Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Envivio, Hulu, Facebook, Immersive Media

--Envivio Appoints VP of Internet Television in Bid to Enhance its OTT Strategy
--Hulu Relaunches "Facebook on Hulu"
--Immersive Media Launches 360-Degree Interactive Video App for iPhone/iPad/iPod touch
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Envivio , a provider of processing solutions for live and on-demand multiscreen IP video, has named Matt Smith VP of Internet television, in what it bills as a bid to enhance its OTT strategy and solutions. Smith was previously VP and chief systems architect at Inlet Technologies and subsequently an architect...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Flingo, Hulu, ITU

--Flingo Unveils its Automatic Content Recognition Platform
--CEO Kilar Says Hulu Plus Now Has 875,000 Subscribers
--ITU Issues Call for Entries for IPTV Application Challenge
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: Flingo , the new automatic content recognition (ACR) company from BitTorrent co-founder, Ashwin Navin, emerged from stealth mode Thursday, with the launch of "application publishing products [that] seamlessly integrate the Web with the TV experience. Already the largest publisher of smart TV apps," the company's press materials continue, "Flingo is available...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (III): Comcast, Skype, Concurrent, Hulu, Facebook, Google, LG

--Comcast Publishes Videos Demo'ing its New Skype App
--Concurrent Secures VOD Deals with Four Chinese Cable Operators
--Hulu Launches, then Suspends, Facebook-Powered Social-TV Functionality
--Hulu Suitors Said to Include Google; Hulu Plus Launches on LG LCD TV's
Because the [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, we are covering stories in this edition of the newsletter in round-up format: At the Cable Show last month (see the article published on, June 14th), Comcast revealed that it is teaming with Skype to test HD video calling on the TV, with trials slated to begin in the next few months. Comcast has now published two videos (embedded on this page) that...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: Apple, ABC, Hulu, ITV, Kaltura, mgMedia, TotoTV

--Report: Apple Working with Major OEM to Develop iOS-Powered Connected-TV Sets
--"Expedition Impossible" Premiere to Feature Social TV Elements
--Report: Hulu Retains Investment Banks to Help with Possible Sale, Is Being Courted by Yahoo!
--ITV Taps Made By Many to Help Integrate its TV and Online Offerings
--Kaltura Enabling Internet Archive's Video Library to Support HTML5
--Mexico's TotoTV to Use mgMedia's Online Video Platform
--Time Warner Cable, Viacom Put their Litigation over iPad Streaming on Hold
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Citing a "former Apple executive, speaking with us on condition of anonymity," Daily Tech reports that Apple is partnering with a major OEM to develop and sell iOS-powered connected-TV sets that would come bundled with its Apple TV platform and iTunes. Producer Mark Burnett will provide live (on both coasts) commentary via Twitter during today's (June 23rd) premiere of his new reality...

Interactive TV News Round-Up: BBC, SeeSaw, HBO, Hulu, Rovi, Suddenlink, Cogeco, Shaw

--BBC Releases Red-Button Programming Schedule through July 4th
--Criterion Capital Partners Set to Acquire SeeSaw
--HBO Go to Offer Preview of "True Blood" Episode
--Hulu Considering Sale
--Rovi in TotalGuide Deals with Suddenlink, Cogeco
--Shaw Launches Gateway in Edmonton
Here are some other stories we didn't have room for in this issue: The BBC has released the schedule of programming and interactive content that will be available via the BBC Red Button service through July 4th. Criterion Capital Partners , the company that acquired the struggling social media service, Bebo , is set to buy SeeSaw , the broadband TV service from UK broadcast transmission company, Arqiva, according to a report in The Guardian...

Media Heavyweights Back Fanhattan

-- Startup's iPad App Integrates Content from Netflix, Hulu, iTunes
Several media and technology industry veterans are teaming up to back Fanhattan , a San Mateo, Calif.-based digital startup that has developed an iPad app that integrates content from Netflix , Hulu , iTunes , ABC and other online video services. Fanhattan's board includes investor Jarl Mohn, who is the former CEO of E! Entertainment Television and Liberty Digital . TiVo founder Mike Ramsay also sits on the board, and Fanhattan's executive team includes veterans...

Yidio Hits 1.5 Million Registered Users

-- Internet TV Guide Generates 10 Million Monthly Visitors
Three years after its debut, online television guide site Yidio said it hit the milestone of reaching 1.5 million registered users. Yidio has made a business of aggregating links to both free and paid online TV series on its site, in addition to embedding videos from Hulu and other online video portals. For example, it offers six ways to watch the "Goodbye, Michael" episode of NBC's "The Office", including links to , ,...

i.TV Supports Hulu in New App for iPhone and iPad

i.TV launched a new version of its TV listings app for the iPhone and iPad, allowing users to browse content available on Hulu , Netflix and iTunes . Its "i.TV 3" app features a new user interface, and lets users look up related show information through IMDB 's database without leaving the application. It also added a news feed page, which delivers recent entertainment news, and allows users to filter stories based on their favorite...

YouTube Asks Roku to Remove Channel

Attorneys at YouTube have reportedly asked over-the-top video provider Roku to remove a an unlicensed channel from its service. According to Zatz Not Funny editor Dave Zatz , a Roku user built a channel that allowed owners of Roku boxes to surf YouTube videos. But Roku wasn't authorized by YouTube to add the channel to its content offering, which include channels for Hulu , Netflix and other Internet video providers. "We received a takedown notice...

New Edition of StoryCentric Features Hayden Black, Creator of the Web Series, "Goodnight Burbank"

--"Goodnight Burbank" to Premiere on Hulu, April 25th
[itvt] is pleased to present the latest edition of StoryCentric , our new video column from Brian Seth Hurst , CEO of The Opportunity Management Company and former second vice chair of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. StoryCentric focuses on the business, technology and art of interactive storytelling, and highlights new technologies and other industry developments that have the potential to fundamentally change the way we create and interact with stories and narratives--in television and beyond.