DirecTV Reveals Feature Set of its Soon-to-Launch iPad App

--Features Include Personalizable Home Screen and "Sports Roster"
DirecTV has provided some information on the feature set of a new iPad application that it says is "coming soon." According to the company, the new DirecTV iPad App will: Function as an advanced remote control, complete with play, pause, rewind, fast-forward and record buttons, as well as remote DVR management and full search capability. Allow users to "simply tap" to view DirecTV's line-ups of movies and sports programming, as well as a 14-day EPG,...

DISH Network to Offer "The Resident" on VOD on the Same Day as the Movie's Theatrical Release

--DirecTV Offers "Waiting for Superman" on VOD Day-and-Date with Movie's DVD Release

ESPN Offering Interactive TV Coverage of Australian Open Tennis on DirecTV

ESPN has teamed with DirecTV to offer interactive TV coverage of the Australian Open tennis tournament.

For eight hours per night during the first eight days of the tournament (January 16th-24th), DirecTV customers can access a six-screen, HD "mix channel" (channel 701) that allows them to view up to six live matches at once, including the main ESPN2 center-court feed and feeds (channels 702-707) from five outer courts, each with its own...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IX): Samsung, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Google TV, Adobe, DirecTV, Shalom TV, Sling Media

--Comcast, Time Warner Cable to Offer Service on Samsung Connected TV's, Tablets
--Samsung Unveils Google TV Devices, Supports Adobe Air 2.5, Teams with DirecTV on RVU TV's
--Free VOD Service, Shalom TV, Now Available in 40 Million Homes
--Sling Media Launches Subscription Service for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Customers, Google TV Client
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. During Samsung 's keynote at CES last week, it was announced that the US's two largest cable MSO's, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, plan to offer services on Samsung connected TV's and Galaxy tablet devices. "For...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Cox, CTAM (Cord Cutting), Delivery Agent, Deutsche Telekom, DigiForge, DirecTV, DISH Network, Dreampark, Endemol (Foursquare), Ensequence

[itvt]'s daily news coverage went on hiatus October 18th in order to allow our editorial staff to work full time on TVOT NYC Intensive . This issue contains a round-up of some of the major interactive TV-related news stories that have broken since then. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries of each item are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the...

CableLabs Publishes 3D Content Encoding Specification

--3D Round-Up: DirecTV, Panasonic, Softel, Verizon
US cable-industry research, development and standardization body, CableLabs , said Wednesday that it has published a new specification as a guide for producers, programmers and aggregators of stereoscopic 3D programming. The new spec--entitled Content Encoding Profiles (CEP) 3.0 Specification (OC-SP-CEP3.0-I01-100827), and representing CableLabs' first 3D content encoding spec--can be viewed here in the OpenCable Specifications area of the CableLabs Web site.

According to CableLabs, the new CEP spec--which it says was developed...

DirecTV Teams with ESPN to Offer Interactive TV Coverage of US Open Tennis Championship

--DirecTV to Offer Internet, Mobile Versions of NFL Sunday Ticket to Non-Subscribers
Satellite-TV operator, DirecTV , and sports broadcaster, ESPN , have unveiled plans for extensive interactive TV coverage of the US Open tennis championship . From August 30th through September 6th, DirecTV will offer an HD multiscreen interactive TV "US Open Mix" channel (ch. 701) that will allow viewers to watch up to six live matches simultaneously, including the featured match carried on ESPN2's main network feed and five outer-court matches (each with commentary) that will...

News Round-Up

--CBS Interactive Testing Social TV App, " Relay"
--DirecTV, Google in Ad Sales Partnership
--UK Broadcaster, Five, in Deal to Embed its Broadband VOD Player in Facebook
--iN Demand Renews VOD Deal with SES World Skies
--Panasonic Taps Netgear to Provide Wireless Connectivity for its Viera Connected TV's
--Sony in Bravia OTT Deal with Germany's sevenload
--Transpond Acquired by Webtrends
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CBS Interactive is beta-testing a social TV application, called Relay, according to an article by Andrew Wallenstein in the Hollywood reporter. Among other things, the app features Foursquare-style user check-in functionality and badge rewards (note: users will be able to check-in to and receive rewards for viewing other programming in addition to CBS offerings), as well as chat and...

DirecTV to Offer Interactive TV Coverage of UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League Soccer

DirecTV on Tuesday announced plans to offer a multiscreen interactive TV Soccer Mix Channel (channel 480) in both HD and SD, that will allow viewers to watch up to eight games from the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League simultaneously--thus, the company says, "provid[ing] a comprehensive view of each day's UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League coverage."

Like DirecTV's other sports-themed Mix Channels (see, for example, [itvt]'s July 12th...

News Round-Up (IX): Rovi, Showtime, Technicolor, DirecTV, Verizon

--Rovi Reports Higher Revenues, Swings to a Profit
--EBIF-Based Showtime Sports Interactive App Receives Engineering Plaque from Television Academy
--Technicolor Extends Set-Top Box Contract with DirecTV, Signs Broadband Router MOU with Verizon
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...