Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Apple TV, AT&T, Brightcove, BroadbandTV, Cablevision, Invidi, CBS, Cinemacraft, Cisco, Civolution, SeaWell, Envivio, CNN, Comcast, Commercial Break

U-verse TV Notes sends Text Messages to your TV - AT&T U-verse

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), and because of the huge volume of news generated by the IBC and IFA conferences, we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format (note: if you have sent us a press release or briefed us about a piece of news, and don't yet see it covered here, please bear with us):

  • Report: Apple TV Software Update Expected this Week
  • AT&T U-verse Launches "TV Notes" App; App Lets Users Communicate with other Household Members via Pop-Up Messages on the TV Screen
  • Viacom Using Brightcove Video Cloud to Deliver Native-App Video Experiences across Platforms; iOS and Xbox Apps for MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central Currently Supported, with Plans to Expand to Android Tablets and Smartphones
  • EVS Selects Brightcove's Zencoder Service to Power Transcoding for its C-Cast Solution; C-Cast Lets Broadcasters Deliver Complementary On-Demand Video Content to Second-Screen Devices During Live Events
  • YouTube Multi-Channel Network (MCN), BroadbandTV (Customers Include Discovery, A&E), Reaches 1 Billion Monthly Impressions, 100 Million+ Subscribers, 10,000+ Content Partners; Company Received $36 Million Investment from RTL Group in June
  • Cablevision, Invidi Resolve their Litigation over Invidi Addressable-Advertising Patent, US#5,661,516; Resolution Calls for Cablevision to "Test Invidi's Addressable Advertising Solution in the Context of Exploring a Potential Business Relationship"
  • Facebook App Gives Viewers a Chance to Have their Photo Featured on CBS Drama, "Person of Interest"
  • Turner Media Camp Alumnus, Cinemacraft, Raises $1.5 Million, Will Integrate its Videograms Offering with Twitter's Player Cards Technology
  • Cisco Says its Technologies Are Powering TV in 300 Million+ Households Globally; Unveils New Videoscape Technologies at IBC 2013
  • Cisco's Videoscape Distribution Suite (VDS) Powering Deutsche Telekom's Entertain2Go "TV Everywhere" Service
  • Cisco Showcases its Videoscape Software Solution for the Cable RDK, Including Implementation of 4K Ultra HD Content, at IBC 2013
  • ACR Specialist, Civolution, Teams with Video Delivery Solutions Provider, SeaWell Networks, on Multiscreen Video Solution
  • Integrator, Ideal Systems, Completes Installation of Civolution's NexGuard Forensic Watermarking Technology at Hong Kong's TVB
  • Envivio Integrates Microsoft PlayReady Premium Content Protection and Civolution NexGuard Forensic Watermarking with its Envivio Halo Network Media Processor and Envivio Muse Transcoders
  • Civolution-Commissioned Study Identifies Post-Decryption Theft as Weakest Point in Content-Delivery Chain
  • CNN's "Crossfire" Lets Viewers Vote in Real Time via Twitter, Facebook or; Results Announced During the Show
  • Comcast Sees "Explosive Growth" in TV Consumption on its VOD Platform: "60% of What Our Customers Watch on Xfinity On Demand Is TV Shows"; Also Finds VOD Increases Linear-TV Ratings; Company Plans to "Premiere More Shows than Even On Demand"
  • Commercial Break App Comes to Android; Launches "Live Events" Feature, Enabling Users to "Follow" an Upcoming Event in Advance and Receive Automatic Alerts when the Event Starts and when each of its Commercial Breaks Are Over; App Uses Digital Signal Processing to Distinguish between Advertising and Programming
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