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News Round-Up (V)

--Netflix to Launch Free iPhone App
--Netgem Powers Interactive TV-Enabled Hybrid TV Service for Monaco Telecom
--Ocean Blue-Powered Talking Set-Top Boxes Scheduled to Launch in August
--Ooyala Now Offering "Behind-the-Firewall" Hosting of Video Assets
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. During Apple CEO Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote Monday, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announced plans to launch a free "Watch Instantly" iPhone app by the...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Pace to Incorporate WiFi into Set-Tops
--Red Bee Powering Web-Based iPhone Simulcast Streaming App for ITV
--Roku Launches Six More Channels on its OTT Platform
--SeaChange Expands Board of Directors in Compromise Deal with Investor
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. UK-based set-top box company, Pace , has announced that it has joined the WiFi Alliance and that it will incorporate WiFi technology into certain...

New iTV Doctor PROFILES Column Features Cox's Video Strategy Chief, Steve Necessary

--Plus Edgar Villalpando on Google TV and Steve Jobs' Recent Comments on Cable's STB Business Model
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's column, " The iTV Doctor: PROFILES ." This edition features Steve Necessary , VP of video strategy and product management at Cox Communications . Necessary discusses, among other things, Cox's ongoing work in implementing SelecTV/EBIF and tru2way/OCAP, and reveals what happened to "On Ramp to OCAP."

In addition, [itvt] blogger, Edgar Villalpando , SVP of marketing at ActiveVideo Networks ,...

bee.tv Launches iPhone App Showcasing its "Next-Generation" Programming Recommendations Tech

--Users of the Free App Will Also Gain Access to bee.tv's Private Beta of its New Online Service
bee.tv , a Milan-based provider of programming recommendations technology for TV, Web and mobile, has announced the availability of a free iPhone app in the Apple iTunes App Store. According to the company, the new app enables users to receive personalized recommendations for content ranging from real-time broadcast programming to online and mobile TV shows and movies. It generates content recommendations using a proprietary technology that bee.tv says analyzes and matches individual tastes and preferences...

ITV to Offer Two-Screen Interactive TV Application, ITV Live, in Time for 2010 World Cup

--App's Social TV Elements Will Also Be Available through the Red Button
--Karaoke Channel Launches on Virgin Media's VOD Platform
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , last week launched a two-screen interactive TV service, called " ITV Live ," that will reside on its ITV.com Web site.

According to ITV, the service--which will initially be offered in conjunction with the broadcaster's coverage of the upcoming soccer World Cup --will be customizable, allowing each viewer to "take their pick of which interactive tools they use to enhance their viewing experience." Features of...

Report: Apple Developing $99 Apple TV Based on iPhone 4 Architecture and OS

--Hulu Blocks New Version of Hillcrest Labs' Kylo TV Web Browser
--Boxee Seeking to Attract BBC iPlayer, Other UK Content Providers, to its Platform
--Wolfgang's Vault App Launches on Boxee
The blog Engadget reported last week that it had received a tip--which it said had been confirmed by "a source very close to Apple "--about the next generation of Apple TV , a platform whose current incarnation has been famously described by CEO Steve Jobs as a "hobby." According to the blog, the new version of Apple TV has been in development for some time now (i.e. before Google announced its new Android-based Google TV...

News Round-Up

--BBC iPlayer, Sky Mobile TV, Livestation Now Available for Apple iPad
--BBC Announces Red-Button Interactive TV Programming Line-Up through June 18th
--CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD programs
--CJ HelloVision Launches Social TV-Enabled Broadband Video Service
--DMGT Fined £225,000 for Closing Teletext
--Fox Mobile Beta-Launches Bitbop Mobile TV Service
--Overlay TV Powers Interactive Video for Tory Burch
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In time for the Apple iPad's launch in the UK, 1) the BBC has announced the availability in beta of an iPad version of the BBC iPlayer, that is based on the so-called iPlayer "Bigscreen site"; 2) Sky has announced the availability in the Apple App Store of an iPad version of Sky Mobile TV; and 3)...

Brightcove and Mobile Roadie Integrate Technologies to Facilitate Development of Mobile Video Apps

--Miniweb Joins Brightcove's Partner Program
Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that Mobile Roadie --a company which offers an app platform that it bills as enabling anyone to easily create and manage iPhone and Android apps, and which is a member of its Brightcove Alliance partner program--has built an integration with Brightcove in order to enable customers to build and manage mobile apps that are fully integrated with the Brightcove platform. This, the...

News Round-Up

--Canoe Ventures Testing Dynamic VOD Advertising
--Envivio Tapped to Support Meo's New Internet TV Service
--MGM Mirage Launches "Vegas Reality" Augmented Reality App for iPhone
--Netflix to Use Microsoft PlayReady in "Netflix-Ready" OTT Devices
--Saffron Digital Powering NBC Universal International's New Online Video Platform
--Sezmi Updates its Service
--Stoneroos Launches TV Guide App for iPhone/iPod Touch, Yahoo! Widget Platform
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner has an update on Canoe Ventures ' ongoing tests of methods for dynamically inserting advertising into VOD programming. The tests are being conducted in the company's Innovation Lab, and are using This Technology 's SpotBuilder Placement Opportunity Information Service (POIS) software. Envivio has announced that Portugal Telecom has selected its Three Screens...

Elgato Launches EyeTV HD DVR for Apple Macs

--System Can Be Used to Stream Live and Recorded TV to Apple iPad
Elgato , the San Francisco- and Munich-based company behind EyeTV , a TV solution for Mac computers (note: last fall, the company launched a TV placeshifting application for the iPhone/iPod touch--see the article published on itvt.com, September 30th), on Monday announced EyeTV HD, which it bills as "the world's only DVR solution which provides full access to premium cable or satellite TV content on a Mac." According to the company, the solution allows customers to...

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