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Interactive TV News Roundup

-- MobiTV to Distribute Univision Programming -- DirecTV Survey May Hint At New Online Video Service -- Migratory Teams with ANT to Build Apps for HbbTV Devices
Video clips from Univision programming will soon be available on mobile phones, following a deal the top U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster struck with MobiTV Inc. The agreement will allow AT&T , Verizon Wireless , Sprint and T-Mobile subscribers with smartphones and tablets to access Univision content. Several news shows, entertainment programs and telenovelas will distributed by MobiTV, including “Noticiero Univision," “El Gordo y la Flaca" “Asi es la Vida." More DirecTV may be developing a new...

HBO to Launch iPad App

HBO is preparing to launch an app for its HBO Go TV Everywhere product for Apple 's iPad, laptops and other mobile devices. The app will launch on May 2, according to a YouTube video HBO posted to tease the new service. But it's not clear how many HBO subscribers will be able to use the app to watch HBO original series and movies on mobile devices. The premium network only has a few deals...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- PBS Kids Builds Interactive Games for Preschoolers -- Brightcove Powers Ad-Supported Movie Site -- DirecTV Launches 'Home Premiere' VOD Service -- Pepsi Cuts Marketing Deal with Social TV Firm IntoNow
PBS Kids launched a series of interactive videos and games based on its "Super Why" and "Dinosaur Train" series. The "play-along" videos and games -- designed for preschoolers – challenge kids to complete tasks such as matching items of the correct size or finding the correct words to complete a sentence. PBS said it will also launch a play-along video for "The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!" in 2012. More

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- mSpot Challenges Netflix with Online Movie Rental Subscriptions -- DirecTV Invests in Targeted Advertising Firm Invidi -- MTV Spotlights Online Creativity in Inaugural 'O Music Awards'
Hoping to lure customers from Netflix and other streaming video providers, startup mSpot Inc. launched a new online subscription movie package that drops the rental price on some new releases to as low as $3. mSpot boasts that it is able to stream many new movies the same day they are released on DVD, while Web surfers that use Netflix, Amazon , or Apple 's iTunes Store and other services usually have to wait 28...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- DirecTV Shoots 3D Series on Women Surfers -- GetGlue Reaches 1 Million Users Milestone -- Miso Upgrades Social TV App for iPhone -- Hillcrest Raises $5.5M for Motion-Control Technology -- Synacor Teams with Akamai on TV Everywhere Demo
DirecTV is banking on 3D video of women surfers to help differentiate its programming lineup from pay TV rivals. The DBS provider signed Union Square Agency to produce a 3D TV series that will take viewers behind the scenes of the professional female surfing circuit. "Gone Until December" is scheduled to debut this summer on n3D, DirecTV's 24-hour 3D network. More After hitting the milestone of 1 million users, social-TV check-in service GetGlue is comparing...

DirecTV: No Plans to Launch Epix

It looks like Dish Network will remain the exclusive U.S. satellite distributor for Epix , as rival DirecTV says it won’t launch the premium channel and Website owned by Viacom. DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer said that the company has no plans to launch Epix. The network also has distribution deals with Cox Communications, Mediacom Communications, NCTC, Suddenlink Communications and Verizon’s FiOS TV. Epix has relied on a multiplatform distribution strategy, allowing subscribers to access movies...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II) By Steve Donohue

--Ensequence Unveils iTV Manager Programmer Edition 2.0
--Innovid Launches Tool for Interactive Pre-Rolls
--AT&T in Interactive TV Deal with Music Choice
--DirecTV Offering Interactive TV Mosaic for 2011 Masters Tournament
--Showtime Names Don Buckley SVP of Digital Services
Here is the second of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories: Ensequence has upgraded its iTV Manager product, a Web-based platform that allows programmers to create, manage, update and deploy interactive programming. More . Look for NBC , ABC , CBS , MTV , BrightRoll and Tremor Media to begin adding interactivity to Internet video pre-roll ads using a new "iRoll" app from Innovid . The app allows media buyers to add several...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): NDS, DirecTV, Netgem, Shaw Direct, Showcase

--NDS Extends Contract to Supply DirecTV with Set-Top Software and DVR Technology
--Netgem Makes its Home Cloud SDK Available to App Developers
--Satellite-TV Provider, Shaw Direct, Launches Online VOD Service
--Showcase Promotes New Series via Facebook-Powered Interactive Episode
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 (II): Canoe Ventures, Coincident TV, DirecTV

--Canoe Launches Facebook Fan Page --Coincident TV Powers Interactivity for ValleyGirl.tv --Report: DirecTV to Launch Premium VOD Service in Late June
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. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of 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 yet see your news covered in this...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, DirecTV, Disney/ABC, Ensequence, IMPALA

--Comcast Launches Android Version of its Xfinity TV App
--DirecTV Releases its iPad App
--Disney/ABC Multiscreen Interactive Oscars Offerings Generate 3 Million+ Views
--Ensequence Named One of NYC's "Hottest Companies"; Relaunches its Web Site
--IMPALA Hails Inclusion of MHEG as Part of Asian DVB-T2 Transmission Trial
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. 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 yet see your news covered in this issue,...

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