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News Round-Up

--Comcast's Annual TV Pulse Survey Shows Significant Increase in Time-Shifted Viewing
--Gary Traver Steps Down as COO of Comcast Media Center
--GetGlue Launches Android Version of its Social TV Service, New Mobile Site, New "Stickers"
--"Heroes" Creator, Tim Kring, and Nokia Claim Success for "Conspiracy for Good"
--Mixed Martial Arts Promoter, Strikeforce, Taps Ooyala to Power its Online Video
Here are some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Comcast on Tuesday unveiled the findings of its second annual TV Pulse Survey, an independent nationwide survey that was conducted by International Communications Research . Among other things, the study found that US consumers' usage of time-shifting technology--including VOD, DVR's and online video--has risen over 60% from just a year ago and over 80% from three years ago. "Time-shifting has...

YouTube Beta-Launches New TV UI, Relaunches Mobile Service, Announces UGC Project with Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald

YouTube on Wednesday 1) beta-launched YouTube Leanback, a version of its service that is optimized for viewing on a TV screen (i.e. in "leanback" mode); 2) relaunched the browser-based mobile version (m.youtube.com) of its service; and 3) announced a user-generated content (UGC) collaboration with directors Ridley Scott and Kevin Macdonald that will invite users of its service (and other people around the world) to help create a documentary, entitled "Life in a Day."

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New Version of metaio's Augmented Reality SDK Supports Image Recognition and Tracking on the iPhone

Munich-based augmented reality specialist, metaio , has launched a new version (2.1) of its Unifeye Mobile SDK that it says offers new features and functionality which take full advantage of the new iPhone OS 4.0 camera access API to enable the creation of image (vs GPS)-based augmented reality experiences on the iPhone. According to the company, Unifeye is currently the only SDK for creating mobile AR applications that support image processing (i.e. image recognition and...

Citing Higher Viewer Engagement on Android, MobiTV Announces Expansion to More Android Devices

--Company Says Android Users Watch 23% More Minutes per User than Users on Other Mobile OS's
Mobile TV specialist, MobiTV , which recently announced that the iPhone version of its live TV and VOD service has surpassed a million downloads since its launch in April (note: the company claims to have around 10 million subscribers), said Tuesday that it is expanding its service to more Android-based smartphones. The service is currently available on the Android-based Sprint EVO and HTC Hero devices, as well as on the AT&T Motorola Backflip: MobiTV says...

News Round-Up (III): ESPN-Xbox, Fox's Bitbop, Current TV

--ESPN, Microsoft in Exclusive Xbox Live Deal, Xbox Live GM Discusses Significance of Kinect for ITV
--Fox's Mobile VOD Service, Bitbop, Officially Launches
--Hollywood Reporter Details "Troubles" Facing Current TV
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 apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). ESPN has announced an exclusive deal with Microsoft to bring a range of content and services to the Xbox 360. "Beginning in November," ESPN states in its press materials, "Xbox Live Gold members...

News Round-Up (V): Rentrak-Turner, Revision3, Robyn's Interactive Video

--Rentrak Extends VOD Measurement Agreement with Turner Broadcasting
--Revision3 Launches iPhone App, User Profiles
--Robyn Releases Twitter-Powered 3D Interactive Video
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 apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Multiscreen media measurement and research company, Rentrak , has announced the renewal of its longstanding agreement with Turner Broadcasting System for its VOD measurement service, OnDemand Essentials. "Last year, Turner Broadcasting and Cox...

News Round-Up (VII): Total Immersion, TVLinks, Univision

--Total Immersion-Powered Augmented Reality Promotion Invites Consumers to "Iron Man Yourself"
--TVLinks Launches Service that Integrates Web TV Guide with Video Search Engine
--Univision Releases Stats for its Online and Mobile World Cup Coverage
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 apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. We will resume our regular format and publishing schedule tomorrow (Tuesday). Augmented reality specialist, Total Immersion , was recently tapped by LG Mobile Phones to create an integrated digital promotion, entitled "Iron Man Yourself," around the movie " Iron Man 2 ." The project--which...

News Round-Up (II): AT&T, BBC Red Button, Best Buy, Bluestreak, Brightcove

--AT&T Advanced Advertising Solutions Names Maria Mandel VP of Media and Marketing Innovations
--BBC Unveils its Red-Button Interactive TV Schedule through July 2nd
--Best Buy Launches Mobile App to Enhance Moviegoing, Home Video Experience
--Bluestreak Tapped to Power New Interface, Media Center and Widget Framework for Bouygues Bbox
--Brightcove Unveils Solution for Delivering Video on Android Mobile Devices
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 (VII): Rovi, SeaChange-StarHub, Sezmi, Shaw, Sling Media

--Rovi Launches Advertising Network, Signs Deals with I-O Data Device, Hollywood.com
--SeaChange Powers Mobile TV for StarHub, SeaChange's ODG Launches SVOD with SFR Neuf
--Sezmi Expands Entry-Level Version of its Hybrid Service into 10 New Markets
--Shaw Launches Broadband VOD Player
--Sling Media Launches SlingPlayer Mobile for Android
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 (VIII): Softel, Sonic-Boxee-Sears, theChanner, thePlatform, TiVo-FrameChannel

--Softel Announces IBC 2010 Line-Up
--Sonic Solutions in OTT Deals with Boxee and Sears
--theChanner Launches iPhone and Android App for Live, Social, Mobile TV
--thePlatform Enables Video Publishing to Broad Range of OTT Services and Devices
--TiVo's New FrameChannel App Brings Customized Web Content to TV
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...

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