Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 10/6/15 (VI): Showtime,, Simulmedia, Sky Sports, Skype, Snapchat, SpotX, Starz, Streamup, Roku, Synacor, Tastemade, ThinkAnalytics, TiVo, TCM, Twitch

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2015 (December 3rd at the SVA Theatre in New York City-- purchase your Fall Discount tickets here! ), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Senate Commerce Committee Postpones Hearing on Future of Video Showtime's Standalone OTT Service Launches on Amazon Fire and Android Devices to Launch "ShowDrive" Cloud DVR New Partnership Will See TiVo Research Providing Independent Verification...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): Accedo, Aereo, Comcast, Eurochannel, Google TV, Google, Rovi, Logitech, Skype, MetroPCS, MobiTV

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for a few weeks, because our editorial team was working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We are covering the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and will then resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a few more days to catch up with all recent developments, so...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Cable Show's "Imagine Park," Ceton, Comcast, Skype, eBay, Entone, Foxtel, Xbox 360, IAB, Mass Relevance, Motorola, Nagra-OpenTV

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show , we are covering stories in this issue as a series of headline round-ups with hyperlinks to press releases and other news sources. Cable Show 's "Imagine Park" to Feature Interactive TV Apps, App-Development Contest, and More Ceton Launches Companion App Comcast Launches TV Skype App eBay -Commissioned Conlumino Research Finds that 1 in 4 People Will Use Interactive TV...

Panasonic CES News Round-Up

--Unveils Multiple New Apps and Features for its Viera Connect Connected-TV Platform
--Partners with Myspace on New Social-TV Service
--Enables Skype-Powered Social TV via New Split Screen Feature
--12 of Company's 2012 Line-Up of LED/LCD TV Sets Offer Viera Connect
--Company's New Blu-ray Disc Players and Home Theater Systems Offer Viera Connect
--Viera Connect Supports Video Distribution by Ooyala Publishers
--Flixster Brings Movie App to Viera Connect
--Time Warner Cable Unveils App that Brings its Pay-TV Service to Viera Connect
Panasonic generated a fair amount of news at CES. Here is a round-up of announcements and news from and about the company: The company announced various new applications and features that are slated to appear on its Viera Connect connected-TV platform this year. "Panasonic's 2012 additions will feature exciting new apps for children, music enthusiasts, online shoppers, and movie/TV lovers, adding to an already robust line-up of interactive apps," the company states in its press...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Skype, Concurrent, Hulu, Facebook, Google, LG

--Comcast Publishes Videos Demo'ing its New Skype App
--Concurrent Secures VOD Deals with Four Chinese Cable Operators
--Hulu Launches, then Suspends, Facebook-Powered Social-TV Functionality
--Hulu Suitors Said to Include Google; Hulu Plus Launches on LG LCD TV's
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: At the Cable Show last month (see the article published on, June 14th), Comcast revealed that it is teaming with Skype to test HD video calling on the TV, with trials slated to begin in the next few months. Comcast has now published two videos (embedded on this page) that...

Comcast Teams with Skype to Offer Video Calls on TV

CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – Comcast struck a deal with Skype to offer subscribers the ability to make video phone calls through the TV. Comcast, which demonstrated its Skype video call system Tuesday at The Cable Show – said it hasn't yet determined how it will price the service. Subscribers using video cameras attached to their TV will be able to make and receive video phone calls to Skype users worldwide. Technology vendors have...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Canoe Ventures, Comcast, Skype, "The Glee Project"

--Canoe Ventures Adds Six to its Advisory Board
--Comcast Teams with Skype to Trial HD Video Calling and Instant Messaging on TV
--"The Glee Project" Features Multiple Social-TV Enhancements
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Canoe Ventures has announced the appointment of six new members to its advisory board: Rick Boyko, director and professor at the VCU Brandcenter; Brian Collins, chief creative officer of Collins; Gary Elliott, leader of Hewlett-Packard's global marketing alliances, corporate sponsorships and events; Nancy Hill, president and CEO of the American Association...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Samsung, SeaChange, Technicolor, Skype, Sony, Vizio

--Samsung Announces App Contest Winners, Launches Smart TV SDK
--SeaChange to Integrate its VividLogic tru2way Software Stack onto Technicolor's Next-Gen STB's
--Skype to Be Available on Sony and Vizio Connected TV's
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by 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...

Skype Voice and Video Calling Now Available on Panasonic's Viera Cast-Enabled HDTV's

--Feature Enabled by New $170 Communication Camera which Will Be Sold Separately
Panasonic and Internet communications software provider, Skype , on Tuesday announced the activation of a service called "Skype on your Viera" on 2010 Panasonic Viera Cast-enabled HDTV sets (note: Viera Cast is the brand through which Panasonic designates its OTT offering; other services available through Viera Cast include Amazon VOD, YouTube, Google's Picasa, Netflix, Pandora, Twitter, Fox Sports, and a weather service), and also announced the availability of a new Skype-enabled communication camera from Panasonic,...