Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): NBC Olympics, Panasonic, Pace, TVNZ, Sky New Zealand, Red Bee Media, "The Walking Dead," Sensio, Starz, Shaw, BSkyB

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for a few weeks, because our editorial team was working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We are covering the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and will then resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a few more days to catch up with all recent developments, so...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I): ABC, Accedo, maxdome,, Amazon Studios, BBC, Bravo, BSkyB, Acetrax

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show , as well as moving to a new office (note: our new mailing address is 1274 35th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122), we are covering stories in this issue as a series of headline round-ups with hyperlinks to press releases and other news sources. ABC Player App Surpasses 5 Million Downloads ABC to Premiere Interactive Reality Series, "The Glass House,"...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): BBC "Panorama," NDS, BSkyB, ONdigital

--BBC's "Panorama" Claims NDS Used Hacker to Sabotage BSkyB Rival, ONdigital
--NDS Issues Rebuttal Statement in Response to "Panorama" Report
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. The BBC current-affairs show, " Panorama ," reported Monday that News Corp.-subsidiary, NDS (note: the latter is in the process of being acquired by Cisco--see the article published on, March 16th), used a computer hacker to sabotage ONdigital, a UK-based digital terrestrial pay-TV platform (subsequently renamed ITV Digital...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): NDS, BSkyB, DirecTV, Opera, CreNova

--NDS Launches VideoGuard Connect Solution for Operators Seeking to Bring Pay-TV to OTT Platforms
--NDS Secures Deals for VideoGuard Connect with BSkyB and DirecTV
--Opera HbbTV Browser Selected by CreNova for Hybrid-TV Set-Top Boxes
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several days 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, please bear with us. NDS has launched VideoGuard...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): ITV, Moonbot Studios, NDS, BSkyB

--UK Broadcaster, ITV, to Launch Interactive Online Spin-Off of Soap Opera, "Coronation Street"
--Moonbot Studios Develops iPhone/iPad-Based Interactive Music Video for The Polyphonic Spree
--NDS Software Powering Sky's Sky+HD Set-Top and Sky Anytime+ VOD Service
--NDS-Designed Remote Control Wins Red Dot Product Design Award
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , is planning a three-episode, interactive, online spin-off of its long-running soap opera, "Coronation Street," Jessica Davies writes in New Media Age. The spin-off, which is being produced by ITV's ITV Studios arm, will see "Coronation Street" character, Rosie Webster, moving from Manchester to London to...

Tremor Media Recruits BSkyB, Virgin Media, Yahoo Veterans

-- Online Video Ad Network Pitching TV Advertisers Interactive 'vChoice' Formats
Tremor Media recruited ad-sales executives from Virgin Media , BSkyB and Yahoo to help draw TV advertisers in Europe to new interactive video ads that it is distributing online. The New York-based online video ad network named former Virgin Media and Sky executive Luke Phebey and former Virgin executive Matthew Godsmark national sales managers. It named former Yahoo executive Nina Buschmedia account manager. Tremor said its new sales executives will focus on showing TV advertisers...

Playjam Supplying Games to LG Connected TVs

PlayJam struck a deal with LG to supply its library of 500 casual games to LG's line of connected TVs and Blu-ray players. London-based PlayJam already supplies games to 50 million pay TV homes through distribution deals with Dish Network , BSkyB and other pay TV providers. The agreement shows how it can expand the audience for ad-supported games ranging from Darts to Sudoku without having to rely on cable and satellite providers. For LG,...

News Round-Up (II)

--BSkyB to Acquire Virgin Media Television
--Cellcast Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Loss
--Coincident TV Beta-Launches "Interactive Video Experience Builder" for HTML5/iPad
--Comcast Announces World Cup Programming Plans, Including 3D, VOD, Online
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. BSkyB and Virgin Media have announced that BSkyB will acquire Virgin Media Television for up to £160 million in cash. As part of the...

BSkyB's Sky Player Broadband TV Service to Launch on New Freeview HD Set-Tops from Humax

UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB , said Wednesday that its Sky Player broadband video service will be available on Humax's new range of high-definition hybrid DTT/IP set-top boxes for the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview (note: Humax is the UK's largest provider of Freeview set-tops). Those boxes include the Humax HD-FOX T2, which launched in February and which Humax claims is the UK's first Freeview HD box (note: the box also allows users to access...

BSkyB, Microsoft Partner to Bring Sky Player to Xbox Games Consoles

--Service to Feature Live Channels, VOD, and a Range of Interactive TV Applications
As expected (see the article posted on yesterday), Microsoft and UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB (Sky), have announced a partnership to offer a version of the latter's Sky Player broadband TV service on Microsoft's Xbox 360 games console. According to the companies, the service will launch on the Xbox LIVE content service in the UK and Ireland in the fall (note: in their press release announcing the new service, the companies did not specify whether...