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Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Lionsgate, Facebook, Netflix, Nuance, LG Electronics

--Lionsgate Releases "Abduction" on Facebook
--Class-Action Lawsuit Claims Netflix Management Misled Investors over State of its Streaming Business
--Nuance's Dragon TV Voice-Control Platform Powering LG's Magic Remote
Due to the large volume of news generated by last week's 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us several more days to process all the news from the show: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Sling Media to let Users Watch Video through Facebook -- LG Reportedly Developing Google TV -- Zeebox Enhances ‘Desparate Scousewives’ for Channel 4 -- Rovi Licenses DivX to China’s Shenzhen Jiuzhou Electric -- ActiveVideo Names Serada CFO
Sling Media says it will soon let users that buy its place-shifting set-top to watch videos while logged into Facebook. In a demo video of its SlingPlayer for Facebook app posted by the company on YouTube, Sling shows how viewers can watch video in partial or full-screen mode, and tell Facebook friends about what they are watching. But Sling users can’t yet share any images or video clips from the shows they are watching with Facebook friends. Engadget has more .

Amazon to Offer Netflix App on Kindle Fire

-- Kindle Fire Downloads available for Facebook, Pandora, Twitter, Rhapsody, Zynga, GameLoft, Rovio
An application that will allow Netflix subscribers to watch TV shows and movies from its Watch Instantly library is among the apps Amazon will offer to consumers that buy its Kindle Fire tablet next week. The $199 tablet, which ships Nov. 15, will also allow support apps for Facebook , Pandora , Rhapsody , Zynga , Rovio , The Weather Channel and games from Electronic Arts . Amazon cited several other examples of apps and...

Yahoo Launches IntoNow iPad App

-- Users Can Share Content with Friends on Facebook and Twitter
Six months after Yahoo acquired social TV startup IntoNow , the company launched a new IntoNow app for Apple 's iPad. The app relies on automatic content recognition (ACR) technology to identify programs a viewer is watching, and lets the viewer share and recommend TV shows and movies to friends on Twitter or Facebook . IntoNow faces increased competition in the social TV space from Miso , GetGlue , and other companies.

Zap2It Tracks Social TV Buzz with SocialGuide

-- Modules Display Shows Generating Discussion on Facebook and Twitter
TV listings site Zap2it is beginning to rank the most popular TV programs viewers are chatting about on Twitter and Facebook . Zap2It, which is owned by Tribune Media Services , struck a deal with SocialGuide that allows it to add modules to its site that display the most popular TV series, reality shows, news programs and live sports that are generating comments from users on Facebook and Twitter. The three most popular programs displayed...

TVGuide.com Launches Social TV Spotlight

-- ION Television Plugs 'Flashpoint' Series through Sponsored Section

TVGuide.com is boosting ad revenue by allowing TV networks such as ION Television to promote series through a Social Spotlight section it added to its homepage Tuesday. The Social Spotlight section debuts with sneak previews for new episodes of ION's Flashpoint series. ION may be able to use its sponsorship of the Spotlight to boost ratings through viewers that share the previews with Facebook friends, since the Spotlight features a Facebook "like" button...

yap.tv Builds Customized Social TV App for USA Network

-- Viewers can access chat groups, instant polls and cast photos
Top U.S. basic-cable channel USA Network signed yap.TV to build a customized version of its social TV app that it will use to promote programs such as Burn Notice and Psych . The app, which USA and yap.TV plan to unveil in November, will be distributed as a free download for Apple 's iPad and iPhone. USA and yap.TV said viewers will be able to chat with other fans of its various series through the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): Universal, Warner Bros., "Vampire Diaries," YuMe

--Universal to Offer New Eddie Murphy Movie on VOD Just Three Weeks after Theatrical Premiere
--Warner Bros. Launches "Vampire Diaries" Facebook Game
--YuMe Unveils New Interactive/Social Cross-Platform Video Advertising Products
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Universal Pictures is teaming with its corporate parent, Comcast , on a premium VOD test that will see it making its new Eddie Murphy movie, " Tower Heist ," available to 500,000 Comcast subs in Atlanta and Portland, Oregon three weeks after its November 4th theatrical premiere, the Los Angeles Times'...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): MLB, NCTA, CEA, Victoria's Secret, Ooyala, Facebook

--MLB Again Offering Interactive Video Coverage of Baseball Postseason
--NCTA's Michael Powell and CEA's Gary Shapiro Cross Swords Online over "AllVid"
--Victoria's Secret Taps Ooyala to Power Live Social Video on Facebook
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Major League Baseball is once again offering interactive video coverage of baseball's postseason through its Postseason.TV service ($3.99 for either the American League Division Series or the National League Division Series; or $5.99 for both of those, plus the National League Championship Series). "Now in its third year, Postseason.TV delivers a...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): DISH Network, Blockbuster, Facebook, HealthiNation, Roku

--DISH Network, Blockbuster Launch DVD's-by-Mail/Instant-Streaming Service for DISH Subscribers
--Blockbuster to Launch Facebook App for Renting and Viewing Videos
--HealthiNation Enters Connected-TV Space via Launch on Roku
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a couple of days to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. DISH...

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