2008 [itvt] Interactive TV Headlines

The following is a partial (and in no particular order and perhaps somewhat subjective) list of some of the top interactive TV headlines from the past year:

Macrovision Buys Gemstar-TV Guide
Microsoft Acquires Interactive TV Advertising Company, Navic
Appeals Court Gives Green Light to Cablevision's RS-DVR Service
Project Canoe Officially Launched as Canoe Ventures
--David Verklin Appointed as New Venture's CEO
--Arthur Orduna Appointed as CTO
Ofcom Moves to Tighten Regulation of Participation TV
BBC Fined £400,000 for Misleading Viewers during Participation TV Shows
BBC Sets Up New Department to Oversee Phone-Based Interactive TV
BBC Celebrates 10th Anniversary of its Red-Button Interactive TV Service
Channel 4 to Cease Offering Red-Button Interactive TV Advertising
Ustream Secures $11.1 Million in Series A Funding
Move Networks Secures $46 Million in Series C Funding Round
Miniweb Appoints New CEO, Raises $32 Million
Miniweb Commercially Launches its TV Keys Service on Sky
Sezmi Raises $33 Million, Cuts its Workforce by 20%
--Completes Seattle Technical Trials of its New TV Service
Oberon Media Secures $20 Million Investment from Infinity I-China Fund
Showtime Taps Oberon Media to Develop Interactive TV Promotion for TMC
BIAP Launches End-to-End EBIF Solution for the Cable Industry
Time Warner Cable to Use BIAP's ETV User Agent
Verizon FiOS Launches EBIF Application in Oregon
S&T Provides TVB with End-to-End MHEG-5 Interactive TV System
Ensequence, Visible World Team on ETV/EBIF Advertising Solution
Ensequence Says Over 50 Blu-ray Titles Developed Using Create Software
Panasonic, Comcast: tru2way Now "Active" in Chicago and Denver
itaas in tru2way/ETV Deal with Comcast Media Center
Blockbuster Using 2Wire Box to Bring its Broadband VOD Service to TV
Netflix Taps Roku for Set-Top Box
Microsoft Xbox 360 to Stream Netflix Titles
TiVo Supports Streaming of Netflix Movies on its Platform
TiVo Signs Broadband Video Deal with YouTube
TiVo Signs New HD DVR Deal with DirecTV
TiVo Teams with Amazon, Dominos to Enable Tcommerce on its Platform
Sling Media Launches Broadband Video Entertainment Site, Sling.com
NBC-Fox Broadband Video Service, Hulu, Beta-Launches
BSkyB Launches Standalone, Subscription-Based Broadband TV Service
AT&T Rolls Out U-verse Total Home DVR across Entire U-verse Footprint
OpenTV Launches Ad Campaign Management Solution, EclipsePlus
--Solution Deployed by Comcast Spotlight
Ben Bennett Named OpenTV CEO
--Paul Woidke Named Company's GM of Advanced Advertising
ActiveVideo Networks Deploys with Oceanic Time Warner Cable
ActiveVideo Networks Hires Interactive TV Pioneer, John Callahan
Microsoft Says Mediaroom IPTV Now in 2 Million Homes
Microsoft Launches Mediaroom Presentation Framework
Brightcove Launches New Version of its Platform, Brightcove 3
Brightcove Secures Broadband Video Deal with AOL
Verizon FiOS TV Rolls Out its Interactive Media Guide in Multiple New Markets
EchoStar Signs CableLabs' tru2way Host Device License Agreement
Intel and Yahoo! to Launch "Widget Channel"
Parts of Vidiom's Professional Services Business Sold to Founder, Wahlers
--Will Form Basis of New OCAP Company, enableTV
Integra5 Launches Suite of Social Media Applications
CBS: Broadband Expands Programming's Reach, Doesn't Reduce TV Viewing
CableLabs Chief Encourages Telcos to Adopt tru2way
BBC Names Erik Huggers Director of Future Media & Technology
News Corp. Plans to Take NDS Private, Cede Control of Company
Adobe Media Player Launched
Top Six MSO's, Major CE and STB Companies, and Intel Sign tru2way MOU
Free-to-Air Broadcasters No Longer Have to Pay MHP Royalties
Amino Acquires AssetHouse, Appoints Andrew Burke as CEO
TVN to Invest $28 Million in Infrastructure, Technology and Biz Processes
NDS Tapped to Develop New Interactive User Interface for Cox
CMC Launches HITS AxIS to Support Development and Deployment of ITV Apps
--Platform Developed in Partnership with Vidiom, TVWorks
Founder, Jasper Smith, Reacquires PlayJam from OpenTV
Comcast Launches AnyRoom On Demand
Comcast Launches "Project Infinity" to Exponentially Increase VOD Offerings
--Launches Online Entertainment Service, Fancast
OCAP Rebranded as "tru2way"
CableLabs Launches "OpenCable Project" on Java.net
New OCAP/EBIF Developer Network, OEDN.net, Launched