Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Boxee Pitches ‘Live TV stick’ to Cable Cord Cutters

-- Netflix Targets Consumers that Buy Nook and Kindle Fire Tablets

-- Shaw Deploys Motorola DreamGallery Solution

-- YuMe Raises $12 Million from Samsung Ventures, Translink Capital

-- Buckeye Launches Rovi TotalGuide

  • Boxee CEO Avner Ronen confirmed that the company plans to sell a $49 dongle for its over-the-top video set-top which will allow users to watch live TV programming from local broadcast stations. It’s “Live TV stick” ships in January. While the Boxee box has always been a product that appealed to cable cord cutters, the company is now making its cord-cutting potential a key selling point. "The problem with canceling your cable subscription and relying just on the Internet has been the lack of live sports, local news, special events and live TV shows (think Dancing with the Stars). But these things are all available on broadcast TV channels like ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC for free, over the air in HD. With Boxee Live TV you can watch them all on your Boxee Box (and still get all the regular Boxee stuff you love to watch too),” Ronen wrote on his Boxee blog Wednesday. His post was had the headline, “Time to cut the cord.” More 
  • Netflix built a new user interface for Android tablets that is designed for consumers that buy the new Kindle Fire from Amazon and the Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble. The company said the interface is optimized for touch-enabled tablets, and can display twice as many titles as its previous interface. More
  • Canada’s Shaw Communications is one of the first cable operators to deploy Motorola Mobility’s DreamGallery Solution, a program guide that uses HTML5 to deliver social TV applications. DreamGallery will also allow Shaw subscribers to use mobile phones, tablets, PCs and connected TVs to navigate programming. The MSO is deploying DreamGallery on Motorola’s DCX3200 HD set-top. More
  • Digital video advertising provider YuMe said it raised $12 million from Samsung Ventures, the venture capital arm of the Samsung Group, and Translink Capital. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company said it will use the funding to “aggressively expand its footprint in the connected TV space. More
  • Top interactive program guide developer Rovi said Ohio-based cable operator Buckeye Cablesystem is deploying its TotalGuide Solution. In addition to using Rovi’s guide on its cable set-tops, Buckeye is using Rovi’s white-label Total Guide xD application, which allows subscribers to use IP-enabled mobile devices as a remote control and schedule remote DVR recordings. More
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