Interactive TV News Round-Up (IX): Starz, SyncTV, African Music Channel, Roku, Samsung, Visiware

--Starz Ends Contract-Renewal Negotiations with Netflix
--SyncTV to Deliver African Movie Channel to Roku Players, Samsung Connected TV's
--Visiware Launches PlayAlong Second-Screen Interactive TV Solution
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , 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, please bear with us. Premium programming service...

"Designing for Television's Multiplatform Future" at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011

[itvt] is pleased to present a video of "Designing for Television's Multiplatform Future," a panel session at The TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 (took place May 17th-18th in San Francisco). The panelists for the session were: Brian David Johnson , Futurist, Intel (Moderator) Gavin Kelly , Principal, Artefact Rebecca Rusk Lim , then-Senior Director of Advanced Entertainment, Starz Entertainment Gregory Lindley , Chief Experience Officer, Peel Dewey Reid , Chief Creative Officer, Margret Schmidt...

BBC Worldwide, Starz to Offer Interactive Companion App for "Torchwood: Miracle Day"

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Starz, Burger King, CP+B, DirecTV, Canoe, MSA

--Report: Comcast to Begin Testing RS-DVR Later This Year or Early Next Year
--Comcast Ups the Amount of Starz Content on its VOD Platform
--Burger King Interactive TV Campaign Lets DirecTV Customers Watch Hamburger to Win Coupons
--MSA's Media Software to Automate Sale of Canoe Ventures' Interactive TV Solutions
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: Comcast plans to begin testing a Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in certain as-yet-to-be-determined markets later this year or early next year, CTO Tony Werner told the Bloomberg news service at the Cable Show, Tuesday. "We like the idea of a cloud DVR because you can virtually service your customers," Werner...

Exclusive: Rebecca Rusk Lim Named VP of Interactive Experience at Turner Broadcasting

High-profile interactive TV industry figure, Rebecca Rusk Lim , is leaving Starz Entertainment , where she was senior director of advanced entertainment, for a new position as VP of interactive experience at Turner Broadcasting . She will report into Turner's Audience & Multi-Platform Technologies (AMPT) group.

TVOT: Connected TVs, Mobile Devices Drive Interactive TV

San Francisco – Advances in interactive TV won't be constrained by the slow rollout of technology by pay TV providers, with programmers able to reach viewers through broadband connected TVs and second-screen devices such as Apple 's iPad. That was a key theme here this week at itvt's " The TV of Tomorrow Show ." While cable executives on TVOT panels boasted that they will be able to reach 30 million to 40 million homes...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, Starz, BBC, CBS, SCVNGR

--Apple Sets Up Dedicated iTunes Section to Showcase AirPlay-Enabled Apps
--AT&T U-verse TV in "TV Everywhere" Deal with Starz
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through March 25th
--CBS Teams with SCVNGR to Promote "Chaos" at SXSW via Mobile Social Game
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview on New FourthWall/CSG EBIF App, Bill Pay on TV

--Also Features Video Demos from the Finalists of CTAM's "iTV Idol" Competition
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! "

THIS EDITION includes an interview with Chad Dunavant , executive director of product strategy at customer interaction management and billing solutions company, CSG Systems . Dunavant discusses CSG's new deal with FourthWall Media, which will enable the latter to provide cable operators with an EBIF-based interactive TV application, called Bill Pay...

News Round-Up (I): ABC News, Starz, AllVid, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, BBC Red Button

--ABC News, Starz Release iPad Applications
--Multiple Companies and Organizations Submit Comments to FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Alcatel-Lucent Launches Compact Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Solution for Smaller Operators
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 30th
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. ABC News has announced the release of a new application for the Apple iPad . "The new application takes full advantage of the form and functionality...

News Round-Up

--Tribeca Film Festival Launches CMC-Powered VOD and KIT Digital-Powered Online Video Services
--Comcast Launches "Independent Movie Club" on
--Starz Offering Sneak Previews of "Gravity" on Free VOD, Online
--Verizon Revamps its My Verizon Portal
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The Tribeca Film Festival has tapped KIT Digital to power Tribeca Film Festival Virtual (TFF Virtual), which it describes as "a virtual and interactive movie experience featuring high-definition premium video content and live streaming coverage from the 2010 Festival." The free service will provide live streaming video coverage of select red carpet events, the event's...