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BBC Relaunches iPlayer with Simplified User Experience, New Personalization and Social Features

--Service Will Provide Links to Broadband Video Services from ITV, Channel 4, S4C, Five, Arqiva
The BBC on Wednesday unveiled a new beta version of its broadband VOD/OTT service, the BBC iPlayer , that features 1) what the corporation calls a "simplified and intuitive" user experience that is intended to make it easier to find content on the service; 2) personalization options that the corporation says will allow users to "create their own iPlayer experience"; and 3) social media integration. A new mobile version of the iPlayer is expected to...

Channel 4, Endemol Offer Two-Screen Interactive TV Experience for "The Million Pound Drop"

UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4 , has teamed with "Big Brother" creator, Endemol , to offer broadcast-synchronized two-screen interactive TV functionality around the new live game show, "The Million Pound Drop" (airs at 10:00PM for six nights this week, starting May 24th), UK trade publication, New Media Age, reports .

Viewers of the show will be directed to a Web site ( that features a Flash-based game developed by marketing agency, Pancentric...

Project Canvas Publishes Deadline for Expressions of Interest by Potential Partners

--Project Canvas CTO and Director of Marketing Named
--BT Exec Says Company Will Remain Committed to BT Vision even after Canvas Launches
Project Canvas --an initiative that sees 1) UK public service broadcasters, the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, 2) UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk, and 3), as of last week, UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva ( see the article published on, March 23rd ), partnering in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD,...

News Round-Up

--CableLabs' Next ETV Interop Begins February 22nd, Deadline for Applying Is January 29th
--DirecTV Begins Public Beta of Multiroom DVR
--Report: Hulu Mulling Plans to Launch Subscription Service
--Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle
--Live Interactive Broadband Video Spin-Off Planned for Channel 4's "Embarrassing Bodies"
--Move Networks Appoints Eddy Hartenstein, Sol Trujillo to its Board
--SureWest Launches Microsoft Mediaroom-Based IPTV Service
--Ustream Launches Pay-Per-View Capability
--Verizon Rolls Out Interactive TV Upgrade in Pittsburgh and West Central Florida
--Vimeo Beta-Launches HTML5 Video Player
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco ) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco ), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: CableLabs has issued an RFI for its next Enhanced TV Interop event, which is scheduled to take place February 22nd-26th, and which will focus on interoperability between ETV applications...

Channel 4 and Talk Talk Join Project Canvas

--All UK Public Service Broadcasters Are Now Partners in the Project
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4 , and ISP, Talk Talk (which, among other things, operates the UK's Tiscali TV IPTV service), have become members of Project Canvas , joining the BBC, UK commercial terrestrial broadcasters ITV and Five, and UK incumbent telco BT, in the project, which is seeking to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer and the ITV player, as well...

Channel 4 Using "Google/Twitter Mash-Up" to Build Interest in New Series, "Alone in the Wild"

UK broadcaster, Channel 4 , has tapped digital agency, Anywhichway , to create an application on its Web site that combines Twitter with Google Maps and GPS technology, in order to build interest in "Alone in the Wild," a show set to debut next month that follows documentary filmmaker, Ed Wardle, as he spends 12 weeks surviving alone in the Yukon. According to Anywhichway, the app allows users to "follow [Wardle's] exact daily whereabouts using...

BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Agree to Five-Year Ban on Project Kangaroo-Type VOD Ventures

--Orange Decides against Purchasing Project Kangaroo's Technology Infrastructure
The Competition Commission --an independent public body which investigates mergers, markets and regulated industries at the UK government's behest, and which in February nixed Project Kangaroo , a joint video-on-demand venture between the BBC's BBC Worldwide arm, ITV and Channel 4, on the grounds that it would result in a "substantial lessening of competition in the supply of UK TV VOD content at the wholesale and retail levels"--published Friday drafts of "undertakings" that each of...

Channel 4 to Cease Offering Red-Button Interactive TV Advertising

UK terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 4, says it will cease offering red- button interactive TV advertising on December 31st, because it has experienced a significant decline in demand for such advertising over the past year. The broadcaster shut down its red-button content services in late 2005. "Over the past 12 months we have seen a steep decline in demand for interactive TV advertising, and it is with regret that we are closing this area of business,"...

Ashley Highfield Named CEO of Kangaroo

--Company is a VOD Joint Venture between the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 Ashley Highfield has quit his post as the BBC's director of future media and technology to become the CEO of Kangaroo, a VOD service that is a commercial joint venture between the BBC, ITV (i.e. the UK's largest commercial broadcaster, the Independent Television Network) and Channel 4, and that is set to launch later this year (note: the launch of the service--which will initially be available via the Internet--is expected to take place in June). He succeeds Lesley MacKenzie, who
has been leading the venture as interim CEO. His new role will see
Highfield leading negotiations with content owners and potential