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...

Starling Unveils New Social TV Platform for Mobiles, Tablet Computers and the Web

At the MIPTV show in Cannes, Tuesday, a start-up called Starling unveiled a new, two-screen social TV platform. Starling is the brainchild of Kevin Slavin, founder of area/code, a New York-based company that specializes in what it calls "Big Games" (note: according to area/code, Big Games are "games that spill out over the edges of our screens and devices to blend with the real world in new and surprising ways," and that "are building a...

News Round-Up

--Major Broadcasters Form Mobile TV Content Joint Venture
--History Channel Using Foursquare to Promote New Show
--Intel Demo's PVR Concept
--ON24 Launches "Social Webcasting" Platform
--Softel Working to Streamline Closed Caption Workflow on Avid Editing Systems
--Interactive Video Specialist, Veeple, Launches "VeepleTV"
--YuMe Announces Support for Microsoft Silverlight
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: 12 major US broadcasters-- Belo Corp., Cox Media Group, EW Scripps, Fox, Gannett Broadcasting, Hearst Television, ION Television, Media General, Meredith Corp., NBC, Post-Newsweek Stations and Raycom Media -- have announced plans to form a standalone joint venture to develop a new national mobile content service. According to the broadcasters, the service will use existing...

FLO TV to Expand its Mobile TV Service with Interactive TV, VOD and Time-Shifted Viewing

At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Tuesday, Qualcomm-subsidiary, FLO TV , announced that it is working to enhance its mobile TV service with new interactive applications that integrate video with Web-based content and social media tools (note: rival MobiTV also recently announced plans to add interactive TV to its service-- see the article published on, April 13th ). The company says that the new capabilities are being developed in response to the ways...

MobiTV, Triveni Digital Partner on Interactive TV Solution for Mobile Phones

--MobiTV Launches iPhone Application
At the NAB show in Las Vegas, Monday, mobile TV specialist, MobiTV , and Triveni Digital , an LG Electronics-subsidiary that develops systems for managing and distributing data and metadata in DTV, mobile DTV and IPTV streams, unveiled the MobiTV Interactivity Server and Mobile TV Client, a solution which the companies say is based on the ATSC A/153 Mobile DTV standard and will enable "new interactive possibilities" for mobile media delivery.


TNT and NBA Digital to Present Special Interactive Edition of "TNT NBA Thursday"

--CBS Lets Viewers Decide Which Song Brooks & Dunn Will Perform at CMA's
--Fox Mobile Group Launches Mobile Subscription VOD Service, Bitbop
--Univision to Offer All World Cup Soccer Games on VOD and Live Online
--Showtime Teams with Comcast on Free VOD Promotion
Turner Broadcasting -owned cable channel, TNT, and NBA Digital, the new media arm of the National Basketball Association (NBA) , will tonight (Thursday) present a special interactive edition of the show " TNT NBA Thursday ," (airs at 8:00PM Eastern) that integrates TNT, NBA TV and

According to the companies, during the first of the two games (Chicago Bulls vs. Miami Heat) that will be broadcast live on "TNT NBA Thursday"...

News Round-Up

--Brightcove Powering Broadband Video for New Sports Social Media Site, Sportpost
--FTC Seeking Input on Whether COPPA Should Be Updated to Reflect Interactive TV, Other New Tech
--Harmonic Secures VOD and Web/Mobile TV Deals in China and Switzerland
--Hulu Sued by Hulavision
--LG Electronics Demo'ing Mobile Phones with Broadcast DTV Reception
--Twitter-Based Interactive TV Show Launched in Spain
--Widevine and Verimatrix Settle Patent Dispute
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Brightcove has announced that Sportpost , a newly launched social media site for European sports fans, is using its platform to power its broadband video offerings. According to the company, the video will be ad-supported and will include "high-def exclusives from Nike Football, Red Bull, Monster Energy, UFC, Laureus Sports and World Sport TV." Sportpost...

ExtendMedia Announces "TV Everywhere" Support for Mobile, Gaming and CE Platforms

Multiscreen video-management software solutions provider, ExtendMedia , on Tuesday announced that its flagship OpenCASE platform now supports multiple mobile, gaming and CE platforms. The company says that it is integrating the video delivery software platform with the five major operating systems for mobile devices--iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian and BlackBerry--and that it has also integrated the platform with the Sony PS3, Oregan Onyx-based set-top boxes and connected TV's, and the Yahoo! TV Widgets framework. According...

News Round-Up

--IPTV Set-Top Deals for ADB and Amino
--ANT Showcases Live HbbTV Implementation, Managed Service Portal
--China Deals for Concurrent and Harmonic Launches iPhone App
--NCTA Cable Show "My World" Exhibit to Feature Interactive TV Apps, Social TV, 3D TV and More
--Nielsen: Online Video Used as DVR, Not as Replacement for TV
--Ooyala to Power Broadband Video for
Here is a round-up of some of other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB has announced that Telecommunications Services of Trinidad and Tobago (TSTT) is deploying its set-top boxes to support a new IPTV service. Amino Communications has announced that it has secured a contract to deliver HD set-top boxes to Mahaska Communication Group , a triple-play provider serving the city of Oskaloosa, Iowa. The company says...

News Round-Up: Interactive/Multiplatform TV Content

--Bravo in Partnership with Mobile Social Network, Foursquare
--Elisabeth Murdoch Stresses Importance of Social Media to Future of TV
--NBCU Unveils Plans for Measuring Multiplatform Viewing of its Olympics Coverage
--Sky Betting and Gaming Shifts Focus from Interactive TV to Online
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco) , we will be covering most stories in summary/round-up form over the next few weeks. Here is a round-up of interactive TV content news for the past few days: Bravo is set to announce a partnership with mobile social networking service, Foursquare , to...