games

Visiware Launches iPhone/iPod touch Version of its "A Tweezle Lab" Interactive TV Game

Paris-based interactive TV games company, Visiware (note: the company's ITV g ames channels, which include Playin'TV, Playin'Casino and MiniKids TV, have been deployed on around 30 cable, satellite and IPTV networks around the world, 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), continues its expansion into multi-device gaming (note: see, for example, the article published on...

Two Way Media Launches "Millionaire" Interactive TV Game on Portugal Telecom's Meo

--Is One of a Package of ITV Games TWM Has Launched on the Microsoft-Powered IPTV Platform
UK-based interactive TV company, Two Way Media (note: the company recently announced that Jean de Fougerolles, who had served as its CEO for eight years, was stepping down and would be replaced by its former sales director, James Turner-- see article posted on itvt.com, May 19th ), announced Friday that it has launched an ITV version of the game show, "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?," on Portugal Telecom's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered Meo IPTV platform (note:...

New Interview with BBC Red Button Chief, John Denton

--Plus iCueTV Founder and President, Michael Huegel, Explains Interactive TV Commerce
[itvt] has just published an in-depth audio interview with the BBC's mana ging editor of TV platforms, John Denton , the executive who leads the team responsible for the BBC 's highly popular (an average of around 11 million viewers access it each week) Red Button interactive TV service. Topics discussed include red-button interactive TV projects that Denton and his team are currently working on; which kinds of red-button interactive TV applications and programming have...

Playcast Media Launches Platform Enabling "Console-Quality" Games on Cable Set-Top Boxes

--Israeli Cable Operator, Hot, Launches Pilot of the Company's Service
Playcast Media , a start-up with offices in Israel and London that 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 one of the originators of the H.264 compression standard--announced Monday the launch of what it says will be a large-scale games-on-demand pilot program with Israeli cable operator, Hot. For the first time in pay-TV history,...

Interactive TV Games Company, PlayJam, Taps MPP for Payments Technology

--Says Technology Will Enable It to Introduce Various New Business Models
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 ), said last week that it has selected MPP's iPay Developer platform to provide it with payments technology to support the evolution of its current consumer offering and the introduction of...

O2 Teams with Pearl & Dean to Offer Interactive 3D Game in UK Movie Theaters

--Game Lets Audience Control the Action by Waving their Hands
UK-based wireless mobile operator, O2 , announced Tuesday that it is teaming with movie-theater advertising company, Pearl & Dean , to bring an interactive 3D game, called "Asteroid Storm," to 20 Vue movie theaters across the UK this summer. According to the company, the game will "take families on a big-screen adventure that they can control from their seats" and represents the first time that movie-goers in the UK will be able to play and...

CloverLeaf, Minerva Bring IPTV-Based Interactive TV Services to Two Independent Telcos

--Services Include Games and a Localized Walled Garden
CloverLeaf Digital , a Brooklyn-based interactive TV applications developer that specializes in building and managing localized "walled-garden" services, and IPTV middleware provider, Minerva Networks , announced Monday that two independent telcos-- Pineland Telephone Cooperative in Georgia and WT Services in Texas--have launched CloverLeaf's interactive TV services on IPTV systems powered by Minerva's iTVManager middleware. Those services include 1) Accedo Broadband's Funspot arcade, casino and puzzle games (note: CloverLeaf signed a deal with Accedo last November...

Interactive TV Games Provider, PlayJam, to Offer Yahoo! TV Widget

--Launches Puzzle Game for the Apple iPhone
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 ), announced Tuesday that it is developing a Yahoo! TV widget that will enable it to offer its games on select Internet-connected TV sets (note: other companies that have developed TV...

NetPlay TV Appoints Broadcast-Industry Veteran, Clive Jones, as Non-Executive Chairman

--Appointment Billed as Helping Company's Push to Offer More Live Interactive TV Gaming
UK-based interactive TV gaming company, NetPlay TV (note: the company recently acquired Two Way Gaming, a joint venture between Two Way TV and Win Gaming, and, as part of that deal, has taken over the production of interactive TV gaming channel, Challenge Jackpot, which offers programming on the UK's Virgin Media cable, Sky satellite and Freeview digital terrestrial platforms--see article posted on itvt.com, May 19th), said Monday that it has named Clive Jones as its...

Panache Powers Interactive Games within Videos on PBS's PBS Kids Go! Web Site

--PBS Says that Videos with Games Receive "Triple the Views and Longer Engagement"
PBS announced Wednesday that it has integrated a platform from Panache , a Los Angeles-based provider of ad-insertion technologies, into its video management system, in order to allow its producers to place thematically related interactive games within video on its PBS Kids Go! Web site . The games, which PBS says combine interactive multimedia elements with curriculum-based content in order to foster greater learning comprehension for early elementary school children, run directly within the PBS...

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