Mirada Secures Interactive TV Gaming Deal for Eastern Europe

--Deal with Undisclosed "Media Company" Covers Mirada's "Monte Carlo Roulette" Game
Mirada , the Anglo-Spanish interactive media company that was formed via the merger of YooMedia and Fresh IT (for extensive background on the merger, see [itvt] Issue 7.87 Part 3 ), said Wednesday that it has secured a new customer contract for its Gaming division to provide interactive TV gaming products and services for the Eastern European market. The company says that it has signed an agreement with a " media company with activities in...

TAG Networks Launches New Version of its Interactive TV Games Platform

--Says Platform Now Supports 2,000 Concurrent Game Streams on a Single 1RU Server
TAG Networks --an interactive TV games company that has developed a games-on-demand service, called TAG, which it says integrates with existing VOD infrastructures (note: the company works closely with ActiveVideo Networks and is believed to be involved in the latter's deployment with Cablevision; it has also collaborated with ActiveVideo on deployments with Time Warner Cable)--said Tuesday that it is introducing a new version of its high-density game streaming platform. According to the company, the new...

News Round-Up:

--Accedo Broadband Develops Interactive TV Game for A&E Television
--ADB in Set-Top Deals with Altibox, ITI Neovision
--Alticast Announces Deployments of its Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Television Solution
--ANT Launches Managed Service Offering for IPTV and Hybrid Environments
--AT&T Launches Broadband Video Web Site
--BBC's Huggers Reveals Plans to Open iPlayer to Third Parties
--Bluestreak's MachBlue Supports "New 3D Flash User Experiences," Is Integrated into Mitsubishi TV's
--Brightcove Expands Partner Program
--Cisco's IPTV Technologies to Be Deployed by Virgin Media
--Clearleap's Platform Deployed by Bresnan
--Concurrent Announces "International Extension" of its "
Because of the large volume of news generated by the ongoing IBC show in Amsterdam, and because the [itvt] editorial team is currently traveling in the UK, we are covering a number of this issue's news stories in round-up/summary form. We anticipate some additional interruption of our regular news publishing schedule in the coming days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based provider...

Visiware Making its Playin'TV Games Available on Internet-Connected TV Sets

Paris-based interactive TV games company, Visiware (note: the company claims that its games are available on 30 cable, satellite and IPTV platforms, including DISH Network, Bell TV, Wind, Videotron, Canalsat, TPS, Numericable, Sky Italia, UPC, Nova, Multichoice, Dish TV India, StarHub, True Visions, Austar, Foxtel and Sky New Zealand), announced Tuesday the launch of its Playin'TV games on Internet-connected television sets. The company says that it is now offering three of its ITV games--"Twin Match...

Accedo Broadband Launches App Store for IPTV

--Partners with TV Genius to Develop IPTV Apps
Accedo Broadband --a Stockholm-based aggregator and distributor 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)--announced last week the launch of the Accedo App Store for IPTV. According to the company, the new App Store functionality allows viewers to access IPTV applications directly...

Interactive TV Games Company, PlayJam, to Unveil TV Widgets

--Widgets Based on Yahoo!-Intel Widget Architecture
PlayJam , the pioneering interactive TV games service provider that was acquired by OpenTV in 2001 (through the acquisition of its parent company, Static 2358), and that was re-purchased in early 2008 by its founder, Jasper Smith ( see [itvt] Issue 7.77 Part 1 ), contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that it will be showcasing new TV Widgets with Yahoo!, Intel and Samsung at the upcoming IFA show in Berlin (September 4th-9th)...

MySpace Premieres Second Season of Game Show, "BFF"

--Show Features User-Generated Video Questions, Social Media Presence
MySpace contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it has launched the second season of its original broadband video game show, " BFF ." The show, which is hosted by Jake Hurwitz (of the "College Humor" Web site, MTV's "The College Humor Show," and the comedy duo, "Jake and Amir"), challenges best friends on how well they really know each other. Pairs of best friends, aged 18-24, are asked questions about each other in...

Microsoft Claims 2.5 Mil. Downloads for Its Avatar-Driven Xbox Interactive TV Show, "1 vs. 100 Live"

--Endemol Considering Interactive TV Poker Show for Xbox Live
Microsoft said Monday that "1 vs. 100 Live," the avatar-driven interactive TV version of the Endemol -developed " 1 vs. 100 " game show format that it beta launched on its Xbox Live service this spring, is proving highly popular, having been downloaded by over 2.5 million people (which makes it one of the top-10 Xbox Live content downloads to date), and with up to 200,000 people around the world playing it every day. In...

Samsung Netherlands to Pre-Install Layar Augmented Reality Browser on its First Android Phone

--AR News: acrossair's iPhone Browser, Zugara's Facebook-Integrated Game, GraffitiGeo's Restaurant App
SPRXmobile announced Friday that Samsung Netherlands will pre-install its Layar augmented reality browser (note: for more on the Layar platform--which superimposes layers of interactive digital information on top of real-time video on a smartphone's camera screen-- see the articles published on, June 17th and July 9th, and the interview with SPRXmobile co-founder, Maarten Lens-Fitzgerald, published July 16th ) on its first Android phone, the Galaxy (i7500). According to the company, the Samsung version of...

New Interviews with Hand Eye Technologies' Jonathan Kessler and acrossair's Chetan Damani

--Topics Discussed Include Smartphone-Based Interactive TV and Augmented Reality
[itvt] has just published in-depth audio interviews with Jonathan Kessler , founder and CEO of Hand Eye Technologies, and with Chetan Damani , co-founder and managing director of acrossair. San Francisco-based Hand Eye Technologies has developed a software platform, called Hand Eye Interactive Technology (HIT), which enables viewers to use their camera-equipped smartphones to interact with highlighted hotspot objects on the TV screen (note: according to the company, the technology works with almost any video...