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BBC Unveils Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

--Highlights Include Wimbledon, Formula 1, "Springwatch Unsprung," "Psychoville"
The BBC announced Thursday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights: For this year's Wimbledon tennis tournament, BBC Red Button will offer digital viewers a choice of up to five live matches (note: when Wimbledon coverage is being broadcast on BBC One or BBC Two, the version of the service on the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, will...

ITV's Future Technology Department Reported to Be Facing Ax

UK broadcast-industry trade publication, Broadcast, reported Thursday that UK commercial broadcaster, ITV (note: the name is an acronym for Independent Television Network), is set to ax its future technology department. According to Broadcast, ITV's director of future technologies, Simon Fell, "is understood to be in consultation with the commercial broadcaster over his job, along with the rest of his department, which is thought to comprise under ten staff." An ITV spokesperson told the publication that...

CableLabs Says Record Number of Companies Participated in its Latest Interactive TV Interop Event

US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , said Wednesday that a record 22 companies participated in its latest tru2way/EBIF interoperability event, which was held at its Louisville, Colorado facilities, May 4th through 9th. According to the organization, the week-long event featured laboratory sessions in which over 35 tru2way and ETV/EBIF applications ran across multiple headends, user agents and set-top boxes. The applications ranged from test and diagnostic apps to consumer-oriented interactive TV apps,...

Rentrak: Music Choice's VOD Service Generates 75% of All Music-Related VOD Orders

Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that its free VOD service has been "confirmed as the number-one video-on-demand network" by independent media measurement and analytics company, Rentrak --having apparently generated close to three billion orders since its launch. Rentrak also found that, in 2008, the service generated more orders than all other VOD music services combined: currently, nearly three out of every four music-related VOD orders are for...

Macrovision to Change its Name to Rovi

Macrovision --the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide, announced Tuesday that it plans to change its name to Rovi , as part of a complete revamp of its brand identity that will also see it adopting a new corporate visual design. The company says that it will continue to operate as Macrovision until its July 15th annual stockholder meeting, at which the name change will be presented for approval...

Television Academy Launches Educational Broadband Video Web Site

--Site to Eventually Offer Social-Networking Features
The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation , the Television Academy's charity arm, has launched a broadband video Web site, virtualtvacademy.org , that provides visitors with free access to videotaped panel discussions about the television business, featuring prominent TV-industry professionals. "The Foundation's aim is to enlarge the community that can benefit and regularly use the social networking and information resources of the Virtual Academy," the ATAS Foundation's executive director, Terri L. Clark, said in...

Live Internet Broadcast Platform Provider, Mogulus, Rebrands as Livestream

--Says over 1,000 Producers Now Using its "Pro" Service
Mogulus , a New York-based company which offers a platform that enables amateurs and professionals to produce and distribute live TV on the Internet (note: the company, which offers "Free" and "Pro" versions of its platform, bills the platform as offering, among other things, the ability to mix multiple live cameras, imported video clips and overlay graphics, and as allowing producers to broadcast live from a mobile phone, use a customizable Flash player with integrated...

Turner Replaces de Fougerolles as CEO of Interactive TV Content Company, Two Way Media

--Move Follows Sale of Company's Two Way Gaming Venture to NetPlay TV
--Round-Up of Recent News from Two Way Media
UK-based interactive television company, Two Way Media , announced Monday that CEO, Jean de Fougerolles, will be stepping down after an eight-year stint at the company. De Fougerolles, who led the company's transition from a technology to a content business and who oversaw its sale to investment company, Ingenious Media Active Capital, in 2007, will be replaced by sales director, James Turner. "Two Way Media will be primarily focused on our strategy of dev eloping...

TVN and Avail Media Merge

--Merged Entity to Target Multiple Platforms
Video-on-demand distribution services provider, TVN Entertainment , and Avail Media , a company that provides managed content aggregation services primarily to smaller IPTV operators (note: it offers an extensive line-up of linear TV channels, encoded in MPEG-4, as well as a companion VOD service), announced Monday that they are merging to offer what they claim will be "the first fully integrated, end-to-end solution for content owners and service providers." The companies say that the merger--which...

Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered Hybrid IPTV Service, BT Vision, Has 423,000 Customers

In the course of announcing earnings for its fiscal fourth quarter and year Thursday, UK incumbent telco, BT, said that its Microsoft Mediaroom -powered IPTV service, BT Vision , had 423,000 customers as of March 31st, compared to 398,000 at the end of the prior quarter, and that in March "customer viewing was an average of 30 views" (note: BT Vision is enabled via a hybrid set-top box that allows viewers to access linear channels...

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