Interactive TV News Round-Up (IX): TWC, TiVo, Zappware, zeebox, Mobile Interactive Group

--Time Warner Cable's TWC TV In-House Streaming Service Adds Local Channels in NYC
--TiVo Co-Founder and CTO, Jim Barton, Resigns
--Zappware Powers OTT TV in Serbia, Slovenia, Bosnia
--zeebox in Global Partnership with Mobile Interactive Group

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.

  • Time Warner Cable's New York City arm has added 26 mostly local channels to the MSO's in-house streaming services, the TWC TV iPad/iPhone app and the Web site (note: the move comes on the heels of the launch of multichannel Internet-TV service, Aereo). More information on the newly available channels is available here.
  • Founder and CTO, Jim Barton, has resigned from TiVo, according to an 8-K form that the company recently filed with the securities and Exchange Commission. According to the company, Barton will continue to provide it with "certain consulting services related to patent matters, litigation, and certain technical matters" for up to two years. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler has more.
  • Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware, contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that its over-the-top (OTT) solution has been deployed in the Serbian, Slovenian and Bosnian markets. "The service was launched under the 'D3 go' brand by the Serbian cable operator, SBB, and by Telemach, the leading cable operator in Slovenia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina," the company states in its press materials. "The solution features linear-TV programming and is currently available to the customers of SBB and Telemach. The solution will also enable these operators to offer their programming to communities outside their traditional cable footprint. Zappware developed the end-to-end system for SBB and Telemach using its TwinTV product, which delivers a digital TV experience on a broad range of second-screen devices, including smartphones, tablets and PC's. TwinTV is driven by Zappware's proprietary iView application delivery platform, a scalable, backend solution that allows operators to manage the digital TV experience using a centralized administration user interface. The iView application delivery platform extends huge benefits to the operator, such as easy customization of look-and-feel, total control over product configuration and content elements, a CRM interface that enables the product to be customized down to the individual subscriber level, audience measurement, and the integration of value-added apps...Zappware's scalable deployment delivers more than 100 channels of linear programming to SBB and Telemach customers connected to the system via PC's (Windows, Mac, Linux), Android-powered smartphones and tablets, and Apple iPhones, iPads, and iPods. The comprehensive system also includes components from Cisco, Verimatrix, NXP Software, Anevia and Envivio."
  • zeebox, the second-screen social-TV company that was co-founded by former BBC iPlayer chief, Anthony Rose, and that recently appointed Time Warner Cable Media veteran, Jason Forbes, to head up its US operations in advance of a planned US launch later this year (see the article published on, March 16th), has signed a global partnership agreement with participation-TV specialist, Mobile Interactive Group (MIG). "The partnership with zeebox will enable MIG to be the first to integrate an interactive social payments and voting solution, with its Engage solution, into the free-to-consumer zeebox app, which already enables TV viewers to socially interact and chat via Facebook and Twitter, access TV program information, buy what they see on screen, and will now enable them to vote for a contestant in their favorite participation-TV (P-TV) show," the companies state in their press materials. "The combination of zeebox's integrated social media experience, along with MIG's Engage platform and knowledge of the media and entertainment industry, offers audiences the capability to extend and significantly enhance their second-screen experience. This real-time experience supports established interactive solutions whilst offering an additional monetization stream for broadcasters." Said MIG general manager, Barry Houlinan: "zeebox have an innovative approach that is revolutionizing the way viewers consume content related to television. The integration with our interactive social payments and voting solution, Engage adds new potential, creating social engagement revenue streams on platforms such as Facebook, iTunes and global Mobile Network Operators (MNO's) for both themselves and their broadcast partners, whilst further enhancing the viewer's immersive experience from the virtual couch. In May 2011 MIG was selected by Facebook as a 'Preferred Developer Consultant' and the new partnership with zeebox gives us access to a growing user base on what we believe is one of the world's most exciting second-screen products."
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