Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC Worldwide, Comcast

--BBC Worldwide Launches Global iPlayer iPad App in Australia
--Matthew Littleford Tapped to Lead Global iPlayer Roll-Out
--Promotional Materials Emerge for Comcast's Planned Live-Streaming Service for iPad
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. The BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide , on Thursday launched its iPad-based Global BBC iPlayer app in Australia. "The app will give iPad users access to a quality mix of classic and contemporary British television specifically tailored for Australian viewers [via, for example, the inclusion of some exclusive programming content]," the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): iPowow, Nine Network, itaas, Liberty Global, SeaChange

--iPowow to Power Second Screen Interactive TV for Australia's Nine Network
--New Release of itaas's ECS VOD Monitoring Tool Offers Motorola Support
--Liberty Selects SeaChange Adrenalin to Support Horizon Roll-Out
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days 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 news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Australian...

Australia's Fairfax Media Taps Accedo Broadband to Bring News to LG Connected TV's

Australian media company, Fairfax Media , has unveiled an app that will make content from its newspaper Web sites,,, and, available on connected TV sets from LG Electronics. The app, which is scheduled to be delivered to customer living rooms via LG's next network service update, will also be available free of charge on all new LG connected TV sets sold in Australia, the company says. The app was built by...

ESPN Offering Interactive TV Coverage of Australian Open Tennis on DirecTV

ESPN has teamed with DirecTV to offer interactive TV coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

For eight hours per night during the first eight days of the tournament (January 16th-24th), DirecTV customers can access a six-screen, HD "mix channel" (channel 701) that allows them to view up to six live matches at once, including the main ESPN2 center-court feed and feeds (channels 702-707) from five outer courts, each with its own...

Strategy & Technology Forms Dedicated Hybrid Systems Business Unit

--Taps Freeview Australia Veteran to Lead New Unit
Strategy & Technology , a UK-based provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, said last week that it is setting up a dedicated Hybrid Systems business unit.

The new unit will be headed up by Matt Whitfield, who joins S&T following a stint at Freeview Australia, where he most recently served as technical director of phase 2 (MHEG-5 Platform EPG) of the national free-to-air digital TV platform. He will have the...

Online Video Platform Provider, Ooyala, Announces Expansion into Australia

--Brightcove Tapped to Power Online Video Initiatives for Telefonica O2 Ireland
Online video platform provider, Ooyala --which has just announced a set of enhancements to its platform--on Wednesday announced its intention to expand its operations into Australia, and said that it has appointed former Adobe executive, John Treloar, as managing director for Australia and New Zealand. He will be based in Sydney. "Video is exploding on the Australian corner of the Internet and customers are demanding a reliable platform for hosting and analyzing their online video,"...

Freeview Australia's MHEG-Based EPG Goes Live

--Guide, Based on Tech from S&T, Billed as Preparing Way for New VOD and Interactive TV Services
Strategy & Technology --a UK-based provider of interactive TV playout systems and middleware, which recently received the Queen's Award for Enterprise in recognition of the significant growth in international sales of its products that it has achieved over the past four years (see the article published on, April 21st)--contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that Freeview Australia's EPG platform has launched nationally (note: Freeview Australia, which is a non-profit joint venture between...

Australia's FetchTV Selects Orca Interactive IPTV Middleware

Israeli IPTV middleware and applications provider, Orca Interactive , said Wednesday that Australia's FetchTV (note: the Australian FetchTV is not related to the UK service of the same name) is using its RiGHTv IPTV middleware platform to power its wholesale subscription TV service, which is set to launch shortly.

FetchTV, whose content is secured by Verimatrix, plans to offer the full range of Australia's free-to-air digital channels, along with subscription channels, new-release...

News Round-Up

--Germany's 7P Developing Interactive TV Widgets for Yahoo! Widget Engine
--Accenture Launches OTT TV Solution
--Amino in IPTV Set-Top Deal with CDE Lightband
--Brightcove Releases Version 4.1 of its Platform
--bwin Launches Social TV System
--Edgeware Appoints New CMO, EVP of Sales
--Fox Networks Names Julie Simon SVP of Advanced Services
--New IneoQuest Social TV Service Will Also Gather Feedback on Pay-TV QoS
--iStreamPlanet Integrates Silverlight Rough Cut Editor into its Video Workflow Automation Platform
--China's JENA to Integrate Qtv's Internet Media Player into its Connected TV's, STB's
--Netflix on Wii Now Available to All US Consumers
--Nordija Partners with
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cologne-based Seven Principles (7P) has announced that it is developing interactive TV widgets as a development partner of Yahoo! Connected TV . The company says that it will launch a phone book widget later this quarter, which it says "allows a search by name and place as well as a reverse search using the phone...

Foxtel Using OpenTV Interactive TV Middleware and Apps for its Next-Generation Platform

--Telstra to Begin Trial of "T-box" This Week
Interactive TV and advanced advertising technology provider, OpenTV (note: Kudelski is currently finalizing the process of acquiring full control of the company-- see the article published on, November 16th ), said Monday that Australian pay-TV operator, Foxtel , which is a longtime OpenTV customer, has launched its next-generation platform in collaboration with the company. According to the company, the new platform--which is powered by OpenTV middleware and which OpenTV says uses its latest interactive...