New Interviews with Irdeto's Jan Steenkamp and the BBC's Russell Barnes

--Topics Discussed Include RSS-TV and "Open Source" TV Production
--Plus Verizon FiOS TV's Rachelle Zoffer Explains Interactive TV Widgets

[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jan Steenkamp, VP America at Irdeto, and Russell Barnes, senior producer at the BBC.

Steenkamp, who co-founded Irdeto (among other things, his resume also includes stints as president and CEO of OpenTV and as CEO of Entriq), provides an overview of that company and the space in which it operates. Topics covered include the company's content management system and its other product offerings; its various customers and partners; its work on the RSS-TV standard and how it views the over-the-top-TV space in general; its view of the TV Everywhere initiative; its view of vcommerce and other emerging trends; using social TV to generate revenues; and more.

Barnes discusses "Digital Revolution" (working title), a project that sees the BBC teaming with World Wide Web inventor, Tim Berners-Lee, to create a four-part documentary series that it says will mark the 20th anniversary of the Web's invention by taking an "open source approach to its production process." The series' production team is giving Web users early access to its content by making their rushes available online and sharing some of their key arguments--inviting comment, input and story leads from the Web community. According to the BBC, the online debate generated by this process will shape the production of the series.

In addition, in Rick Howe's column, The iTV Doctor Is In!, Rachelle Zoffer, director of interactive TV at Verizon FiOS TV, explains interactive TV widgets. Plus new blog posts from Edgar Villalpando, SVP of marketing at ActiveVideo Networks ("The Things I Do for ActiveVideo"), and Jeff Vinson, chief consultant at IPTV Worldwide Consulting ("Netflix and Neulion Boost New OTT Channels as Qwest Selects OTT Route").

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