interactive tv

Music Choice Trumpets Success of "ShowOff" Interactive TV Offering

Multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice, said Tuesday that its ShowOff interactive TV offering has garnered nearly 4 million text and photo submissions since launching last year (according to a study by Atrinsic) and is drawing a daily combined unique audience of nearly 8 million (according to a study by OTX Research). The offering, which is now available on an expanded line-up of Music Choice channels (MC MixTape, Rock, Hit List, Today's Country, Musica Urbana, and...

Home Shopping Company, JML, Launches Interactive TV App Based on Miniweb's TV Keys

UK-based Miniweb says that its TV Keys service is now powering an interactive TV application for home shopping programmer, JML, on the Sky satellite-TV platform (note: Miniweb, which was founded by former BSkyB interactive TV executive, Ian Valentine, recently raised $32 million in new funding and appointed a new CEO--see [itvt] Issue 8.06 Part 1). The application--which can be accessed from five JML channels (JML, JML Home & DIY, JML Choice, JML Lifestyle and JML...

[itvt] Presents…The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

[itvt] Radio: The Weather Channel's Tom Pratt Discusses its ITV Offerings

In this recorded episode of [itvt]'s talk radio show, "The TV of Tomorrow Show with Tracy Swedlow," Tom Pratt , VP of programming and product development at The Weather Channel , discusses the channel's interactive TV offerings and strategy. Topics covered include why The Weather Channel views implementing interactive TV as a high priority; the channel's commitment to ETV/EBIF and OCAP/tru2way; its applications on DISH Network and DirecTV; the infrastructure that enables those apps; and...

[itvt] Presents... The TV of Tomorrow Show 2009

InteractiveTV Today [itvt], the first, best and most widely read news source on interactive and multiplatform television, is pleased to present the third annual TV of Tomorrow Show , March 10th-11th (Tuesday-Wednesday), 2009 in San Francisco, California at the famous Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The first two TV of Tomorrow Shows were praised by sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees not only as true experts' conferences that attracted a veritable "who's who" of the...

ESPN, MLB Extend Agreement for Interactive TV and Other Digital Media

Sports broadcaster, ESPN, and Major League Baseball's Advanced Media arm (MLBAM) have signed a digital rights agreement that will expand and extend their current agreement through 2013. The agreement includes rights for,, ESPN's mobile initiatives (including ESPN Mobile TV), emerging platforms such as interactive TV, video game consoles and portable devices, and syndication of ESPN-licensed content. It also covers all new platforms that ESPN creates or develops relationships with through 2013, and covers...

[itvt] Other Headlines for the Interactive TV Industry

Copyright-Infringement Lawsuit against Veoh Dismissed
MTV Networks Acquires Social Networking Firm, Social Project
Starz Closes Vongo, Will Focus on Wholesale Offering, Starz Play
CableLabs CEO, Richard Green, to Step Down
Next New Networks Names Lance Podell CEO
BitTorrent Raises $17 Million Technology
Panasonic Demo's Comcast-Connected tru2way TV Set at CEDIA
ZeeVee Begins Shipping ZvBox Internet-to-TV Device

[itvt] Scoop!: ActiveVideo Networks Deploys with Oceanic Time Warner Cable

--Radio Interview: ActiveVideo's Jeff Miller Discusses the Deployment

DigiSoft Launches SDK for its DigiHost Platform

At the IBC show in Amsterdam earlier this month, Cork, Ireland-based interactive TV and IPTV technology provider, DigiSoft (note: the company also operates offices in the US, the UK, Singapore and New Zealand), announced the general availability of a software development kit (SDK) for its flagship service delivery platform, DigiHost. (Note: The DigiHost Service Delivery Platform supports and manages the delivery of ITV services through the DigiSoft Java-based EPG on set-top boxes and other client...

Ben Bennett, CEO of OpenTV

Ben Bennett was named CEO of OpenTV in March, after serving as the company's COO and acting CEO since August, 2007 (he has been at OpenTV since March, 2000). He recently spoke to [itvt]'s Tracy Swedlow about the three-phase strategy he is implementing, which, among other things, has seen OpenTV jettisoning a number of peripheral businesses in order to focus on its core middleware and advanced advertising offerings; about the company's ongoing efforts to penetrate...