interactive tv

OEDN.net Hosting Free OCAP/tru2way Interactive TV Stopwatch Application

OEDN.net (note: the name is an acronym for "OCAP/EBIF Developer Network), an organization which is attempting to drive application development efforts using the US cable industry's OCAP/tru2way and EBIF middleware standards and whose backers include Time Warner Cable, Cablevision, Charter and Bright House, said Tuesday that it is now hosting its first free OCAP/tru2way sample application, a simple stopwatch app. The app, which is available for download by registered OEDN.net users, uses the "play" button...

emuse Powers Interactive TV Application for "Australia's Next Top Model" on Foxtel

--Foxtel Now Offering DAL Interactive TV Advertising Based on emuse Template
Dublin, Ireland-based interactive TV authoring solutions provider, emuse , is powering an interactive TV application for the Fox8 reality series, "Australia's Next Top Model," on the OpenTV-powered Foxtel pay-TV platform. Dubbed "Game On" and accessed through the red button, the new application allows viewers to play along with the show by giving their opinions as it unfolds and guessing who will be eliminated at the end of each episode. Immediately after the show's broadcast, opinions...

GSN's Game Show Awards to Offer Interactive Elements

--Awards to be Hosted by Howie Mandel
Cable channel, GSN (formerly known as the Game Show Network), announced Tuesday that comedian Howie Mandel will host its June 6th Game Show Awards (8:00PM ET, 7:00PM CT), which it bills as "the first awards show exclusively aimed at celebrating excellence in the genre of game shows." In line with GSN's focus on participation TV programming, the awards will feature a number of interactive elements: through May 15th, viewers can visit a special area of...

EU-Funded ELU Project Develops MHP-Based Interactive TV Learning Tools

ICT Results , an editorial service created by the European Commission to showcase European Union-funded research in information and communications technology (ICT), published a report, Wednesday, on an EU-funded project called Enhanced Learning Unlimited (ELU) , that was established to develop methodologies and tools for enabling learning via interactive TV ("t-learning"). According to ICT Results, ELU was tasked with extending the advantages of "e-learning" (i.e. learning via an Internet-connected PC) to a wider audience--especially to...

HBO On Demand Offering "True Blood" Episode with Blu-ray Interactive Features

Premium programmer, HBO, announced Monday that, starting May 4th and continuing throughout the month, its HBO On Demand service will offer the first episode of the first season of the Alan Ball-created vampire-themed drama series, "True Blood," complete with interactive enhancements from the new Blu-ray disc edition of the series. According to the company, viewers of the on-demand episode will be able to access four kinds of "original, interactive picture-in-picture, pop-up features":
--"Lafayette," in...

Pushbutton Develops New Interactive TV Gambling Game for Sky Vegas

UK-based interactive TV design company, Pushbutton, announced last month that it has teamed with gambling channel, Sky Vegas, to launch an interactive TV version of the arcade-style, "tumbling faces" gambling game, "Chain Reactors," on the latter's service on the UK's Sky satellite-TV platform. In order for a player to win money, a series of what Pushbutton describes as "amusing and quirkily animated tumbling faces" must match up in clusters of at least five in a...

Lawmakers Scrutinizing Cable's Plans for Common Addressable and Interactive Advertising Platform

During a hearing Thursday on Internet privacy issues, lawmakers from the US House of Representatives Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet signalled that they will be closely scrutinizing the consumer-privacy implications of the US cable industry's plans to launch a common platform for interactive and addressable advertising (note: those plans are being implemented by a cable industry-backed company called Canoe Ventures ). As [itvt] was not able to be in Washington, DC to attend...

New Time Warner Cable-Smithsonian Deal Covers HD, VOD, Broadband Video, Interactive TV

Time Warner Cable, the second-largest cable MSO in the US, announced Thursday that it has signed a carriage deal with Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between the Smithsonian Institution and Showtime Networks. In addition for calling for the Smithsonian Channel to be added to Time Warner Cable's line-up of HDTV linear channels, the new agreement calls for Smithsonian Networks to offer a range of its programming on the MSO's HD VOD platform; on its broadband...

Update: JML Launches Interactive TV Service Based on Miniweb's TV Keys and Key & See Offerings

(Note: Earlier this week, [itvt] published a news story on UK home shopping programmer JML 's launch of an interactive TV service based on Miniweb 's TV Keys and Key & See offerings. A Miniweb representative subsequently contacted us to let us know that the press release on which we based our story had, in error, been released too early. We are therefore publishing an updated version of the story, which contains information on how...

IPTV Operator, HickoryTech, Launches CloverLeaf Digital's Interactive TV Service

CloverLeaf Digital, a Brooklyn-based interactive TV applications developer that specializes in building and managing localized "walled-garden" services, said Tuesday that HickoryTech, a regional telco that offers triple-play services, has launched its flagship DotDaily interactive TV service to its IPTV subscribers in Minnesota. The DotDaily service provides localized news and information, including news and sports coverage from the Associated Press, local weather from AccuWeather, local movie guides, and horoscopes, as well as an array of content--including...

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