV content, a more TV-like YouTube experience, and Android Market,"...