Peel Eyes Retail Opportunities with $16.7 Million in Financing

-- Lightspeed Ventures Partners Leads Series B Funding
Peel said it is looking at retail opportunities for its wireless device and mobile app, after raising $16.7 million in its second round of funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the investment in Peel, which makes a free app and a $99 wireless device which allows viewers to control their TVs, cable set-tops and other devices by swiping an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Peel's app is personal TV recommendation system designed to help viewers find...

Yahoo Buys Social TV Startup IntoNow

Just 12 weeks after IntoNow launched its social TV application, Yahoo! Inc. said it acquired the Silicon Valley-based startup. The deal could help Yahoo expand into interactive TV programming, using IntoNow's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. IntoNow's app for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch lets users identify which TV programs they are watching, and share their viewing choices with friends. IntoNow, which has integrated its application with Facebook , Twitter , iTunes and...

Time Warner Cable Adds 14 Channels to iPad Lineup

Time Warner Cable added the live feeds from 14 channels to the programming lineup available to subscribers with Apple' s iPad, but the MSO is still missing several networks from Viacom, Fox Cable Networks Group and Discovery Communications . While its 73-channel lineup features some niche channels from Fox and Discovery, the MSO doesn't offer the most popular networks from the cable programmers, including FX , Fox News Channel and Discovery Channel . Fox and...

HBO to Launch iPad App

HBO is preparing to launch an app for its HBO Go TV Everywhere product for Apple 's iPad, laptops and other mobile devices. The app will launch on May 2, according to a YouTube video HBO posted to tease the new service. But it's not clear how many HBO subscribers will be able to use the app to watch HBO original series and movies on mobile devices. The premium network only has a few deals...

TVOT 2011: Announcing the Breakaway Video Contest...

--Winner Will Receive iPad 2, Two Tickets to TVOT 2011, and a Full PR Campaign from Breakaway Communications
[itvt] and our media relations partner, Breakaway Communications , are pleased to announce the BREAKAWAY VIDEO CONTEST . The contest invites TVOT 2011 attendees--and anyone else interested in participating--to create a short video clip interpreting/answering the question: " What Is Interactive TV? "

History Launches Civil War iPad App

History launched a paid app focused on the American Civil war that offers owners of Apple 's iPad everything from daily news and photos to help using Morse code to send telegrams via Twitter . The cable network appears confident that history buffs will keep driving demand to its $7.99 The Civil War Today App – it has committed to producing daily updates for the app for four years. The History Channel told [itvt] that...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Syncbak Powers Broadcasters with OTT Video Play
-- LG Unveils Tweet-TV, Mobile 3D Phones
-- No Live Video in iPad Apps from NBC, ABC
-- Two-Way Media Builds Facebook Game for Fox International
-- HBO Go Lands DirecTV Deal

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, Starz, BBC, CBS, SCVNGR

--Apple Sets Up Dedicated iTunes Section to Showcase AirPlay-Enabled Apps
--AT&T U-verse TV in "TV Everywhere" Deal with Starz
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through March 25th
--CBS Teams with SCVNGR to Promote "Chaos" at SXSW via Mobile Social Game
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

Apple in Multi-Year Deal to License Intellectual Property from Rovi

In a Form 8-K filed with the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) , Monday, Rovi (formerly Macrovision), a company best known for its EPG solutions (note: its other solutions include entertainment data, content protection and content networking technology; among other things, it recently announced a cloud-based advertising solution for connected devices ), announced that it "has entered into a multi-year agreement with Apple, Inc . whereby Apple shall license intellectual property from the company."...