HBO Launches Free iPhone/iPod touch Application

--Qik Launches Live Streaming App for All iPhones, Recording App for iPhone 2G and 3G
Premium programmer, HBO , has launched a free iPhone/iPod touch application in the Apple App Store. According to the company, the app, which was designed by Atimi Software , is designed to provide an "in-depth, interactive experience" that incorporates a range of branded entertainment, including video clips and in interactive episode guide. "We think the HBO App for iPhone and iPod touch will quickly attract both HBO's loyal fans as well as new consumers," HBO's...

BBC Trust Provisionally Approves BBC's Further Participation in Project Canvas

--BBC to Revert to Earlier iPlayer Syndication Policy, Releases Figures on iPlayer Viewing on Mobiles
As expected, the BBC governing body, the BBC Trust , has provisionally approved the BBC's further participation in Project Canvas , an initiative on which the corporation is partnering with UK public service broadcasters, ITV, Channel 4 and Five, and UK ISP's, BT and Talk Talk , in order to attempt to develop a common standard and interface for the delivery of online catch-up services such as the BBC iPlayer, the ITV player and 4oD,...

Live Streaming Interactive Reality Show Centers on Development of New iPhone App

Italian software company, Command Guru , recently produced an interactive, live streaming, fly-on-the-wall reality TV show, centering on the efforts of an international team of 10 developers, led by Cocoa guru, Aaron Hillegass (author of "Cocoa Programming for Mac OS X"), to develop a free, open source, social networking iPhone application in seven days ("from start-to-publish on the App Store").

The show--entitled simply " iPhone Reality Show ," powered by Ooyala's broadband...

Verizon FiOS TV Launches NBA League Pass Interactive TV Widget

--FiOS TV Remote DVR App Now Available for 10 BlackBerry Models
--AT&T's U-verse TV IPTV Service Passes 2 Million Subscribers
Verizon announced Wednesday that it has launched an NBA League Pass interactive TV widget on its FiOS TV service . According to the company, the free widget allows viewers to order NBA League Pass, an NBA subscription package that provides up to 40 out-of-market live NBA games per week, via their remote control; and also provides them with instant access to headline news, player reports, game-time alerts and more. Once viewers have subscribed to NBA...

Ustream Launches First One-to-Many Live Broadcasting App for Apple iPhone

--Qik Submits Live Broadcasting iPhone App for App Store Approval
Live Internet broadcast service provider, Ustream , on Wednesday announced the availability of a Ustream Live Broadcaster iPhone app in the iTunes App Store (note: the company has previously launched versions of the app for Android and Nokia devices; earlier this year-- see the article published on, August 6th --it launched a free iPhone 3GS Recorder app, which allows users to syndicate recorded videos to Twitter, YouTube, Facebook, Ustream on Facebook and, but...

WHDI Releases 1.0 Specification for Uncompressed Multiroom HDTV Streaming

--Billed as Only Full 1080p/60Hz HD Wireless Solution for All CE, PC and Mobile Devices in the Home
WHDI ( Wireless Home Digital Interface ), a consortium of consumer electronics manufacturers tasked with developing an industry standard for multiroom video, audio and control connectivity, has announced the completion and availability of its WHDI 1.0 specification. According to the consortium, the new standard enables full 1080p/60Hz HD video with Deep Color at a distance of 100 feet and through walls. The consortium claims that no other wireless standard combines this level of quality and...

Malaysia's "YouPlayYouWin" Integrates Mobile Gaming with Live TV

Malaysian free-to-air broadcaster, 8TV, and Malaysian mobile content provider, Just Mobile, contacted [itvt] last week to let us know about a new, live interactive TV game show, entitled "YouPlayYouWin," that they premiered Sunday. The show, which will air Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays at 12:45AM local time, is hosted by Miss Malaysia World 2009 fourth runner-up, Renee Erin.

Billed as "the only TV game show in the world that integrates mobile gaming with...

News Round-Up

--Adconion Acquires Joost Assets
--Boxee Remote Control Widget Launched
--Ericsson to Cease Using Tandberg Television Brand
--Interactive Mobile TV Services Set to Launch in Korea
--Pace Supplying HD DVR's to Argentina's Cablevision
--Playcast Develops System for Playing Console Games on Legacy Set-Top Boxes
--Rogers' TV Everywhere Service to Launch Today
--English High Court Rules in Virgin Media's Favor in Rovi EPG Patent Case

Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: Online video advertising network operator, Adconion Media Group , has acquired most of the assets of broadband video service, Joost, and plans to use the Joost brand for a white-label broadband video service. However, Adconion CEO, Tyler Moebius, told Paid Content that the company also plans to continue to operate the consumer site and will actively...

Sky Launches Mobile TV App for iPhone/iPod touch, CBS Launches Android Versions of its Apps

UK satellite TV operator, BSkyB , announced Tuesday that its Sky Mobile TV service is now available on the Apple iPhone and iPod touch . The company has developed a Sky Mobile TV app specifically for the iPhone/iPod touch: the app allows users to stream live TV via WiFi, and available channels include Sky Sports News, Sky News, ESPN, At The Races and all the Sky Sports channels. According to Sky, this means that users...

New Module for Volicon's Observer RPM Enables Post-STB Quality-Testing of Interactive TV Services

Video monitoring technology provider, Volicon , has launched an Interactive Services Module (ISM) for the Observer RPM (Remote Program Manager), its post set-top box video service assurance solution for cable, IPTV, mobile and satellite service providers. According to the company, the new ISM extends the Observer RPM with capabilities that allow operators to test the quality of their on-demand and interactive TV content and advertising alongside their linear TV offerings. "As interactive television offerings become...