Alticast Launches Icareus's Casual Interactive TV Games in Taiwan

Interactive TV software specialist Alticast 's Alticast Taiwan arm said Tuesday that it has launched ITV casual games from Icareus Studios , the ITV content production arm of Finnish ITV specialist, Icareus, on Taiwanese cable operator KBro's MHP-based platform (note: for more on Alticast's work on the platform, see the article published on, October 7th, 2008). KBro--which is controlled by the Carlyle Group--is Taiwan's largest MSO, with 12 cable systems and 1.1 million subscribers--around...

News Round-Up (IV): Icareus (HbbTV), ITV, LOVEFiLM, MGM

--Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Launches Object Carousel and Lab Solution for HbbTV
--ITV Live to Enable Two-Screen Interactive TV for "The X Factor"
--LOVEFiLM in Streaming Video Deal with MGM
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , has announced two new HbbTV-compliant products: Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV, which the company bills as a professional DSM-CC object carousel for managing and delivering interactive TV applications in commercial broadcast networks; and Icareus Playout PC100 for...

News Round-Up (VI): Showtime, Tvinci, PeerTV, Two Way Limited

--Showtime Launches Alternate Reality Game for "Dexter"
--Tvinci Teams with PeerTV to Enable "Pay-OTT" on Set-Top Boxes
--Australian Interactive TV Company, Two Way Limited, Reports "Strongest" Results
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Showtime Digital Media has announced an alternate reality game (ARG) to promote the season five premiere of its serial killer-themed original series, " Dexter ." The game, which is produced in partnership with Boston-based agency, Modernista!, was originally unveiled at the 2010 San...

News Round-Up

--Report: Apple in Talks with Networks to Launch $0.99 Rental Service, Will Unveil iTV September 7th
--blinkx in Online Video Partnership with
--DISH Network Officially Announces DishOnline TV Everywhere Service to Offer More Games, Multiple New Enhancements
--Tremor Media to Support HTML5
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. that could result in iTunes users being able to rent Fox TV episodes--within 24 hours of their broadcast and with a 48-hour viewing window--for $0.99, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. According to the news service, the company--which has apparently abandoned earlier plans for a subscription-based TV service--is also in talks about implementing such a...

6rounds Rebrands as Rounds, Extends its Video Chat Platform to Facebook

--Platform Lets Users Video-Chat while Watching YouTube Videos, Playing Real-Time Games, and More
6rounds --a Tel Aviv-based company which offers a real-time interactive video chat platform that allows users to video-chat while watching video, playing games and otherwise using online media in real time (note: the company, which was founded in 2008, has so far raised $2 million in venture capital from Rhodium and Startup Factory)--said Tuesday that it has rebranded itself as Rounds and that it has launched a version of its platform, called Video Chat Rounds,...

UK Broadcaster, ITV, in Deal to Launch its ITV Player Broadband VOD Service on Sony PlayStation 3

--ITV, TalkbackThames Launch Exclusive "X Factor" Trailers on Facebook
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , said Wednesday that it has signed a deal with Sony to make its online catch-up service, the ITV Player, available on Internet-connected PlayStation 3 games consoles by the end of the year (note: Sony on Tuesday also announced similar deals with Germany's Animax, Holland's NOS, Spain's TV3, Finland's YLE and Australia's Seven). According to ITV, the deal--which it bills as the first of its kind with a UK commercial...

Two Way Media Teams with FremantleMedia to Launch Interactive TV Games on Virgin Media

--Games Are Based on FremantleMedia Shows, "Family Fortunes" and "Britain's Got Talent"
UK-based interactive TV applications developer, Two Way Media , says that it has teamed with FremantleMedia to launch two new interactive TV games on UK cable operator Virgin Media's red-button platform.

Last week, a pay-to-play interactive TV game based on the FremantleMedia show, "Family Fortunes," launched on both Two Way Media's and UK terrestrial broadcaster ITV's red-button services. According to Two Way Media, the game closely follows the TV format: players are...

News Round-Up (III): Avail-TVN, BBC Red Button,

--Avail-TVN in Deals with NewWave Communications, Toner Cable Equipment
--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through August 13th Develops Pre-Roll Ad that Lets Viewers Click to Remotely Download Game Demo to Xbox
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. It will likely take a short while for us 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...

Video-Games-on-TV Company, Playcast, Partners with Game Controller Specialist, Playfect

Playcast Media --a start-up with offices in Israel and London that offers a games-on-demand system which it says allows consumers to play modern, high-end video games on their existing cable or IPTV set-top box, using a game pad or controller, without lags or latency (note: the company was founded by two Harmonic veterans--Guy de Beer, who previously managed that company's VOD product lines, and Natan Peterfreund, who was previously its principal scientist and who is...

Philo, a New Social TV Service Featuring Interactive Games, Launches on iPhone and Web

--Google Ventures Invests in Bazaar Labs' Miso Social TV Service
A Los Angeles-based start-up called Philo (in honor of Philo T. Farnsworth, one of the inventors of television) officially launched its flagship social TV service Wednesday. The company bills the service, which is offered via a free iPhone app (note: a Web version is also available at , and the company says that Android and BlackBerry versions will be available shortly), as "combin[ing] television with the power of social media to create a real-time,...