Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Epix Builds Apps for Google TV, Roku, Mobile Devices

-- Image Entertainment Tracks VOD Usage with Rentrak Data

-- Ruwido Unveils New Remote Control Platform

-- Canoe Recruits Former Turner, Leap Media Executive


  • New premium movie channel Epix said it is developing apps for Android mobile phones and connected devices, including Roku's over-the-top set-top and Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. Google TV is the only connected device that currently offers Epix. The Viacom-owned network said it will be available on additional devices later in the second quarter. The apps allow Epix subscribers to watch access more than 3,000 movies. More
  • VOD measurement firm Rentrak Corp. is supplying its OnDemand Essentials product to Image Entertainment Inc. The independent programming distributor said it hopes to optimize its portfolio and drive revenue growth by using Rentrak data to track the performance of its library, which includes 3,000 titles. More
  • Austrian remote control specialist ruwido plans to demonstrate its new "r97" remote control platform next week at the ANGA Cable convention in Germany. Succeeding its r77 series, ruwido said the new remote control platform offers several different models, including a full-button layout, and a six-key navigation model.
  • Canoe Ventures named former Turner Broadcasting and Leap Media Group executive Chris Pizzurro VP of product strategy and business development, where he'll oversee its efforts to drive dynamic VOD ad insertion. The interactive TV joint venture owned by Comcast Corp., Time Warner Cable, and other major cable MSOs is looking to boost revenue through though both targeted and interactive advertising. A 13-year veteran of Turner, Pizzurro was a principal at Leap Media Group before joining Canoe. More
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