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Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): DISH Network, Blockbuster, Facebook, HealthiNation, Roku

--DISH Network, Blockbuster Launch DVD's-by-Mail/Instant-Streaming Service for DISH Subscribers
--Blockbuster to Launch Facebook App for Renting and Viewing Videos
--HealthiNation Enters Connected-TV Space via Launch on Roku
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days 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 news covered in this issue, please bear with us. DISH...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): BBC, DISH Network, GetGlue

--Technical Lead for BBC News on Connected TV Outlines Best Practices for TV Software Design
--DISH Launches Independence Day Promotion for its DISH Cinema VOD Service
--GetGlue Launches Mobile Web Site, Sees 100% Check-In Growth since March
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: In a posting on a BBC blog, Robert Hardy, the technical lead for the recently unveiled BBC News app for connected TV's (see the article published on, June 20th), has outlined his team's six TV software design best practices: "1) Our internal data sources need to be platform-neutral--meaning we can...

SeaChange Builds Multiscreen User Interface

-- VOD Vendor to Demonstrate Nitro at The Cable Show
Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International is expanding into the video navigation business, developing a user interface that pay TV providers can use to deliver content to TVs, PCs, tablets and other mobile devices. SeaChange plans to demonstrate its Nitro interface, which relies on HTML5, next week at The Cable Show convention in Chicago. The company said Nitro can support live and on-demand viewing, multiroom DVRs, virtual channels, TV listings, bookmarking and search and recommendation. Nitro...

Clearleap Shops iPad Solution to Pay TV Providers

-- itaas Builds App Based on Clearleap Platform
Clearleap is looking to boost revenue from pay TV providers that want to develop iPad applications, taking the wraps off of a cloud-based solution that can enable the delivery of IP video to tablets and other connected devices. The Atlanta-based firm said its Stream On Demand product is designed to allow application developers to focus on the user experience, while Clearleap would manage billing, subscriber authentication, security, parental controls for apps for the iPad and...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- BrightLine Names Michael Finn President -- Dish Network Settles TiVo Patent Dispute -- SocialGuide Buys Tribune TV Listings Data -- Kabel BW Licenses S3's Development Suite
BrightLine named former Dish Network executive Michael Finn president of the advanced TV advertising company. Finn, who was VP of media sales at Dish, is the first person to hold the title of president at BrightLine since it was formed in 2003. He'll report to BrightLine CEO and co-founder Jacqueline Corbelli. During his tenure at Dish, the company's ad-sales revenues doubled, and he built partnerships with Rentrak , Google , Comcast Spotlight and DirecTV ...

Dish Targets Netflix with HBO Deal

Dish Network struck deal with HBO that the DBS company boasts will allow it to offer original series and movies not available to Netflix customers. Under the agreement, Dish customers can access content from the HBO Go and Max Go sites or through . The deal could help Dish compete against several pay TV providers that already offer subscribers access to online videos from HBO and Cinemax, including Comcast , DirecTV , Verizon 's...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- UK Retailer Tesco Buys Streaming Video Site Blinkbox -- Two Way Media Raises Funds for Social Gaming, Connected TV Projects -- Hollywood Directors Protes New $30 Premium VOD Window -- Appeals Court Ruling Could Force EchoStar to Settle with TiVo
British retail giant Tesco is expanding into the streaming video business, acquiring an 80 percent stake in online TV and movie site Blinkbox . Founded by former executives from the UK's Channel 4 and Vodafone in 2006, Blinkbox offers both paid content, and free ad-supported videos. Tesco's deal follows a move from Amazon in January to buy Blinkbox rival LoveFilm . Some U.S. retailers are also expanding into the online video sector, including Wal-Mart which...

Playjam Supplying Games to LG Connected TVs

PlayJam struck a deal with LG to supply its library of 500 casual games to LG's line of connected TVs and Blu-ray players. London-based PlayJam already supplies games to 50 million pay TV homes through distribution deals with Dish Network , BSkyB and other pay TV providers. The agreement shows how it can expand the audience for ad-supported games ranging from Darts to Sudoku without having to rely on cable and satellite providers. For LG,...

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...

New iTV Doctor Column Features Interview with Larry Samuels, GM of Advanced TV at DISH Network

--Samuels Discusses Interactive TV Advertising on DISH
[itvt] has just published the LATEST EDITION of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This edition features an interview with Larry Samuels , general manager of advanced TV at DISH Network , who is in charge of the satellite TV operator's extensive interactive TV advertising offering.