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News Round-Up

--CableLabs Working on "OLCA" Specs for "TV Everywhere"
--DISH Network, EchoStar Demo Google TV to the FCC
--New App from PlayOn Will Let Users Stream Hulu on their iPhone
--ruwido Adds Capacitive Sensor to its tau Remote Control
--Social TV Company, Sofanatics, Closes Seed Funding Round
--Tivo Premiere DVR's Now Available in hhgregg Stores
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: CableLabs is working on a new set of specifications to add "some unification and scale" to the way cable operators and programmers deploy "TV Everywhere" services, according to a report by Cable Digital News's Jeff Baumgartner. The so-called Online Content Access (OLCA) specs follow an RFI that was issued by CableLabs last fall (see the article published on, November...

News Round-Up (III): Charter-Disney, Coincident TV-Fox, Univision-DISH

--Charter Adds Free VOD Content from a Range of Disney Networks
--Coincident TV Develops Interactive Video Player for Fox's "Glee"
--Univision World Cup Channel on DISH Network Features Interactive TV Voting
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. Charter Communications has announced that it has completed the launch of free VOD programming from Disney-owned networks ABC , ABC Family , Disney Channel , Disney XD ,...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (III)

--Deutsche Telekom, DISH Network, Google TV, Dreampark, DVB, Ensequence, Entone, Envivio, Epix, Ericsson, Espial, FCC, Freeview NZ, Frontier Communications
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the third of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: Deutsche Telekom has announced the winners of its 2009 Deutsche Telekom Interactive TV Award...

DISH Network Launches Oberon Media's "Tetris TV" Interactive TV Games Service

--Social Features to Be Added to the Service Later This Year
DISH Network announced Wednesday that it has launched Tetris TV , a subscription-based interactive TV games service from cross-platform casual games company, Oberon Media , which licenses the rights to the Tetris format from The Tetris Company. Oberon, which plans to roll out Tetris TV with additional partners worldwide, says that DISH Network is the first company to launch the service in North America. DISH Network customers can subscribe to the new service, which is...

News Round-Up

--TiVo Files Patent Infringement Complaints against AT&T, Verizon
--Time Warner Cable, Verizon to Test "TV Everywhere" Model Launches Augmented Reality App for iPhone
The [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, and, because of time restraints, we have decided to focus our editorial efforts this week on news that has been less widely covered (or not covered anywhere else at all). Three of the more widely covered news stories from the past few days are covered in summary/round-up form below. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule over the next few days,...

Ensequence Appoints Two New SVP's

--Round-Up of Recent News from Ensequence
Portland, Oregon-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, Ensequence, announced two additions to its senior management team last week: Andy Addis--who was formerly EVP of marketing at gestural navigation specialist, Hillcrest Labs, and prior to that, SVP of marketing and new products at Comcast--has joined the company as SVP of marketing and business development; and Tom Epes--who was formerly general manager of US services and support for the communications sector at Microsoft--has joined the company as...

EchoStar Signs CableLabs' tru2way Host Device License Agreement

--Company's European Arm Begins Major Push for the EMEA Region

Ensequence Builds ITV Apps for DISH, NBC, MTV, Pepsi, Verizon, QVC UK

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Portland, Oregon-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, Ensequence, has generated a fair amount of news over the past few weeks: The company was recently tapped by MTV Networks and Pepsi to create an interactive TV application to accompany the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards on DISH Network. Starting the week of August 25th, DISH Network viewers were able to use their remote controls to vote for the VMAs' Pepsi-sponsored Best New Artist Award, and to...

Ben Bennett, CEO of OpenTV

Ben Bennett was named CEO of OpenTV in March, after serving as the company's COO and acting CEO since August, 2007 (he has been at OpenTV since March, 2000). He recently spoke to [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow about the three-phase strategy he is implementing, which, among other things, has seen OpenTV jettisoning a number of peripheral businesses in order to focus on its core middleware and advanced advertising offerings; about the company's ongoing efforts to penetrate...

[itvt] Radio: Jim Louderback, CEO of Revision3

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of
Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," sponsored by TiVo, Jim
Louderback , CEO of Revision3 , provides an overview of his
company--which bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web,"
and which produces its own original, broadcast-quality programming.
Topics discussed include funding, download numbers, revenues,
demographics, distribution strategy, content strategy, advertising