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Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Envivio, Hulu, Facebook, Immersive Media

--Envivio Appoints VP of Internet Television in Bid to Enhance its OTT Strategy
--Hulu Relaunches "Facebook on Hulu"
--Immersive Media Launches 360-Degree Interactive Video App for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
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: Envivio , a provider of processing solutions for live and on-demand multiscreen IP video, has named Matt Smith VP of Internet television, in what it bills as a bid to enhance its OTT strategy and solutions. Smith was previously VP and chief systems architect at Inlet Technologies and subsequently an architect...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): CBS Interactive, "Star Trek," Channel 4, Facebook, Cisco

--CBS Interactive Launches "Star Trek" App for iPad
--Channel 4 to Offer Live Streaming Coverage of its T4 on the Beach Event through Facebook
--Report: Cisco Selling Off its Set-Top Box Manufacturing Facility
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: CBS Interactive on Monday announced the launch of the official " Star Trek PADD " (stands for "Personal Access Display Device") app for iPad. Priced at $4.99 and available in the Apple App Store, the app "features an authentic reproduction of the LCARS interface--the fictional computer operating system depicted in the...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Microsoft, Roku, Facebook, BYUtv

--Report: Microsoft to Launch Zune-Branded VOD Service for Xbox 360
--Roku Updates its Facebook Photos App with Video Support, Other New Features
--BYUtv Channel Launches on Roku
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: Microsoft is planning to launch a subscription VOD service for the Xbox 360 under its Zune brand later this year, according to an article in The Daily. In a posting on its corporate blog last week, OTT specialist Roku announced that it has revamped its Facebook Photos app ("channel") and added...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Skype, Concurrent, Hulu, Facebook, Google, LG

--Comcast Publishes Videos Demo'ing its New Skype App
--Concurrent Secures VOD Deals with Four Chinese Cable Operators
--Hulu Launches, then Suspends, Facebook-Powered Social-TV Functionality
--Hulu Suitors Said to Include Google; Hulu Plus Launches on LG LCD TV's
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: At the Cable Show last month (see the article published on itvt.com, June 14th), Comcast revealed that it is teaming with Skype to test HD video calling on the TV, with trials slated to begin in the next few months. Comcast has now published two videos (embedded on this page) that...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): MIG, Endemol, Facebook, Channel 5, NBC, Netflix

--Mobile Interactive Group Enables "Big Brother" Voting via Facebook Credits
--NBC.com Launches "Summer Videopalooza"
--Netflix to Launch Instant Streaming in Latin America, Caribbean
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: UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, Channel 5 , is teaming with Mobile Interactive Group (MIG) , Endemol and Facebook to develop a Facebook app that will allow viewers to use Facebook Credits to pay to cast votes (either by Web or by smartphone) on the reality show, "Big Brother," New Media Age...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Cablevision, Facebook, Netflix, Icareus

--Cablevision Launches RS-DVR in Brooklyn
--Facebook Names Netflix's Reed Hastings to its Board of Directors
--Finland's Icareus Secures Three New Interactive TV Deals
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: Cablevision launched its $10.95-per-month "DVR Plus" Remote Storage DVR (RS-DVR) service in the New York City borough of Brooklyn last Friday, following a launch in the Bronx in January and a launch in Connecticut in April. Multichannel News's Todd Spangler has more . Facebook has announced that Netflix chairman and CEO,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI): SeaChange, Melita, Softel, TF1, Facebook

--SeaChange Powers VOD for Maltese Pay-TV Operator, Melita
--Softel Announces its IBC2011 Exhibit Plans
--French Broadcaster, TF1, Launches Social VOD Service on Facebook
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: SeaChange International has announced that it is providing a range of technologies and content for Maltese pay-TV operator Melita's new VOD service, which is slated to launch later this summer. "Melita selected the SeaChange Express solution with the SeaChange Adrenalin video backoffice and SeaChange VOD Managed Services, as well as a...

Cable MSOs Tout WiFi, New Interactive Program Guides

-- Comcast to Integrate Facebook Recommendations in XFINITY TV IPG
CHICAGO - [itvt] at NCTA – Broadband wireless services won't topple cable, top industry executives said here Thursday. Instead, cable is poised to profit by delivering content to mobile devices connected to its broadband infrastructure via WiFi connections, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts said at the closing general session at The Cable Show. "We're as relevant as we have ever been," Roberts said. While more consumers are relying on Apple 's iPad and mobile devices to...

SeaChange Demos Nitro Multiplatform User Interface at The Cable Show

-- Interactive Program Guide Challenges Rovi
Video-on-demand technology vendor SeaChange International i s showing off its Nitro user interface and interactive program guide at The Cable Show this week. Nitro, which is a user interface that cable operators can use to deliver content to TVs, PCs, tablets and other mobile devices, is a product that SeaChange could use to challenge Rovi 's domination of the interactive program guide business. Operators that already have licenses with Rovi – which owns the IPG...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- ActiveVideo Touts CloudTV, iVOD -- BlackArrow Powers Multiplatform Advanced Advertising -- Arris Demonstrates Home Gateway, ConvergeMedia Platform -- AltiCast Pitches tru2Way, EBIF Solutions
ActiveVideo Networks said it will demonstrate at The Cable Show in Chicago next week how cable operators can use its CloudTV platform to improve the viewing experience for watching video-on-demand content on multiple screens. The company, which supplies interactive TV technology to Cablevision Systems Corp. , will tout its "iVOD" platform, which can enable cloud-based navigation on televisions and broadband connected devices in a subscriber's home. ActiveVideo said its exhibit will show how CloudTV can...

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