Pace Unveils Set-Top Solution for Making PC Games Available on HDTV Sets

--Solution Developed as Part of EU-Funded Games@Large Project
UK-based set-top box company, Pace , has unveiled an HD set-top box that is designed to make games developed for the PC accessible in the living room. According to the company, the device, which was developed under the auspices of the European Union-funded Games@Large project (of which Pace is a consortium member), allows high-quality PC games to be played on the TV, using a combination of game servers and streaming technology. It is being demo'd...

New iTV Doctor Column Asks Whether Interactive TV Games Can Compete with Regular Programming

[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In!" This week, Sangita Verma , founder and CEO of TAG Networks , explains how that company's interactive TV games channel on Oceanic Time Warner Cable is beating major linear programming networks in terms of average daily viewing minutes. (Note: [itvt] would like to thank Rick for moderating the highly praised panel, "The iTV Doctor Is In!:...

DISH Network Launches Oberon Media's "Tetris TV" Interactive TV Games Service

--Social Features to Be Added to the Service Later This Year
DISH Network announced Wednesday that it has launched Tetris TV , a subscription-based interactive TV games service from cross-platform casual games company, Oberon Media , which licenses the rights to the Tetris format from The Tetris Company. Oberon, which plans to roll out Tetris TV with additional partners worldwide, says that DISH Network is the first company to launch the service in North America. DISH Network customers can subscribe to the new service, which is...

News Round-Up: Miscellaneous

--SeaChange, Big Band Announce Demo Plans for CableLabs Winter Conference
--Living TV Launching Alternate Reality Game to Promote "Supernatural" Appoints VP of Sales for UK and Ireland
--Pace Networks Signs Up First Latin American Partner
--Twitter Hires Former Current TV Executive to Head Up Media Partnerships
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of recent news in various categories: VOD, IPTV and advanced advertising technology provider, SeaChange International , has revealed its plans for next week's CableLabs Winter...

New iTV Doctor Column on AT&T U-verse TV's Interactive TV Apps Strategy

--AT&T U-verse TV's GW Shaw Explains What the Service Has Learned from its
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, GW Shaw , executive director of AT&T U-verse marketing , discusses AT&T U-verse TV's interactive TV apps strategy, and how that strategy has been shaped by what it has learned from its customers since launching its first ITV apps back in 2006.

Exclusive: TAG Interactive TV Games Channel Tops Major Linear Channels in Daily Viewing Averages

--TNS STB Data Show Channel Retains Viewers for Longer than Disney, CNN, Nickelodeon and Others
TAG Networks --an interactive TV games company that has developed a games-on-demand channel, called TAG, which it says integrates with existing VOD infrastructures (note: the company has a history of working closely with ActiveVideo Networks and is involved in the latter's deployments with Time Warner Cable and Cablevision)--contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that new TNS data , measuring daily time spent viewing per set-top box, show that the TAG channel topped 43 linear...

Visiware Launches Interactive TV Games Packages on Telus Satellite TV

Paris-based interactive TV games company, Visiware , announced Wednesday that its ITV games are now available on Telus Satellite TV in British Columbia and Alberta. The company says that customers can subscribe to its games packages through authorized Telus dealers, by calling 310-MYTV, or by going to

The Visiware interactive TV games packages that are now available to Telus customers are: Playin'TV, which provides unlimited access to 14 family-oriented games for...

Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Trumpets "Strong Sales" for 2009

Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , contacted [itvt] Tuesday with an update on its trading activities for 2009. In spite of the ongoing recession, the company claims to have ended the year with "positive feelings": "Despite the world economy being as cold as the winter in Finland, we at Icareus are quite satisfied with the year 2009--both our turnover and results improved and we have been able to build new promising customer relationships," Icareus managing...

BBC iPlayer Sees Record Usage in December: 1 in 8 TV Requests Now Come through Games Consoles

--BBC Trust Launches Public Consultation on iPlayer
The BBC announced last week that its online catch-up service, the BBC iPlayer , has achieved a new monthly record, having for the first time generated over 100 million requests. The service is now available on over 20 devices, and the BBC says that the last two weeks of December saw a huge increase in the number of people accessing it through a games console: according to the corporation, one in eight of all iPlayer...

Verizon FiOS TV Exec Casts Light on Service's 2010 Interactive TV Widget Plans

In an interview posted on a Verizon blog, Wednesday, Verizon FiOS TV executive, Maitreyi Krishnaswamy , provided some insight into the service's interactive TV widget plans for 2010.

According to Krishnaswamy, the service will roll out more widgets for multicultural audiences, more sports widgets, a wider choice of widgetized games titles, and various program-specific widgets, including widgets for reality TV shows and other series.