Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (II): Bravo, BT, BuddyTV, CBS, Twitter, Cinemacraft, PrePlay, Comcast, Fox, Comigo, Cox, Fanhattan, DDD, InterDigital, Dish Hopper, Dotscreen, E!, Edgeware

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):

  • Bravo Airs Season Finale of Online Companion Series, "Battle of the Sous Chefs," as Part of "Supersized Episode" of "Top Chef Masters"
  • BT Says its BT Sport App Set to Pass Million-Download Milestone Next Month; However, Viewership not Yet Measured by BARB
  • BuddyTV Launches Vibes Programming Guide App for iOS7; Guide Lets Users Create, Share and Subscribe to "Vibes"--Thematically Organized Listings, such as "Underwater Terror" and "Distract My Child," that Offer Enhanced Data and Can Feature Content from Multiple Different Platforms
  • CBS Launches Broadcast-Synchronized Second-Screen Interactive TV Experience for "Survivor" on its iOS App and; Experience Designed to Work in both Live and Timeshifted Modes; Key Features Include "Details on the Castaways, Behind-the-Scenes Information on the Challenges, along with Photos, Exclusive Videos, Location Details, Polls, Quizzes and the Ability to Easily Follow and Join the Social Conversation around the Show"
  • CBS's #CBSTweetWeek Returns
  • Twitter Signs Up CBS for its Amplify In-Stream Video Advertising Program; Deal Involves 20 CBS Brands and 42 Shows; Among other things, Deal Will See Launch of Promotional Clip Series for "60 Minutes," Entitled "60 Minutes in 60 Seconds"
  • CBS Using Cinemacraft's Videogram App to Promote Fall-Season Comedies
  • CBS "Pre-Premieres" First Episode of New Comedy Series, "We Are Men," on, the CBS App, and Select CBS Audience Network Sites
  • CBS Interactive Partners with PrePlay on Predictive Second-Screen iOS and Android App for 2013 Football Season
  • Report: Comcast in "Binge-Viewing" VOD Deal with 21st Century Fox
  • Costa Rican Telco, Racsa/Grupo ICE, Selects Comigo's Android-Based Set-Top Box and Interactive TV Middleware to Power its Kolbi TV Service; Solution Will Enable Kolbi TV to "Monetize Premium Content on Multiple Screens, Promote Content through Social Recommendations, Generate Micro-Targeted Campaigns and Advertisements and Enjoy New Revenue Streams from Interactive, Contextual Applications"
  • Comigo Launches Comigo Duo Android Set-Top Box with "New Social and Interactive Features and Capabilities"
  • Cox Ends beta Test of Fanhattan-Powered OTT Service, "flareWatch"; Says it "Will Continue to Evaluate the flareWatch Trial Results to Determine how this Might Impact Future Product Plans"
  • Development Agreement Sees DDD Integrating its 3D Image Processing Technology with InterDigital's User-Adaptive Video Streaming Technology in Order to Explore Feasibility of Combined Solution for Bringing 3D Streaming TV to Mobile Devices and Smart TV's; Partnership Sees InterDigital Investing in DDD
  • Two More Courts Refuse to Block Dish Network's Ad-Skipping Hopper DVR
  • French Interactive TV Apps Company, Dotscreen, Rolls Out Suite of HbbTV Apps, Plus New Second-Screen Apps for Tablets and Smartphones
  • E! Launches Interactive, Pop Culture-Themed Talk Show, "Hello Ross"
  • Belgacom Selects Edgeware's Distributed Video Delivery Network (D-VDN) Solution to Deliver its "TV Partout/TV Overal" Multiscreen Service
  • Edgeware Unveils Orbit 3080 Network Video Delivery Solution, Billed as Offering 80Gbps Wire-Speed Video Streaming from a Single Rack Unit
  • Edgeware Launches D-VDN Origin Accelerator, Billed as "Significantly Reduc[ing] Complexity and Performance Requirements and therefore Costs of Origin Servers by Accelerating both Ingest and Playout Capacity"
  • Edgeware Names Michael A. Ruffolo Chairman (September 4th)
  • Edgeware Launches "Origin Selector" Option for its D-VDN Solution; Feature Billed as "Provid[ing] Highly Scalable Load Balancing and Redundancy across Multiple Video Origin Servers, Located in either the Service Provider's own Headend or in an External Content Provider's Network" (June 4th)

Cinemacraft "Videogram"

North America