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Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Netflix, Xbox 360, Sainsbury's, Rovi, TV Guide

--Netflix on Xbox 360 Adds "People Search" Functionality
--News Corp. Chief Digital Officer, Jonathan Miller, to Step Down
--UK Supermarket, Sainsbury's, Selects Rovi Entertainment Store to Power New OTT Video Service
--TV Guide Launches TV Companion App for iOS Devices
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (we'll be announcing the date and location soon!), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format: Netflix on Thursday announced that its recent update for the Xbox 360 added a new "People Search" functionality, in addition to a "Just for Kids" section (see the article published on, August 9th). "Search is an important...

TV Guide Shops Rich Media Ads for iPhone, iPad and Android Apps

- A&E Touts Stephen King's 'Bag of Bones' on all TV Guide Digital Properties
TV Guide is beginning to pitch media buyers cross-platform ads that can run on, in addition to rich media ads that it will distribute through apps it has built for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and mobile phones running Google 's Android platform. Looking to drive viewers to the premiere last weekend of its Bag of Bones miniseries, A&E was the first sponsor to buy what TV Guide described as a "cross-platform morph overlay execution."...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Clvr TV Launches Interactive Video Player
--Ergen: DISH in Talks with Cable Programmers about Streaming Channels OTT
--Motorola Challenges TiVo DVR Patents
--30% of Netflix's Instant Streaming Content Now Offers Subtitles
--NetPlay TV COO, Guy Templer, to Step Down
--TV Guide Offers "Second-Screen Red Carpet Fashion Cam" for Oscars
--YouTube Disputes Report that it Is Planning to Launch Subscription-Based Streaming Service in the UK
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: A Denver-based company called Clvr TV has launche d a video player that it says allows users to interact with clickable hotspots in order to, for example, purchase products, book reservations, or share content via social media. The company, which claims to be cash-flow positive and to have no debt, says that its focus to date "has...

News Round-Up: Broadband Video

--Clikthrough Teams with EuroRSCG to Create Interactive Video for New PlayStation Game
--Immersive Media Powers Live Interactive Video Coverage of Grammys Red Carpet
--NFL Network Programs, Super Bowl "AdZone" Launch on Hulu
--Ooyala Powering Video for, IC Places
--SeeSaw Secures Multiple New Content Deals
--Ustream Launches Tool to Enable Users to Increase Production Values of their Broadcasts
--1.3 Million Viewers for White House's Live Streaming Coverage of State of the Union Address
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of broadband video news for the past few days: San Francisco-based interactive video and video analytics company, Clikthrough (note: for some background on the company,...

TV Guide Network to Enhance Awards Season Coverage with Interactive Sweepstakes, 3D Holograms

--Will Also Offer Live Streaming Coverage with Social TV Features
TV Guide Network on Monday announced two new initiatives which it says will make its 2010 award-season live red-carpet telecasts "more fun, fashionable and interactive for the fans at home."

According to the network, an interactive consumer sweepstakes--dubbed " Red Carpet Riches " and developed in partnership with independent mobile content distributor, Zed--will give viewers a chance to win cash prizes ranging from $10,000 to $40,000 throughout award season (note: according...

Broadband Video Round-Up

--Boxee Box Features QWERTY Remote
--Howcast Launches Two New Ultra-Short-Form Video Formats
--Hulu Backer Teams with Search Company, Baidu, on New Chinese Broadband Video Service
--TV Guide Magazine Taps Kaltura to Power Video on its Web Site
A number of items of broadband video news came across [itvt]'s desk Tuesday. Here is a brief round-up: D-Link on Tuesday officially launched its new Boxee Box (an extensive preview of which was provided at Boxee's Beta Launch event in Brooklyn last month-- see the article published on, December 8th ). A press release from the company provides some information on the various video formats that are supported by the new box. Meanwhile, a...

Macrovision in EPG Deals in Japan, Caribbean, Central America, Europe

Partners with tvCompass on EPG for Wireless Devices
Signs Japan Distribution Deal with HitachiSoft
Macrovision, the company that earlier this year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, has secured a slew of licensing agreements for its EPG technology over the past few weeks: The company has signed a multi-year agreement with Japan's Panasonic Corp. that provides the latter with a patent license for EPG's in its cable set-top boxes. Under the terms of the agreement, Macrovision and Panasonic are collaborating to develop a cable version of Macrovision's...