Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amazon.com, NBCUniversal, BBC Red Button, Fox, Dish Network, Hisense, Google TV, Miso, Colin Decker

--Amazon.com Signs Expanded Prime Instant Video Deal with NBCUniversal
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through September 1st
--Fox Seeks Injunction against Dish Network DVR's "AutoHop" and "Primetime Anytime" Features
--China's Hisense to Produce Sub-$100 Google TV Set-Top Box
--Miso Names Colin Decker Head of Product

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (we'll be announcing the date and location soon!), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format:

  • Amazon.com has signed an expanded content-licensing agreement with NBCUniversal Cable & New Media Distribution, which it says will add hundreds of TV episodes to its Prime Instant Video service, including prior seasons of "Parks and Recreation," "Parenthood," "Friday Night Lights," "Heroes," and "Battlestar Galactica." According to the company, the new deal brings the number of titles available on the service to over 22,000.
  • The BBC has published the schedule of programming and services that will be available via its red-button interactive TV service through September 1st.
  • Fox Broadcasting Company is seeking an injunction that would ban two key features of Dish Network's new Hopper DVR: its "AutoHop" ad-skipping functionality, and "PrimeTime Anytime," a service which Dish bills as allowing customers "with a single click, [to] enable recordings of four primetime HD network channels, where available, and store them for up to eight days." A hearing on the injunction is scheduled for September 21st. Reuters has more.
  • Google is partnering with China's Hisense on a Google TV set-top box that will become available later this year for under $100, according to a report by IDG News's Agam Shah. "Hisense adds even more innovation to the growing list of Google TV-powered devices available around the world," Google TV partner manager, Mickey Kim, stated in a an email to IDG. "We're working closely with partners like Hisense to bring services from Google and multiple other providers to your TV with an experience tailored for the living room."
  • Social-TV Company, Miso, has named Colin Decker head of product. "Colin was an early member of the launch team at Current TV, where he helped lead one of the earliest social-video and user-generated content experiences ever brought to traditional TV," Miso states on its corporate blog. "He was also the creator of VCAM, a first in advertising where online audiences could create, upload and vote for their favorite user-created ads to air on TV. Later, at Yahoo!, Colin led the product and programming strategy which resulted in the relaunch of video.yahoo.com, one of the largest premium video consumption portals on the Web. Following Yahoo! Colin served as head of programming at Rooftop Media, a new media production vehicle in the comedy vertical that leveraged an original system of HD capture and distribution over IP. Most recently, he served as a senior advisor to Richard Branson's Virgin Investments Group focusing on IPTV/OTT products, social technologies and the future of television in the online age.
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