Interactive TV News Roundup

SlingPlayer for Facebook

-- Sling Media to let Users Watch Video through Facebook

-- LG Reportedly Developing Google TV

-- Zeebox Enhances ‘Desparate Scousewives’ for Channel 4

-- Rovi Licenses DivX to China’s Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric

-- ActiveVideo Names Serada CFO

  • Sling Media says it will soon let users that buy its place-shifting set-top to watch videos while logged into Facebook. In a demo video of its SlingPlayer for Facebook app posted by the company on YouTube, Sling shows how viewers can watch video in partial or full-screen mode, and tell Facebook friends about what they are watching. But Sling users can’t yet share any images or video clips from the shows they are watching with Facebook friends. Engadget has more
  • LG is developing a connected TV that will run the Google TV platform, according Bloomberg. The company is expected to unveil its version of a Google TV in January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. LG rival Sony also manufacturers connected TVs with Google TV software. More
  • UK public television broadcaster Channel 4 signed startup zeebox to add some social TV elements to its Desperate Scousewives series. It’s the first deal that zeebox has struck with a broadcaster. Content will include a Twitter visualization app, @scousewives and cast Twitter activity, cast videos, music information available via iTunes, a Scouse glossary and a Google map introducing key Liverpool locations from the program to viewers. More
  • Rovi said it signed a licensing deal with Chinese set-top manufacturer Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric which will allow the company to integrate its DivX HD codec into set-top boxes that it sells to providers globally. Rovi, which picked up DivX through its $775 million acquisition of Sonic Solutions in 2010, said Jiuzhou will initially deploy set-tops featuring DivX technology in the first quarter of 2012 in Europe. More
  • ActiveVideo named former Virage Logic executive Brian Serada CFO. Serada has also worked previously at Proxim Wireless, Portal Software, Credence Systems, Handspring, Sygen International and Lam Research. 
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