Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): "America's Funniest Home Videos," Cablevision, Scripps, Canoe

--"America's Funniest Home Videos" Launches App for iPhone/iPod touch
--Cablevision Teams with Scripps on Promotion for its Interactive TV Real Estate Listings Service
--Canoe Ventures CEO, David Verklin, Stepping Down; COO, Kathy Timko, Named Interim CEO
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: The long-running show, " America's Funniest Home Videos ," has launched its first app: The AFV App for iPhone and iPod touch, which was designed by Teleca. "The AFV App offers 14 video channels available, from dogs, cats, sports and celebrations to babies, teens, practical jokes, mishaps and fan favorites," the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): ClipSync, RealNetworks, CTAM, Canoe, Digital TV Labs

--Social-TV Company, ClipSync, Receives Investment from RealNetworks
--Deadline for Entering CTAM/Canoe Ventures "ITV Idol" App Contest is This Friday
--Digital TV Labs to Highlight HbbTV Solutions at IBC 2011
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: RealNetworks has made an undisclosed investment in San Francisco-based social-TV specialist, ClipSync , a company with which it has been working closely for some time now. "For the second consecutive year, ClipSync is the exclusive viewer engagement platform for SuperPass, the online video and VIP premium programming service from RealNetworks," RealNetworks...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Starz, Burger King, CP+B, DirecTV, Canoe, MSA

--Report: Comcast to Begin Testing RS-DVR Later This Year or Early Next Year
--Comcast Ups the Amount of Starz Content on its VOD Platform
--Burger King Interactive TV Campaign Lets DirecTV Customers Watch Hamburger to Win Coupons
--MSA's Media Software to Automate Sale of Canoe Ventures' Interactive TV Solutions
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Comcast plans to begin testing a Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in certain as-yet-to-be-determined markets later this year or early next year, CTO Tony Werner told the Bloomberg news service at the Cable Show, Tuesday. "We like the idea of a cloud DVR because you can virtually service your customers," Werner...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, Canoe, chumby, Pace, Comcast

--Cablevision Launches, Claims Success for, Optimum Select RFI with Email Fulfillment
--Canoe Ventures Unveils ExpandTV, a New Consumer-Facing Brand for Interactive Ads and Programs
--chumby, Pace Team to Demo chumby Apps on Pace Set-Top Boxes
--Comcast to Unveil "Next-Generation Xfinity TV Experience" This Thursday
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Cablevision has announced the launch of Optimum Select RFI with Email Fulfillment, an interactive TV advertising format that allows viewers to "opt-in and engage directly with advertisers through a few clicks of the remote to request more information via email from a 30-second spot." According to the MSO, which launched its...

Charter Hits Milestone of 1 Million EBIF Ready Set-Tops

-- Concurrent, FourthWall Media Support Interactive TV Rollout
Charter Communications says it has deployed digital set-tops from Cisco capable of delivering interactive TV advertising and programming in about 1 million homes. The MSO, which counts about 5 million subscribers, worked with technology vendors Concurrent and FourthWall Media to prepare its set-tops to receive ads that rely on the industry's EBIF platform. FourthWall supplied its EBIF platform and user agent, while Concurrent is supplying product management and backend reporting technology. Charter is a member...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Epix Builds Apps for Google TV, Roku, Mobile Devices -- Image Entertainment Tracks VOD Usage with Rentrak Data -- Ruwido Unveils New Remote Control Platform -- Canoe Recruits Former Turner, Leap Media Executive
New premium movie channel Epix said it is developing apps for Android mobile phones and connected devices, including Roku 's over-the-top set-top and Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. Google TV is the only connected device that currently offers Epix. The Viacom -owned network said it will be available on additional devices later in the second quarter. The apps allow Epix subscribers to watch access more than 3,000 movies. More VOD measurement firm Rentrak Corp. is...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Canoe Automates ITV Ad Sales
-- NDS, TRA Tout Ad Accountability
-- Interactive Reality Show Hits Italy
-- Samsung Builds “Smart Living Room” Site
-- Amanita Debuts Interactive Music Video
Canoe Ventures and its MSO partners are beginning to automate their ad-sales operations for interactive ads, using software from Invision Inc . The firm said Canoe is using its DealMaker Ad Sales System, which does everything from creating ad-sales proposals to allocating spots to brands according to client specifications. More

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...

AMC Pitching Advertisers on Canoe- and Cablevision-Powered RFI Interactive TV Ads

--Wrigley Using Canoe-Powered ITV Ads to Offer Free Samples of Orbit Gum
MediaPost's David Goetzl and Joe Mandese have obtained a document from cable channel, AMC , that casts some light on how the channel is marketing to advertisers the RFI (request-for-information) interactive TV advertising capabilities that Canoe Ventures , the company tasked with implementing the US cable industry's plans for interactive and addressable advertising, recently began rolling out in EBIF-enabled Comcast and Time Warner Cable systems (see the article published on, June 28th).

News Round-Up (II)

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through May 28th
--Canoe Teams with Other Cable Industry Players to Launch "SelecTV" Brand for Interactive TV
--CMC's HITS to Unveil EBIF-Based Interactive TV App, Optimized for 3D TV
--CMC's HITS Launches National Terrestrial Fiber Distribution Service
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service through May 28th. Canoe Ventures has announced that it has teamed with the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau (CAB), the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing (CTAM), CableLabs , and various...