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TVOT: Connected TVs, Mobile Devices Drive Interactive TV

San Francisco – Advances in interactive TV won't be constrained by the slow rollout of technology by pay TV providers, with programmers able to reach viewers through broadband connected TVs and second-screen devices such as Apple 's iPad. That was a key theme here this week at itvt's " The TV of Tomorrow Show ." While cable executives on TVOT panels boasted that they will be able to reach 30 million to 40 million homes...

Yahoo Buys Social TV Startup IntoNow

Just 12 weeks after IntoNow launched its social TV application, Yahoo! Inc. said it acquired the Silicon Valley-based startup. The deal could help Yahoo expand into interactive TV programming, using IntoNow's automatic content recognition (ACR) technology. IntoNow's app for Apple 's iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch lets users identify which TV programs they are watching, and share their viewing choices with friends. IntoNow, which has integrated its application with Facebook , Twitter , iTunes and...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- iWin Scores Contract to Build Facebook Games for Endemol
-- Burnett Teams With Hearst to Produce Multiplatform Reality Shows
-- Never.no Supplies Broadcasters with Second-Screen App
-- New Approach to In-Game Advertising from Mobile Advertising Firm
Game show syndicator Endemol USA signed interactive TV developer iWin Inc. to create Facebook versions of its "Deal or No Deal" and "1 vs. 100" programs. The Facebook games will debut later this spring, and San Francisco-based iWin also agreed to develop PC versions of the game that are scheduled to debut this fall. NBC airs "Deal or NO Deal" in the United States. "1 vs. 100," which ran previously on The Peacock Network, is...

Lack of Programming Deals Thwarts SnappyTV

SnappyTV is gaining some attention for its social TV viewing site, which allows users to share 20-second video clips from shows with friends on Facebook and Twitter. But since it only has rights to share clips from a handful of programs from Fox, Bravo, and other networks, it could be difficult for SnappyTV to attract a broad following. Founder Mike Folgner says he got the idea for the site after watching the news feeds on...

History Launches Pawn Stars Facebook Game

Ten weeks after it began testing a social nework game for its most popular show, History launched a Facebook app based on its "Pawn Star" series. The game is already a huge traffic draw for History and Facebook. Since it launched in beta on Jan. 27, the Pawn Stars Facebook game has generated more than 750,000 monthly unique users and more than more than 150,000 unique users daily. "Pawn Stars" is the No. 1 series...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (I) By Steve Donohue

--Bravo to Add Multiple Interactive and "Transmedia" Elements to "Top Chef"
--CBS Launches "Tweet Week"
--mgMedia in Connected-TV Apps Deal with LG Electronics
--Studios' Premium VOD Plans May Have Little Impact on Theaters
--Mobile Interactive Group Integrates its Interactive TV Platform with Facebook
Here is the first of two round-ups of recent interactive TV news stories: Billing it as its "first fully-integrated transmedia play," NBC Universal's Bravo is looking to boost revenue and ratings by adding several interactive elements to its " Top Chef " series. Season nine of the reality show will rely on mobile phones, tablet computers, social media, and Bravo's Web site to incorporate viewers into the storyline. More . CBS is recruiting actors, sports...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Accedo, Facebook, Al Jazeera, Avail-TVN, Brightcove, Military.com

--Facebook Designates Accedo Broadband "Preferred Developer Consultant" for TV Applications
--Al Jazeera English to Launch Social Media-Driven Show, "The Stream"
--Avail-TVN Launches Digital Media Metadata Management Solution
--Brightcove Powers Broadband Video for Military.com
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this issue,...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Tunerfish, Ustream, Warner Bros., Facebook, Weather Channel, YouView

--Social-TV Service, Tunerfish, Launches "Fanning" and "Liking"
--Ustream Launches New Version of its iPhone App
--Warner Bros. to Offer Movies through Facebook
--Weather Channel Uses Nielsen's Media-Sync for New Broadcast-Synchronized iPad App
--YouView Names Alan Sugar Non-Executive Chairman, Replacing Kip Meek
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Once again, we anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't see your news covered in this...

Fox Confirms that "American Idol" Will Offer Facebook-Powered Online Voting

--Viewers to Select Ending for "American Idol" Judge Jennifer Lopez's New Music Video
Fox Broadcasting confirmed Friday that the reality show, " American Idol ," will allow Facebook -powered online voting, starting Tuesday, March 1st immediately after the show's first performance episode (airs 8:00-9:30PM, Eastern/Pacific). News of the development was broken by Entertainment Weekly last week (see the article published on itvt.com, February 25th); while People separately reported that Simon Cowell's new reality show, "The X-Factor," will also shortly offer voting via Facebook.

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