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Interview: Ensequence's Mike Kelley and Verizon's Phil Santoro on FiOS TV's New ESPN Tournament Challenge App

Ensequence recently developed the ESPN Tournament Challenge TV App , an interactive TV app for Verizon FiOS TV and ESPN that allows fans to create and follow personalized tournament brackets during the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament ("March Madness") .

Subscribers create or check their brackets by clicking on the "Widgets" button on the FiOS TV remote control, selecting "FiOS TV Widgets," and then selecting the ESPN Tournament Challenge icon under the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Concurrent, Entone, Anevia, Nordija

--Concurrent Reveals its IBC 2011 Exhibit Plans
--Concurrent Reports Lower Revenues, Swings to a Loss
--Entone Integrates its Hybrid-TV Devices with Anevia's ViaMotion OTT Solutions
--Entone Offers Nordija's fokusOn Widget-Based IPTV Middleware on its Hybrid-TV Devices
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. Concurrent contacted [itvt]...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CMC, Ensequence, Verizon FiOS, MTV Networks, Eros International

--CMC's HITS Incorporates "Express Lane" Solution to Enable Indie Operators to Offer Local VOD
--Ensequence Builds "SpongeBob" Widget for Verizon FiOS TV
--Eros International Trumpets Growth of Bollywood Hits On Demand
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Comcast Media Center (CMC) says that its HITS offering (note: the latter, short for "Headend In The Sky," provides multiplatform content distribution services to independent cable operators) now includes its Express Lane content management solution. According to the company, Express Lane enables independent operators and MSO's to deliver locally produced VOD...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, BBC

--Apple Seeking Patent for "Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm"
--AT&T U-verse TV Launches "Troubleshoot & Resolve" Interactive TV App
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for May
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Apple has applied for a US patent for what it describes as "an enhanced TV widget paradigm." The existence of the patent application was first reported on by Patently Apple. "Apple states that they recognized a limitation of existing widget technology as applied to a TV environment--in that conventional widgets, while...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Imagine, Miso, Motorola, Music Choice, Verizon FiOS

--Imagine Launches ICE Streaming System for Multiscreen Video
--Miso Lets Sports Viewers Check-in to Specific Games
--Motorola Launches Medios Xperience Platform for Personalizable and Interactive TV
--Music Choice Launches Interactive TV Widget on Verizon FiOS TV
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: Imagine Communications has announced that it is entering the "TV Anywhere" market with the launch of the new ICE Streaming System , which it says is currently in beta testing with several North American service providers. The company--which bills the new solution as "allowing service providers to deliver uncompromised video quality...

News Round-Up (II): AT&T, BBC Red Button, Best Buy, Bluestreak, Brightcove

--AT&T Advanced Advertising Solutions Names Maria Mandel VP of Media and Marketing Innovations
--BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through July 2nd
--Best Buy Launches Mobile App to Enhance Moviegoing, Home Video Experience
--Bluestreak Tapped to Power New Interface, Media Center and Widget Framework for Bouygues Bbox
--Brightcove Unveils Solution for Delivering Video on Android Mobile Devices
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us 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. We...

News Round-Up (IX): Tremor Media, Two Way Media-Betfair-Samsung, Ustream, Verizon FiOS TV, Videotron, Widevine-Samsung, Yahoo!-Sony

--Tremor Media Names Ex-Googler, Matthew Corbin, VP of Global Platform Solutions
--Two Way Media Develops Connected TV Betting App for Betfair and Samsung
--Ustream Live Mobilizer Enables Brands, Artists to Launch Custom Ustream iPhone Apps
--Verizon FiOS TV Launches Zona Latina Interactive TV Widget
--Videotron Launches Broadband TV Service
--Widevine in Global Connected TV Deal with Samsung
--Yahoo! Expands Availability of its Interactive TV Widget Platform on Sony Bravia TV's
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us 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. We...

Verizon FiOS TV to Offer EBIF-Based HD Interactive TV App During Showtime Boxing Telecast

--Second Outing for "Showtime Sports Interactive," which Debuted in February During MMA Telecast
Verizon FiOS TV said Wednesday that it will offer " Showtime Sports Interactive "--which it bills as "the first nationwide, high-definition interactive television application using the Enhanced TV Binary Interchange Format" (EBIF)--this Saturday (April 24th, 9:00PM Eastern/Pacific), to accompany Showtime's broadcast of the "Super Six World Boxing Classic," which will see WBA super middleweight champion, Carl Froch, fight against former champion, Mikkel Kessler. This will be the second outing for the app: in February (...

WizTiVi Teams with l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel on Interactive TV Widget for Samsung Devices

Nantes, France-based WizTiVi , which is a subsidiary of the Proservia Group, contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has partnered with the INA (l'Institut National de l'Audiovisuel), an organization that maintains a comprehensive repository of archived video and audio from French television and radio, to develop an interactive TV widget for Samsung 's Internet@TV platform.

The widget will be available free of charge through Samsung connected TV's, media players,...

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...

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