Interactive TV News Roundup

-- AOL Teams with i.TV for Relaunch of AOL TV

-- Bravo Pushes Multiplatform 'Platinum Hit'

-- Blinkx Builds Video Search App for Roku

-- Tvinci Powers Dutch Online Video Portal

-- ANT Building Set-Tops with Harvard International


  • AOL relaunched its site, and teamed up with mobile application developer i.TV to create new apps for Apple's iPhone and iPad. The new site includes revamped interactive TV listings and increased video. AOL, which recently purchased The Huffington Post, said the redesigned site "furthers its position as a full service TV-viewing companion." More
  • Bravo is banking on multiplatform distribution to drive its new "Platinum Hit" music series, which debuts May 30.  Fans will be able to access exclusive content on several digital platforms, including iTunes, Shazam, and The NBCUniversal network said it will also select three "Shasamable" moments from each original episode that will unlock bonus content for viewers. The day after each new episode airs, fans will be able to purchase mastered songs from the show on iTunes and Amazon. Bravo is producing "Multiplatform Hit" with RCA / JIVE Label Group. More
  • Video search engine blinkx created an app for Roku's over-the-top video platform. The app allows customers to search blinkx’s index of premium content and access dedicated channels covering sports, news, popular videos and "fun" videos featuring clips ranging from bloopers to cute animals. More
  • Israeli over-the-top video platform provider Tvinci struck a deal with Filmotech to power its new online video portal in the Netherlands. The site offers paid content ranging from recent and classic films to documentaries and TV dramas. Ximon combines Tvinci’s interactive social engagement features with a popular Dutch local payment method called iDEAL.
  • Digital TV software specialist ANT said it is teaming up with UK-based Harvard International to develop software for the next generation of digital set-top box products. The companies said the set-tops will feature high-definition DVR functionality, and use the ANT Galio Platform to enable the delivery services that combine digital media with broadband Internet access. More
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