News Round-Up

--Intel Publishes Video of Panel on Future of TV, Featuring [itvt] Columnist, Brian David Johnson
--ITV Considers Reintroducing SMS Voting on its TV Shows
--New York Times Publishes "Sofa Wars" Article Series on Online Video and its Relationship with Pay TV

Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

  • Intel has published video of the panel on the future of TV that was covered by Intel consumer experience architect, "Screen Future" author, and [itvt] columnist, Brian David Johnson, in his July 18th column ("Drinks by the River Thames"). The panel included Project Canvas CTO, Anthony Rose, and high-profile advertising-industry figure, Sir Martin Sorrell, as well as Johnson himself. The video is embedded above.
  • UK commercial broadcaster, ITV, is considering reintroducing SMS voting, after regulator PhonepayPlus last week eased guidelines for using the medium in participation TV shows. Back in 2007, along with the BBC, Five and other broadcasters, ITV was caught up in the so-called "participation TV scandal," in which it came to light that broadcasters were inviting viewers to participate in premium-rate SMS-driven competitions that they had no chance of winning. Broadcasters were subsequently prohibited from using SMS voting on their shows. New Media Age has more.
  • The New York Times has published a series of articles, collectively entitled "The Sofa Wars," that explore the online video and OTT phenomena, and their evolving relationship with traditional pay-TV services.


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