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Comcast Launches Multiroom DVR Service, "AnyRoom DVR"

Comcast announced last week that it has launched a multiroom DVR service--branded as AnyRoom DVR --in Oregon and southwest Washington. It subsequently came to light that the MSO has also launched the service, which is powered by technologies from Entropic and Broadcom , in around 20 or so of its other Motorola markets, including Chattanooga and Knoxville, TN; Augusta, GA; Little Rock, AR; Mobile, AL; western Massachusetts; southern Florida; and the San Francisco Bay Area...

Charter Launches PBS Kids Sprout on its VOD Platform

Charter Communications announced last week that it has launched PBS Kids Sprout --a multiplatform programming service which is a joint venture between PBS, Comcast, HIT Entertainment and Sesame Workshop and which targets children aged 2-5--on its VOD platform. The MSO also says it plans to make the service's 24-hour linear channel available on a market-by-market basis by the end of the year.

PBS Kids Sprout claims to offer 65 hours of VOD...

News Round-Up

--Cox's tru2way-Powered Trio Guide Is Live
--Panasonic North America CTO to Answer Consumer Questions on 3D in Live Ustream Webcast
--Sky Sports Pack Subs Given "Bonus Access" to the Service via Sky Mobile TV and Sky Player
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cox Communications ' NDS-built, tru2way-powered Trio EPG (see the article published on itvt.com, May 11th) is live and "in front of real customers today," and will be deployed in all Cox's markets later this year, the company's executive director of video product development, Lisa Pickelsimer, told attendees of Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference...

Comcast's New Social TV Service, Tunerfish, Rolls Out a Redesign

Just a month or so after its launch (see the article published on itvt.com, May 24th), Tunerfish , a new social TV service developed by employees of Plaxo, the address book/social networking service that Comcast acquired back in 2008, has rolled out a redesign. According to a posting on the Tunerfish blog, the redesign enables: Easier discovery of people and conversations: "Many of you asked, 'Hey, where are all the people? And how do I...

News Round-Up (II): Comcast Spotlight, DirecTV-Wimbledon, Epix-Cox-Mediacom-Charter

--Comcast Spotlight Exec Says Interactive Remind/Record Spots Proving Successful
--DirecTV Provides Extensive Interactive TV Coverage of Wimbledon
--Epix's Authentication-Based HD Web Site Launches for Cox, Mediacom and Charter Customers
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Comcast and Turner Broadcasting executives revealed a couple of interesting nuggets of interactive TV news at Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference in Atlanta last week. Kathleen DeBenedictis, director of product management...

News Round-Up (VII): Rovi, SeaChange-StarHub, Sezmi, Shaw, Sling Media

--Rovi Launches Advertising Network, Signs Deals with I-O Data Device, Hollywood.com
--SeaChange Powers Mobile TV for StarHub, SeaChange's ODG Launches SVOD with SFR Neuf
--Sezmi Expands Entry-Level Version of its Hybrid Service into 10 New Markets
--Shaw Launches Broadband VOD Player
--Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us 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. We...

News Round-Up (III): Charter-Disney, Coincident TV-Fox, Univision-DISH

--Charter Adds Free VOD Content from a Range of Disney Networks
--Coincident TV Develops Interactive Video Player for Fox's "Glee"
--Univision World Cup Channel on DISH Network Features Interactive TV Voting
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Charter Communications has announced that it has completed the launch of free VOD programming from Disney-owned networks ABC , ABC Family , Disney Channel , Disney XD ,...

News Round-Up (VIII): Time Warner Cable, Transpera, Two Way Limited

--Time Warner Cable Trialing "TV Everywhere" in NYC, Planning IPTV Trial
--Transpera Appoints New CEO, COO
--Two Way Limited Launches its Tab Active Interactive TV Wagering App in Queensland, South Australia
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Time Warner Cable is currently trialing a "TV Everywhere" service (i.e. an online programming service for authenticated cable subscribers) in New York City and is planning a trial...

Rogers Officially Launches its "TV Everywhere" Service, Rogers On Demand Online

Canadian cable MSO, Rogers Communications , has now officially launched Rogers On Demand Online, its initial implementation of the "TV Everywhere" distribution model, following a beta period that began last November (note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model--which was originally championed by Time Warner chairman and CEO, Jeff Bewkes--seeks, via authentication technology, to make programming that pay-TV customers have already paid for through their cable, satellite or IPTV subscriptions available to those customers on multiple Web...

[itvt] Has Just Published New Videos from the Cable Show, and an Interview with Tim Hanlon

--Videos Feature ActiveVideo Networks, ADB, Arris, OpenTV, Synacor and Universal Remote Control
--Hanlon Discusses his New Role at Catalyst S+F, and Opportunities for Marketers on New ITV Platforms
ActiveVideo Networks has sent [itvt] a series of videos that it shot both in its own and in various other companies' booths at the recent NCTA Cable Show.

The videos include demo's of a new iPad app and a new social TV app (dubbed "Friends Mosaic") from ActiveVideo; an interview with Sangita Verma, co-founder of TAG Networks, the interactive TV games company that was recently acquired by ActiveVideo; and interviews with and...

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