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Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Entone Rolls Hybrid DVR and Streaming Receiver -- Verizon Launches MY FiOS App for Android Phones -- CableLabs CEO Paul Liao to Step Down -- Akoo TV Previews Interactive Programming -- BBC Releases Red Button Schedule

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- AT&T Rolls ITV App That Lets Subs Pick Camera Angles in Baseball Games -- Cox Uses thePlatform to Power TV Everywhere site -- PlayJam to Deliver Social Games to Connected TVs -- AAMP Survey Calls for Improved Metrics for VOD Measurement -- BBC Releases Red Button Interactive Programming Schedule
AT&T launched an interactive app for its U-verse TV subscribers that allows WGN-TV viewers to control camera angles while watching Chicago Cubs baseball games. Its Chicago Cubs Multiview app features WGN's main broadcast feed, along with six alternate camera angles. AT&T relies on Microsoft Mediaroom technology to power its IPTV platform. AT&T launched a "My Multiview" interactive TV app in June which allows viewers to select channels for their own mosaic guides. AT&T isn't the...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC's Interactive TV Coverage of Royal Wedding --LOVEFiLM Lands Disney VOD Movie Agreement
BBC is using its Red Button interactive TV platform to enhance its coverage of the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. After Friday's wedding, BBC viewers will be able to watch highlights from the event for up to one week by pressing the Red Button. BBC plans wall-to-wall TV, radio, and Web coverage of the Royal Wedding. Additional highlights from the BBC's Red Button schedule are available here . Walt Disney Co . struck...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ADB, Espial, Kudelski Release Financial Results
--Kudelski Provides an Update on its OpenTV "Turnaround Plan"
--ADB Says it Has Secured Deals with Two Tier-1 US Cable MSO's in 2011
--Reports: "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" to Support Voting via Facebook
--BBC to Offer "Waterloo Road" Spin-Off through the Red Button
--E! Entertainment Television Teams with Trailer Park on Red-Carpet App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
--Liveclicker Enables Interactive Video Shopping via Facebook Pages
--Connected-TV App Developer, MOVL, Appoints Director of Technology, Acquires Interactiva Colombia
--Rdio Social Music Service Launches on Roku
--Report: Samsung May Launch Google TV Devices Based
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB , Espial and the Kudelski Group have all released their latest financial results this week. Kudelski 's results announcement contains the following update on OpenTV , the interactive TV technology provider it acquired early last year: "With the full acquisition of OpenTV completed at the beginning of 2010, the Group launched a turnaround plan, with a...

BBC Announces Plans to Offer Four Original "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"

--Also Makes Children's Radio Reports Available through Red Button
--Commissions Second Series of "EastEnders" Broadband TV Spin-Off
The BBC last week announced plans to offer four original "intera ctive episodes" of its long-running scifi series, "Doctor Who." Entitled " Doctor Who- -The Adventure Games " and available free of charge on, the "interactive episodes" will take the form of downloadable computer games for PC and Mac that will allow players to assume control of The Doctor and his human sidekick, Amy, as they embark on new adventures that complement the latest...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through April 16th

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through April 16th: The corporation is making highlights from the April 4th and 11th editions of Terry Wogan's new Radio 2 show, "Weekend Wogan," available through the red button. On Sky, the April 4th edition will be available from 6:00AM, April 5th through 11:00AM, April 11th. On Virgin, it will be available at the following times: 6:00AM,...

BBC To Offer over 2,000 Hours of Winter Olympics Coverage through the Red Button

--Will Also Offer Winter Olympics Social/Interactive TV Channels Online
--Huggers: Project Canvas to Feature App Store, Offer SDK
The BBC has unveiled its multiplatform/interactive TV coverage plans for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver . According to the corporation: Over 2,000 hours of coverage will be available through the red button (note: this compares to the approximately 160 hours of coverage that the BBC plans to offer on terrestrial channel, BBC Two). Digital viewers will be able to use their remotes to access up to six additional streams of coverage (four of them...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--Public Beta of iPlayer on Freesat Launches, iPlayer to Be Available through Samsung Internet@TV
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks Through January 15th, 7:00AM-7:00PM daily, Sky and Virgin viewers can press red to access a special quiz, designed to mark the return of the children's character, Tracy Beaker, to CBBC. The quiz, which is hosted by actress Lisa Coleman (aka Cam) tests viewers' knowledge of previous Tracy Beaker series. The quiz is...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--New Version of BBC iPlayer Launched on Nintendo Wii
The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond: At 8:00PM on November 18th, during BBC Three's re-run of " Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars ," digital viewers will be able to press red to access episode commentary from the long-running scifi show's producers, Russell T Davies and Julie Gardner, as well as from the actor who...

Animated "Doctor Who" Series, "Dreamland," to Premiere on BBC Red Button, November 21st

--BBC Exec: One Goal of Salford Move Will Be to Build "Center of Expertise" in IP-Based Interactive TV
The BBC said Wednesday that " Dreamland ," a new, six-part animated series based on its long-running sci-fi program, "Doctor Who" (note: for some background on the show, see the article published on, August 24th ), will premiere daily on its BBC Red Button interactive TV service and on its "Doctor Who" Web site (, starting Saturday, November 21st. Written by Phil Ford ("Doctor Who," "Torchwood," "The Sarah Jane Adventures"), "Dreamland" begins with Doctor...