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BBC Trust Releases Provisional Conclusions of Review of Syndication Policy for VOD Programming

--Programs Should Be Syndicated "Only...Through the BBC iPlayer," Requests for Bespoke Versions of the iPlayer "Should Generally Be Refused"
BBC governing body, the BBC Trust , has released provisional conclusions from a review it is conducting of the corporation's syndication policy for on-demand programs. It is now seeking feedback on those provisional conclusions via a four-week public consultation that kicked off Wednesday. The Trust describes the provisional conclusions as follows:
"1) BBC on-demand content should only be syndicated to other operators through the BBC iPlayer. This means that, for example, a satellite TV...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through January 14th
--Broadcom Unveils Set-Top Box Solutions
--Cedar Point to Be Acquired by Genband
--HSN Partners with "Social Product Development" Company, Quirky
--Report: Microsoft to Unveil Windows-Based Connected-TV Solution at CES
--RCDb, Panvidea Team on Solution for Cloud-Based Preparation of Blu-ray Streaming Video
--Rovi Files Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against Amazon, IMDb
--Sensio to Distribute 3D Content OTT
--Starz to Launch "Spartacus" Social Media Game, iPad Multimedia Script App
--ViVu in Interactive Video Partnership with AMD
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available on its red-button interactive TV service through January 14th. Broadcom has announced 11 new connected home set-top box solutions with integrated content protection from NDS, and nine new 40nm set-top box solutions for "the next-generation 3DTV Internet-connected home." Cedar Point Communications , a...

News Round-Up (II): BBC, BeeSmart, Edgeware, Netview, Zenterio, Verimatrix, BlackArrow, Bluefly, Bravo, Brainient, BrightLine

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through October 22nd
--BeeSmart, Edgeware, NetView, Zenterio, Verimatrix Team on OTT Solution
--BlackArrow Trials Dynamic VOD Advertising with Rainbow Media
--Bluefly Using Scanbuy QR Code Technology for Ad Campaign on Bravo
--Interactive Video Advertising Company, Brainient, Secures $800,000 in VC Funding
--BrightLine Wins Three IAB MIXX Awards
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through October 22nd. A consortium of five technology providers--...

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...

News Round-Up (IV): Intel, ioko, Samsung, Monterosa

--Intel Unveils Atom CE4200 SoC for Hybrid TV
--ioko in Connected-TV Apps Partnership with Samsung
--Social TV Specialist, Monterosa, Hires ITV and BBC Interactive TV Veteran, Lauren Hellicar
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more days 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 news covered in this issue,...

News Round-Up

--ANT Reports Higher H1 Revenues, Lower Losses
--BBC Outlines iPlayer Design Strategy
--Evolution Digital to Incorporate EBIF into its DTA's
--Harmonic Reveals Exhibit Plans for IBC
--IMPALA Welcomes BBC's Decision to Open Source its MHEG+ Toolkit
--Netgem Posts Strong H1 Financial Results
--Sony Launches Qriocity OTT VOD Service in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK
--Interactive TV Company, Two Way Media, Launches Web Game on Virginmedia.com
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based digital TV client software company, ANT , has released financial results for the first half: revenues totaled £2.1 million, compared to £2.0 million for the year-ago period; and losses from operations totaled £0.5 million, compared to £0.9 million. The BBC has published a detailed account on its BBC Internet blog of the design...

News Round-Up (II): BBC Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BT, Disney-ABC

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through September 10th
--BBC Director-General Thompson Floats Plans for International Expansion of BBC iPlayer
--BT, Disney in Deal to Launch New ABC-Branded VOD Service on BT Vision
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. The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through September 10th. In his MacTaggart Lecture at the Media Guardian Edinburgh International Television Festival last week, BBC director-general, Mark Thompson , revealed that the...

BBC Develops Prototype Connected-TV App that Pulls Related Web Content into a Live TV Stream

--Radio 4 Offering Comedy Flashmob Program through BBC's Red-Button Interactive TV Service
In a posting Wednesday on the BBC Backstage blog (note: BBC Backstage is billed by the corporation as "a developer network to encourage open innovation and support new talent," and as offering "content and data feeds...for people to build upon under a non-commercial basis"), the BBC's Andrew Littledale unveiled a prototype connected-TV application that is designed to answer the questions: "What [will] set-top boxes connected to the Internet...look like for the user" and "What kind...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through August 27th

--Characters from "EastEnders" Broadband Video Spin-Off to Tweet to Viewers
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through August 27th: Starting August 25th, viewers on Sky, Virgin and Freeview can press red to access highlights of BBC Radio 4's Edinburgh Fringe showcase, hosted by Mark Watson. The highlights program includes footage from two open-air editions of the Radio 4 panel game, "Just a Minute," interspersed with stand-up comedy from "Just a Minute" comedians, Miles...

BBC to Offer "A Summer of Melas" via its Red-Button Interactive TV Service

--Releases List of Most-Watched Red-Button Content for 2010
The BBC said Tuesday that its BBC Asian Network will offer a special hour-long program, entitled " A Summer of Melas ," through the BBC Red Button interactive TV service, from August 16th through 22nd (note: the "melas" to which the program is devoted are festivals that celebrate the music and culture of the UK's large community of Indian/South Asian immigrants and their descendants). According to the corporation, a similar program that if offered through...

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