Interactive TV News Roundup

-- LG Launches Museum App for Connected TVs

-- Singapore's MediaCorp to Test 'Toggle' Interactive Video Service

-- Microsoft Buys VideoSurf for $70 Million

-- Bravo Expands 'Watch What Happens Live' Schedule

-- Comcast to Stream Live Video to iPad and Xoom Tablets

  • LG Electronics developed a Museum app for its line of connected TVs with French audiovisual content producer PureScreens. Designed for viewing on its LG Cinema 3D TVs, LG said its Museum app lets viewers check out more than 600,000 works of art from 200 European museums. Available artwork includes masterpieces from Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Vincent Van Gogh. LG  plans to pre-install Museum as a premium application on LG Cinema 3D TVs sold in European countries, and it will also be available as a free download from its app store in other markets, beginning Dec. 1. More
  • MediaCorp said it is looking for participants to participate in a technical trial of an over-the-top interactive video service that it wants to test in Singapore. The interactive service, called Toggle, will integrate online video and live TV programming, and allow viewers to access video on platforms ranging from TVs to mobile phones and computers. More
  • Microsoft said it will spend about $70 million to acquire video search technology company VideoSurf, whose investors include former Vice President Al Gore. Microsoft plans to integrate VideoSurf technology with its Xbox Live video service and its Kinect platform which lets Xbox owners use voice controls and hand gestures to navigate video programming. "The new video search technology offers a back end computer vision technology that 'sees' frames inside videos to make discovering content fast, easy and accurate," CMS Wire noted. More
  • Bravo is expanding the schedule for its Watch What Happens Live show to five nights weekly. Hosted by Andy Cohen, WWHL began as a blog, and evolved into a Web video series before Bravo picked up the show in 2009. Currently airing at 11 p.m. on Sundays and Mondays, Bravo said it will expand WWHL to live programs that will run four nights each week, in addition to one taped show. B&C has more.
  • Comcast will soon begin testing an AnyPlay live streaming service which will deliver video to subscribers with Apple's iPad and Motorola's Xoom tablets. AnyPlay, which relies on Motorola's Televation sidecar set-tops, will allow Comcast subscribers to stream any channel from their pay TV subscriptions to the iPad or Xoom as long as they are within range of a WiFi router connected to their cable set-top. Comcast plans to run the tests in two markets. FierceCable has more.


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