TV Everywhere

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Names David Mendels President and COO
--Clip in Touch Tapped by BMW for Personalized Mobile Video Ad Campaign
--Consumer Advocacy Groups Call for Probe of "TV Everywhere," NCTA's McSlarrow Responds
--DECE Announces "Key Milestones," Adds 21 Members
--ProVision Launches Multi-Room Wireless HDTV System
--Skype to Be Integrated into HDTV's from LG Electronics, Panasonic
--Tivit Device to Bring Mobile DTV to WiFi-Enabled Devices
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , has named David Mendels president and COO, tasking him with driving its "global expansion strategy and operations." Mendels, who has been a member of Brightcove's board since late 2008, was most recently at Adobe where, according to Brightcove, "he was instrumental in accelerating the adoption of key platform technologies, including...

News Round-Up:

--Lori Schwartz Elected Co-Governor of ATAS Interactive Media Peer Group
--Ex-Digeo CEO, Greg Gudorf, Resurfaces at Thomson Technicolor
--Free Press: Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Service Poses a Threat to Online Video Competition
--New Online Reality Show Involves Hulu, MySpace
--Jinni Secures $1.6 Million in Series A Funding Round
--Ooyala Provides Live Streaming Coverage of Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
--Report: SeeSaw Secures Content Deals with Channel 4, Five
--Teletext Closes Down
--Thoughts from thePlatform's Ian Blaine and SysMedia's Andrew Lambourne
--Google's Eun: YouTube Mulling Subscription Option
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: As [itvt] was going to press, we learned that Lori Schwartz , SVP and director of the Interpublic Emerging Media Lab, has just been elected as co-governor of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (note: the other co-governor is Geoff Katz , VP of business development and marketing at Transpond). We hope...

Comcast Beta-Launches Fancast XFINITY TV, Its Initial Implementation of "TV Everywhere"

--Also Teams with Stand Up To Cancer on VOD Initiative
Albeit a few days later than promised (note: at the recent NewTeeVee conference, Amy Banse, president of Comcast Interactive Media, stated that it would launch before Channukah, which began last Friday evening), Comcast on Tuesday rolled out its initial implementation of the so-called "TV Everywhere" content distribution model (note: the "TV Everywhere" model, which was originally championed by Time Warner CEO, Jeff Bewkes, ultimately seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have...

Rogers Beta-Launches Rogers On Demand Online, Its Initial Implementation of "TV Everywhere"

Canadian cable operator, Rogers Communications , on Monday announced the widespread availability of the beta version of Rogers On Demand Online , its initial implementation of the so-called "TV Everywhere" distribution model (note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple Web sites and platforms, and thus aims to head off...

Shaw Launches New VOD Web Site, Free VOD Programming from Treehouse TV

--Rogers Begins "Private Customer Testing" of "TV Everywhere" Service
--Rogers Executive Tells CRTC that Company Will Roll Out EBIF Apps in Mid-2010
Canadian cable MSO, Shaw Communications , has announced the launch of its new VOD Web site ( http://www.vod.shaw.ca ), which it says offers thousands of movies and TV shows, including premium content from Movie Central, 500 HD offerings and various high-profile sporting events. According to the company, the site features a redesigned look-and-feel, improved search capabilities, filtering and sorting. The company also says that Super Channel subscribers have been able to access that channel's VOD...

thePlatform Launches Solution to Enable Programmers to Offer "TV Everywhere" on their Own Web Sites

--Confirms It Is Working on Broadband Video Initiative for Rogers Communications
--Says It Has Signed Up 20 Programming Networks as Customers During Past Two Months
Comcast-owned white-label video management and publishing company, thePlatform , announced a new set of features, Tuesday night, which it says are designed to enable programmers to provide "TV Everywhere" capabilities on their own Web sites, while preserving their financial and content rights arrangements with TV service providers (note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model seeks to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers...

Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for Virgin Media Television's Living TV, Sky Deutschland

--UK-Based TV Everywhere Launches New Version of its VidZapper Platform
In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , announced that it is powering Liv , a recently launched online TV channel from Virgin Media Television's Living TV brand which offers free, exclusive, original short-form content that is refreshed on a daily basis. The ad-supported channel is available on http://livingtv.co.uk; and is also distributed to a range of third-party Web sites and social media platforms, including Facebook, via Brightcove's...

News Round-Up

--ADB Announces SCTE Cable-Tec Expo Exhibit Plans
--Comcast Exec Says EBIF/Interactive TV Roll-Out Proceeding on Schedule
--Comcast's "TV Everywhere" Trial Now Involves 10,000 Viewers
--Concurrent Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a $1 Million Loss
--HealthiNation in VOD Deal with AT&T U-verse TV
--Highfield: BBC Should Consider Charging for iPlayer Content
--IneoQuest Launches Vendor-Agnostic VOD Monitoring Tool
--Motorola Launches Solution for Scaling On-Demand Catalogs across Multiple Screens
--Netpulse Raises $3.1 Million for its Interactive Media Platform for Fitness Centers
--Pace Says New HCS Multiroom DVR to Launch with Multiple Operators
--Sky Player Xbox Launch
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue (as well as stories from the CTAM Summit in Denver, which our editorial team was unable to attend): Geneva-based set-top box company, Advanced Digital Broadcast (ADB) , has announced its exhibit plans for this week's SCTE Cable-Tec Expo. According to the company, it will "demonstrate how it enables operators deliver the promises of tru2way together with an...

News Round-Up

--BIAP Changes its Name to FourthWall Media
--Canoe Ventures Looking to Staff Up
--Disney's Keychest Tech Would Enable New Content Ownership Model for Multiplatform World
--MySpace Launches vCommerce-Enabled Music Videos Hub
--NBA to Launch Interactive TV Show on NBA.com
--NBA Also Considering Letting Fans Interact with One Another via Interactive TV Widgets
--Rogers to Launch TV Everywhere-Type Service Next Month, Cox in Wait-and-See Mode
--Yahoo! in Branded Programming Partnership with GroupM
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: As [itvt] was going to press, we learned that Plano, Texas-based interactive TV software provider, BIAP (note: last year, the company--whose name is an acronym for Broadband Interactive Applications--secured a five-year license agreement for its ETV User Agent with Time Warner Cable--see [itvt] Issue 8.23 Part 2B), has changed its name to FourthWall Media . We plan...

Comcast to Leave "TV Everywhere" Ad Placement Decisions to Programmers

At the VideoSchmooze event in New York City Tuesday evening, Comcast 's SVP of new media, Matt Strauss, said that the MSO will leave decisions about commercial placement in programming offered via On Demand Online, its implementation of the TV Everywhere distribution model, in the hands of programmers, according to a report by Todd Spangler in Multichannel News (note: the "TV Everywhere" model, which has long been championed by Time Warner and its chairman and...

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