Interactive TV News Roundup

-- GetGlue Integrates with Tumblr

-- PlayJam Raises $5 million in Funding

-- Texas Telco Deploys Minerva Broadband TV Platform

-- Consolidated Communications Rolls CloverLeaf's Local Video App

-- SkitterTV Launches Amino's IPTV Box

  • Social TV check-in service GetGlue integrated with Tumblr, allowing its users to quickly add posts to the blogging platform about TV shows they are watching. GetGlue users can connect to their Tumblr pages by clicking a box below the check-in box on the GetGlue interface. "We love Tumblr for its simplicity and beauty and focus on self-expression," GetGlue CEO Alex Iskold wrote on the company blog regarding the Tumblr integration. GetGlue had already integrated its check-in service with Facebook and Twitter. The company's software update also allows users to embed widgets featuring check-ins and stickers accumulated by its users which can be embedded into Tumblr, Blogger, Wordpress and other sites. 
  • PlayJam said it raised $5 million in investments from GameStop Digital Ventures, Adobe Ventures, Endeavor Ventures, London Venture Partners and several gaming industry executives that it did not name. The company, which supplies games for connected TVs from Samsung, LG, Panasonic, and Sony, said it will use the funding to expand further into Asian and U.S. markets. PlayJam boasted that it has generated more than 6 billion downloads for its casual games during the last five years on pay TV platforms, and that more than 50 percent of Playjam users remain pay for content and stay engaged for an average of 23 minutes per session. 
  • Minerva Networks said Etex Telephone Cooperative is using its xTVFusion 5 broadband TV platform to deliver video to subscribers in Texas with varying broadband connections, ranging from DSL subscribers to customers with fiber-to-the-home connections. Its product can deliver "HD like" broadcast programming, video-on-demand content and Internet TV to subscribers with Internet connections as slow as 3 Mbps. Minerva said its xTVFusion 5 platform has also been tested by Etex subsidiary MobiNet, which used it to deliver TV services over a 4G LET network in northeastern Texas. 
  • CloverLeaf  Digital said that competitive local exchange carrier Consolidated Communications launched its DashVideo local video publishing tool, which lets cities, schools and other community organizations upload videos to its video-on-demand service. Consolidated launched DashVideo in all of its IPTV markets in Illinois, Pennsylvania and Texas. CloverLeaf said about 50 customers have deployed its interactive TV products in more than 500 cities, including telcos and cable operators. It also distributes a DotDaily localized news and information service and casual games. 
  • Amino Communications said it signed a contract with SkitterTV to deploy its hybrid IPTV and over-the-top video set-tops. Atlanta-based Amino said its platform combines live TV, audio, Web video and personal media assets in a "converged entertainment environment." Its set-tops use HTML5 and adaptive streaming technology.