Interactive TV News Roundup

-- DirecTV, Panasonic Fund Short 3D Films

-- Targets UK Viewers with NetplayTV Roulette

-- Teveo, Mediapool  Market HbbTV Platform for International TV

-- Ruwido Touts Haptic Remote Control 

  • Looking to generate content for its new n3D channel, DirecTV is teaming up with Panasonic to supply six independent filmmakers with 3D equipment to create short films. The companies said they will run all six films on n3D, and premiere them this summer at the "DirecTV n3D Film Invitational Presented by Panasonic." The film festival will be held at the Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles. The winner will receive a $25,000 prize, and Technicolor will also present a "3D Technical Achievement Award" and a $5,000 prize. More
  • is banking on an interactive TV roulette game in the United Kingdom to drive tourists to Las Vegas. The travel destination site signed a deal with NetplayTV to integrate content from into its "Live Roulette" program, which allows viewers to place bets in real-time through Content will include "The Vegas Minute," a weekly segment about events in Las Vegas, along with additional video content. More
  • Austrian remote control manufacturer ruwido is showing off a haptic device at the ANGA Cable convention that relies on tactile feedback to let viewers change channels and interact with content. Rather than build a remote control with dozens of buttons, ruwido's device allows viewers to control functions such as volume up/down by waving the remote left or right. Ruwido said the haptic device "synchronizes mind and senses to provide full feel and control for interaction with TV services." 
  • German interactive TV technology vendor Teveo and content aggregator Mediapool are teaming up to market an HbbTV-based platform for international TV content to device manufacturers and consumers. Most foreign language programs available in Germany are distributed in premium content packages, but Teveo and Mediapool said that the popularity of hybrid HbbTV-compliant TVs creates opportunities for broadcasters and content owners to reach viewers looking for niche content. Teveo and Mediapool demonstrated their platform for international TV content Tuesday at the ANGA Cable convention. The platform uses an authorization and payment system developed by Teveo. 
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