Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): RCDb, Rovi, Flixster, Samsung, TWC, Verizon, DirecTV, Panasonic, LG

--RCDb, Rovi Power Flixster "Disc-to-Digital" App for Samsung Connected TV's
--Samsung Showcases Apps that Bring Comcast, TWC, Verizon FiOS, DirecTV Services to its Smart TV's
--TWC to Bring Pay-TV Service to Panasonic TV's, Verizon to Bring Pay-TV Service to LG Smart TV's
Due to the large volume of news being generated by this week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days to process all the news from the show: 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, please bear with...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Rovi, BT, Red Bull, Honda, Ladbrokes, Mini, Decipher, Pace

--BT, Red Bull TV, Honda, Ladbrokes Join Rovi's Smart TV Advertising Program
--Rovi Launches Smart TV Advertising Program in Germany, Releases UK Smart TV Ad Study Findings
--Rovi, Pace Team to Develop Hybrid IP Solution for TV Service Providers
Because the [itvt] editorial team has a backlog of news to cover following TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 and our post-event vacation, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days 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,...

Rovi Promotes Thomas Carson to CEO

-- Gemstar Veteran had been EVP of Worldwide Sales and Marketing
Top interactive program guide distributor Rovi Corp. promoted Thomas Carson to CEO. Carson, who had been executive VP of worldwide sales and marketing, succeeds Fred Amroroso , who had run the company since 2005. Carson is a veteran of Gemstar-TV Guide International , which Rovi, then known as Macrovision , acquired in 2008. Carson was president of Gemstar's North American IPG business and president of its North American CE business. Rovi said Carson has also...

Connected TVs and Devices Spark Battle for Ad Dollars

--TVOT Panelists Debate how Programmers, Distributors, Tech Vendors Should Split Revenue
New York --- While connected TVs and mobile devices may offer new revenue opportunities for advertisers, programmers, pay TV distributors and technology suppliers, it's still not clear how that revenue will be split among key players. That was a dominant theme here this week at the TVOT NYC Intensive . Lawrence Brickman , a former Cablevision and Insight Communications executive, suggested connected TVs could ignite a battle between cable operators and TV manufacturers over who...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Boxee Pitches ‘Live TV stick’ to Cable Cord Cutters -- Netflix Targets Consumers that Buy Nook and Kindle Fire Tablets -- Shaw Deploys Motorola DreamGallery Solution -- YuMe Raises $12 Million from Samsung Ventures, Translink Capital -- Buckeye Launches Rovi TotalGuide

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Sling Media to let Users Watch Video through Facebook -- LG Reportedly Developing Google TV -- Zeebox Enhances ‘Desparate Scousewives’ for Channel 4 -- Rovi Licenses DivX to China’s Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric -- ActiveVideo Names Serada CFO
Sling Media says it will soon let users that buy its place-shifting set-top to watch videos while logged into Facebook. In a demo video of its SlingPlayer for Facebook app posted by the company on YouTube, Sling shows how viewers can watch video in partial or full-screen mode, and tell Facebook friends about what they are watching. But Sling users can’t yet share any images or video clips from the shows they are watching with Facebook friends. Engadget has more .

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC to Supply VOD Content to Rivals -- Beacon Device Transforms Android Phones into Universal Remotes -- Rovi Grows Revenue in Third Quarter -- Adconion Buys smartclip --Boxee to Support Live TV

Intel, Liberty Global, Invest in Delivery Agent

-- Tcommerce Firm Raises $35.5 Million in Fifth Round of Funding
Delivery Agent said Thursday that it raised $35.5 million in funding from Intel Capital , Liberty Global Ventures , Grazia Equity and other investors in its fifth round of funding. The tcommerce specialist has raised a total of $107.3 million in equity funding, and said its latest round included additional cash from previous investors, including Bessemer Venture Partners . Backing from Intel and Liberty Global provides a big boost for Delivery Agent and the tcommerce...

Interview: Jeff Siegel, Rovi's SVP of Global Media Sales, on the Company's Connected-TV Advertising Efforts

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, " Radio [i]tvt ," Jeff Siegel , SVP of global media sales at Rovi , discusses the company's connected-TV advertising network, which delivers ads to such platforms as Samsung, Sony and Toshiba. Among other things, he explains how viewers are interacting with the ads on the network, describes the kinds of data these interactions are generating, and provides information on other recent and forthcoming developments in...

Ensequence, SeaChange International, Splat Interactive, Nielsen, BlackArrow and Civolution Join Canoe Ventures, Softel, Nagra, Rovi, RCDb, HSN, Visible World, Zeitera and Breakaway Communications as Sponsors of TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

[itvt] is pleased to announce that Ensequence , Splat Interactive , Nielsen , BlackArrow and Civolution have joined Canoe Venture s, Softel , Nagra , Rovi , RCDb , HSN , Visible World and Zeitera as sponsors of TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 (Monday, December 5th at 730 Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan).