Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Disney to Supply Family Friendly Programming to YouTube

-- Google TV Scores First Adult Film Channel

-- Barnes & Noble Bundles Netflix and Hulu with Nook Tablet

-- tweetTV Launches Social TV Discovery Guide

-- Netflix Signs Exclusive Licensing Deal with MGM

  • YouTube is teaming up with Disney Interactive to add family friendly programming to its site. The companies said Monday that programming Disney will supply includes original video produced by Disney, along with Disney Interactive series, content from Disney Channel and user generated content. An original video series based on Disney's mobile game "Where's My Water?" and its main character Swampy will be the first project to launch in February.
  • Vivid Entertainment launched the first porn channel for Google TV set-tops. Its "Vivid for Google TV" channel could help Google TV compete with Boxee's over-the-top video set-top, which offers users access to adult programming. Vivid said its channel, which contains celebrity sex tapes and parodies of popular superheroes, will stream video in high definition.
  • Barnes & Noble unveiled its $249 Nook Tablet, which the company hopes will help it compete with Apple's iPad and Amazon's Kindle Fire. The book retailer said it will bundle Netflix and Hulu Plus software with the tablet, and that consumers will be able to sign up for free trials of the streaming video services. The Nook also comes with Flixter for UltraViolet, which allows consumers to watch new TV series and movies from Warner Bros. and other studios.
  • Austin based startup tweetTV launched a beta version of its interactive social TV discovery guide that ranks TV programs in terms of real-time popularity. When users click on any program on the tweetTV social TV guide, they enter into a “tweet room” where they can see and reply to all of the tweets related to that program.
  • Netflix struck a deal with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios that gives it exclusive rights to stream MGM movies in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Netflix, which plans to launch in the UK and Ireland next year, said MGM titles will be available to watch in the pay TV window on TV, tablets, game consoles, computers and mobile phones.
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