Interactive TV News Roundup

-- MobiTV to Distribute Univision Programming 

-- DirecTV Survey May Hint At New Online Video Service

-- Migratory Teams with ANT to Build Apps for HbbTV Devices

  • Video clips from Univision programming will soon be available on mobile phones, following a deal the top U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster struck with MobiTV Inc. The agreement will allow AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers with smartphones and tablets to access Univision content. Several news shows, entertainment programs and telenovelas will distributed by MobiTV, including “Noticiero Univision," “El Gordo y la Flaca" “Asi es la Vida." More
  • DirecTV may be developing a new online video service, according to a survey it sent recently to subscribers. The top U.S. DBS provider writes in the survey – which was published by Zatz Not Funny, that it plans to offer a "streaming only Netflix-like service for a flat fee per month." If the survey offers an accurate read of DirecTV's strategy, its approach to distributing online video programming would be different than rivals such as Comcast Corp. and Dish Network, which don't charge subscribers additional fees to access their "TV Everywhere" sites. 
  • Digital TV software vendor ANT is gaining more support for its ANT Galio Platform. The Cambridge, UK-based company is teaming up with Migratory Data Systems, which builds streaming media servers, to deliver to Web applications to Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) devices. The HbbTV standard allows viewers to access interactive TV content through both connected TVs and set-tops. Migratory, which is based in Romania, said its server architecture can connect 1 million end users simultaneously to a video stream. 
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