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Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Freeview, GEM 3DTV, ESPN, Facebook, ITV Player

--DTG Unveils New Features for Freeview and Freeview HD
--DVB Publishes GEM Profile for Plano-Stereoscopic 3DTV
--ESPN Launches ESPN3 Player on Facebook
--ITV Player Micropayment Trials Delayed until June
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. UK DTV-industry body, the Digital Television Group (DTG) , on Wednesday unveiled a range of enhancements to Freeview and Freeview HD, the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial TV platforms. The enhancements will be published March 31st in an updated version of the DTG's D-Book. According to the DTG, the new...

Google TV News Round-Up

--"Social GTV" App Launched
--Funny or Die Launches Google TV Comedy App
--Blancspot Launches Google TV Social News App
--Software Update Upgrades Google TV to Android 3.2
--Google Asks FCC for Permission to Test WiFi- and Bluetooth-Enabled "Entertainment Device"
The Google TV platform has generated a fair amount of news over the past few days. Here is a round-up: Google has launched a Google TV app called Social GTV . "What is Social GTV?" the app's creator, Will Carter, writes on the Google TV blog. "It is an app that allows you to show in-the-moment, relevant tweets overlayed on top of whatever you are watching, and it works with any show or event on...

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...

"Social TV, Viewer Data and Monetization" at TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

[itvt] is pleased to present a video recording of the session, "Social TV, Viewer Data and Monetization," which was one of the highlights of our recent TVOT NYC Intensive event (took place December 5th in New York City). The session was described in the TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 brochure as follows:

Comcast Tests Personalized TV Recommendations

-- 'My TV' Section on Program Guide Will Feature Subscribers' Favorite Actors and Shows
New York – Comcast is testing several different ways to deliver personalized TV recommendations to its customers, including suggesting shows based on a subscriber's viewing habits and content recommended by Facebook friends. "There are quite a few personalization initiatives that are live now in Augusta, Georgia, and rolling out to a lot of places in the near future," Comcast Search & Discovery senior director of product management Brian Curtis told attendees here at the TVOT...

Announcing the Schedule of Sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive 2011

Announcing the Schedule of Sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive 2011
[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for the second annual TVOT NYC Intensive ( Monday, December 5th, at 730 Third Avenue in Midtown Manhattan ). A PDF version can be downloaded here . TVOT NYC Intensive packs all the excitement of our flagship TV of Tomorrow Show into a highly focused, dialog-driven, one-day event. In addition to compelling and timely...

Yahoo Launches IntoNow iPad App

-- Users Can Share Content with Friends on Facebook and Twitter
Six months after Yahoo acquired social TV startup IntoNow , the company launched a new IntoNow app for Apple 's iPad. The app relies on automatic content recognition (ACR) technology to identify programs a viewer is watching, and lets the viewer share and recommend TV shows and movies to friends on Twitter or Facebook . IntoNow faces increased competition in the social TV space from Miso , GetGlue , and other companies.

Zap2It Tracks Social TV Buzz with SocialGuide

-- Modules Display Shows Generating Discussion on Facebook and Twitter
TV listings site Zap2it is beginning to rank the most popular TV programs viewers are chatting about on Twitter and Facebook . Zap2It, which is owned by Tribune Media Services , struck a deal with SocialGuide that allows it to add modules to its site that display the most popular TV series, reality shows, news programs and live sports that are generating comments from users on Facebook and Twitter. The three most popular programs displayed... Launches Social TV Spotlight

-- ION Television Plugs 'Flashpoint' Series through Sponsored Section is boosting ad revenue by allowing TV networks such as ION Television to promote series through a Social Spotlight section it added to its homepage Tuesday. The Social Spotlight section debuts with sneak previews for new episodes of ION's Flashpoint series. ION may be able to use its sponsorship of the Spotlight to boost ratings through viewers that share the previews with Facebook friends, since the Spotlight features a Facebook "like" button... Builds Customized Social TV App for USA Network

-- Viewers can access chat groups, instant polls and cast photos
Top U.S. basic-cable channel USA Network signed yap.TV to build a customized version of its social TV app that it will use to promote programs such as Burn Notice and Psych . The app, which USA and yap.TV plan to unveil in November, will be distributed as a free download for Apple 's iPad and iPhone. USA and yap.TV said viewers will be able to chat with other fans of its various series through the...