News Round-Up (VII): Orca Interactive, Alpha Networks, YouGov, YouTube

--Viaccess's Orca Interactive Teams with Alpha Networks to Demo turnKeyTV IPTV Solution at IBC
--New YouGov Survey Appears to Show Significant Consumer Interest in Interactive TV
--Report: YouTube in Negotiations to Launch Streaming VOD Service

Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly.

  • Viaccess and its IPTV middleware and content-discovery subsidiary, Orca Interactive, have announced that they will demo a white-label IPTV solution in Orca's booth (2.B40) at the IBC in Amsterdam next month. The "turnKeyTV" solution, which employs set-tops from China's Yuxing and service monitoring technology from Mariner Partners, was created by Belgian operator and integrator, Alpha Networks. According to Orca, visitors to its booth will see "a turnKeyTV demonstration, which includes live TV, EPG, VOD, SVOD, and CPVR services. The demonstration also features a wholesale mode, where various service providers can provide a branded TV service over the same platform," the companies say.
  • A YouGov/Deloitte report that was commissioned for the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival has found that there appears to be considerable interest in interactive TV and social TV among UK viewers. Among the findings of the report, which is based on a poll of around 2,000 consumers: 69% of consumers (18-44) would like to be able to influence the plot of a TV show through live voting; 79% of young people (18-24) use social networking sites at the same time as they watch television; 42% of UK adults who use the Internet while watching TV do so to discuss or comment on the programs they are watching at the time; 47% would like to be able to access Facebook through the TV; and 21% would like to be able to access ecommerce sites through the TV. More information on the report is available here.
  • YouTube is negotiating with major Hollywood studios with an eye to launching a transactional VOD service by the end of the year, according to a report in the Financial Times. The service would be launched first in the US and then internationally, the Times reported. New movies would be available on the service day-and-date with their DVD release, the newspaper said, and would be priced at around $5.00. YouTube has been beta-testing a movie rental service since January. In related news: YouTube has added a UK movies section to the UK TV section it launched in November. Paid Content has more.


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