BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond: A new feature has launched on the BBC News Multiscreen application. On weekdays, the BBC says, BBC News's On Demand team will be rounding up the day's best picture stories into a two-minute package of highlights. On weekends, the daily highlights package will be replaced by a topical video...

News Round-Up:

--Alcatel-Lucent Trumpets Work on Vodafone Portugal's Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service
--Amino IPTV Set-Top Boxes Selected by Tele2 Netherlands
--BBC Switch Revamps its Web Portal
--beActive Launches Multiplatform Thriller, Featuring Social and AR Elements
--Blockbuster in VOD Alliance with Suddenlink and Mediacom
--Epix Launches Initiative to Create Largest Online Movie Catalog
--Five, UEFA, Livestation Launch Europa League iPhone/iPod touch App
--HBO Launches "HBO Imagine" Interactive Video Experience
--Hillcrest Labs Launches New Products for OEM's
--Hulu Launches Social TV Apps for Facebook Users, "Continuous Play" Feature
--Inverto Supporting HbbTV
--IP Vision in Over-the
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time constraints, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Alcatel-Lucent is trumpeting its role in developing Vodafone Portugal's new Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, Vodafone Casa TV...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

The BBC announced last week the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next three weeks. Here are the highlights: During the BBC's broadcast of the annual "Last Night of the Proms" concert (from 7:30PM, September 12th), digital viewers who press the red button will be able to choose between watching the main concert from the Royal Albert Hall or live coverage of "Proms in the Park"...

Broadband VOD Content Aggregator, blinkbox, in Digital Distribution Deal with BBC Worldwide

UK broadband video content aggregator, blinkbox , announced Thursday that it has signed a digital distribution deal with the BBC's commercial arm, BBC Worldwide (note: the latter recently signed a similar deal with Microsoft UK that will make its content available on the new MSN Video Player service-- see article published on, July 30th ). According to blinkbox--which says it now offers over 5,000 hours of full-length US and UK TV shows and movies--the...

BBC Children's Planning More Red-Button "Children's Commentaries" for Major Sporting Events

--CBeebies to Launch Red-Button Quiz for "Numberjacks"
BBC Children's interactive division is planning to work with BBC Sport to produce "children's commentaries" for major sports events and make them available through the red button, according to a report in the UK broadcast-industry trade publication, Broadcast. BBC Children's assistant producer, Folake Adigun, told the publication that the move is designed to build on the success of the CBBC-produced youth-oriented commentaries on Formula 1 auto racing that have been available through the red button...

New Interviews with Irdeto's Jan Steenkamp and the BBC's Russell Barnes

--Topics Discussed Include RSS-TV and "Open Source" TV Production
--Plus Verizon FiOS TV's Rachelle Zoffer Explains Interactive TV Widgets
[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jan Steenkamp , VP America at Irdeto , and Russell Barnes , senior producer at the BBC . Steenkamp, who co-founded Irdeto (among other things, his resume also includes stints as president and CEO of OpenTV and as CEO of Entriq), provides an overview of that company and the space in which it operates. Topics covered include the company's content management system and its other product offerings;...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for the Coming Weeks

--Taps TV Chef for Primetime BBC iPlayer Marketing Campaign
The BBC announced Friday the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks (and beyond). Here are the highlights: From 7.55PM on August 14th, Following BBC One Northern Ireland's live linear-TV coverage of the Tall Ships event--which will only be available to Northern Irish viewers--digital viewers across the UK will be able to press red to access archive coverage of the last Tall Ships event,...

BBC Sharing its Broadband Video News Content with UK Newspaper Web Sites Free-of-Charge

--BBC Red Button Updates: Maestro Cam, Football League
The BBC announced Tuesday that it has launched a program under which it is sharing its broadband video news content with UK newspaper Web sites free-of-charge. The corporation says that The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Independent, and The Daily Mail will be the first newspapers to embed the content in their sites. It is making the content available under an initiative called Project Marquee, which calls for it--as a publicly funded public-service entity--to share...

BBC Executive Responds to BBC Trust's Request for More Information on Project Canvas

--Stresses Willingness to Work with Relevant Industries and International Standards Bodies
The BBC Trust , the body responsible for public oversight of the BBC, said Friday that the BBC Executive has responded to its request for additional information on Project Canvas , a joint over-the-top venture between the BBC, UK commercial broadcaster ITV, and UK incumbent telco BT, which seeks to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well as...

New Interview with BBC Red Button Chief, John Denton

--Plus iCueTV Founder and President, Michael Huegel, Explains Interactive TV Commerce
[itvt] has just published an in-depth audio interview with the BBC's mana ging editor of TV platforms, John Denton , the executive who leads the team responsible for the BBC 's highly popular (an average of around 11 million viewers access it each week) Red Button interactive TV service. Topics discussed include red-button interactive TV projects that Denton and his team are currently working on; which kinds of red-button interactive TV applications and programming have...