Interactive TV News Round-Up (I): Apple, AT&T U-verse TV, BBC

--Apple Seeking Patent for "Enhanced TV Widget Paradigm"
--AT&T U-verse TV Launches "Troubleshoot & Resolve" Interactive TV App
--BBC Releases iPlayer Usage Statistics for May
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: Apple has applied for a US patent for what it describes as "an enhanced TV widget paradigm." The existence of the patent application was first reported on by Patently Apple. "Apple states that they recognized a limitation of existing widget technology as applied to a TV environment--in that conventional widgets, while...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Oxygen Media, PRTC, Alcatel-Lucent, Microsoft, Samsung

--Oxygen Media Promotes Social/Interactive TV Executive, Jennifer Kavanagh
--PRTC Deploys Alcatel-Lucent's Microsoft Mediaroom-based IPTV Solution
--Samsung Smart View App Lets Users Share Content between Smart TV's and Mobile Devices
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: Oxygen Media has promoted Jennifer Kavanagh from VP to SVP of digital. "In her new position, she will be responsible for leading the strategic initiatives and revenue-focused objectives on all of Oxygen's digital and social platforms including mobile, apps, interactive TV, gaming and content distribution," the network states in its press...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Microsoft, Music Choice, Pace, Minerva

--Microsoft Says 40+ Operators Now Using Mediaroom, Stresses Importance of Xbox to its TV Strategy
--New Nicki Minaj Video Breaks Music Choice VOD Record
--Pace to Integrate Minerva IPTV Middleware into HD Set-Tops
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past few days, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: Microsoft contacted [itvt] last week to let us know that its Mediaroom IPTV platform has now been deployed by over 40 operators, and is powering TV services to seven million subscriber households via 15 million set-top boxes. An email from a company representative also stressed that the Xbox 360 games console will play...

Fastweb Launches Broadband Movie Service in Italy

-- Chili TV Offers Free Movies, Rentals, and Option to Purchase Titles

Italian telephone company Fastweb launched Chili TV , a broadband video-on-demand service offering Web surfers a combination of free movies, rentals, and titles that can be purchased. Featuring movies from Italian producers and several major studios, including Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures , MediaWeb said viewers can access Chili TV from any connected device. In addition to connected TVs from LG , Samsung and other CE manufacturers, the content can be viewed on...

Deutsche Telekom Announces Winners of its "2011 Interactive TV Award" App Development Contest

--Winners Include US Tcommerce Specialist, Delivery Agent
Deutsche Telekom , an incumbent telco that offers a Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service called Entertain, has announced the winners of its third annual Interactive TV Award application development contest. The winners and runners-up of the awards--which were judged by a jury of technology and media experts that met in Bonn last Friday--will divide a prize purse of 70,000 Euros. The winner of the awards' "Developer" category (note: this category is defined by Deutsche Telekom as...

Kosovo Telco, PTK, Deploys BeeSmart's Interactive TV Solution

Slovenian interactive TV technology provider, BeeSmart , said Monday that it has successfully deployed its interactive TV middleware platform with Post and Telecommunications of Kosovo (PTK). The IPTV deployment sees BeeSmart providing the telco with an initial set of 25,000 end-user licenses, as well as with consulting and system design services.

Ocean Blue Warns of Connected-TV Virus Risk, Touts its New Neptune Software Firewall

--Says It Plans to Link its Technology to a Cloud-Based Anti-Virus Service

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Bluefin Unveils Tech for Analyzing Real-Time Viewer Response to TV Shows and Ads via Social Media
--New EMEA Hire, Customer Wins for Brightcove
--BT Vision Adds 40,000 Subscribers in Q4
--Cable VOD Offerings Celebrate Black History Month
--Hulu in Content Deal with Viacom
--CEO Kilar Provides Information on Hulu's Growth and Financials
--Kaltura in Broadband Video Partnership with Siemens IT
--MTV Launches Micropayment-Based Online VOD Service
--Russia's IMAQLIQ Integrates Opera's Browser Technology into its IPTV Devices
--Suddenlink Rolls Out VOD in Cabot, Arkansas
--Time Warner's Bewkes Confirms Premium VOD Plans
--Verimatrix Secure's PMT's OViVO Personalized
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue. Bluefin Labs has unveiled technology which it says will "discover and analyze what people say via social media about the shows and ads they watch on television in real time. The technology, currently in pilot with several global brands, agencies and media companies, lets marketers see audience response to mass media, providing insight to develop measurably more...

Visioneering Releases vPortalTV IPTV Set-Top Box

Carlsbad, Calif.-based IPTV technology provider, Visioneering Corporation , contacted [itvt] Monday to let us know that it has released its new vPortalTV 100 set-top box, which it bills as providing "leading-edge functionality for interactive IPTV," and which it is targeting at OEM's.

Telstra Launches Seven Live Streaming TV Channels on Samsung and LG Connected-TV Devices

--Channels Are Powered by Widevine's Video Optimization Technology
Australian telco, Telstra , has launched seven live streaming 24/7 channels from its IPTV service, BigPond TV, on connected TV's from LG Electronics and on connected TV's, Blu-ray players and home theater systems from Samsung. The channels are accessed via LG's NetCast and Samsung's Samsung Apps platforms.

The channels, which are offered free-of-charge and which are delivered over-the-top using adaptive bitrate technology from video optimization and content security specialist, Widevine (thus avoiding...