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News Round-Up

--CBS Interactive Testing Social TV App, "TV.com Relay"
--DirecTV, Google in Ad Sales Partnership
--UK Broadcaster, Five, in Deal to Embed its Broadband VOD Player in Facebook
--iN Demand Renews VOD Deal with SES World Skies
--Panasonic Taps Netgear to Provide Wireless Connectivity for its Viera Connected TV's
--Sony in Bravia OTT Deal with Germany's sevenload
--Transpond Acquired by Webtrends
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CBS Interactive is beta-testing a social TV application, called TV.com Relay, according to an article by Andrew Wallenstein in the Hollywood reporter. Among other things, the app features Foursquare-style user check-in functionality and badge rewards (note: users will be able to check-in to and receive rewards for viewing other programming in addition to CBS offerings), as well as chat and...

News Round-Up

--Boxee in Content Partnerships with TV.com, Blip.TV and Others, Launches "Bookmarklets"
--Comcast's Roberts: EBIF in 13 Million STB's, Cox: tru2way Enabled in 100% of Headends
--DISH Taps NeuLion to Deliver its International Channels OTT
--Dreamer's Blu-TV Interactive TV Service Deployed on OPPO's BDP-83 Blu-ray Disc Player
--Microsoft's Ballmer: U-verse TV to Be Available on Xbox 360 Later This Year
--Netflix in OTT Partnerships with Funai, Panasonic, Sanyo, Sharp, Toshiba
--Oregan Networks Launches "Onyx Widgetry" App Store
--Sling Media Announces Support for Adobe Flash
--Sonic Solutions in Roxio CinemaNow Partnerships with Nvidia, Toshiba, Lenovo
--Static2358/PlayJam Announces
Due to the volume of news generated by last week's Consumer Electronics Show, and because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show ( March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Boxee has announced 1) the general release of Boxee Beta, as well as new content partnerships with/applications from TV.com, Blip.tv, IGN and the upcoming movie, "The Wolfman";...

Social TV Site, TV.com, Now Supporting Facebook Connect

CBS-owned broadband video/social TV site, TV.com , announced Tuesday that it now supports Facebook Connect , allowing its users to log into its service using their Facebook account, and share their interactions on the service with their Facebook friends. According to TV.com, its users currently contribute an average of over six "social contributions"--for example, forum posts and poll votes--per second, for a total of over 15 million "social contributions" on the site each month. Facebook...

TV.com App for iPhone and iPod Touch Surpasses 1 Million Downloads

--Now Offers a Continuous Play Feature
CBS Interactive announced Tuesday the addition of a continuous play function to its TV.com application for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, and also said that the app--which was released in February--has already been downloaded over a million times. The company bills the TV.com iPhone/iPod Touch app, which complements the eponymous online video service, as offering viewers quick and easy access to shows across all networks with the option of creating custom video feeds based...