BBC Relaunches iPlayer with Simplified User Experience, New Personalization and Social Features

--Service Will Provide Links to Broadband Video Services from ITV, Channel 4, S4C, Five, Arqiva
The BBC on Wednesday unveiled a new beta version of its broadband VOD/OTT service, the BBC iPlayer , that features 1) what the corporation calls a "simplified and intuitive" user experience that is intended to make it easier to find content on the service; 2) personalization options that the corporation says will allow users to "create their own iPlayer experience"; and 3) social media integration. A new mobile version of the iPlayer is expected to...

Brightcove Announces Support for Facebook's Open Graph and Social Plug-Ins

Broadband video platform provider, Brightcove , says that its platform will provide support for the Open Graph and new set of Social Plug-ins that were announced by social networking giant, Facebook , at its f8 Conference in San Francisco, Wednesday (note: an explanation of the Open Graph and the new plug-ins can be found here ).

"We have created a way for Brightcove online video platform customers to quickly embed the Facebook...

Dailymotion Integrates Facebook's "Like" Button

Paris-based video-sharing site operator, Dailymotion , contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that users of its site can now share videos in their Facebook profile, using the new Facebook Social Plug-In "Like" button. With one click of the button, the company says, a video is embedded into a Facebook user's Wall, and the button will also allow users to associate a personal comment with the shared video.

Dailymotion also says that...

News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Verizon revealed via Twitter Sunday that it has launched a FiOS Labs site , which it says will allow interested parties to "take a look backstage at some ideas we're working on, along with some of our most recently launched features." Projects listed on the site include an initiative with iheartradio to bring the latter's...

Vpype Begins Public Beta of Social/Interactive Live Video Broadcasting App for Facebook

Vpype , which describes itself as a "social video company," announced last week that it has begun a public beta of its Vpype Live Broadcaster Facebook application ( http://apps.facebook.com/vpypebroadcaster ), which it says will enable all 350 million Facebook users to create and share live, interactive video. According to the company, the app is easy to use and, among other things, allows end-users to create scheduled or unscheduled interactive live shows, send video notes, store...

TV Genius Powers Recommendations for UK Broadcaster ITV's New Facebook App

--Social TV Round-Up: Verizon FiOS TV Viewing Parties, New Facebook Feature on YouTube
Video search specialist, TV Genius , announced last week that UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , has selected its Content Discovery Platform to power a personalized recommendation feature on a new ITV Player app for Facebook . According to the company, the app, which is called "ITV Favourites" and which is available now, will "promote Christmas and New Year scheduling, as well as into 2010," through recommendations of content available via the ITV Player online...

New NBC Social Media Game Rewards Viewers for Promoting "Chuck" on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace

NBC last week announced the launch of a new social media game, called " Mission: Chuck Me Out " ( http://www.chuckmeout.com ), that is designed to reward viewers who use popular social networking sites to promote the network's returning action-comedy series, "Chuck" (note: the series' third season premieres at 9:00PM Eastern, January 10th, before the series moves to its regular day and time--Mondays at 8:00PM Eastern--on January 11th). According to the broadcaster, the game's grand...

UK-Based 3View Unveils HD Set-Top that Combines Internet Connectivity with Freeview Reception

A UK company called 3View unveiled a hard drive-equipped, broadband-connected HD set-top box, Tuesday, that combines the ability to receive standard- and high-definition linear-TV programming from the UK's free-to-air digital terrestrial platform, Freeview, with various Internet/OTT capabilities. The company says that the box--which is slated to be available in retail in March--will allow users to receive a range of over-the-top video services, as well as browse the Web and use Facebook and Twitter. It bills...

MSNBC Revamps msnbc.com Video Player to Facilitate Sharing on Facebook and Twitter and Embedding

MSNBC , a US cable news channel that is a joint venture between Microsoft and NBC Universal, on Tuesday unveiled a new design and various new interactive features for its msnbc.com embeddable video player. According to the company, the newly enhanced video player now allows viewers to adjust its video screen to three different sizes, making it easier for them to customize it so that it fits easily on their own Web sites and blogs...

MTV, 20th Century Fox to Host Interactive Live Streaming "Avatar" Event, Featuring James Cameron

--Event Will Be Available on MTV.com, Facebook
MTV Networks and Twentieth Century Fox have announced plans for an interactive/social live-streaming event designed to promote the new James Cameron movie, "Avatar" (note: an Adobe AIR-based, clickable, interactive video trailer for "Avatar" was launched last week-- see the article published on itvt.com, November 30th ). The event, dubbed "Avatar Live" and sponsored by LG Mobile Phones, will stream in HD simultaneously on MTV..com and Facebook on December 3rd at 3:00PM Eastern/12:00PM Pacific, and will...