"The Regulatory 'Elephant in the Room' Revisited" at TVOT NYC 2015

[itvt] is please to announce the TVOT NYC 2015 panel session, "The Regulatory 'Elephant in the Room' Revisited." The session--organized and moderated by Tim Hanlon , Managing Director of FTI Consulting --will begin at 10:40AM on the Beatrice Stage (note: TVOT NYC 2015 takes place Thursday, December 3rd at the SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011 ) Here's a description of the session from the TVOT NYC 2015 Show Brochure: The...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Acquire Lovefilm
--AT&T Teams with NCAA Football on Social App
--BBC Commissions Second Series of "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"
--CBS Sports Launches Pro Football App for Apple iPad
--ivi Receives Cease-and-Desist Letters from Broadcasters, Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
--Motive Television to Acquire Adecq, Provider of the Bestv DTT-Based VOD Solution
--Ofcom Hands over Responsibility for VOD Content Regulation to Association for Television on Demand
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Four More Members
--Pace Hires Nokia UK & Ireland MD, Mark Loughran, to Head New Convergence-Focused Unit
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report in the now paywall-blocked Sunday Times, Amazon has initiated a takeover bid for Lovefilm , the company often referred to as "the European Netflix." The bid is said to value Lovefilm at around £200 million. AT&T and NCAA football have announced the launch of a free NCAA Football Fan Zone App...

BBC Trust Publishes Conclusions of its iPlayer Review, Begins Consultation on New Syndication Policy

--New Policy Would Ban iPlayer Self-Builds, Ensure iPlayer Branding on Third-Party VOD Platforms
--BBC Closes Red Button Blog, Launches New Comedy Site
The BBC's governing body, the BBC Trust , on Tuesday published the conclusions of its review of the BBC's on-demand services, including the BBC iPlayer (note: the BBC is expected to announce the addition of a number of social features to the iPlayer today). It also announced an eight-week consultation on changes that the BBC Executive has proposed to the corporation's online programming syndication policy. The proposed changes would mean that BBC programs could not...

TiVo Slams Cable Industry in Response to FCC RFI

DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo , has strongly criticized the US cable industry in a response to a recently issued RFI from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that seeks "comment on how the Commission can encourage innovation in the market for video devices that will assist the Commission’s development of a National Broadband Plan" (note: for more on the RFI, see the article published on, December 7th ). The strong wording of the response is...

European Broadcasting Union Technical Committee Agrees on Steps for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband

The Technical Committee of the European Broadcasting Union (note: the latter, generally referred to as the EBU, is a confederation of 75 mostly public-service broadcasters from 56 countries) announced this week that it has agreed to a set of measures for Hybrid Broadcast Broadband (HBB) services and devices. In a statement published on the EBU Web site, the Committee says that, while it recognizes the "exciting opportunities" HBB technologies present for viewers and broadcasters, and...

Ofcom Opens Consultation on Regulation of VOD Services

--Proposes that VOD Services Be Regulated by ATVOD, Associated Advertising by ASA
The UK's media regulator, Ofcom , on Monday launched a consultation on VOD services in that country. The consultation--which will affect such services as BBC iPlayer, 4OD, ITV Player, SkyPlayer and Demand Five, which are offered on the open Internet as well as through Virgin Media, Sky and BT Vision--is in response to the European Union's new Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which requires that "TV-like" VOD services should be regulated as of December 19th, 2009...

Ofcom Signals that Project Canvas May Face More Regulatory Scrutiny

--Canvas is a Joint OTT Initiative between the BBC, ITV, and BT
--Seeks to Develop Common Standard for Delivering Broadband Video on TV
Project Canvas--a joint initiative between the BBC, UK commercial broadcaster ITV, and UK incumbent telco BT, which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as other Internet-based VOD services, to broadband-connected set-top boxes (specifically, set-top boxes designed for reception of the UK's free-to-air multichannel TV services, Freeview and Freesat)--may be facing the same kind of regulatory...

Lawmakers Scrutinizing Cable's Plans for Common Addressable and Interactive Advertising Platform

During a hearing Thursday on Internet privacy issues, lawmakers from the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet signalled that they will be closely scrutinizing the consumer-privacy implications of the US cable industry's plans to launch a common platform for interactive and addressable advertising (note: those plans are being implemented by a cable industry-backed company called Canoe Ventures ). As [itvt] was not able to be in Washington, DC to attend...