"Touching Stories" App Offers Four Interactive Short Films, Designed Specifically for the iPad

Interactive production company, Tool of North America (note: for more on Tool, see the interview with its digital executive producer, Dustin Callif, that was published on, June 9th, 2009), has teamed with "technology-infused" creative agency, Domani Studios , to develop an application, dubbed "Touching Stories," that contains four interactive live-action short films shot by five Tool of North America directors and designed specifically for the Apple iPad. According to the companies, the app allows...

News Round-Up (V): IP Vision-Betfair, ITV Live, Layar, Libox, IPTV over EuroDOCSIS 3.0

--IP Vision in Interactive TV Betting Deal with Betfair
--ITV Live Attracts 1 Million+ Users in First Week
--AR Specialist, Layar, Announces Expanded Smartphone Distribution, Kooaba Partnership and More
--Libox Beta-Launches Platform for Personal Media Portability
--Magyar Telekom Delivers Mediaroom-Powered IPTV Service over Cisco EuroDOCSIS 3.0 Infrastructure
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a couple of days for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. We...

News Round-Up (I)

--ADB Supplying Interactive TV-Enabled HD Set-Top Boxes to Poland's INEA
--AFDESI Announces New Board
--Amino Reports "Record" H1 Revenues, Secures IP Set-Top Deal with Romtelecom
--BBC to Offer Extensive Red-Button Coverage of Glastonbury Festival
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be covering most stories in round-up/summary form, and we anticipate that there will be some additional interruptions of our regular news publishing schedule beyond that. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ADB has announced that it is supplying Polish cable operator, INEA , with two interactive TV-enabled HD set-top boxes: the ADB-5810CD and the ADB-5810CDX...

ITV to Offer Two-Screen Interactive TV Application, ITV Live, in Time for 2010 World Cup

--App's Social TV Elements Will Also Be Available through the Red Button
--Karaoke Channel Launches on Virgin Media's VOD Platform
UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , last week launched a two-screen interactive TV service, called " ITV Live ," that will reside on its Web site.

According to ITV, the service--which will initially be offered in conjunction with the broadcaster's coverage of the upcoming soccer World Cup --will be customizable, allowing each viewer to "take their pick of which interactive tools they use to enhance their viewing experience." Features of...

BBC Relaunches iPlayer with Simplified User Experience, New Personalization and Social Features

--Service Will Provide Links to Broadband Video Services from ITV, Channel 4, S4C, Five, Arqiva
The BBC on Wednesday unveiled a new beta version of its broadband VOD/OTT service, the BBC iPlayer , that features 1) what the corporation calls a "simplified and intuitive" user experience that is intended to make it easier to find content on the service; 2) personalization options that the corporation says will allow users to "create their own iPlayer experience"; and 3) social media integration. A new mobile version of the iPlayer is expected to...

New Video Interview with Bob Perry, SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company

[itvt] has just published a video interview in which Bob Perry , SVP of Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company , provides an overview of Panasonic's connected TV and 3D TV product strategy. Topics discussed include Panasonic's product priorities; third-party service offerings that are set to launch on Viera Cast over the coming year; what applications might look like that integrate both 3D and connected TV; and more. Perry also explains why he is interested in reaching...

sofatronic to Unveil New Interactive TV Solutions, iTV Kaleidoscope and iTV Dashboard, at Cable Show

--Claims iTV Kaleidoscope Allows Even Novices to Build Complex Applications
sofatronic , a Hamburg, Germany-based company that specializes in Java-based interactive video technologies (Blu-ray Disc, tru2way, MHP), contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know about its plans for next month's NCTA Cable Show in Los Angeles (May 11th-13th).

The company plans to demo its new interactive TV platform, iTV Kaleidoscope , which it says includes a range of products that enable broadcasters, MSO's advertising agencies and developers to create, manage and deliver...

Chad, Matt & Rob Secure TV Development Deal with FremantleMedia's Atomic Wedgie, Seek Investors for Interactive Pilot

Last month, [itvt] published an interview with Chad, Matt & Rob --Chad Villella, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Rob Polonsky--a trio of 20-something Los Angeles-based filmmakers who have risen to prominence as a result of a series of interactive comedic shorts they have created, using YouTube's Annotations feature (note: their videos--which are influenced by Bantam Books' classic series of "Choose Your Own Adventure" children's gamebooks--include " The Birthday Party: An Interactive Adventure ," " The Murder: An...

News Round-Up

--Verizon Launches FiOS Labs Site
--Over 200,000 Users Participate in ITV's Social Coverage of Election Debate
--ITC to Investigate Certain Cablevision STB's
--Microsoft Releases Silverlight 4
--MHL Consortium Aims to Develop New Interface Standard for Connecting Mobiles to HDTV's
--Sony to Integrate PlayTV with Facebook
--TiVo Calls on FCC to Probe Economics of CableCARD
--Widevine Selects Arxan's Application Hardening and Key Protection Solutions
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Verizon revealed via Twitter Sunday that it has launched a FiOS Labs site , which it says will allow interested parties to "take a look backstage at some ideas we're working on, along with some of our most recently launched features." Projects listed on the site include an initiative with iheartradio to bring the latter's...

New Interview with CEO, David Del Beccaro, on Music Choice's New Interactive TV Network, SWRV

--Plus New iTV Doctor Column on ActiveVideo Networks and its Cloud-Based Approach to ITV
[itvt] has just published a radio interview with David Del Beccaro , founder, president and CEO of multiplatform music programmer, Music Choice . Del Beccaro discusses Music Choice's new interactive TV network, SWRV , covering such topics as the technology infrastructure that drives the network's interactivity, its line-up of interactive programs, Music Choice's strategy and roadmap for the network, why the company decided to launch an interactive network at this time, and much more.