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Kyte Launches LivePro Add-On, Enabling HD Live Streaming

Broadband and mobile video platform provider, Kyte , contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched a new solution, called Kyte LivePro, which it says brings high-definition (1080p), professional-grade live streaming functionality to its platform. According to the company, Kyte LivePro, which is designed to be used in conjunction with Adobe Flash Media Live Encoder, is an add-on component for the Kyte platform that enables publishers to deliver HD live streaming video...

Turner Sports Offers Extensive New Media Coverage of PGA Championship

--Offerings Include Live Streaming Player with Twitter/Facebook/MySpace Integration, iPhone App
--Also Invites Viewers to Determine Which Players to Feature
Turner Sports offered a range of interactive and social features to supplement its coverage of last week's PGA Championship , including the broadband video coverage that it offered on PGA.com as part of its long-term deal with the PGA of America (note: the Turner Sports-PGA partnership, which was formed in 2002, was recently extended through 2019). Before and during the championship, all of Turner's TNT television announcers for the event, as well as PGA.com on-air...

Two More CBS Shows Now Available on ClipSync's Facebook-Enabled Social TV App

San Francisco-based social TV company, ClipSync , contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that the CBS shows, "CSI" and "The Bold and the Beautiful," are now available through its recently launched ClipSync Viewing Parties for Facebook application. ClipSync promises that it will be adding more shows to the app on a weekly basis. The Viewing Parties for Facebook app--which also offers the CBS shows, "Big Brother 11" and "The Young and the Restless" (note:...

Verizon Updates its Recently Launched Twitter and Facebook Interactive TV Widgets

--Apps Now Allow Users to Post Their Own Updates
In a posting on the company's Verizon At Home blog, Friday, Verizon's SVP of media relations, Eric Rabe, announced that the company has added some new features to the Facebook and Twitter interactive TV widgets that it launched on its FiOS TV platform just last month (note: for more on the new widgets and on Verizon's new Widget Bazaar applications store, see the article published on itvt.com, July 15th ). At launch, the Twitter widget...

Microsoft to Launch Full-Episode Online Programming Service, "MSN Video Player," in the UK

--Microsoft Says Twitter and Facebook Apps for Xbox 360 to Launch "Before Christmas"
--Terrestrial Broadcaster, Five, Joins Project Canvas
According to reports from the UK that were breaking just as [itvt] went to press, Microsoft is set to launch a new MSN Video Player service in that country that will feature free, full-length programming. At launch, around 60 titles--including "Hustle," "League of Gentlemen," "Peep Show," "Shameless" and "The Young Ones"--totaling around 300 hours of programming will be available on the browser-based service, thanks to new deals that Microsoft has signed with BBC Worldwide and...

Universal Integrates Blu-ray Interactive Features with iPhone, iPod touch

--Also Plans to Integrate New Blu-ray Releases with Twitter and Facebook
Universal Studios Home Entertainment announced Monday that it plans to provide an "extensive array" of iPhone and iPod touch-enabled features on its upcoming Blu-ray releases. The features will be accessed via companion applications that will be available through the Apple App Store, the company says. The first of these apps is scheduled to launch on the App Store July 28th, and is designed to work with the two-disc "special edition" Blu-ray release of the movie,...

Verizon Launches Twitter, Facebook, Fantasy Sports and Internet Video Widgets for FiOS TV

--Also Launches "Widget Bazaar" App Marketplace, Announces Plans to Offer FiOS TV Widget SDK
Verizon is set to make several major announcements about its FiOS TV platform today. It will 1) unveil interactive TV services which it has developed with Facebook, Twitter, ESPN, Veoh, blip.tv and Dailymotion, and which it says will create a "truly converged Internet-to-television experience" that will allow FiOS TV subscribers to connect with one another while watching TV and view a range of online and personal PC-based videos on their TV screen; 2) launch a...

Social TV News: ClipSync Launches Social TV Application for Facebook

--Channel 4 Launches Facebook Connect-Based Social Programming Recommendation Service
San Francisco-based social TV company, ClipSync , contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has launched an application called ClipSync Viewing Parties for Facebook , which it claims is the first Facebook application to combine social networking with social TV, allowing users to host, invite and gather Facebook friends into live viewing parties. The company says that the new app will initially be offered in conjunction with the reality series, "Big Brother 11,"...

Justin.tv Launches App to Enable Live Broadcasting to Facebook

In a posting on its corporate blog Wednesday, Justin.tv , a San Francisco-based company that bills itself as "the largest online community for people to broadcast, watch and interact around live video," announced the launch of a new Facebook app, called Live by Justin.tv, that allows users of its live streaming video service to broadcast on the social networking platform as well as watch other users' live streams. According to the company, the app--which is...

Social TV Site, TV.com, Now Supporting Facebook Connect

CBS-owned broadband video/social TV site, TV.com , announced Tuesday that it now supports Facebook Connect , allowing its users to log into its service using their Facebook account, and share their interactions on the service with their Facebook friends. According to TV.com, its users currently contribute an average of over six "social contributions"--for example, forum posts and poll votes--per second, for a total of over 15 million "social contributions" on the site each month. Facebook...

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