Interview: S3 Group's VP of TV Technology, Philip Brennan, on the Company's New Deal with Canoe Ventures

S3 Group , a Dublin-based provider of automated testing solutions for digital TV content delivery platforms and devices, announced Monday that Canoe Ventures has chosen its StormTest Development Center as the automated testing solution for its national deployment of EBIF-enabled interactive TV applications. According to S3, StormTest Development Center will enable Canoe to test multiple set-top boxes from multiple vendors, across different operator networks, seamlessly and from a single testing platform.


Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): itaas, ITV, Massive, BBC

--itaas Appoints Pat Tylka to its Advisory Board
--ITV Launches ITV Player App for iOS
--Massive Trumpets its Work on the BBC News Product for Connected TV
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Interactive TV services provider, itaas , has named Pat Tylka to its advisory board. "Tylka will give itaas the benefit of his sales management experience and knowledge of the global telecommunications industry," the company states in its press materials. "Tylka has over 30 years' management experience in the global telecommunications and...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, BBC

--Apple Seeking Patent for "Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm"
--AT&T U-verse TV Launches "Troubleshoot & Resolve" Interactive TV App
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for May
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Apple has applied for a US patent for what it describes as "an enhanced TV widget paradigm." The existence of the patent application was first reported on by Patently Apple. "Apple states that they recognized a limitation of existing widget technology as applied to a TV environment--in that conventional widgets, while...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Music Choice, Verizon FiOS, NBC, Netgem, Virgin Mobile France

--Music Choice's Interactive Music Video Network, SWRV, Launches on Verizon FiOS TV
--NBC Launches App for iPad
--Netgem Tapped to Power Virgin Mobile France's Virgin Mobile Box TV Offering
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Verizon FiOS TV has launched Music Choice's interactive music video network, SWRV , in all its markets. The launch of the SWRV linear-TV channel, which is available to FiOS TV Extreme HD and Ultimate HD subscribers on channel 1799, follows the recent launch on Verizon FiOS TV of a Music Choice...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: Apple, ABC, Hulu, ITV, Kaltura, mgMedia, TotoTV

--Report: Apple Working with Major OEM to Develop iOS-Powered Connected-TV Sets
--"Expedition Impossible" Premiere to Feature Social TV Elements
--Report: Hulu Retains Investment Banks to Help with Possible Sale, Is Being Courted by Yahoo!
--ITV Taps Made By Many to Help Integrate its TV and Online Offerings
--Kaltura Enabling Internet Archive's Video Library to Support HTML5
--Mexico's TotoTV to Use mgMedia's Online Video Platform
--Time Warner Cable, Viacom Put their Litigation over iPad Streaming on Hold
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Citing a "former Apple executive, speaking with us on condition of anonymity," Daily Tech reports that Apple is partnering with a major OEM to develop and sell iOS-powered connected-TV sets that would come bundled with its Apple TV platform and iTunes. Producer Mark Burnett will provide live (on both coasts) commentary via Twitter during today's (June 23rd) premiere of his new reality...

iCueTV Scores Tcommerce Deals with Major MSOs

CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – Several major cable MSOs plan to deploy a tcommerce solution from iCueTV during the fourth quarter of 2011, CEO Michael Huegel said here Wednesday. While Huegel declined to name the distributors that iCueTV has struck deals with, he said the deployments will include "true tcommerce," where cable subscribers will be able to buy products marketed by advertisers with a click of their remote controls. The cable rollouts will also...

SeaChange Demos Nitro Multiplatform User Interface at The Cable Show

-- Interactive Program Guide Challenges Rovi
Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International i s showing off its Nitro user interface and interactive program guide at The Cable Show this week. Nitro, which is a user interface that cable operators can use to deliver content to TVs, PCs, tablets and other mobile devices, is a product that SeaChange could use to challenge Rovi 's domination of the interactive program guide business. Operators that already have licenses with Rovi – which owns the IPG...

Cable Executives Debate Charging Fees for iPad Streaming

By Steve Donohue, for [itvt] CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – News Corp. CEO Chase Carey said here Tuesday that programmers should charge additional fees for distributing live video to Apple's iPad and other mobile devices, debating the issue with executives from major cable MSOs and other programming companies. "I think the consumer is willing to pay fair value for a good experience," Carey said during the opening session at The Cable Show convention when...

t-Bone TV Building Social TV Platform

-- Anthony Rose, BBC iPlayer Developer and Former YouView CTO, Leads Startup

Interactive DirecTV Sunday Ticket Wins Sports Emmy

-- DBS Provider Wins Award for 'Outstanding New Approaches'

Adding interactive elements and mobile apps to its exclusive "NFL Sunday Ticket" subscription package helped DirecTV win a Sports Emmy Award in the category of "outstanding new approaches – sports event coverage." While DirecTV has offered subscribers access to every live NFL game on Sundays since 1994, the top U.S. DBS provider has increased its focus in recent years on adding interactive elements to its "Sunday Ticket" package, including on-demand scores, game stats...