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News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Acquire Lovefilm
--AT&T Teams with NCAA Football on Social App
--BBC Commissions Second Series of "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"
--CBS Sports Launches Pro Football App for Apple iPad
--ivi Receives Cease-and-Desist Letters from Broadcasters, Files Complaint for Declaratory Judgment
--Motive Television to Acquire Adecq, Provider of the Bestv DTT-Based VOD Solution
--Ofcom Hands over Responsibility for VOD Content Regulation to Association for Television on Demand
--Open IPTV Forum Adds Four More Members
--Pace Hires Nokia UK & Ireland MD, Mark Loughran, to Head New Convergence-Focused Unit
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: According to a report in the now paywall-blocked Sunday Times, Amazon has initiated a takeover bid for Lovefilm , the company often referred to as "the European Netflix." The bid is said to value Lovefilm at around £200 million. AT&T and NCAA football have announced the launch of a free NCAA Football Fan Zone App...

Apple Launches New Version of Apple TV

As expected, Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its Apple TV platform (which, perhaps not surprisingly, in light of the trademark problems such a brand would have entailed, will not--as had been widely reported--be branded as the "iTV") at an event in San Francisco. According to the company, the new Apple TV (which, like the rival Roku platform and soon-to-be-launched Boxee Box, and unlike the old version of the Apple TV, does not...

News Round-Up (V): Minerva Networks, Netflix, NetPlay TV

--Minerva Networks Powering Interactive TV Widget-Enabled IPTV Offering for Costa Rica's ICE
--Netflix Launches iPhone/iPod Touch App
--NetPlay TV's New iPhone App Lets Users Interact with its Interactive TV Gambling Programming
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. IPTV middleware provider, Minerva Networks , has announced that ICE , the incumbent telco and electricity provider in Costa Rica, has selected its fourth-generation iTVManager platform to power triple-play services. According to Minerva, the IPTV component of that service offering will include network-based...

News Round-Up

--Report: Apple in Talks with Networks to Launch $0.99 Rental Service, Will Unveil iTV September 7th
--blinkx in Online Video Partnership with AccuWeather.com
--DISH Network Officially Announces DishOnline TV Everywhere Service
--FoxSoccer.tv to Offer More Games, Multiple New Enhancements
--Tremor Media to Support HTML5
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. that could result in iTunes users being able to rent Fox TV episodes--within 24 hours of their broadcast and with a 48-hour viewing window--for $0.99, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. According to the news service, the company--which has apparently abandoned earlier plans for a subscription-based TV service--is also in talks about implementing such a...

Verizon Demo's iPad App, Cloud-Based Storage Offering, Multiplatform VOD Service

--Adds "Auto Correct" Capability to its Interactive TV In-Home Agent Service
At a press event, Wednesday, Verizon demo'd a new application, dubbed "What's Hot," that will bring live TV channels from its FiOS TV service to the Apple iPad . The app, which will be offered at no extra charge, features a multiscreen mosaic interface that includes thumbnail videos of 12 channels: which 12 channels a FiOS TV subscriber sees displayed on the app will be determined by which channels are popular in that subscriber's local...

TV Guide's New iPad App Incorporates Social TV Functionality into its Listings Grid

--Will Offer Full Episode of "The Big C" from Exclusive Sponsor Showtime
--Fox Business also Launches iPad App
TV Guide Digital (note: the company's assets include TVGuide.com and related programming guidance applications for iPhone and Android) said Monday that it has launched a free TV Guide App for iPad in the Apple App Store. According to the company--which says that its iPhone app has seen over 1.3 million installations--the new app, which is sponsored exclusively by Showtime Networks, features what it calls "social TV listings," as well as a day-by-day primetime schedule, entertainment...

News Round-Up (VII): Music Choice, Cox, NDS, Ooyala

--Music Choice Rolls out "Largest HD Music Video-on-Demand Library" to Cox Customers
--NDS Bolsters its Senior Management Team for China Expansion
--Ooyala Supports Dynamic Insertion of IAB-Standard Ads for iPhone, iPad
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

New Interview on Tool of North America's Interactive Movies for the Apple iPad

[itvt] has just published an INTERVIEW WITH DUSTIN CALIF , head of digital content at Los Angeles-based interactive production company, Tool of North America . Callif discusses " Touching Stories ," a free application for the Apple iPad that Tool developed in partnership with creative agency, Domani Studios .

The application contains four interactive live-action short films that have been designed specifically for the iPad (note: for more information on each of...

"Touching Stories" App Offers Four Interactive Short Films, Designed Specifically for the iPad

Interactive production company, Tool of North America (note: for more on Tool, see the interview with its digital executive producer, Dustin Callif, that was published on itvt.com, June 9th, 2009), has teamed with "technology-infused" creative agency, Domani Studios , to develop an application, dubbed "Touching Stories," that contains four interactive live-action short films shot by five Tool of North America directors and designed specifically for the Apple iPad. According to the companies, the app allows...

News Round-Up (V): Rentrak-Turner, Revision3, Robyn's Interactive Video

--Rentrak Extends VOD Measurement Agreement with Turner Broadcasting
--Revision3 Launches iPhone App, User Profiles
--Robyn Releases Twitter-Powered 3D Interactive Video
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Multiscreen media measurement and research company, Rentrak , has announced the renewal of its longstanding agreement with Turner Broadcasting System for its VOD measurement service, OnDemand Essentials. "Last year, Turner Broadcasting and Cox...

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