Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Comcast Reaches 20 Billion VOD Views -- Court Invalidates Verizon ITV Patents -- AT&T Serves French Open Multiview -- DirecTV Expands Interactive French Open Coverage -- Zodiac Interactive Supplies Games to Videotron

Invidi Files Patent Infringement Suit Against Visible World, Cablevision

Invidi Technologies Corp. filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against Visible World and Cablevision Systems Corp ., igniting a legal battle between two of the cable industry's leading advanced advertising technology vendors. In the suit, filed in a Delaware U.S. District Court on May 5, Invidi accuses Visible World and Cablevision of infringing on a patent it owns ( U.S. Patent 5,661,516 ) for a "system and method for selectively distributing commercial messages over a communications network."...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BBC iPlayer Sets New Traffic Record -- Huawei, Pace, Vestel to Build YouView Devices -- Zeitera Helps Broadcasters Synchronize Video with Apps for Mobile Devices -- Cablevision Launches Optimum Link PC-to-TV Media Relay Service -- Accenture Shops "Over-the-Top TV" Solution
BBC iPlayer received 160 million requests for TV and radio programs in March, up from 148 million in February. It saw its highest levels for live streaming to date, with live streaming comprising 15 percent of requests. More British IPTV platform YouView released its final technology specification, and said that any manufacturer will be able to use the spec to develop connected TV devices. YouView, whose backers include BBC , ITV , Channel 4 and...

Hollywood Studios Renew Cable VOD Marketing Push

-- $10 Million Campaign Touts Movies On Demand, Day-and-Date Releases
Ten Hollywood studios renewed a marketing campaign organized by major cable operators looking to tout their video-on-demand platform as best way for viewers watch new movies. The studios and cable MSOs are spending $10 million in cash and cable ad inventory on the campaign, which has the tag line "Push It," from the song by rap group Salt-N-Pepa. Last year, the cable MSOs and studios spent $30 million on a similar campaign called, "The Video...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Mixed Reaction to Google's YouTube Plan
-- Cablevision iPad App Gets 50,000 Downloads
-- IntoNow Upgrades Social TV App
-- Miso Lands HLN's "The Joy Behar Show"

How Cablevision Could Deliver Live TV to iPad Outside the Home

By Steve Donohue
While Cablevision subscribers who download its new iPad app can only use it to watch live programming within their homes, the cable MSO could be laying the groundwork to use its extensive WiFi network to deliver live video to subscribers in public areas. In the last three years, Cablevision has quietly expanded the coverage area for its WiFi hotspots. As this WiFi map shows, Optimum Online subscribers can access WiFi hotspots in thousands of public...

[itvt] Blogger, Wes Williams, Ponders the Significance of Interactive TV-Related Job Postings from Experian and Domino's Pizza

--Plus ActiveVideo's Edgar Villalpando Celebrates Cablevision's Launch of iO TV Quick Views
[itvt] is pleased to present new articles from [itvt] bloggers, Wes Williams , director of online production at Scripps Networks , and Edgar Villalpando , SVP of marketing at ActiveVideo Networks . In " Experian, Domino's Pizza Seek ITV Skills ," Williams speculates about what some recent job postings from Experian and Domino's Pizza might reveal about their interactive TV plans.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, Visible World, GroupM, Canoe, DDS, CBS, Clicker

--Visible World Powers Cablevision Addressable Ad Campaign in which Five Brands Share One :30 Slot
--Canoe Ventures in Interactive TV Advertising Partnership with Donovan Data Systems
--CBS Acquires Clicker, Names Clicker CEO, Jim Lanzone, President of CBS Interactive
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

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%...

Rovi, Delivery Agent Partner to Bring Contextual Tcommerce to EPG's

--Rovi Signs Multi-Year EPG Patent License Agreement with Cablevision, Releases Q4 Financial Results
EPG provider, Rovi , and tcommerce specialist, Delivery Agent , on Tuesday announced that they are partnering to launch the first-ever contextual commerce capability within Rovi EPG's for television programming. With this capability, the companies say, viewers will be able to buy products and services directly from the EPG, using their remote controls. The companies say that they are also planning to offer similar commerce capabilities to consumers who access their EPG's through the Web...