Zappware Launches New User Interface, Social Networking Features, iPhone Extension for iView Core

Belgian interactive TV technology provider, Zappware , said Monday that, at the IBC show in Amsterdam later this week, it will launch a new TV user interface, new social networking features, and an iPhone extension for its iView Core product (previously called iView for Operators). The new TV user interface, dubbed Matrix, is billed by Zappware as being easy to operate and as providing viewers with "consistent and intuitive" access to media content, whether provided...

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The [itvt] editorial team is traveling to the UK this week, and because we are quite pressed for time we are combining a number of today's news items into this round-up article. We also anticipate some interruption of our regular news publishing schedule over the next few days, so we apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. Here is the round-up: A French company called Presselite is offering " Metro Paris Subway ,"...

PGA Tour, Turner Sports Launch Free iPhone/iPod touch Application

--Nike-Sponsored App Provides Live Video Streaming, Video Highlights, Course Breakdowns and More
The PGA Tour and Turner Sports --which have been in a partnership to produce the PGAtour.com Web site since 2006--on Monday launched a free iPhone/iPod touch PGA Tour application. According to the partners, the new app will leverage PGAtour.com's live video streaming and live scoring capabilities to provide an "enhanced experience" to iPhone/iPod touch users for each of the four PGA Tour playoffs for the FedExCup tournaments, starting with The Barclays (August 27th-30th). Following the...

Discovery Channel App Launched for iPhone/iPod touch

--Blockbuster in Mobile Handset Integration Deal with Motorola
Discovery Communications announced Tuesday the launch of a free Discovery Channel iPhone/iPod touch application in the Apple App Store (note: it is located in the App Store's "Entertainment" category). According to the company, the app--which was designed and built by Rhythm NewMedia--offers an extensive collection of video clips from its flagship channel's shows, including "Mythbusters," "Man vs. Wild," "Dirty Jobs," "Time Warp," "Deadliest Catch," "Cash Cab" and "Shark Week." "Consumers are increasingly looking to enjoy...

HSN Launches "HSN Shop App" iPhone Application

--App Offers Live Video Streaming, Interactive Features
HSN , the home shopping network, which has long been a pioneer in adopting new technologies (its Shop-by-Remote interactive TV application, for example, launched on Oceanic Time Warner Cable in early 2006), announced Monday the launch of a free iPhone/iPod touch application, which it bills as enabling it to offer the ecommerce industry's first "live-video 3-screen experience." According to the company, the new application, which is available for download in both the iTunes App Store...

Version 2.0 of the Android-Based Layar Augmented Reality Browser Launched Internationally

--iPhone 3GS Version to Follow, 87 AR Layers Developed for the Browser to Date
SPRXmobile said Monday that version 2.0 of its Layar augmented reality browser, which launched in June in the Netherlands, is now available in all local Android Markets, and that multiple new content layers have been developed for the browser, following the company's decision to open it up for third-party development almost immediately after launching it (note: for more on the Layar platform--which leverages smartphones' integrated GPS and compass capabilities to display layers of interactive digital...

France's Little Worlds Studio Launches Interactive Slasher Series for the iPhone/iPod touch

--Barking Angel, Worth to Launch "Po5t," an Interactive Thriller for Teens, Next Month
French game developer, Little Worlds Studio , has developed " Scream in the Dark ," an interactive slasher show for the iPhone/iPod touch. The show, which is slated for availability in the App Store in French, English, German, Spanish and Italian versions on August 21st, requires viewers to "escape the clutches of a mysterious serial killer by making the right choices at the right time," Little Worlds Studio says, and is billed by the company...

i.TV 2.0 Allows TiVo Subscribers to Use their iPhone/iPod touch as a Remote Control

--Capability Enabled by New i.TV Remote Control Framework
i.TV (pronounced "eye-dot-TV"), a Palo Alto, Calif.-based start-up that offers a popular free iPhone/iPod application of the same nam e (note: the app is billed as allowing users to browse constantly updated, localized TV and movie listings, as well as a catalog of hundreds of thousands of TV and movie titles available for download; it also includes 1) various social features, allowing users to write reviews, rate shows, and recommend shows to their friends via...

Turner Sports Offers Extensive New Media Coverage of PGA Championship

--Offerings Include Live Streaming Player with Twitter/Facebook/MySpace Integration, iPhone App
--Also Invites Viewers to Determine Which Players to Feature
Turner Sports offered a range of interactive and social features to supplement its coverage of last week's PGA Championship , including the broadband video coverage that it offered on PGA.com as part of its long-term deal with the PGA of America (note: the Turner Sports-PGA partnership, which was formed in 2002, was recently extended through 2019). Before and during the championship, all of Turner's TNT television announcers for the event, as well as PGA.com on-air...

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...