Arqiva Seeking Investment Partner for its SeeSaw Broadband TV Service

UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva , said Wednesday that, following a strategic review, it is seeking an investment partner for its broadband TV service, SeeSaw (offers programming from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as from Disney, MTV and NBC Universal), with the aim of accelerating the development of the service.

Arqiva--which is also a partner in YouView, an initiative that sees various major UK public-service broadcasters and ISP's...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): BBC, blinkx, TV Guide Network, Channel 4, CineMexicano, Rentrak

--BBC iPlayer Sets New Records in December
--blinkx in Exclusive Online Video Deal with TV Guide Network
--Channel 4 Establishes Annual Fund to Invest in Apps and Concepts for Next-Generation Connected TV
--CineMexicano to Use Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials Service
Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV-related news stories that we didn't have room for in this issue. The BBC says that December was a record month for its BBC iPlayer programming catch-up service. "In total BBC iPlayer received 145 million requests for TV and radio programs in December 2010," BBC social media executive, Nick Reynolds, wrote in a blog post. "This was the third month in a row that BBC iPlayer...

NDS Sells Gaming and Betting Technology Subsidiary, OpenBet

--Management Buyout Funded by Vitruvian Partners
Interactive TV and conditional access technology provider, NDS , said last week that it has signed a deal under which funds managed by Vitruvian Partners will finance a management buyout of its subsidiary, OpenBet, a provider of online gaming and betting technology. According to the company, the deal will see Vitruvian and OpenBet's management acquiring OpenBet for £208 million in cash. It says it will use the proceeds of the transaction for general corporate purposes...

Silver Lake Sumeru Invests in PrimeSense, a Provider of Gesture-Recognition Tech for TV's and Other CE

PrimeSense --a Tel Aviv-based provider of sensing and recognition solutions, whose technology powers Microsoft Kinect--has received an undisclosed investment from Silver Lake Sumeru (note: Silver Lake Sumeru is a $1.1 billion middle market tech-focused fund managed by Silver Lake, a technology investment company that claims to manage over $14 billion in assets, and whose portfolio includes such companies as Skype and Avago).

PrimeSense bills its flagship proprietary Natural Interaction Technology as enabling...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Fannie Mae, GetGlue, "Guidelight," Hulu Plus

--Fannie Mae Launches Interactive Video to Educate Homeowners about Foreclosure Options
--Social TV "Check-In" Service, GetGlue, in Promotional Partnerships with Fox, Showtime
--Interactive Transmedia Series, "Guidelines," to Premiere on
--Hulu Plus Coming to Android Smartphones
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. US government-backed mortgage securitization company, Fannie Mae , has launched an interactive video tool, dubbed "WaysHome," that is designed to educate homeowners about their options for avoiding foreclosure. "The 'WaysHome' video is set in a neighborhood...

New Interview on Rovi's Acquisition of Sonic Solutions

[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW with Corey Ferengul , EVP of product management and marketing at digital entertainment technology provider, Rovi . Ferengul discusses Rovi's recent announcement that it will acquire digital media delivery infrastructure company, Sonic Solutions , for approximately $720 million (see the article published on, January 3rd).

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Comcast, Hillcrest Labs, Jinni

--Comcast Unveils Plans to Extend its Pay-TV Offering to the iPad and to Android-Powered Tablets
--Hillcrest Launches Motion-Control System for Connected TV's, Licenses Freespace Tech to SMK
--"Mood-Based" Programming Search-and-Recommendation Specialist, Jinni, Raises $5 Million
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered...


[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th, at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City), our new event devoted to the new national interactive TV platform and the rise of the ITV economy.

Tickets to the event (priced at $875 ) are still available for purchase here . However, because the event is now close to capacity, we advise purchasing your...

TVOT NYC Intensive Early-Bird Registration Closes This Thursday

Early-Bird registration for [itvt]'s TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th, 2010 at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York City) ends at midnight this Thursday, September 30th.

Early-Bird registration allows you to attend TVOT NYC Intensive for just $675 , representing a savings of $200 off the regular price of a ticket (and guaranteeing you a seat at this limited-attendance event).

To take advantage of this discounted pricing,...

News Round-Up (VIII): Ooyala, Pace, Project Canvas

--Online Video Platform Provider, Ooyala, Raises $22 Million
--Pace Launches Pace App Cafe, Unveils New MDC1000 Capabilities
--Project Canvas Publishes Draft Technical Specs, Receives Expressions of Interest from 40+ CE Manufacturers
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue,...