John Gilles Joins Coincident TV

-- Digital Media Veteran named EVP of Sales and Marketing and GM of Coincident Studios
Interactive video technology provider Coincident TV named cable TV and Internet veteran John Gilles executive vice president of sales and marketing and general manager of Coincident Studios . The former general manager of San Francisco-based studio Code and Theory , Gilles specializes in new product development, programming development, content production and digital content business strategy for several top media companies, including Fox , Warner Bros. , Comcast , Time Warner , Electronic Arts , PBS...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): CNN, Dreampark, EAMS, Fandor, Fraunhofer, Versant

--CNN Digital Previews "TV Everywhere" Offering, Other New Services at SXSW
--Dreampark Powers IPTV for Egypt's EAMS
--Fandor Launches Social Media-Enabled Online Video Service Devoted to Indie Films
--Fraunhofer: Using Object Databases to Deliver IPTV Results in Eightfold Performance Improvement
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...

Comcast and Time Warner Sign Long-Term "TV Everywhere" Agreement Covering Turner Networks

--Deal to Result in Live Streaming of Turner Networks for Comcast Subscribers Later This Year
Comcast and Time Warner said Tuesday that they have expanded their "TV Everywhere" partnership with a long-term agreement that will provide Comcast digital cable customers with online and mobile access to "hundreds of hours" of content from networks operated by Time Warner-subsidiary, Turner Broadcasting System, including TNT, TBS, CNN, HLN, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim (note: the "TV Everywhere" programming distribution model, which was originally championed by Time Warner chairman and...

Verizon FiOS TV Adds CNN and CNN Headline News to its "TV Everywhere" Line-Up

In a posting on its corporate blog, Tuesday, Verizon FiOS TV announced that it has expanded its "TV Everywhere" offering by making CNN 's main US channel and Headline News (HLN) companion channel available live online to authenticated subscribers. (Note: the "TV Everywhere" distribution model--which was originally championed by Time Warner's 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...

Exclusive: TAG Interactive TV Games Channel Tops Major Linear Channels in Daily Viewing Averages

--TNS STB Data Show Channel Retains Viewers for Longer than Disney, CNN, Nickelodeon and Others
TAG Networks --an interactive TV games company that has developed a games-on-demand channel, called TAG, which it says integrates with existing VOD infrastructures (note: the company has a history of working closely with ActiveVideo Networks and is involved in the latter's deployments with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision)--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that new TNS data , measuring daily time spent viewing per set-top box, show that the TAG channel topped 43 linear...

Verismo in Over-the-Top-TV Deal with MediaMall Technologies

--MediaMall PlayOn Will Allow VuNow Users to Access Hulu, Netflix, CNN and More
Verismo Networks , a Silicon Valley-based company that offers an over-the-top-TV platform called VuNow (note: the platform has traditionally been offered in conjunction with a small set-top box device called the PoD; however, back in February, Verismo announced the launch of a global OEM initiative targeting consumer OEM's, content aggregators and ISP's-- see the article published on, May 8th ), announced Tuesday that the VuNow platform can now play content from, among other sources,...

CNN's UGC News Service, iReport, Launches UGC Short Film Competition

CNN's user-generated news service, iReport, has launched a
user-generated short film competition. Entitled the iReport Film
Festival, the competition invites voters to document this year's US
presidential campaign from their personal vantage point, whether they
are volunteering for one of the campaigns or simply have compelling
stories about the election that they want to document creatively. "CNN
was the first network to launch user-generated news coverage, with
iReport, and then pioneered its integration into political coverage
beginning with last year's groundbreaking CNN/YouTube presidential
debates," Jon Klein, president of CNN US, said in a prepared

CableLabs Trumpets tru2way and ETV Presence at Cable Show

US cable-industry research, development and standards organization,
CableLabs, recently issued a press release trumpeting the "broad
exposure" enjoyed by tru2way- and ETV/EBIF-based interactive TV
applications at this year's NCTA Cable Show. Among the Cable Show
tru2way and ETV demos highlighted by CableLabs in the release: Softel-USA demo'd its multiplatform, multi-middleware MediaSphere
TX carousel playing out both tru2way and ETV applications;