Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC to Supply VOD Content to Rivals

-- Beacon Device Transforms Android Phones into Universal Remotes

-- Rovi Grows Revenue in Third Quarter

-- Adconion Buys smartclip 

--Boxee to Support Live TV

  • BSkyB and other cable, satellite TV and mobile video distributors will be able to distribute BBC programming through video-on-demand platforms, under syndication rules approved released by the BBC Trust on Wednesday. While the BBC Trust said it would prefer to see BBC content distributed "within a BBC environment" such as the BBC iPlayer, it is open to licensing content to other outlets. "License fee payers should be able to find BBC on-demand content available on lots of different platforms, but this has to be done in a way that gives value for money and satisfies some basic principles to ensure that BBC content serves the public as it is meant to," said BBC Trust vice chair Diane Coyle. BBC Trust said it won't finalize its syndication policy until early next year. 
  • Four months after launching a product that can turn iOS devices into universal remote controls, Griffin Technology and Dijit Media launched a version of their Beacon Universal Remote Control System for devices running on Google's Android platform. Beacon works by converting Bluetooth signals from mobile phones and tablets into infrared signals that can control consumer electronics devices. The Beacon, which costs $69.99, allows users to control TVs, DVRs, stereos and other home entertainment devices. 
  • Interactive program guide technology company Rovi said it generated $196.5 million in third-quarter revenue, up from $138 million that it posted during the third quarter of 2010. Rovi saw revenue from CE manufacturers that have deployed its guides on TVs jump to $87.6 million during the third quarter, up nearly $12 million from the same period last year. Its revenue from cable operators and other service providers using its guides increased by about $10 million to $74.5 million. 
  • Joost Media parent Adconion Media Group said it acquired European digital video advertising company smartclip. Adconion said the acquisition will help expand its digital distribution platform to connected TVs in Eastern and Central Europe. The proprietary in-stream video and connected TV technology from smartclip will be integrated with the Adconion platform, which is already delivering targeted ads and content across display, email, social and both in-banner and in-stream video. 
  • Boxee is integrating support for live TV viewing through a software upgrade for its over-the-top video set-top. Users will have to attach an over-the-air antenna to the set-top via a USB connection in order to access programming from local TV stations. While GigaOm shot a video (below) of the live TV integration, Boxee hasn't confirmed its plans to release the software upgrade. 

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