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MTV Says its Movie Awards Enjoy "Massive Growth" in Fan Participation

--Participation Driven by Partnerships with Facebook, MySpace, and Other Social Media Services
An MTV representative contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that last weekend's MTV Movie Awards enjoyed "massive growth" in fan participation this year, with a total of "well over" 3 million votes cast in the weeks leading up to the live awards broadcast. From May 4th through 27th, fans could visit movieawards.mtv.com to vote for their favorite actors and film moments, with their votes determining the winners. In addition the Awards' "Best Movie" category...

New CTAM-Nielsen Study Examines Broadband Video Consumers

The Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM) last week announced the results of a study of broadband video users and their viewing habits that it commissioned from The Nielsen Company. The report, entitled "Crossing Over: Understanding Viewer Multi-Screen Migration" and billed as based on a complex, multi-dimensional segmentation analysis that was developed by Nielsen, focuses on a segment of consumers whom it dubs "Extreme Techies" and who it says watch significantly more broadband video...

US Solicitor General Recommends that Supreme Court not Revisit Cablevision RS-DVR Case

--Cablevision Hopes to Launch Network DVR Service This Summer
US Solicitor General, Elena Kagan, has recommended that the US Supreme Court not revisit a US appeals court's decision last August to overturn a March, 2007 lower court ruling in favor of the plaintiffs in the Cablevision Remote Storage (RS)-DVR case. Cablevision was sued by ABC, CBS, NBC Universal, TBS, Paramount Pictures, Twentieth Century Fox and The Walt Disney Company, after announcing back in 2006 that it would launch a network DVR service which it...

AT&T Says Eighth Season of "American Idol" Saw Record Levels of Text-Based Interactivity

--However, Questions Emerge over Fairness of Voting Process
AT&T says that viewers interacting with the recently concluded eighth season of the interactive TV reality series, " American Idol ," sent 178 million text messages over its network--the highest total for any season and more than double the 78 million messages that it reported last year. According to the company, which is the exclusive provider of text messaging services for the show, text message traffic counted in its tally includes not only text votes,...

Digisoft.tv, Channel Islands in Targeted Advertising Partnership

Cork, Ireland-based interactive TV and IPTV technology provider, Digisoft.tv (note: the company, which also operates offices in the US, the UK, Singapore and New Zealand, is best known for its DigiHost Service Delivery Platform, which supports and manages the delivery of ITV services through the Digisoft Java-based EPG on set-top boxes and other client devices, such as PC's and portable storage devices; according to Digisoft.tv, it also includes interfaces to enable integration to existing headend...

ActiveVideo Networks to Acquire Avinity Systems

--Companies Say They Have Similar Interactive TV Philosophies, Complementary Technologies
At the ANGA Cable show in Cologne, Tuesday, ActiveVideo Networks (formerly ICTV)--a San Jose, Calif.-based interactive television company which offers a platform that it bills as intelligently streaming both traditional and Web-based content to digital set-top boxes and Web-connected CE devices and as combining the personalized, dynamic, socially connected experience of the Web with the quality, immediacy and remote-control navigation that end-users expect from television--announced that it has reached an agreement to buy Avinity Systems...

Canoe Ventures Expands its Colorado-Based Engineering and Development Team

Canoe Ventures --the company that is implementing Project Canoe, the US cable industry's initiative to create a national unified platform for interactive and addressable advertising (it is backed by Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox, Charter, Cablevision and Bright House)--announced Tuesday that it has appointed Tom Huber as executive director of systems integration and testing, and Kevin McHugh as executive director of interactive applications. The two new hires will be part of the company's Engineering and...

Update: BBC's Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

Last Friday, [itvt] reported on the line-up of content that will be available through the BBC 's red-button interactive TV service over the coming weeks. The BBC has since announced a few other upcoming red-button offerings: As part of the BBC's coverage of the June 4th European Parliament and English council elections, BBC Red Button will offer a real-time results service. According to the corporation, results for most of England's 27 county council and seven...

BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Agree to Five-Year Ban on Project Kangaroo-Type VOD Ventures

--Orange Decides against Purchasing Project Kangaroo's Technology Infrastructure
The Competition Commission --an independent public body which investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest, and which in February nixed Project Kangaroo , a joint video-on-demand venture between the BBC's BBC Worldwide arm, ITV and Channel 4, on the grounds that it would result in a "substantial lessening of competition in the supply of UK TV VOD content at the wholesale and retail levels"--published Friday drafts of "undertakings" that each of...

DVB Publishes Questionnaire on Internet TV

--Organization Says it May Work on Standardizing Internet TV Technology for CE Devices
The DVB Project , an international standards consortium comprised of around 280 broadcasters, network operators, vendors, regulatory bodies and other TV industry players, announced Monday that it has begun a "study mission" on Internet TV content delivery, that will investigate technology options for delivering what it describes as "DVB-type content" over the Internet to a broad range of consumer electronics devices, including game consoles, mobile devices and PC's. While the study mission will focus primarily...

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