Interview: Chris Pizzurro, Head of Product, Sales and Marketing at Canoe Ventures

Listen to internet radio with Tracy Swedlow on Blog Talk Radio Almost exactly a year ago, Canoe Ventures , the advanced-advertising consortium established by the US's six largest cable operators, announced that it was abandoning its efforts to launch a national interactive TV advertising platform, laid off most of its employees, and went into stealth mode as it focused its business on dynamic ad insertion for VOD. Earlier this month, the company ended a self-imposed...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II)

--KIT Digital Acquires KickApps, Kewego and Kyte
--NewBay Launches Multiscreen On-Demand Video Delivery Capability for its LifeCache Platform
--PrimeSense Says it Is Conducting Gestural-Navigation Trials with Cable MSO's
Here is the second of two round-ups of interactive TV/multiplatform video-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue:

News Round-Up

--Cameron Death Promoted to SVP and GM of NBC Universal Digital Studio
--Comcast Increases VOD Movie Line-Up for Customers in Pacific Northwest by 450%
--MobiTV DRM Allows Video Downloads to BlackBerry Torch for Local Playback
--Total Immersion's Augmented Reality Slot Machine Returns
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: NBC Universal has announced the promotion of Cameron Death to SVP and general manager of its NBC Universal Digital Studio . The latter, which Death has helmed since its launch back in 2008, creates original digital content for major advertisers and distributes it across multiple platforms. "With the Digital Studio, Death has already created an industry-leading and profitable new business...

Eurocinema Launches on Comcast's VOD Platform

Eurocinema On Demand , a cable, satellite and broadband VOD movie channel devoted to international films, last week announce that it is launching its service on Comcast's On Demand platform. According to Eurocinema--which is owned by EuroMedia Holdings and which has previously launched its VOD service on Time Warner Cable, Charter, Cablevision, RCN, Verizon, DISH Network and DirecTV--the Comcast launch means that its service will reach a combined total of over 31 million North American...

News Round-Up (VII): Music Choice, Cox, NDS, Ooyala

--Music Choice Rolls out "Largest HD Music Video-on-Demand Library" to Cox Customers
--NDS Bolsters its Senior Management Team for China Expansion
--Ooyala Supports Dynamic Insertion of IAB-Standard Ads for iPhone, iPad
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...

Comcast Unveils Summer Line-Up of Children's Programming Available On-Demand and Online

Comcast on Tuesday unveiled the line-up of children's programming that it will be offering this summer on its VOD platform and online. According to the company--which claims that its customers watch over 25 million hours of children's VOD programming each month (note: the company says that around 1,500 children's programs are available on Comcast On Demand)--the line-up includes TV series, new-release and classic movies, and programming devoted to family games, fitness, crafts, cooking, magic, dance,...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Hillcrest Labs Launches Half-Price Promotion for its Loop Pointer
--Israeli Start-Up, Interlude, Demo's Interactive Video Platform
--Addressable Advertising Specialist, Invidi, Secures $23 Million+ in Google-Led Series D Round
--itaas Develops tru2way-Based Twitter App, Plans Extensive Interactive TV Showcase at Cable Show
--itaas Develops Three New Interactive TV Apps for iN Demand
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Hillcrest Labs has launched a $49 promotion for its Loop Pointer in-air mouse/remote control device. The device is usually priced at $99. An Israeli start-up called Interlude presented...

Internet Programming Service, KoldCast TV, Launches App for Boxee OTT Platform

In a posting on its corporate blog, Wednesday, over-the-top-TV specialist Boxee announced the availability of an app for its platform that provides access to KoldCast TV , an online video service that offers programming in 720p HDTV.

According to Boxee, the new KoldCast TV app--which Boxee's VP of marketing, Andrew Kippen, told [itvt] was developed by KoldCast TV "from scratch"--provides Boxee users with access to any of the shows on KoldCast TV's...

Nokia Siemens Network Launches Platform to Enable "TV on Any Screen, on-Demand"

At the IPTV World Forum in London, Tuesday, Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) launched a new software platform that it bills as "allow[ing] people the freedom to watch TV on multiple devices" and as promising "TV on any screen, on-demand." According to the company, the new--as yet apparently unnamed--platform lets operators provide live or on-demand TV to mobiles, Internet-connected computers, and satellite or digital terrestrial platforms; offers an open platform for creating new applications; and provides...

Comcast, HBO Partner to Promote New WWII Miniseries, "The Pacific," via VOD

--Sony Pictures Television in VOD Deal with Voddler
MSO Comcast and premium programmer HBO last week announced a partnership that will see the companies promoting HBO's new World War II-themed miniseries, "The Pacific," to Comcast digital subscribers via a range of supplemental VOD content. (Note: the 10-hour miniseries, which will premiere March 14th and which was executive produced by Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Gary Goetzman, the team behind the 2001 HBO miniseries, "Band of Brothers," follows the intertwined war experiences of three...