Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Miso Syncs Content to iPhone for Science Channel's 'Trek Nation'

-- Shazam Reacquires Audio Recognition Technology

-- Lenovo Building a Connected 'LeTV'

-- Verizon Offers FiOS TV through Xbox 360

-- Online Video Usage Hits Record High in October

  • Discovery Communications said its Science channel teamed up with Miso to offer viewers with Apple's iPhone a co-viewing experience during Trek Nation, a two-hour documentary it will run Wednesday night about the life of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. Miso's app will deliver photos and extra facts that will be synced with the documentary. More
  • Shazam said it struck a deal with Broadcast Music Inc. to reacquire the Audio Recognition technology and related patents that it sold to BMI in 2005. Shazam sold the patents to fund its development. "This is the optimal time to repurchase the technology and patents so that we can continue to add to and protect our growing portfolio which will, in turn, allow Shazam to broaden our range of products, further developing Shazam for TV and other innovative offerings," Shazam CEO Andrew Fisher said in Tuesday's announcement. More
  • Chinese computer manufacturer Lenovo is building a connected TV that it plans to call 'LeTV," along with new tablet computers ranging in size from 5 to 10 inches. Lenovo plans to market its tablets as LePad in China, and will call the devices IdeaPad in other markets. The LeTV connected TV and tablets are expected to be much more advanced than Renault's fabled Le Car
  • U.S. Internet users watched 42.6 billion online videos in October, hitting a new all-time high, according to ComScore data. Google dominated the online video rivals, driven primarily by its YouTube subsidiary. Sites owned by Google generated 161 million unique viewers, and reached a record high of 20.9 billion videos viewed, ComScore said. More
  • Verizon will soon let its FiOS TV subscribers access 26 live TV channels through Microsoft's Xbox 360, including HBO, MTV, Nickelodeon, Hallmark Channel and Spike TV. Microsoft has a similar agreement with Comcast that will allow its Xfinity TV customers to access live TV channels through the Xbox. Subscribers with an Xbox Kinect system will also be able to use voice commands and motion controls to navigate pay TV and online video programming from Netflix and other suppliers through Microsoft's Xbox Live service. More

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