Interactive TV News Roundup

-- YouTube Integrates WeVideo Editing Platform -- Cisco to Acquire BNI Video -- Total Immersion Upgrades Augmented Reality Software -- Ooyala Names Former Vudu and Palm Exec Caitlin Spaan VP of Marketing
YouTube users can now edit videos after uploading them to the site, after the company struck a deal with WeVideo to integrate its cloud-based video editing platform. The free, YouTube version of WeVideo's editing tool is available at . The YouTube WeVideo tool features a drag-and-drop design interface for music, transitions and titles. YouTube's move to integrate WeVideo's editing platform could make it easier for users that upload video with mobile phones or tablets to edit their videos.

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I):, BBC, Bemis Balkind, Blinkbox, Samsung, blinkx, Channel 4, Channel 5, Channel Master TV, Cisco, Conax

In order to catch up with the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past two weeks at IBC, IFA, CEDIA, IDF and beyond, we have prepared a series of headline round-ups with hyperlinks to press releases and other news sources. Multiplatform Music Video Programmer, , Offers Artists Video Production Services BBC Unveils Plans for Online and Connected-TV Coverage of 2012 Olympics Bemis Balkind Taps Ex-Trailer Park Advanced Content Group President to...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Bluestreak Technology, BrightLine, Cisco, Foxconn

--Bluestreak Technology Launches Consulting Practice
--Interactive TV Advertising and Marketing Agency, BrightLine, Receives $30 Million Investment
--Cisco Sells its Juarez, Mexico Set-Top Box Manufacturing Facility to Taiwan's Foxconn
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: Video delivery solutions provider, Bluestreak Technology , has launched a TV, video and mobile consulting practice called Bluestreak Creative Labs. "Bluestreak Creative Labs distinguishes itself with a dedicated team of experts skilled in the creative design and intelligent development of cross-platform and over-the-top (OTT) applications optimized for connected televisions, set-top boxes,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CBS Interactive, "Star Trek," Channel 4, Facebook, Cisco

--CBS Interactive Launches "Star Trek" App for iPad
--Channel 4 to Offer Live Streaming Coverage of its T4 on the Beach Event through Facebook
--Report: Cisco Selling Off its Set-Top Box Manufacturing Facility
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: CBS Interactive on Monday announced the launch of the official " Star Trek PADD " (stands for "Personal Access Display Device") app for iPad. Priced at $4.99 and available in the Apple App Store, the app "features an authentic reproduction of the LCARS interface--the fictional computer operating system depicted in the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Red Bee Media, Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai, Samsung

--Red Bee Media Teams with Cisco, 24/7 Real Media, Akamai to Launch Online Video Platform
--Samsung Says it has Sold over 2 Million Smart TV's in Three Months
--Samsung Teams with University of California, San Diego to Bring Smell to Television
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Broadcast services company, Red Bee Media , has partnered with Cisco , 24/7 Real Media and Akamai to launch an online video platform dubbed the RedPlayer that is targeted at broadcasters and networks and that provides a range of social media features. The company "has developed RedPlayer to introduce to market an enhanced...

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 Round-Up (III): Cisco, Clikthrough, Elle Magazine, Comcast, Samsung

--Report: Cisco Using Linux to Power New Explorer 8700-Series tru2way Set-Top Boxes
--Clikthrough Launches "Shops on Demand" Interactive Video Portal for Elle Magazine
--Comcast to Launch its App for Samsung's Connected-TV Platform "by Christmas"
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

--Al Jazeera Launches "Lean-Back" Version of its Web Site for Google TV
--Brightcove Launches "YouTube Sync" Capability
--Cisco's Set-Top Sales Decline 29%
--GetGlue Brings "Check-In"-Based Social TV to the Grammy Awards
--Howard Stern Live-Tweets "Private Parts"
--S&T to Showcase MHEG-IC and HbbTV Solutions at IP&TV World Forum
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Al Jazeera , the Qatar-based news network whose coverage of the ongoing Egyptian revolution has been widely viewed and praised, but which has previously faced difficulties getting its Al Jazeera English channel carried by US pay-TV platforms, has launched a "lean-back" version of its Web site for Google TV . Google trumpeted the news, Friday, on its dedicated Google TV...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Cisco, Inlet Technologies, Mubi, Belgacom, Softbank, PPTV

--Cisco to Enhance its New Videoscape Platform via Acquisition of Inlet Technologies
--Mubi in VOD Deal with Belgacom
--Softbank Acquires Stake in Chinese Broadband TV Service, PPTV
Here is the first of two round-ups of some recent interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Cisco has announced its intent to acquire privately held Inlet Technologies , a provider of adaptive bit rate (ABR) video streaming technology, for $95 million in cash and "retention-based incentives." According to Cisco, the acquisition will strengthen the capabilities of its recently launched (see the article published on, January 6th) Videoscape platform. "Cisco...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Amino, Cablevision, Cisco

--New Amino STB Targets Operators Seeking to Add OTT Functionality to their Pay-TV Offerings
--Cablevision Launches Interactive TV Application for Facebook Photos
--Cisco Unveils "Videoscape" Hybrid-TV Solution
Due to the large volume of news coming out of the Consumer Electronics Show, which kicked off Wednesday in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take us several days to catch up with all the news generated by the show: 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...