News Round-Up (VIII): Time Warner Cable, Transpera, Two Way Limited

--Time Warner Cable Trialing "TV Everywhere" in NYC, Planning IPTV Trial
--Transpera Appoints New CEO, COO
--Two Way Limited Launches its Tab Active Interactive TV Wagering App in Queensland, South Australia

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  • Time Warner Cable is currently trialing a "TV Everywhere" service (i.e. an online programming service for authenticated cable subscribers) in New York City and is planning a trial of IPTV at the end of the year, the company's New York regional president of network operations and engineering, James Manchester, revealed at the On Demand Summit conference in Philadelphia last week. Multichannel News's Kent Gibbons has more.
  • Mobile interactive video ad network provider, Transpera, which recently announced the closing of a $9 million third round of funding (see the article published on itvt.com, June 2nd), has announced the appointment of Greg Ballard as CEO and of Alex Galvagni as COO. The company's founder and current CEO, Frank Barbieri, will become chief product officer. Ballard was most recently president and CEO of Glu Mobile, and his resume also includes a stint as CEO of SonicBlue (ReplayTV); Galvagni was most recently CTO and SVP of global product development for Glu Mobile.
  • Australian interactive TV company, Two Way Limited, has announced that Tab Active, the ITV wagering service which it developed in partnership with Tabcorp Holdings and Foxtel, is now live in Queensland and South Australia (note: it was previously available only in New South Wales and Victoria). "The service is available to viewers of all three Sky Racing channels on the Foxtel and Optus TV platforms," Two Way Limited states in its press materials. "With the simple press of the red button, the service provides detailed information on all thoroughbred, harness and greyhound race meetings on which UNiTAB is conducting wagering on that day. A full form guide is available, together with details on UNiTAB dividends, tote pools and results. The service also informs viewers which race is next being broadcast by Sky Racing, and on which channel, ensuring that viewers never miss a race. The service also includes prominent on-screen responsible gambling messages." However, the company adds that "at this stage, UNiTAB account holders will not be able to use the service to log in to their UNiTAB Telebet accounts, or to place bets" and that "government regulatory approval for UNiTAB customers is pending."

 

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