Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (IV): Mass Relevance, Fox Sports, Microsoft, Nancy Tellem, Netgear, Nuance, Ditech, Roku, Vudu, Shaw, HBO Canada, Simon & Schuster, Simple.TV

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format:

  • Mass Relevance Launches Product Studio, a Self-Service Tool for Fast Creation of Social-TV Experiences; First Client Is Fox Sports Media Group
  • Microsoft Appoints Former CBS Executive, Nancy Tellem, to Lead Production of Original Interactive TV Programming for Xbox and Other Devices
  • Microsoft's Long-Awaited Gesture-Controlled Interactive TV Shows, "Kinect Sesame Street" and "Kinect National Geo," Launch
  • Netgear Launches NeoTV Streaming Players, Featuring HTML5 Support, 1080p HD, Access to Multiple Broadband Video Sources
  • Voice-Recognition Specialist, Nuance Communications, to Acquire Ditech Networks for $22.5 Million
  • Roku Launches its USB Drive-Sized Roku Streaming Stick; Device Will Include Motion Control-Enabled Remote, Will Be Supported by "Roku-Ready" TV Sets from Apex Digital, Hitachi and Best Buy's Insignia
  • Roku Updates its Mobile App; Updates Include "Play on Roku," which Lets Users Stream Photos and Music from iOS or Android Mobiles to Roku Streaming Players
  • Walmart-Owned Broadband VOD Service, Vudu, Launches on Roku
  • Shaw Communications Launches "TV Everywhere"; First Partner is HBO Canada
  • Simon & Schuster to Distribute Online Video via AOL On, blinkx, Roku, Taboola, DBG
  • Really Simple Software to Begin Shipping its Kickstarter-Funded Simple.TV Connected-TV DVR September 27th
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