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Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Microsoft, Miramax, Ooyala, Nagra

--Microsoft Launches Programming-Discovery/Social-TV iPhone App, TeleBing, in Japan
--Miramax Launches Ooyala-Powered Facebook App
--Nagra to Showcase Multiscreen TV Solution, Cloud-Based Services at IBC 2011
Because the [itvt] editorial team was recently on the road for several weeks--and has also been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days 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...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): Rovi, Ford, NTT Plala, Trident Microsystems

--Ford Making Extensive Use of Rovi's Interactive TV Advertising Platform
--Rovi in EPG Patent-Licensing Deal with Japan's NTT Plala
--Trident Microsystems Launches Integrated 240Hz SoC for Android-Based Connected TV's
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks--as well as working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 --we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. We anticipate that it will take us a few more days 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...

Clikthrough-Powered Interactive Video Guide to London Promotes New Corinthia Hotel

--Clikthrough Produces Four Interactive Videos for Japanese Pop Star, mini
San Francisco-based interactive video specialist, Clikthrough , said Tuesday that it has partnered with UK brand consultancy, Nucleus , to develop an interactive video that is designed to promote Corinthia Hotels ' new luxury hotel in central London.

The video, entitled "5 Minutes in London," takes viewers on a tour of various landmarks/points of interest that are within walking distance of the new hotel: as the viewer moves their cursor over one of those...

SKY Perfect JSAT Becomes First Japanese Pay-TV Operator to Join Rovi's EPG Patent License Program

Rovi (formerly Macrovision--for more on the company's name change and the repositioning it heralds, see the interview with Rovi chief evangelist, Richard Bullwinkle, that was published on itvt.com, July 16th ), said Monday that SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (operates the SKY PerfecTV! satellite service) has become the first Japanese pay-TV operator to join its patent license program.

According to Rovi, its deal with SKY Perfect JSAT covers intellectual property used in EPG's...

News Round-Up (VII)

--Clearleap, itaas Develop EBIF App for Continuous, Lean-Back Viewing of Short-Form VOD
--Ustream Launches in Japan
--Verizon Adds YouTube Access, Internet Radio to FiOS TV, Extends Media Manager to All HD Subs
--Virgin Media Launches Online VOD Service, "Virgin Media Online Movies"
--Vidiactive Launches Social TV Platform
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. Clearleap , an Atlanta-based company which offers a technology platform for bringing Internet-sourced video content to television sets, has announced that it has partnered...

Ooyala Launches Localized Version of its Broadband Video Publishing Platform for Japan

--Also Launches Self-Serve Web Site for Japanese Market
Earlier this month ( see the article published on itvt.com, January 12t h), broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , announced that it had entered into a partnership with NTT Smartconnect --a subsidiary of Asia's largest telco, NTT Holdings --to sell a localized, co-branded version of its flagship Backlot video platform in Japan. On Wednesday, the company launched the new Japanese version of the platform, together with a Japanese Web site.

According to...

Ooyala, NTT Smartconnect Partner to Sell Co-Branded Broadband Video Platform in Japan

Broadband video platform provider, Ooyala , will today announce that it has entered into a partnership with NTT Smartconnect --a subsidiary of Asia's largest telco, NTT Holdings--to sell a localized, co-branded version of its flagship Backlot video platform in Japan. According to the company, which says that the deal will establish it as a leading video technology provider in Japan (a market in which rival Brightcove has been enjoying some success-- see, for example, the...

Augmented Reality Round-Up

--Brightkite Launches AR Local Advertising Solution
--Layar AR Browser for iPhone Pulled from Apple App Store Due to Crashes
--Version 1.5 of metaio's junaio AR Platform Now Available in Apple App Store
--Japan's Tonchidot Launches "Sekai Camera" AR App Internationally
--Total Immersion Teams with McDonald's on AR Promotion for "Avatar"
A number of items of augmented reality news have come across [itvt]'s desk over the past few days. Here is a brief round-up: "Social discovery network" provider, Brightkite , has launched a local advertising solution for its Layar browser-based AR service (available on both iPhone and Android). "Using the Brightkite service, users can look at the world around them through their phone's camera to see real-time digital information on top of real-world locations," the company...

Microwave Oven Plays YouTube Videos While Heating Food

--Report: YouTube to Launch Sports Hub, Ramp Up Live Streaming Activities
In what may be one of the most unusual examples of convergence to date, two researchers from Japan's Keio University have developed a microwave oven that plays YouTube videos while the user waits for their food to cook. Dubbed the Castoven, the device incorporates a 10.4-inch LCD screen into its door and also integrates a speaker.

Designed to be connected to a home computer, and powered by an Adobe AIR app that...

Brightcove Launches Localized Broadband Video Platform for the Japanese Market

--Also Launches 30-Day Trial Program
Broadband video publishing solutions provider, Brightcove , announced Tuesday the general availability of what it bills as the first fully localized white-label online video platform for the Japanese market. It says that the new platform extends its existing localized player architecture to incorporate a full suite of backend online video platform services, including content management, player design and publishing, delivery, product documentation and customer support. "Japan is one of the most exciting and fast-growing markets...

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