News Round-Up (II)

--Report: Blockbuster to Release "Blockbuster Everywhere" API
--Boxee Updates its Platform, Adds More Content Apps
--Bravo Organizes Social TV Event around "Real Housewives" Premiere
--Cablevision Begins Deploying RS-DVR
--Cisco Powering 3D VOD for French Cable Operator, Numericable

The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers.

  • Struggling video rental chain, Blockbuster, is set to release an API called "Blockbuster Everywhere," that is designed to deliver films, reviews and real-time inventory to set-top boxes, phones, gaming consoles and other destinations, according to a report in ReadWriteWeb.
  • OTT specialist, Boxee, contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about various updates and content additions it has made to its platform. According to the company, the updates include the ability for users to pull in recommendations from their friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter ("shared videos appear automatically in your feed with an icon on the right to let you know where they came from," the company explained); the ability to see how many files Boxee is scanning, has identified and doesn't recognize within one's media shares; manual movie and TV show identification; and a new way to manage, discover and play RSS feeds within Boxee. New content on the platform, meanwhile, includes apps for Funny or Die, Koldcast TV, Redux and NHL GameCenter LIVE.
  • Last Monday, Bravo hosted a live social TV event around the premiere of the new season of its reality show, "The Real Housewives of New Jersey." "Anything can happen as Bravo's Andy Cohen hosts a live social media event on Ustream giving 'Housewives' fans an up-close-and-personal invite to the New Jersey premiere party hosted by the Manzo family at the infamous Brownstone catering facility," the broadcaster said in its press materials. "Through live streaming on both and, viewers will get exclusive access to the event, interviews with the Housewives and their families and other Bravolebrities in attendance, as well as minute-by-minute reactions to what's happening as the premiere unfolds live on-air. Viewers can interact with Andy and the Housewives via Twitter and Facebook throughout the event, and Andy will respond to comments and questions from fans during the live streaming." In other Bravo news: The broadcaster's interactive talk show, "Watch What Happens Live" (allows viewers to participate via email, Facebook and Twitter) has been moved up an hour for the month of May, and now airs Thursday nights at 11:00PM Eastern/Pacific.
  • Cablevision has begun deploying its RS-DVR service (note: RS stands for "Remote Storage") with limited functionality in some of its subscriber homes, but is still several months away from deploying the service throughout its New York-area footprint, according to a report by Light Reading Cable's Steve Donohue. "I can confirm that we have limited deployments of both the pause-live-TV with caller-ID functionality and a limited-function RS-DVR service in homes in our New York city service area," a Cablevision spokesperson stated.
  • Cisco has announced that French cable operator, Numericable, is building one of the world's first HD 3D VOD services, based on the Cisco Content Delivery System platform.


North America