Reality TV

Bravo Launches Interactive Experience for its New Reality Series, "Start-Ups Silicon Valley"

--Bravo's SVP of Marketing, Ellen Stone, Discusses the Network's "Silicon Valley Status" Project with [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow
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In this recorded interview , [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow talks to ELLEN STONE , SVP of marketing at BRAVO MEDIA , about Silicon Valley Status (SVS ), an interactive experience that Bravo is launching today to enhance its new Randi Zuckerberg-executive-produced reality series, "Start-Ups: Silicon Valley" (premieres Monday, November 5th).

Silicon Valley Status, which was developed in partnership with...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amino, Apple TV, Arris, BigBand, Avail-TVN, "Big Brother"

--Amino Plans US Debut for its OTT-Enabled IPTV Set-Tops at TelcoTV
--Apple TV 4.4 Released
--Arris to Acquire BigBand Networks
--Avail-TVN Names Laurie Lawrence CMO
--New "Big Brother" Play-Along Game Encourages Viewers to Keep Watching During Commercials
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Amino Communications plans to debut its OTT-enabled IPTV set-top box range in the US in its booth (133) at the TelcoTV trade show later this month. It also plans to debut a new user interface for its Freedom Jump OTT Companion Media Center. "The company's Aminet A140 and A540 DVR devices...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): MIG, Endemol, Facebook, Channel 5, NBC, Netflix

--Mobile Interactive Group Enables "Big Brother" Voting via Facebook Credits Launches "Summer Videopalooza"
--Netflix to Launch Instant Streaming in Latin America, Caribbean
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 5 , is teaming with Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) , Endemol and Facebook to develop a Facebook app that will allow viewers to use Facebook Credits to pay to cast votes (either by Web or by smartphone) on the reality show, "Big Brother," New Media Age...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: Apple, ABC, Hulu, ITV, Kaltura, mgMedia, TotoTV

--Report: Apple Working with Major OEM to Develop iOS-Powered Connected-TV Sets
--"Expedition Impossible" Premiere to Feature Social TV Elements
--Report: Hulu Retains Investment Banks to Help with Possible Sale, Is Being Courted by Yahoo!
--ITV Taps Made By Many to Help Integrate its TV and Online Offerings
--Kaltura Enabling Internet Archive's Video Library to Support HTML5
--Mexico's TotoTV to Use mgMedia's Online Video Platform
--Time Warner Cable, Viacom Put their Litigation over iPad Streaming on Hold
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Citing a "former Apple executive, speaking with us on condition of anonymity," Daily Tech reports that Apple is partnering with a major OEM to develop and sell iOS-powered connected-TV sets that would come bundled with its Apple TV platform and iTunes. Producer Mark Burnett will provide live (on both coasts) commentary via Twitter during today's (June 23rd) premiere of his new reality...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Sigma Designs, "The Voice," Time Warner Cable

--Sigma Designs Unveils Reference Design for Ultra-Thin Set-Top Box
--NBC Reality Show, "The Voice," Offers Extensive Social Media Integration
--Time Warner Cable to Launch Version 2.0 of its iPad App Later this Month
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Sigma Designs has unveiled a platform reference design for an "Ultra-Thin" set-top box that it claims will enable "an experience only found in devices that are combined with networking gateways" and "will add more fuel to the growing market of set-top-boxes by enabling these products to stream high-definition content from the Web, in...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Canoe Automates ITV Ad Sales
-- NDS, TRA Tout Ad Accountability
-- Interactive Reality Show Hits Italy
-- Samsung Builds “Smart Living Room” Site
-- Amanita Debuts Interactive Music Video
Canoe Ventures and its MSO partners are beginning to automate their ad-sales operations for interactive ads, using software from Invision Inc . The firm said Canoe is using its DealMaker Ad Sales System, which does everything from creating ad-sales proposals to allocating spots to brands according to client specifications. More

News Round-Up (I): Amino, MeeGo, bmcoforum, Bravo

--Amino Demo's Custom Hybrid-TV UI, Based on MeeGo Open Source Operating System
--bmcoforum Seeks to Enable "Seamless Consumption" of TV on TV Sets, Mobiles and PC's
--Bravo Organizing Social TV Event for "Top Chef" Finale
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more days for us to catch up with all the recent news: 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,...

News Round-Up (IV): Icareus (HbbTV), ITV, LOVEFiLM, MGM

--Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Launches Object Carousel and Lab Solution for HbbTV
--ITV Live to Enable Two-Screen Interactive TV for "The X Factor"
--LOVEFiLM in Streaming Video Deal with MGM
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , has announced two new HbbTV-compliant products: Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV, which the company bills as a professional DSM-CC object carousel for managing and delivering interactive TV applications in commercial broadcast networks; and Icareus Playout PC100 for...

Verizon FiOS TV Exec Casts Light on Service's 2010 Interactive TV Widget Plans

In an interview posted on a Verizon blog, Wednesday, Verizon FiOS TV executive, Maitreyi Krishnaswamy , provided some insight into the service's interactive TV widget plans for 2010.

According to Krishnaswamy, the service will roll out more widgets for multicultural audiences, more sports widgets, a wider choice of widgetized games titles, and various program-specific widgets, including widgets for reality TV shows and other series.

Fox Launches User-Generated Video Promotion for "American Idol"

--ABC Adding Several Holiday Specials to Full Episode Player
--STV's mySTV Integrated with Facebook Connect
US broadcast network, Fox , on Tuesday launched a user-generated content (UGC) promotion that invites fans of the reality show, " American Idol ," to create "video testimonials sharing what they love" about the show, and upload their testimonials to a special "Idol Fans" section of its Web site ( ).

According to Fox, the testimonials will be evaluated for inclusion in a promotional campaign for "American Idol"--whose next season kicks...