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Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): SocialGuide, Nielsen, Twitter, NowThis News, Ofcom, Pace, Patreon, Philips uWand, Gamious, Rdio, Redbox Instant by Verizon, TYT, Roku, Sigma Designs, yes

As most of our readers are probably aware, [itvt]'s news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2013 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Hillcrest Labs, SMK Electronics, CSR, Jinni, Microsoft NUads, Movea, Orange, OnLive, Opera, Humax, Sigma Designs

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2012 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period--as well as the huge volume of news currently being generated by CES 2013--we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Rovi, Dixons Retail, Media Markt, Showtime, Sigma Designs, XBMC, Softel

--Rovi Enables Dixons Retail's KnowHow Movies Service to Expand its Reach
--Rovi Enables Media Markt to Expand Videodownloadshop Service; Service Integrates Rovi's DivX Plus
--Showtime Launches Alternate Reality Game (ARG) to Promote Second Season of "Homeland"
--Sigma Designs Ports XBMC Media Player onto 3D SoC
--Softel Publishes Guide to Subtitling and Captioning "Challenges"
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City) , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format: Rovi is today announcing that its Rovi Entertainment Store is powering the availability of KnowHow Movies, the broadband VOD/electronic sell-through (EST) service from Dixons Retail (owner of Currys and PC World) on a number of new platforms and devices...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VI): Sigma Designs, Trident, Simulmedia, SocialGuide, Univision, Sub Focus, Synacor, Carbyn, Telus, Time Warner Cable, TiVo, Comcast

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show , as well as moving to a new office (note: our new mailing address is 1274 35th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122), we are covering stories in this issue as a series of headline round-ups with hyperlinks to press releases and other news sources. Sigma Designs Completes Purchase of Trident 's Digital TV Unit, Appoints New GM Targeted Advertising Company,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): eBay, KDDI, Espial, httv, Sigma Designs, Hulu, Xbox, HBO

--eBay Relaunches "Watch With eBay" Second-Screen Tcommerce Experience as Standalone App
--Japan's KDDI to Use Espial TV Browser to Power New VOD, IPTV Services
--httv Launches "HbbTV Starter Kit"
--httv Integrates its httvBox Middleware with Sigma Designs' Chipsets
--Hulu Launches Larger Video Player
--Microsoft Launches "Teaser" Video of HBO Go on Xbox
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. eBay has relaunched the "Watch With eBay" tcommerce feature on its eBay for iPad app, which is designed to enable viewers to discover and purchase items related to what they're currently watching on TV (see the article published on, November 22nd), as a standalone iPad app. "Consumers are...

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...

News Round-Up (VIII): Sigma Designs, Microsoft, Ski Channel, Comcast, SnagFilms, Verizon, SyFy

--Sigma Designs Launches "Low-Cost" Set-Top Box Solution for Microsoft Mediaroom
--Ski Channel in VOD Deal with Comcast
--SnagFilms Plans to Increase Distribution, Starting with VOD Deals with Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV
--SyFy Launches Three iPhone Apps
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. System-on-chip (SoC) specialist, Sigma Designs , has announced the availability of what it describes as a "low-cost" Microsoft Mediaroom -compatible set-top box platform, based on its...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names Paul Goetz SVP of Sales for North America
--"Doctor Who" Breaks iPlayer Record
--Sigma Designs Announces Major Corporate Reorganization
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Party Down" on Free VOD, Online
--USC Annenberg to Launch Social Online Video Editing Platform
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has named Paul Goetz SVP of sales for North America. "Paul Goetz brings more than 20 years of technology sales experience, most recently serving as senior vice president of US sales and consulting at SAVVIS Corporation, where he led engagements with major consumer brands, media organizations and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers," Brightcove says in its...

3D TV Round-Up

--CableLabs to Offer 3D TV Testing
--Comcast On Demand Offering 3D Horror Movie
--Discovery, ESPN to Launch 3D TV Channels
--JVC Launches 2D-to-3D Converter
--MPEG Industry Forum Launches 3D TV Working Group
--Samsung in 3D TV Partnership with RealD
--Sigma Designs to Demo New 3D Technologies at CES
--Vizio Launches New Line of 3D TV's
As was widely anticipated, 3D TV has emerged as one of the major themes of this year's Consumer Electronics Show--and a number of pieces of 3D TV news came across [itvt]'s desk, Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: CableLabs has announced that it is providing testing capabilities for 3D TV implementation scenarios over cable. According to the organization, these capabilities "cover a full range of technologies including various frame-compatible, spatial multiplexing solutions for transmission." The...

Sigma Designs' SMP8654 Selected by Celrun for Korean IPTV Deployment

System-on-chip (SoC) specialist, Sigma Designs, announced Wednesday that its SMP8654 media processors will be used to power the TD-1100 set-top box from Korean IPTV technology provider, Celrun, which Korean telecom provider, LG Dacom, plans to use for a nationwide IPTV service. Sigma says that its chips have now been integrated into the TD-1100, where they will support real-time IPTV streaming, along with VOD services. "Our selection by LG Dacom to be deployed across Korea was...