Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ActiveVideo Announces its Cable Congress Exhibit Plans
--BBC Releases January iPlayer Usage Statistics, Says New iPlayer iPad App Proving Popular
--Mobile Interactive Group Posts Strong 2010 Results
--Report: NDS Seeking $1.05 Billion in Loans to Refinance Debt
--Rovi Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Sonic Solutions Shares
--Sorenson Media, Kulabyte Team on Cloud-Based Live Video Encoding Platform
--Telefonica Unveils Cloud-Based Multiplatform Apps Environment
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , has announced its exhibit plans for this week's (February 15th-17th) Cable Congress show in Lucerne, Switzerland. The company says that it "will demonstrate how its CloudTV Platform can uniformly bring smart-TV functionality and applications to any set-top box or television equipped with CI Plus (Common Interface Plus) modules. During the...

BBC Unveils Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through February 25th

The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available on its red-button interactive TV service through February 25th: The new BBC One Saturday-night game show, "The National Lottery, Secret Fortune," is offering a quiz app through the red button. The app is available February 19th, 2:30-9:10PM on Sky and 6:00-9:10PM on Freeview. "Nuzzle & Scratch," a show from Cbeebies, a BBC digital channel targeted at preschoolers, is offering an app that allows...

ANT Galio Powers Humax's New TV Portal

--Portal Brings BBC iPlayer, Internet Radio, Flickr and Other OTT Services to Freeview STB's
Cambridge, UK-based digital TV software specialist, ANT , contacted [itvt] Thursday to let us know that its ANT Galio platform is powering set-top box manufacturer Humax 's new TV Portal. The company says that an automatic, over-the-air update to all Humax's HDR-FOX T2 Freeview+ set-top boxes in the UK ran from Friday, February 4th through Sunday, February 6th, and that the update included the addition of ANT Galio in order to facilitate the new portal...

BBC to Launch Native iPlayer Apps for iPad and Android Later This Week

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Amino Reports Higher Annual Revenues, H2 Operating Profit
--Report: BBC to Launch Dedicated iPlayer App for iPad This Thursday
--Rovi Replenishes its Cash Reserves
--Sony Launches Qriocity Connected-TV VOD Service in Canada
--Report: Hybrid TV Set to Strike Deal to Ensure Australians Continue to Receive TiVo Service
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cambridge, UK-based IPTV/OTT set-top box company, Amino Technologies , has released financial results for the year ended November 30th: Revenues totaled £44 million, compared to £25.3 million for the prior year; gross profit totaled £12.6 million, compared to £8.3 million; gross margins were 28.6%, compared to 32.9%--largely due, the company said, to adverse foreign exchange markets...

BBC America Teams with Foursquare on Social-TV Promotion for its 6 Nations Rugby Coverage

BBC America is teaming with location-based social-media service, Foursquare , in an attempt to seed TV viewing parties in pubs and restaurants for its live coverage of the RBS 6 Nations Rugby Championship.

Inview Interactive Taps Radio Times to Provide Branded Freeview EPG

BBC Worldwide-owned TV listings magazine, Radio Times , has been tapped by EPG specialist, Inview Interactive , to provide a branded EPG for the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, replacing Inview's existing Teletext Extra guide. The EPG, branded as Radio Times Extra and slated to be available on 37 Freeview set-top models from 21 different manufacturers (which collectively serve around 3.8 million Freeview households), offers 14 days of programming listings and synopses and some...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I)

--AOL Europe Acquires Online Video Distribution Network, goviral
--Bravo to Host Social-TV Event around Tonight's "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" Reunion Show
--ITV Hires BBC Executive as Part of Ongoing Restructuring of its Online and On-Demand Businesses
Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV/multiplatform video-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

BBC Future Media & Technology Director, Erik Huggers, to Head Up Intel's Digital Home Group

--BBC to Reorganize FM&T into Separate Technology and Future Media Divisions
Erik Huggers , the Dutch-born former Microsoft and Endemol executive who has served as director of the BBC's Future Media & Technology division since August, 2008 (prior to that, he served as its group controller--for more background on Huggers, see the article published on, August 8th, 2008), is leaving the corporation to become corporate VP and general manager of Intel 's Silicon Valley-based Digital Home Group . Huggers, who replaces interim general manager, Brad...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): BBC, blinkx, TV Guide Network, Channel 4, CineMexicano, Rentrak

--BBC iPlayer Sets New Records in December
--blinkx in Exclusive Online Video Deal with TV Guide Network
--Channel 4 Establishes Annual Fund to Invest in Apps and Concepts for Next-Generation Connected TV
--CineMexicano to Use Rentrak's OnDemand Essentials Service
Here is the first of two round-ups of interactive TV-related news stories that we didn't have room for in this issue. The BBC says that December was a record month for its BBC iPlayer programming catch-up service. "In total BBC iPlayer received 145 million requests for TV and radio programs in December 2010," BBC social media executive, Nick Reynolds, wrote in a blog post. "This was the third month in a row that BBC iPlayer...