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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)...

BBC Relaunches iPlayer with Simplified User Experience, New Personalization and Social Features

--Service Will Provide Links to Broadband Video Services from ITV, Channel 4, S4C, Five, Arqiva
The BBC on Wednesday unveiled a new beta version of its broadband VOD/OTT service, the BBC iPlayer , that features 1) what the corporation calls a "simplified and intuitive" user experience that is intended to make it easier to find content on the service; 2) personalization options that the corporation says will allow users to "create their own iPlayer experience"; and 3) social media integration. A new mobile version of the iPlayer is expected to...

BBC Trust Publishes Conclusions of its iPlayer Review, Begins Consultation on New Syndication Policy

--New Policy Would Ban iPlayer Self-Builds, Ensure iPlayer Branding on Third-Party VOD Platforms
--BBC Closes Red Button Blog, Launches New Comedy Site
The BBC's governing body, the BBC Trust , on Tuesday published the conclusions of its review of the BBC's on-demand services, including the BBC iPlayer (note: the BBC is expected to announce the addition of a number of social features to the iPlayer today). It also announced an eight-week consultation on changes that the BBC Executive has proposed to the corporation's online programming syndication policy. The proposed changes would mean that BBC programs could not...

News Round-Up (II)

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through May 28th
--Canoe Teams with Other Cable Industry Players to Launch "SelecTV" Brand for Interactive TV
--CMC's HITS to Unveil EBIF-Based Interactive TV App, Optimized for 3D TV
--CMC's HITS Launches National Terrestrial Fiber Distribution Service
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance 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 May 28th. Canoe Ventures has announced that it has teamed with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB), the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), CableLabs , and various...

News Round-Up: Broadband TV and OTT

--"Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who" Reviewed (Video)
--Hulu to Begin Testing Subscription-Based Service Next Month
--NCAA in 14-Year, $10.8 Billion "March Madness" Deal
--Revision3 Launches Interactive TV Cooking Show
--Roku Begins Offering NBA Game Time
--Vudu Offering "Avatar" with Extras, 28 Days before Netflix
--YouTube Quietly Expands its Movie Rental Line-Up
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. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the broadband TV/OTT space : Earlier this month (see the article published on...

BBC Releases iPlayer Stats for March

The BBC on Wednesday released March usage statistics for its online TV and radio programming catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer. Among the highlights: Across all platforms (including Virgin Media's implementation of the service, as well as on PC's, game consoles and mobiles), the iPlayer received 117.6 million requests for programs (around 84 million for TV programs and around 33 million for radio programs), up from 116.4 million in February, but down from 120.3 million in...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through May 7th

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through May 7th: Throughout the ongoing UK general election campaign, BBC News is running a dedicated red-button multiscreen app, offering highlights of each day's campaigning and including both live and recorded coverage. On election night itself, the app will be expanded to a five-screen multiscreen on Virgin and Sky, but will have just two screens on Freeview...

BBC Announces Plans to Offer Four Original "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"

--Also Makes Children's Radio Reports Available through Red Button
--Commissions Second Series of "EastEnders" Broadband TV Spin-Off
The BBC last week announced plans to offer four original "intera ctive episodes" of its long-running scifi series, "Doctor Who." Entitled " Doctor Who- -The Adventure Games " and available free of charge on bbc.co.uk/doctorwho, the "interactive episodes" will take the form of downloadable computer games for PC and Mac that will allow players to assume control of The Doctor and his human sidekick, Amy, as they embark on new adventures that complement the latest...

News Round-Up

--BBC Future Media & Technology Undergoes Reorg
--BBC Develops "Mythology Engine" to Represent Dramas on the Web
--Dailymotion Launches New Video Player
--Panasonic Decides against Using Google Android in Connected TV's
--YouTube Launches Video Page Redesign
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's Future Media & Technology division is being reorganized by its director, Erik Huggers. Paid Content UK has obtained an email from Huggers to the division's staff, that describes the various organizational changes that are being made to the division, including the creation of a new "director of digital media" role, and the appointment...

IMPALA Hails Success of UK's MHEG-Based Free-to-Air Satellite TV Platform, Freesat

--Platform Provides Access to BBC iPlayer via MHEG Interaction Channel
--Sagemcom Says its Freesat STB's Now Support iPlayer Access
The International MHEG Promotion Alliance (IMPALA) , an organization that was set up in 2006 by Strategy & Technology, Cabot Communications and EchoStar Europe to promote use of the MHEG middleware standard beyond the UK, has issued a public statement hailing the success of the UK's free-to-air satellite TV platform, Freesat , which has just announced that it has passed the one million customer mark.

Freesat, a joint venture between the BBC...

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