Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BT Vision, Charter, Turner, Eyeview, Hulu

--Report: BT Vision to Add Personalization, Social-TV Features
--Charter in "TV Everywhere" Partnership with Turner
--Personalized Video Advertising Company, Eyeview, Raises $5.2 Million
--Hulu Unveils Original Programming Slate for First Half of 2012

Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us.

  • UK incumbent telco BT will shortly launch a revamped version of its Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision, that will offer more social-TV functionality, personalized programming recommendations, and more VOD content, according to a report in the Financial Times. The revamp of the service is expected to take place in advance of the launch of the YouView platform, of which BT is a backer. In an interview with the FT, BT CEO Ian Livingston said that the company intends to bring "true interactivity to the TV set, which is the most watched screen in the house. That means on-demand services," he continued. "It means the availability of buying things as you do it; to have personalized services; to know what your friends like and what they think of it. I think that will change viewing habits quite considerably. It won't happen overnight but I think it's the start of something quite big."
  • Earlier this month, Charter Communications announced a deal to provide its customers with "TV Everywhere" access to programming from Turner Broadcasting System on http://www.charter.net/tv and on Turner's Web sites. "Charter has added more than 500 hours of online and mobile entertainment with the addition of Turner networks, including TBS, TNT, truTV, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim," the company states in its press materials. "A variety of programs from those networks will be available to Charter customers on charter.net/tv as well as each network's respective Web site within 24 hours after an episode airs...All Charter customers receiving Turner networks as part of their Charter TV service have access to the online and mobile content at no additional cost. iPhone and iPad mobile apps for each channel are also available, including live streaming of CNN and HLN's 24-hour television networks. Android apps are planned for launch early this year."

  • Eyeview, a company that has developed a technology for personalizing online video ads, has raised $5.2 million in a Series B funding round that was led by Nauta Capital and saw the participation of existing investors, Gemini Israel Funds, Lightspeed Ventures and Innovation Endeavors. The company plans to use the new funding to expand its reach and move to new platforms, including connected TV. A demo video of the company's offering is embedded above.
  • Hulu, which last week announced plans to invest around $500 million on content this year (see the article published on itvt.com, January 12th), has announced its original programming slate for the first half. "The line-up kicks off on February 14 with the launch of Hulu's first original scripted series, 'Battleground,' executive produced by JD Walsh, Hagai Shaham and Marc Webb ('The Amazing Spiderman,' '500 Days of Summer')," the company states in its press materials. "On the heels of a successful season as Hulu's first original series, Morgan Spurlock's 'A Day in the Life' will premiere its second season in March. And this summer, Hulu audiences will get exclusive access to acclaimed writer/director Richard Linklater's first episodic documentary series, 'Up to Speed.' All three shows will be available exclusively on the free, ad-supported Hulu service and the Hulu Plus subscription service."
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