Static 2358 Offers Free Access to PlayJam Interactive TV Games on Sky, Partners with Puzzler Media

Static 2358 , the company behind the pioneering interactive TV games service, PlayJam (note: Static 2358 and PlayJam were acquired by OpenTV in 2001; they were re-purchased in early 2008 by their founder, Jasper Smith), contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it will be providing free access to some of the most popular PlayJam titles on the Sky platform, and will also be introducing new PlayJam games from puzzle publisher, Puzzle Media. According...

TransGaming to Integrate its Games Platform with Metrological's Hybrid Interactive TV Platform

Toronto-based multiplatform games company, TransGaming , and Rotterdam-based hybrid TV specialist, Metrological , said Wednesday that they have formed a partnership that will see them deploying TransGaming's GameTreeTV games platform to cable operators and managed service operators via Metrological's Mediaconnect TV platform. According to the companies--which say that they are currently working to integrate their respective platforms--their partnership means that Metrological's customers will be able to offer video games to their subscribers as part of...

OTT Specialist, Roku, in Multi-Year Deal with Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC)

--Two New Subscription-Based Channels--Kung Fu Theater and Cowboy Classics--also Launch on Roku
--Sony Teams with FIFA to Stream World Cup Programming on Bravia Connected TV Devices in Europe
--Playcast's Games-On-Demand System Now Supports HD
--Netflix Now Supporting Instant Streaming of HD Titles to PC's and Macs
OTT specialist, Roku , and pay-per-view event provider, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) , announced a multi-year deal, late Sunday, that will see all major UFC events featured on Roku, starting with the May 29th UFC 114: Rampage vs. Evans PPV event from the MGM Grand Garden Arena. "We are always looking at the latest technology and the newest ways to bring the UFC experience to our fans," UFC president, Dana White, said in a prepared...

Oberon Media Unveils Catalog of Interactive TV Games for 3D TV

Multiplatform casual games company, Oberon Media , on Wednesday unveiled a catalog of interactive TV games for 3D TV. According to Oberon, the stereoscopic 3D games are designed to be visually engaging and are based on the company's "commercially proven" casual games catalog, which among other offerings features the "Dream Day Wedding" franchise. The games will "help promote and highlight the capabilities of the latest advancements in 3D TV screens," the company claims.

High-Profile Interactive TV Industry Figure, John P. Roberts, Joins Discovery-Hasbro JV, The Hub

--Roberts Pioneered Participation TV in the US while at the Game Show Network
John P. Roberts , the executive who pioneered participation TV in the US as SVP of digital media and entertainment at the Game Show Network (now GSN), has been named SVP of digital content and cross-platform entertainment at The Hub , a multiplatform children's TV network that is a joint venture between Discovery and Hasbro and that is scheduled to launch October 10th with what it promises will be a "robust and engaging online presence."...

News Round-Up (I)

--Cablevision Rolls Out Multiple Interactive TV Channels Based on ActiveVideo's CloudTV Technology
--Accedo Broadband Offering Paid Games on Philips Net TV
--ADB Unveils Cable Show Line-Up
--Alticast, Rovi Team on NCTA Cable Show tru2way/IPTV Demo
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ActiveVideo Networks and Cablevision have announced that Cablevision has deployed over two dozen new interactive TV channels to its entire digital subscriber base, based on ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform. According to the companies, Cablevision is using CloudTV to "offer an expansive menu of personalized television content--including hyper-local...

New iTV Doctor Column Features Sangita Verma on TAG's Plans to Open its Platform to Third Parties

--Plus Easel TV's Bill Scott Asks, "What Does a Well-Executed TV App Store Mean for Pay-TV?"
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " In this edition, Sangita Verma , co-founder of TAG Networks , the interactive TV games company that earlier this week announced that it had been acquired by ActiveVideo Networks , discusses plans to open up TAG's games platform to third-party developers.

In addition, [itvt] blogger, Bill Scott , COO of Easel TV...

News Round-Up (I)

--ActiveVideo Networks Acquires Interactive TV Games Company, TAG Networks
--ActiveVideo Networks Integrates CloudTV Tech with SMiT's CI+ Modules
--ANT Selected by Kathrein for HbbTV Devices
--AT&T Launches U-verse Online Portal Launches Direct-to-Consumer Online Service in Private Beta
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, 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. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Cloud-based interactive TV technology company, ActiveVideo Networks , has announced that it has acquired TAG Networks , an interactive TV games company with which it has worked very...

BBC Announces Plans to Offer Four Original "Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who"

--Also Makes Children's Radio Reports Available through Red Button
--Commissions Second Series of "EastEnders" Broadband TV Spin-Off
The BBC last week announced plans to offer four original "intera ctive episodes" of its long-running scifi series, "Doctor Who." Entitled " Doctor Who- -The Adventure Games " and available free of charge on, the "interactive episodes" will take the form of downloadable computer games for PC and Mac that will allow players to assume control of The Doctor and his human sidekick, Amy, as they embark on new adventures that complement the latest...

Bravo to Offer Social Media-Enabled Games around "Top Chef," "Real Housewives"

NBC Universal-owned cable channel, Bravo , has unveiled yet another social media initiative around its programming (note: last month, for example-- see the article published on, March 24th --the broadcaster launched a live, social TV experience, dubbed "Talk Bubble," around its reality series, "The Real Housewives of New York City"; and earlier this year-- see the article published on, January 31st --it announced a partnership with location-based social networking service, Foursquare, to integrate...