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Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

Rovi's Connected Platform to Be Available Pre-Ported on Android Devices

--Will Enable Users to Stream Content from their Android Devices to Connected TV's, STB's and More
Rovi said Tuesday that its Connected Platform technologies will be available pre-ported on the Android platform, enabling end-users to share and stream entertainment content from their Android devices to a range of connected devices throughout the home. According to the company, at the core of the Connected Platform are advanced home-networking capabilities that will allow consumer electronics manufacturers to quickly and easily deploy interoperable device functionality to their Android-based mobile device, phone and tablet offerings.

Pay-TV Operator, Foxtel, to Offer 30 Channels Over-The-Top on Telstra's T-Box Hybrid-TV Platform

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Former MSNBC Host, Keith Olbermann, Joins Current TV
--HTC Invests $40 Million in Games-on-Demand Company, OnLive
--iDirect, Sky-Stream Enable Access to On-Demand Programming on Apple TV in Remote Locations
--LodgeNet Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies on its In-Room Interactive TV Platform in 2010
--Twitpic Launches Video Sharing on Twitter
--Report: Wal-Mart's Vudu OTT Service Could Threaten iTunes' EST and Internet VOD Dominance
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Current TV , a channel well known for its use of user-generated content and other interactive initiatives (including, for example, its VCAM--or "Viewer Created Ad Message"--program, which invites viewers to upload their own video ads for participating brands; and "Bar Karma," its soon-to-premiere interactive TV series created by "The Sims" creator, Will Wright, and Worldwide Biggies CEO,...

Telstra Taps Accedo to Develop Live Multichannel TV Apps for Samsung and LG Connected-TV Devices

Accedo Broadband , a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices, said Monday that it has been working with Australian telco, Telstra, to develop applications that bring seven live streaming 24/7 channels from the latter's IPTV service, BigPond TV, to connected TV's from LG Electronics and to connected TV's, Blu-ray players and home theater systems from Samsung.

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Amino Reports Higher Annual Revenues, H2 Operating Profit
--Report: BBC to Launch Dedicated iPlayer App for iPad This Thursday
--Rovi Replenishes its Cash Reserves
--Sony Launches Qriocity Connected-TV VOD Service in Canada
--Report: Hybrid TV Set to Strike Deal to Ensure Australians Continue to Receive TiVo Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based IPTV/OTT set-top box company, Amino Technologies , has released financial results for the year ended November 30th: Revenues totaled £44 million, compared to £25.3 million for the prior year; gross profit totaled £12.6 million, compared to £8.3 million; gross margins were 28.6%, compared to 32.9%--largely due, the company said, to adverse foreign exchange markets...

Miniweb's woomi Connected-TV "Marketplace" Goes Live on Samsung Connected TV's in the UK

--Miniweb Signs Exclusive International Ad Sales Agreement for woomi with smartclip

Video Search Engine Company, blinkx, Eyes Connected-TV Space with New TV API

--Company's Connected-TV Partners Include Amino, Miniweb
Video search engine company, blinkx , on Wednesday announced the launch of a TV API, which it says is designed to provide partners in the "fast-growing connected-TV ecosystem"--including CE and set-top box manufacturers, game console vendors and app developers--access to its index of approximately 35 million hours of online video. According to blinkx, the new TV API automatically filters results based on the capabilities of the user's device--such as the video formats that device supports--in...

zubibu Launches tcommerce App for Connected-TV Devices

--Lovefilm App Now Available for Samsung Blu-ray Players in UK
A Polish start-up called zubibu has launched a shopping cart-style tcommerce application for connected-TV devices. Dubbed zubibu@TV , the app will initially be available--a few weeks from now--free of charge in the Samsung Apps store, for Samsung TV sets and Blu-ray players equipped with the CE manufacturer's Internet@TV platform.

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