ActiveVideo Networks Expands Partnership with TAG Networks

--Companies Seeking to Extend Interactive TV Games Offerings to Connected CE Devices
Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , announced last week that it has expanded its relationship with its long-term partner, TAG Networks , in order to extend enhanced gaming experiences to broadband-connected consumer electronics devices. This represents the third in a recent trio of CE-related announcements from the company: earlier last week ( see the article published on, January 7th ), it announced an agreement with Blockbuster that it said was designed to enhance...

New iTV Doctor Column on Playcast Media's Technology for Enabling Console Games on Legacy STB's

--Plus the Ladies of ITV Look Back at the Past Year in Interactive TV and Forward to 2010
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week's column features Peter Flood , head of business development for North America at Playcast Media , discussing how that company's technology enables video games--including sophisticated console games--to be played on legacy set-top boxes.

We have also just published a new episode of our talk radio show , " Radio [i]tvt...

Connected TV Game Forum Launched

--Founder Members are Accedo Broadband, Betfair, PlayJam, RallyPoint, Two Way Media
Five companies in the interactive TV and online games/gaming space-- Accedo Broadband , Betfair , PlayJam , RallyPoint and Two Way Media --announced Tuesday that they are establishing a new forum for the development of games on connected TV. The companies say that online games are a major driver in the multiplatform digital entertainment arena, attracting 38% of Internet users and generating billions of downloads via mobile and digital TV platforms, and that they believe...

Google Patent Application Appears to Describe Method for Creating Interactive Games on YouTube

--New York Times Article Provides Some Insight into YouTube's Product Plans
Google has filed a patent application that appears to describe a method for collaboratively creating interactive games on top of videos on YouTube . The existence of the patent application--entitled "Web-Based System for Generation of Interactive Games Based on Digital Videos," and billed as describing a means to provide "the collaborative generation of interactive features for digital videos, and in particular to interactive video annotations enabling control of video playback locations and creation of interactive...

Accedo Broadband Launches Interactive TV Games on Colombian IPTV Platform

--Vodafone Portugal Launches IPTV Service on Xbox 360
--Digisoft to Power IPTV for Russia's PMT
Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based provider of interactive TV applications and content for IPTV and broadband-connected consumer electronics devices (note: the company, which was founded by telecom and media entrepreneurs, Michael Lantz and Fredrik Andersson, offers a range of applications, but is best known for its games)--said last week that it has launched an interactive TV games service on Colombian telco UNE's IPTV platform .

UNE claims that its IPTV platform, which was...

Visiware Deploys Interactive TV Games on Microsoft Mediaroom-Powered Infostrada IPTV Platform

Paris-based interactive TV games specialist, Visiware , announced Tuesday that its Playin'TV games are now available on Infostrada TV, a Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV platform operated by Italian telco, Wind Telecommunications.

According to the company, six games from its Playin'TV catalog that have been adapted for the Mediaroom platform--"Solitaire," "Reversi," "Tactic 2 Vitamin," "Twin Match Ocean," "Tweezle Lab" and "Buzzbee"--are now available free of charge in Infostrada TV's "Extra" section.


TransGaming Launches Developer Program, SDK for its On-Demand Gaming Service,

--Service Targets Connected TV's, Set-Tops and CE Devices Based on Intel CE Media Processor
TransGaming , a Toronto-based company that has developed an on-demand gaming service, called , that it says will be available to consumers next year through Intel CE Media Processor-powered Internet-connected HDTV's, set-top boxes and consumer electronics devices (note: the company, which recently announced a "strategic collaboration" with Intel-- see the article published on, September 27th --promises that the service will allow consumers to instantly play a broad range of games, and will provide...

Malaysia's "YouPlayYouWin" Integrates Mobile Gaming with Live TV

Malaysian free-to-air broadcaster, 8TV, and Malaysian mobile content provider, Just Mobile, contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new, live interactive TV game show, entitled "YouPlayYouWin," that they premiered Sunday. The show, which will air Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45AM local time, is hosted by Miss Malaysia World 2009 fourth runner-up, Renee Erin.

Billed as "the only TV game show in the world that integrates mobile gaming with...

Livestream, Xfire in "Social Live Video Game Broadcasting" Partnership

Livestream (formerly Mogulus), a New York-based company which offers a platform that enables amateurs and professionals to produce and distribute live TV on the Internet, and online gamer community, Xfire (which claims to have 14.5 million users), on Monday announced what they are calling a "social live video game broadcasting partnership."

According to the companies, the partnership sees them offering a new service that allows Xfire users to broadcast their game play...

BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule for Next Two Weeks

--BBC Round-Up: Freesat iPlayer to Beta-Launch December 7th, Canvas Delays, No iPlayer on Xbox
The BBC has announced the line-up of content that will be available through its red-button interactive TV service for the next two weeks and beyond: From 9:55PM, December 11th through December 26th, digital viewers will be able to press red to access a weekly updated selection of videos designed to supplement the BBC Two three-part Christmas special, " Victorian Farm ." According to the corporation, the videos showcase, among other things, "the secrets of traditional...