Google TV Reaches Out to Academia via New "Google TV for EDU" Program

Earlier this week, Google launched "Google TV for EDU," which it bills as a seeding program to support university research. "Google TV for EDU asks campuses around the country: how can educators enhance the Web on TV for the classroom?," Google TV product manager, Miriam Schneider, explained on the Google TV blog. "Specifically, we're asking faculty how their research could: 1) Generate new interest in television engineering; 2) Make computer science tangible for students; 3)...

mDialog to Bring its Real-Time In-Stream Video Advertising Solution to Roku OTT Platform

mDialog , a company best known for providing an in-stream advertising solution for iOS devices (i.e. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch), said Wednesday that it is extending its platform to the OTT market via support for the Roku platform. According to the company, its real-time in-stream video ad solution can deliver ad pods so "seamlessly" to the Roku player that they are "indistinguishable from a traditional linear commercial break that viewers are accustomed to watching...

Sony to Deploy Opera Browser on Bravia TV Sets and Blu-Ray Disc Players

Oslo, Norway-based browser specialist, Opera Software , said Wednesday that it has secured a deal with Sony to deploy its browser on the latter's Bravia television sets and Blu-ray Disc players. The company says that it aims to "deliver more 'lean-forward,' interactive components to connected home users" by offering its browser on the Sony devices.

According to Opera, its Opera Devices Software Developer Kit (SDK) is the cross-platform, standards-based "backbone" of its...

Miniweb to Showcase woomi, its Cloud-Based Video Distribution Platform for Connected TV, at NATPE

--Says Platform Will Be Available on Half of All Connected TV's Worldwide by Mid-2011
Miniweb , a London-based company that offers cloud-based video distribution for connected TV's, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it will be showcasing its flagship woomi "connected-TV marketplace" at the NATPE show in Miami next week (January 25th-27th). The company says that it will demo how woomi helps online and video content publishers extend their reach, maximize their audience and generate new revenues from advertising and commerce. "We are not streaming video or...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Vudu OTT Service Now Available on Boxee
--Swisscom Launches Two Mobile TV Apps
--Verimatrix Secures Hong Kong VOD Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue. Boxee said Wednesday that it has now launched the Walmart-owned Vudu OTT service (though not yet Netflix's service, which the company promises will launch later this month) on the Boxee Box. "Vudu on the Boxee Box means: access to the largest selection of HD movies on-demand, new releases (same day as DVD), thousands of movies available for...

Samsung's Samsung Apps Connected-TV App Store Surpasses 2 Million Downloads

--Is Averaging 100,000 Downloads Every Five Days
Less than two months after announcing that its Samsung Apps connected-TV app store had surpassed its one millionth application download (see the article published on itvt.com, December 9th), Samsung said Monday that the store has now seen two million downloads. Samsung Apps, which launched around a year ago, allows users of Samsung connected-TV devices to purchase and download directly to those devices apps from a range of content and service providers. The store, which is...

WealthTV Becomes First US Cable Network to Offer Linear Feed on Roku's OTT Platform

OTT specialist, Roku , said Monday that national "lifestyle and entertainment" cable network, WealthTV , has launched its 24/7 linear HD feed, as well as a range of VOD titles, on its Roku streaming player. While Roku has previously launched linear feeds from international partners such as YuppTV and ChannelLive, WealthTV--which will be offered for a monthly subscription of $2.99--is the first US cable network to be made available on its platform. "WealthTV fans that...

"Pay TV Embraces IP and the Cloud" at TVOT NYC Intensive

[itvt] is pleased to present an AUDIO RECORDING of " Pay TV Embraces IP and the Cloud ," a session at TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th, 2010).

The panelists for the session were:
* Braxton Jarratt , CEO of Clearleap
* Craig Leddy , principal of Interactive TV Works (moderator)
* Tara Maitra , VP and general manager of content services and advertising sales at TiVo
* Paul...

ActiveVideo's CloudTV Technology to Power Interactive TV on Funai Electric Connected-TV Devices

--Funai Manufactures Connected TV's and Blu-ray Players for Philips, Emerson, Magnavox and Sylvania
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , whose customers include New York-area MSO Cablevision, has racked up its first major customer win in the consumer electronics/OTT space--a market that it has been targeting for some time now. The company said Tuesday that it has signed a deal with Funai Electric that will make the latter the first consumer electronics manufacturer to bring interactive TV solutions, based entirely in the network cloud, to connected-TV devices. Funai...

Roku Says It Has Served Over 1 Billion Streams of OTT Content

--Company Recently Announced that It Had Sold Over a Million of its Streaming Players
OTT specialist, Roku , said Tuesday that it has served its one billionth stream of content. The company recently announced that it had sold over a million of its streaming players, the entry-level model of which is priced at $59.99.

According to Roku, last month its players averaged over 11 hours of viewing time per week--a significant amount of time, the company says, when one takes into account that the average viewer...