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Round-Up of Recent Interactive TV News from DISH Network

--Fandango Application, Interactive TV Awards, and More
Last week, [itvt] reported that US satellite-TV provider, DISH Network, had recently teamed with Ensequence and History on an interactive TV application to enhance History's channel presence on the DISH Network platform. Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related news stories from DISH Network:
--Last month, the company launched a Fandango-branded application on its DishHome interactive TV portal (channel 100), that allows viewers to use their remotes to purchase movie...

Macrovision to Acquire Entertainment Metadata Specialist, Muze

--ZyXEL Using Macrovision Connected Platform
Macrovision, the company which last year acquired the US's dominant EPG developer, Gemstar-TV Guide (and which has since divested itself of the latter's TV Guide Magazine, TV Guide Network, TV Guide Online and TVG properties), announced Wednesday that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Muze, a New York-based company that provides entertainment information (metadata) products and discovery services. "Macrovision believes that professional entertainment metadata is required for...

Brightcove Sees Surge in Broadband Video on Newspaper Web Sites

--Round-Up of Recent News from Brightcove
In a posting on its corporate blog last week, broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove--which claims to power broadband video for over 30 major newspaper publishers across North America, Europe and Asia (note: its US customers include Cox Newspapers, Freedom Communications, Hearst Communications, Media News Group, the New York Times Company and New York Times Regional Newspapers, Tribune Total Media and the Washington Post)--provided some figures on how its newspaper customers are deploying broadband video...

Visual Navigation Specialist, Cooliris, Raises $15 Million+ in Series B Funding

--Officially Launches the "Cooliris Wall"
Visual navigation specialist, Cooliris (note: the company's technologies were featured at [itvt]'s TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco last month), officially launched its newest application, Monday, the "Cooliris Wall." According to the company, the app allows users to scan an expansive "3D wall" of content from, for example, broadband video sites such as YouTube, social media sites such as Facebook, professional news and entertainment sites, gaming sites, and users' own computers. It is available...

Ensequence Appoints Two New SVP's

--Round-Up of Recent News from Ensequence
Portland, Oregon-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, Ensequence, announced two additions to its senior management team last week: Andy Addis--who was formerly EVP of marketing at gestural navigation specialist, Hillcrest Labs, and prior to that, SVP of marketing and new products at Comcast--has joined the company as SVP of marketing and business development; and Tom Epes--who was formerly general manager of US services and support for the communications sector at Microsoft--has joined the company as...

VOD Technology Provider, SeaChange, Names New President and COO

VOD technology provider, SeaChange International, announced Monday that it has appointed cable-industry veteran, Ed Dunbar, to the newly created position of president and COO. The company's founder, Bill Styslinger, will continue as chairman and CEO. "We're delighted that Ed has joined SeaChange at such an important time in our history, as VOD television becomes more mainstream and global," Styslinger said in a prepared statement. "Ed's extensive experience with the world's largest VOD operator will serve...

Current Media Cancels IPO Plans

Current Media has canceled plans for an IPO, according to a document filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Friday. "In light of current market conditions, [Current TV] has determined not to proceed at this time with the public offering contemplated by [its previously submitted registration statement]," the company stated in the document. In a January, 2008 SEC filing, the company had stated that it hoped to raise $100 million via an IPO...

Round-Up of Recent News from TiVo

--New Zealand Launch, Blockbuster and Alticast Deals, New Search and More
[itvt] recently reported that DVR vendor/service provider, TiVo, had 1) published new data from its StopWatch ratings service that apparently show that timeshifting of early primetime shows erodes live viewing during the 10:00PM timeslot; 2) announced plans to increase the sample size for the StopWatch service from 100,000 to 300,000 DVR users; 3) teamed with Innerscope on a study that apparently shows a "clear and strong" correlation between TV viewers' emotional engagement with advertisements and...

D-Link, DTS Digital, Dolby, SecureMedia Join Open IPTV Forum

--OIPF Recently Published Release 1 of its IPTV Solution Specifications
The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF)--an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services (its founding members include Ericsson, FT Group, Nokia Siemens, Panasonic, Philips, Samsung, Sony and Telecom Italia)--announced last month that it had added four high-profile companies to its membership roll: D-Link Corporation, DTS Digital,...

TiVo: Heavy Timeshifting of Early Primetime Shows Erodes Live Viewing During 10:00PM Timeslot

DVR vendor, TiVo, released new data from its StopWatch ratings service, Thursday, which it says show that primetime programming that aired on ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox in February during the 8:00PM and 9:00PM timeslots was much more likely to be viewed in timeshifted mode, compared to programming aired in the 10:00PM timeslot (note: the StopWatch service collects anonymous second-by-second audience research data from a passive sample of 100,000 TiVo boxes). According to the company,...

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