Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): OIPF, Ryz Media, Virgin Media, TiVo

--OIPF Elects New President
--Ryz Media Launches Social-TV/Programming-Discovery/Remote-Control App, blinQ
--Virgin Media Launches First Ad Campaign for its TiVo-Powered Hybrid-TV Service
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: The Open IPTV Forum (OIPF) --an industry group that is attempting to bring together telcos, consumer electronics manufacturers, and network infrastructure providers, in order to develop specifications for an open, end-to-end solution that will facilitate development and deployment of interactive, personalized IPTV services-- has announced the election of Dr. Nilo Mitra...

UK Broadcaster, ITV, to Offer Social TV-Enabled Live Streaming Video Coverage of Election Debate

--ITV Exec Says Broadcaster Close to Deal with Hulu to Offer Programming to US Viewers
UK commercial broadcaster, ITV , yesterday unveiled its plans for social TV-enabled broadband video coverage of the first general election debate between Labour Party prime minister, Gordon Brown, Conservative Party leader, David Cameron, and Liberal Democrat Party leader, Nick Clegg , which takes place tonight (Thursday, April 15th). The debate will also be carried live on ITV's terrestrial channel, ITV1.

According to the broadcaster, a dedicated page on its Web site (...

DirecTV Teams with The Weather Channel on New Interactive TV Services

--DirecTV Offers Multiscreen ITV App for US Presidential Election
--Renews ITV Advertising Deal with Media Storm Satellite TV provider, DirecTV, has teamed with The Weather Channel (TWC) to launch a package of interactive TV services providing information on local weather conditions. The new services include:
--An "Alert Ticker" that appears at the bottom of the TV screen and provides information on current weather alerts, as well as a link to a new...

DISH Launches Second Phase of its Election-Year ITV Application

DISH Launches Second Phase of its Election-Year ITV Application Earlier this year, US satellite TV provider, DISH (formerly EchoStar),
launched the second phase of its election-year interactive TV
application, DISH Decision 2008. The first phase, dubbed "You Decide
2008" and based on technology from BIAP, presented DISH
subscribers with a series of questions designed to help match their
opinions with various candidates' positions. The second...