Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): ABC, ACTV8, NCR, Intel, Aereo, Amazon, U-verse, BFI, Capablue, Ooyala, Jean-Francois Mule, Apple, Bafta, BBC iPlayer, BBC Red Button, CableCARD

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on TVOT NYC 2013 (December 11th in New York City), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format:

  • ABC's Watch ABC "TV Everywhere" App Launches for Android Phones Running 4.0.3 or Higher
  • Partnering with NCR and Intel to Launch Cloud-Based Digital-TV Wallet; Product Billed as "the First Phase of a Larger Organic, Multiscreen Experience Is Preparing to Launch within the Television Industry"
  • Aereo Launch in Chicago Postponed, due to "Issues" with Beta Site
  • Amazon Prime Instant Video Greenlights Three New Half-Hour Pilots; Creators Include Roman Coppola, Jill Soloway
  • WSJ: Amazon to Release its own OTT Set-Top Box in Time for Holiday Shopping Season; Will Run Apps and Content from a Variety of Sources
  • AT&T U-verse Launches 100+ Live Channels on its "TV Everywhere"-Enabled U-verse App; 20+ Channels Are Available for Out-of-Home Viewing
  • British Film Institute (BFI) Launches Broadband VOD Service, BPI Player; Will Offer Mix of Free (60%) and Pay-Per-View (40%) Content, Organized into Seven Channels/Collections; Player Is Powered by UK "TV Everywhere" Apps Specialist, Capablue and US Streaming Video Specialist, Ooyala
  • UKTV Taps Capablue to Develop VOD Portal for UK's YouView Hybrid-TV Platform (June 25th)
  • High-Profile CableLabs Exec., Jean-Francois Mule, Joins Apple as Engineering Director to Work on "Something Big"
  • Bafta Opens Up its TV Awards to Online Shows
  • BBC Director General Expected to Stress iPlayer's Importance to Corporation's Future in "Where Next?" Speech Today (Tuesday)
  • BBC to Premiere New "Modern Outlaws" Season of its Documentary Series, "Storyville," on BBC iPlayer
  • BBC Radio 1 to Launch Video Channel on iPlayer
  • BBC Releases August Usage Data for iPlayer: Requests Up 19% Year-over-Year; Mobile and Tablet Requests Account for 32% of Total
  • BBC Releases Red Button Interactive TV Schedule through October 11th
  • Bill Introduced in House of Representatives that Would Let Cable Operators Offer Set-Top Boxes with Built-In Security and Encryption; Operators Would Still Be Required to Support CableCARD Standards

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