Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Revision3, FishBowl, Sony, Google TV, Time Warner Cable

CuteWinFail Ep. 71: HOW TO AVOID BEING KISSED

--Revision3 to Distribute FishBowl's Interactive YouTube Series, "CuteWinFail"
--Report: Sony to Launch Google TV Devices in Europe this Year
--Time Warner Cable Set to Launch Ice Cream Sandwich Version of its TWC TV Live-Streaming App

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format.

  • Internet-TV programmer, Revision3, has formed a partnership with FishBowl Worldwide Media, a studio founded by Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh. "Through this collaboration, Revision3 will distribute FishBowl's popular YouTube series 'CuteWinFail,' which is now in its fourth season," the companies state in their press materials. "The show will be part of Revision3's global online network. In addition, Revision3 will serve as FishBowl's exclusive advertising sales partner for the 'CuteWinFail' channel. FishBowl has also renewed YouTube sensation, Toby Turner, to serve as host for the fourth season. 'CuteWinFail' has garnered more than 90 million views, receiving an average of 1.2 million views per episode since it first launched in 2010. The series will further extend its reach on Revision3's global network, which has received 800 million views in the last year...'CuteWinFail' leverages FishBowl's massive library of cleared user-generated content to create a weekly show that puts three UGC videos to the test and engages viewers to determine which one is cute, which one wins--and which one is just a big, old, giant fail. The show's interactive nature results in an average of 30,000 votes per show, making it one of the most viewed and engaging comedy shows on YouTube this past year. The dedicated YouTube channel that also includes outtakes, bonus material and clips has more than 230,000 subscribers...Episodes of 'CuteWinFail' are available at http://www.YouTube.com/CuteWinFail."
  • Sony plans to launch Google TV devices in Europe this year, despite the fact that such devices have sold in the US in much lower volumes than expected, the company has told UK tech trade publication, Pocket-lint. Sony apparently believes that Google TV will generate more interest among consumers, now that it incorporates Android Market.
  • As we reported earlier this week (see the article published on itvt.com, February 14th), Time Warner Cable has beta-launched a PC version of its TWC TV in-house live-streaming app. According to a tweet, Wednesday, from the company's director of digital communications, Jeff Simmermon, it will shortly launch a version of the app for Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich. "We are working on bringing streaming TV to Android devices with ICS," he wrote. "Should be ready by end of March/Q1. That date is VERY loose, though," he cautioned.
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