News Round-Up

--BBC iPlayer, Sky Mobile TV, Livestation Now Available for Apple iPad
--BBC Announces Red-Button Interactive TV Programming Line-Up through June 18th
--CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD programs
--CJ HelloVision Launches Social TV-Enabled Broadband Video Service
--DMGT Fined £225,000 for Closing Teletext
--Fox Mobile Beta-Launches Bitbop Mobile TV Service
--Overlay TV Powers Interactive Video for Tory Burch

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • In time for the Apple iPad's launch in the UK, 1) the BBC has announced the availability in beta of an iPad version of the BBC iPlayer, that is based on the so-called iPlayer "Bigscreen site"; 2) Sky has announced the availability in the Apple App Store of an iPad version of Sky Mobile TV; and 3) Livestation, a company that streams live news from a range of international sources via browser and desktop player solutions, has announced the availability of an iPad-friendly version of its Web site.
  • The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through June 18th.
  • Canadian communications regulator, the CRTC, has given the greenlight to advertising on VOD programming.
  • Korean cable operator, CJ HelloVision, has launched a social TV-enabled broadband video service called "Tving."
  • UK communications regulator, Ofcom, has fined Daily Mail & General Trust £225,000 for closing the Teletext TV service: the company closed the service last December, even though its license ran through 2014: "In accepting a license, the broadcaster takes account of the likely cost of the obligations under the license, and the value of the benefits associated with the license, for the duration of the license period," Ofcom stated in its ruling. "In deciding to cease providing key elements of the service in December 2009, Teletext committed a serious breach of the obligations in the public teletext service license such that the license was revoked."
  • Fox Mobile has beta-launched Bitbop, the mobile TV service it announced in March (see the article published on, March 25th)
  • Interactive video company, Overlay TV, has announced that it is powering an interactive video for fashion designer Tory Burch's Summer/Pre-Fall 2010 collection.