Interview: S3 Group's VP of TV Technology, Philip Brennan, on the Company's New Deal with Canoe Ventures

S3 Group , a Dublin-based provider of automated testing solutions for digital TV content delivery platforms and devices, announced Monday that Canoe Ventures has chosen its StormTest Development Center as the automated testing solution for its national deployment of EBIF-enabled interactive TV applications. According to S3, StormTest Development Center will enable Canoe to test multiple set-top boxes from multiple vendors, across different operator networks, seamlessly and from a single testing platform.


Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CMC, Ensequence, Verizon FiOS, MTV Networks, Eros International

--CMC's HITS Incorporates "Express Lane" Solution to Enable Indie Operators to Offer Local VOD
--Ensequence Builds "SpongeBob" Widget for Verizon FiOS TV
--Eros International Trumpets Growth of Bollywood Hits On Demand
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: Comcast Media Center (CMC) says that its HITS offering (note: the latter, short for "Headend In The Sky," provides multiplatform content distribution services to independent cable operators) now includes its Express Lane content management solution. According to the company, Express Lane enables independent operators and MSO's to deliver locally produced VOD...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): ABC, Prospect Park, BCM, itaas, Bluefin Labs

--ABC-Prospect Park Deal to Revive Canceled Soap Operas Online and on Connected TV
--BCM's Clickable TV Tech to Be Offered as Part of itaas's EBIF-Based iLaunch Suite
--Bluefin Labs Launches Metrics System for Quantifying Social Media Response to Linear TV
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: ABC said Thursday that it has licensed its canceled soap operas, "All My Children" and "One Life to Live," to production company, Prospect Park . Under the terms of the exclusive multi-year agreement, Prospect Park will take over production of "All My Children" (whose last broadcast episode on ABC will air...

New iTV Doctor Column Asks "Can We Save EBIF?"

[itvt] has just published the LATEST EDITION of Rick Howe's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This edition sees the good doctor sharing some thoughts on how EBIF can co-opt its competition in the interactive TV space.

iCueTV Scores Tcommerce Deals with Major MSOs

CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – Several major cable MSOs plan to deploy a tcommerce solution from iCueTV during the fourth quarter of 2011, CEO Michael Huegel said here Wednesday. While Huegel declined to name the distributors that iCueTV has struck deals with, he said the deployments will include "true tcommerce," where cable subscribers will be able to buy products marketed by advertisers with a click of their remote controls. The cable rollouts will also...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): icueTV, Groupon, Imagina US, CMC, Insight, itaas

--icueTV Teaming with Groupon on tcommerce Demo at Cable Show
--Imagina US Taps Comcast Media Center for VOD Delivery
--Insight Taps itaas for EBIF Deployment
--itaas Launches iLaunch Program to Expedite Development and Deployment of EBIF Apps
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: icueTV is set to team with Groupon on a tcommerce demo at the NCTA Cable Show, Tuesday, the Chicago Tribune reported Monday. icueTV COO, George Singley, told the newspaper that the demo will show how viewers watching a Groupon commercial could use their remotes to access a menu of options, including...

Exclusive: Rebecca Rusk Lim Named VP of Interactive Experience at Turner Broadcasting

High-profile interactive TV industry figure, Rebecca Rusk Lim , is leaving Starz Entertainment , where she was senior director of advanced entertainment, for a new position as VP of interactive experience at Turner Broadcasting . She will report into Turner's Audience & Multi-Platform Technologies (AMPT) group.

Charter Hits Milestone of 1 Million EBIF Ready Set-Tops

-- Concurrent, FourthWall Media Support Interactive TV Rollout
Charter Communications says it has deployed digital set-tops from Cisco capable of delivering interactive TV advertising and programming in about 1 million homes. The MSO, which counts about 5 million subscribers, worked with technology vendors Concurrent and FourthWall Media to prepare its set-tops to receive ads that rely on the industry's EBIF platform. FourthWall supplied its EBIF platform and user agent, while Concurrent is supplying product management and backend reporting technology. Charter is a member...

BCM Deploys Onyx Platform in Montgomery, Ala.

-- Interactive TV Vendor Touts Rollout as Model for Cable-Broadcast Cooperation
Billing it as a model for the way local cable operators can team up with broadcasters on interactive advertising and programming, BCM landed the first deployment of its new Onyx enhanced TV platform in Montomery, Ala. Local NBC affiliate WSFA-TV and Fox affiliate WCOV-TV are using BCM's Onyx MetaCast and Onyx Vantage products to deliver interactive programming and advertising to subscribers of local cable operator Knology Inc. The local advertisers using the platform to create...

FourthWall Launches AirCommand Solution to Link Mobile Devices to EBIF-Enabled Set-Tops

--Also Unveils EBIF User Agent and Platform Server for Motorola Set-Tops
FourthWall Media , the EBIF-focused interactive TV software company formally known as BIAP (note: the company, whose customers and partners include Comcast Media Center, Time Warner Cable, Charter Communications, Rovi and DISH Network claims that its solutions have been deployed in over 24 million set-top boxes), is unveiling two new products at the CableLabs Winter Conference in Atlanta this week:

The first new product, AirCommand, is described by the company as...