Industry

Internet TV Pioneer, Narrowstep, Acquired by KIT Digital

KIT Digital, a provider of IP-based video technologies, announced Wednesday that it has acquired the assets (and assumed various current liabilities of) pioneering Internet TV company, Narrowstep. The deal follows the collapse of a previously announced agreement ( see [itvt] Issue 7.87.1 ), under which Onstream Media was to acquire the company. KIT Digital says that the acquisition will expand its client delivery capabilities, particularly in live streaming, long-form delivery and delivery using Microsoft's Silverlight...

CableLabs to Provide tru2way Reference Implementation

US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, announced Thursday that it plans to release a source-code reference implementation of its tru2way specifications, in a bid to accelerate the development and deployment of tru2way devices and applications. The organization bills the move as a "key milestone" in the cable industry's deployment of a common software platform, in that it gives device manufacturers and application providers a single, compliant software stack for building tru2way-enabled products and...

Brandon Brown Named CEO of Zodiac Interactive

--Round-Up of Recent Zodiac Interactive News
Interactive TV software provider, Zodiac Interactive, has named Brandon Brown CEO. He replaces Zodiac's co-founder, Michael Rivkin, who will now become CTO. The company says that Brown will be tasked with identifying new business opportunities as it "moves into a new growth stage." "Brandon is a seasoned IT veteran, bringing to Zodiac more than 20 years' experience executing and growing profitable businesses for both commercial and open-source markets, and we're pleased to have his multinational...

Showtime Networks Seeking Interactive TV Intern

Showtime Networks has contacted [itvt] to let us know that it is seeking a student intern for its interactive TV department. According to the company, the intern--whose hiring is under the auspices of the Showtime Networks Summer Internship Program--will assist with the production, development and testing of its ITV initiatives, performing a range of tasks, including research, logging, wire framing, bug testing, writing, editing, photo manipulation and brainstorming. Required skills include Photoshop and Flash, creativity,...

CableLabs, Canoe Ventures Unveil Advanced Advertising 1.0 Specification (NEW)

At the NCTA Cable Show in Washington, DC Monday, US cable industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs, and 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 a new draft reference architecture specification that is designed to further the development of advanced cable advertising...

ZillionTV in Content Deal with The Weinstein Company (NEW)

Studio-backed subscription-free broadband/personalized TV service, ZillionTV (note: for an in-depth overview of the company, see [itvt]'s recent interview with its CEO, Mitch Berman, in Issue 8.33), has announced a content agreement with indie studio, The Weinstein Company.

Deadline Announced for Primetime Emmys for Interactive Media

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Interactive Media Peer Group (IMPG) has announced that the deadline for entries for the Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media is April 24th. This year, for the first time, Interactive Media finalists will receive full-fledged nominee status. "Winners aside, nominee status is an officially recognized honor, signifying the relevance and importance of cross-media programming within the Academy and the television industry," Interactive Media Peer...

Winners of the 6th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television

[itvt] is pleased to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Awards for Leadership in Interactive and Multiplatform Television, which were presented March 11th at The TV of Tomorrow Show in San Francisco: The award for "Most Significant Impact" (i.e. the company or organization that has had the most significant impact on the industry as a whole over the past year) went to NBC Universal and Ensequence (2008 Beijing Olympics). The award for "Most Significant...

Announcing the Schedule of Sessions for The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

[itvt] is pleased to announce the schedule of sessions for The TV of
Tomorrow Show 2009 (March 10-11, San Francisco) . The schedule is included in full below. For more info, please go to http://www.thetvoftomorrowshow.com For a few more days, tickets to the show will still be available at the
special February Discount price of $975 (representing a savings of $300
over the regular price), and can be purchased here: http://www.itvt.com/tvoftomorrow/pages/register.html SCHEDULE...

[itvt] Presents…The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

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