Apple Launches New Version of Apple TV

As expected, Apple on Wednesday unveiled a new version of its Apple TV platform (which, perhaps not surprisingly, in light of the trademark problems such a brand would have entailed, will not--as had been widely reported--be branded as the "iTV") at an event in San Francisco. According to the company, the new Apple TV (which, like the rival Roku platform and soon-to-be-launched Boxee Box, and unlike the old version of the Apple TV, does not...

mms Powering SMS-Driven Interactive TV for Univision

Interactive mobile marketing company, mobile messaging solutions ( mms ), said Tuesday that it has been working with Univision Interactive Media , the digital division of Spanish-language broadcaster, Univision (which claims to be the largest Spanish-language media company in the US), to power a range of premium mobile-based interactive TV services--including voting, sweepstakes, polling and trivia--for such high-profile shows as "Sabado Gigante," "Despierta America," and "Escandalo TV." The company says that it will continue to...

ActiveVideo to Showcase Delivery of Two-Way VOD and Interactive TV over One-Way Networks at IBC

Cloud-based interactive TV specialist, ActiveVideo Networks , has unveiled its exhibit plans for its booth (3.B20) at the IBC in Amsterdam (September 9th-14th). According to the company--which says that its technology is now available in 5 million homes--its presence at the show will revolve around "two-way services that can immediately transform legacy one-way cable networks," and will be designed to demonstrate how its flagship CloudTV platform can use processing within the network to enable operators...

News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon Attempting to Launch Subscription-Based Broadband VOD Service
--Report: New Apple TV Device to Feature Netflix Access
--BeeSmart Announces New Release of its Interactive TV Middleware
--Boxee Invites Users to Choose Tagline for its Boxee Box
--Epix Live Lets Viewers Interact with On-Screen Talent
--Netgem Upgrades Telekom Slovenia's Legacy IPTV Infrastructure
--SingTel Launches TV App Store, Video Search Engine
--Softel Launches MultiText for Streamlined Multilanguage Subtitle and Caption Processing
--Yoostar Now Available for Mac
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Amazon is attempting to create a subscription-based broadband VOD service, and has proposed the idea to various media companies, including NBC Universal, Time Warner and Viacom, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal." The service would be available through the Web or through devices (such as the Roku platform) that already provide access...

News Round-Up (IV): Icareus (HbbTV), ITV, LOVEFiLM, MGM

--Finnish Interactive TV Company, Icareus, Launches Object Carousel and Lab Solution for HbbTV
--ITV Live to Enable Two-Screen Interactive TV for "The X Factor"
--LOVEFiLM in Streaming Video Deal with MGM
Due to the large volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. Helsinki-based interactive TV company, Icareus , has announced two new HbbTV-compliant products: Icareus Playout CS100 for HbbTV, which the company bills as a professional DSM-CC object carousel for managing and delivering interactive TV applications in commercial broadcast networks; and Icareus Playout PC100 for...

BBC Develops Prototype Connected-TV App that Pulls Related Web Content into a Live TV Stream

--Radio 4 Offering Comedy Flashmob Program through BBC's Red-Button Interactive TV Service
In a posting Wednesday on the BBC Backstage blog (note: BBC Backstage is billed by the corporation as "a developer network to encourage open innovation and support new talent," and as offering "content and data feeds...for people to build upon under a non-commercial basis"), the BBC's Andrew Littledale unveiled a prototype connected-TV application that is designed to answer the questions: "What [will] set-top boxes connected to the Internet...look like for the user" and "What kind...

News Round-Up

--Report: Apple in Talks with Networks to Launch $0.99 Rental Service, Will Unveil iTV September 7th
--blinkx in Online Video Partnership with
--DISH Network Officially Announces DishOnline TV Everywhere Service to Offer More Games, Multiple New Enhancements
--Tremor Media to Support HTML5
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Apple is in "advanced talks" with News Corp. that could result in iTunes users being able to rent Fox TV episodes--within 24 hours of their broadcast and with a 48-hour viewing window--for $0.99, Bloomberg reported Tuesday. According to the news service, the company--which has apparently abandoned earlier plans for a subscription-based TV service--is also in talks about implementing such a...

Video of Comic-Con Demo Provides Closer Look at Google TV

--Digg Founder, Kevin Rose, Argues that the Apple iTV "Will Change Everything"
The blog, StuffWeLike , has shot and published a video of a demonstration of the new Google TV platform--working in tandem with DISH Network's pay-TV service--that the search giant gave at Comic-Con in San Diego last month (note: for more on Google TV, see the article published on, May 24th). The demo showcases, among other things, the Android-based platform's Universal Search experience, its bookmarking feature, its integration of YouTube, and its Google Queue menu...

Report: New Apple TV to Be Branded as "iTV," Will Offer Apps, Will Only Support 720p

Earlier this year (see the article published on, May 31st), the blog Engadget--citing "a source very close to Apple"--reported that Apple has been developing a new version of its Apple TV platform (the current incarnation of the latter having been famously described by Apple CEO, Steve Jobs, as a "hobby") that will be based on the iPhone 4 and its A4 CPU (note: it was described by one of Engadget's sources as "an iPhone...

Revision3 to Premiere Interactive TV Reality Show, Starring YouTube Celebrity, Dan Brown

--Show Will Allow Viewers to Determine Brown's Everyday Decisions for a Year
Revision3 --a company which bills itself as "an actual TV network for the Web," and which produces its own original, broadcast-quality programming--said Monday that it has signed up YouTube celebrity, Dan Brown , to host a new, interactive reality TV show, entitled " Dan 3.0 " that will premiere August 2nd. The show will see Brown--who gained online fame from an instructional video he created on how to solve the Rubik's Cube--allowing viewers to vote...