Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Arqiva (SeeSaw), ATVOD, Brightcove, LG Electronics

--Arqiva Appoints Financial Advisor to Lead Search for SeeSaw Investor
--Facing Shortfall, ATVOD Proposes New Fee Schedule for VOD Regulation
--Brightcove Expands into the Living Room via Connected-TV Partnership with LG Electronics
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up format. UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva , has announced that it has appointed Ingenious Corporate Finance to lead the search for an investment partner for its broadband TV service, SeeSaw (offers programming from the BBC, Channel 4 and Channel 5, as well as from Disney, MTV and NBC Universal), with the aim of...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Brightcove, TubeMogul, Cablevision, Comcast, CMC, FUNimation

--Brightcove, TubeMogul Release Latest Quarterly Report on Online Video Usage
--RS-DVR Lets Cablevision Reduce its STB Spending; COO Outlines Cable-as-an-App and iPad Plans
--Comcast Says its 3D VOD Content Has Generated over 1 Million Views
--FUNimation Channel Offering Subscription and Transactional VOD through Comcast Media Center
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past two days, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up format. Brightcove and TubeMogul have released their latest quarterly research report on online video usage across media industry verticals. Key findings of the report , according to the companies, include the following: "1) Broadcasters led in total minutes streamed in 2010 with 1.7 billion total minutes streamed. 2) Newspapers saw huge growth (147%...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Al Jazeera Launches "Lean-Back" Version of its Web Site for Google TV
--Brightcove Launches "YouTube Sync" Capability
--Cisco's Set-Top Sales Decline 29%
--GetGlue Brings "Check-In"-Based Social TV to the Grammy Awards
--Howard Stern Live-Tweets "Private Parts"
--S&T to Showcase MHEG-IC and HbbTV Solutions at IP&TV World Forum
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Al Jazeera , the Qatar-based news network whose coverage of the ongoing Egyptian revolution has been widely viewed and praised, but which has previously faced difficulties getting its Al Jazeera English channel carried by US pay-TV platforms, has launched a "lean-back" version of its Web site for Google TV . Google trumpeted the news, Friday, on its dedicated Google TV...

Brightcove Powers vCommerce-Enabled Broadband Video Service for Online Retailer,

--Service Features Custom Full-Screen Interface for Google TV Devices
Online video platform provider, Brightcove , said Thursday that it is powering a vcommerce-enabled broadband video service for online fashion retailer, . Dubbed Net-a-Porter TV, the service presents viewers with a stream of images of the clothing items and accessories featured in the video they are watching (note: the images appear to the right of the video), which they can click on in order to go to a dedicated commerce-enabled product page. The service...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Bluefin Unveils Tech for Analyzing Real-Time Viewer Response to TV Shows and Ads via Social Media
--New EMEA Hire, Customer Wins for Brightcove
--BT Vision Adds 40,000 Subscribers in Q4
--Cable VOD Offerings Celebrate Black History Month
--Hulu in Content Deal with Viacom
--CEO Kilar Provides Information on Hulu's Growth and Financials
--Kaltura in Broadband Video Partnership with Siemens IT
--MTV Launches Micropayment-Based Online VOD Service
--Russia's IMAQLIQ Integrates Opera's Browser Technology into its IPTV Devices
--Suddenlink Rolls Out VOD in Cabot, Arkansas
--Time Warner's Bewkes Confirms Premium VOD Plans
--Verimatrix Secure's PMT's OViVO Personalized
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue. Bluefin Labs has unveiled technology which it says will "discover and analyze what people say via social media about the shows and ads they watch on television in real time. The technology, currently in pilot with several global brands, agencies and media companies, lets marketers see audience response to mass media, providing insight to develop measurably more...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon in Talks with Studios about Acquiring Content for Netflix-Style Streaming Service
--"Security Requirements" Further Delay Launch of Boxee's Netflix App
--Brightcove Targets Federal Government
--HSN Names Jill Braff EVP of Digital Commerce
--Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief Supporting ivi TV
--News Corp. Taps John McKinley to Head Development of New Digital Products
--Roku Launches Al Jazeera, USB Media Player
--Softel Announces Exhibit Plans for NAB 2011
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue.

Exclusive: Taboola Looks to Bring its Video Recommendations to Smaller Brightcove Customers

--Says Brightcove Customers Can Now Implement Video Recommendations for $59.99 per Month
Taboola , a New York-based provider of video recommendation engines (note: the company was founded in 2007 by a team of veteran Israel National Security Agency researchers who it says "leverag[ed] years of advanced practical mathematical research experience" in order to develop its technology), contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has expanded its partnership with online video platform provider, Brightcove (note: for coverage of the original announcement of the partnership, see the...

Brightcove to Power Live Streaming Video for Sundance Film Festival

--Will Also Power Extensive Line-Up of On-Demand Video
Online video platform provider, Brightcove , will today (Wednesday) announce that the Sundance Institute is using its platform to support new live and on-demand video initiatives for the 2011 Sundance Film Festival (takes place January 20th-30th in Park City, Utah). According to Brightcove, which has been the Festival's official online video provider since 2008, the Sundance Institute has expanded its online video offerings this year to include live video coverage of major screenings and other...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Boxee, CBS, Vudu, ViewSonic, Brightcove, Disney-ABC, Yahoo!

--Boxee Product News: Boxee Box Firmware, CBS Deal, Vudu 3D, Boxee for iPad, ViewSonic TV
--Chief Product Officer, Zach Klein, Leaving Boxee
--Brightcove Launches "Open Source @ Brightcove"
--Report: Disney in Talks about Offering Content on Yahoo! Connected TV
--Karin Gilford Named SVP of Digital Media for ABC Television Network
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. OTT specialist, Boxee , has generated a fair amount of news over the past few days: 1) The company has released a new version of the firmware for its D-Link-manufactured Boxee Box. According to a blog...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Bravo, Brightcove, CableLabs, CBS, Clicker, Clikthrough

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers: our regular...