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Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Widget for Baseball Fans

--Widget Offers Extra Features for MLB Extra Innings Subscribers
In a posting on a corporate blog, Wednesday, Verizon FiOS TV announced the launch of a free interactive TV widget for baseball fans. The widget, which became available this week, provides viewers with access to headline news, scores, league standings and player updates.

In addition, the new widget allows FiOS TV customers who subscribe to the $189 MLB Extra Innings premium programming package (offers up to 80 out-of-market regular-season baseball games each...

Yelp Interactive TV Widget Launched on Verizon FiOS TV

In a posting on a corporate blog, Wednesday, Verizon announced the availability on its FiOS TV platform of a new interactive TV widget that provides access to the online social networking/local business search/reviews service, Yelp. In order to use the new widget, viewers first enter their ZIP code, to pull up a list of businesses in their local area. By clicking on a business's listing, they can access its address, phone number and the ratings...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches Interactive TV Coupon Widget

--Widget Is Part of Cross-Platform Digital Couponing Partnership with Cellfire
Verizon has launched a Spend Smart interactive TV coupon widget in its FiOS TV Widget Bazaar Applications Marketplace as part of a cross-platform initiative with electronic and mobile couponing specialist, Cellfire, that also sees it offering free Spend Smart coupons on its Wireless and Internet services. According to the company, Cellfire's Spend Smart coupons cover a wide range of products and can be redeemed at over 4,000 locations of more than 20 national grocery chains,...

News Round-Up

--Bollywood Hits On Demand Launches on Time Warner Cable's NYC Networks
--UCLA Taps Clicker to Develop Broadband Video Portal for its Students
--Move Networks' New Strategic Focus Results in Layoffs
--OMVC, Harris Interactive, Rentrak to Study Consumer Mobile TV Viewership Patterns
--Sneak Peek of a New Verizon FiOS TV User Interface?
--Verizon to Offer Dedicated Interactive TV App for Winter Olympics
--Report: Sundance Rentals on YouTube Generate Only $10,709 in Revenue
--Univision Channel Launches on YouTube
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 recent news in various categories: Eros International and International Media Distribution have launched Bollywood Hits On Demand, a subscription VOD service targeted at South...

News Round-Up

--Ericsson Drops Tandberg Brand, Announces "End-to-Endless Television" in Multiple Syndication Deals, Partners with Interactive Ad Company, InSkin
--Nielsen to Merge Online Viewing into its C3 Ratings
--Recording Academy Planning Interactive Enhancements for Grammy Awards
--Verizon to Offer Streaming Radio to FiOS TV Customers
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 are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: Ericsson has now officially dropped the Tandberg Television brand (note: it acquired the latter company back in 2007) and has announced a "strategic approach" called "End-To-Endless Television" (E2E TV), which it...

Turner Classic Movies Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch, BlackBerry, Android

--Qik Upgrades Its Recently Launched Qik VideoCamera iPhone/iPod touch App
--Report: Netflix on iPhone Later this Year
--Verizon FiOS TV Launches Remote Scheduling App for Android
Turner Classic Movies (TCM) last week announced the launch of a new mobile phone application that will initially be available for i Phone/iPod touch, BlackBerry and Android handheld devices, and that the company says will subsequently support "dozens" of additional handhelds. "The TCM mobile device application is the ultimate mobile experience for classic film fans and is an important part of our strategy to solidify TCM's position as a lifestyle brand," Dennis Adamovich, TCM's SVP...

Verizon FiOS TV Exec Casts Light on Service's 2010 Interactive TV Widget Plans

In an interview posted on a Verizon blog, Wednesday, Verizon FiOS TV executive, Maitreyi Krishnaswamy , provided some insight into the service's interactive TV widget plans for 2010.

According to Krishnaswamy, the service will roll out more widgets for multicultural audiences, more sports widgets, a wider choice of widgetized games titles, and various program-specific widgets, including widgets for reality TV shows and other series.

Epix in Multiplatform Distribution Deal with Mediacom

--Has Previously Secured Distribution with Verizon FiOS TV, Cox Communications
Just a few days after announcing a similar deal with the US's third-largest cable operator, Cox Communications ( see the article published on, January 11th ), Epix --a multiplatform premium programming service which is a joint venture between Viacom, its Paramount Pictures arm, MGM and Lionsgate and which has exclusive access to Paramount, Paramount Vantage MTV and Nickelodeon movies released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2008, and to MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate...

Charter Launches VOD Reminder Service, Claims Record Usage of its VOD Platform

--Hannover House in Multiple VOD Deals, Verizon FiOS TV Releases List of Top-10 VOD Movies
--BBC iPlayer Continues to Perform Strongly
Cable MSO, Charter Communications , has launched an " on-demand reminder service " that sends customers text or email reminders, alerting them to new movie releases, events and premieres available on its VOD platform. Customers can register to receive the reminders, which are based on both title and category searches, at .

Charter also claims that its VOD service--which launched nine years a go and which it claims offers around 6,000...

TV Genius Powers Recommendations for UK Broadcaster ITV's New Facebook App

--Social TV Round-Up: Verizon FiOS TV Viewing Parties, New Facebook Feature on YouTube
Video search specialist, TV Genius , announced last week that UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , has selected its Content Discovery Platform to power a personalized recommendation feature on a new ITV Player app for Facebook . According to the company, the app, which is called "ITV Favourites" and which is available now, will "promote Christmas and New Year scheduling, as well as into 2010," through recommendations of content available via the ITV Player online...