Interactive TV News Roundup

--YouTube Emphasizes Channels in Major Redesign

-- Miso Raises $4 Million from Khosla Ventures, Google, Hearst

-- Sony Delivers Scrolling Twitter Feed on Bravia TVs

-- UFC Hits Microsoft's Xbox Live

-- Bell Fibe TV Launches Interactive Weather App

  • In an effort to increase the amount of time Web surfers spend watching videos on its site, YouTube flipped the switch on a major redesign Thursday afternoon that emphasizes channels of content. The move comes one month after YouTube announced deals with dozens of independent producers to supply it with 100 channels of original programming. "We're trying very hard to marry the best of TV and the best of online," YouTube VP of product development Shishir Mehrotra said at an event at the company's San Bruno, Calif., headquarters. The San Francisco Chronicle has more
  • After raising $4 million in financing from Khosla Ventures, Google Ventures and Hearst Interactive Media, social TV startup Miso says it is looking to cut deals with pay TV distributors similar to pacts it reached recently with DirecTV and AT&T. "We're talking to everybody," CEO Somrat Niyogi said regarding talks with cable operators. "We want to interact with their services. We want to provide a platform they can tap into to improve their second-screen strategy." Niyogi is scheduled to speak Monday at The TV of Tomorrow Show in New York.  FierceCable has more
  • Sony Bravia TV owners that use Twitter can now watch a scroll displaying tweets on the bottom of the screen. A firmware update for the Bravia series also lets viewers check out pages from their Facebook accounts in full-screen mode. CNET has more
  • Microsoft will soon sell Ultimate Fighting Championship pay-per-view matches through its Xbox Live service. The company will charge $45 to access the standard-definition feeds from UFC matches, while HD broadcasts will cost $55. USA Today has more.
  • Canada's Bell Fibe TV launched an interactive weather application from The Weather Network and MétéoMédia that allows subscribers to access on-demand weather information. Bell Fibe's IPTV service runs on Microsoft's Mediaroom platform. The weather app delivers automatic weather condition information based on a viewer's location. Mediacaster Magazine has more
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