Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): Synacor, Verizon FiOS, thePlatform, Time Warner Cable, TiVo, Motorola, Trendrr, TV One, Univision, Viggle, NBA, Vimeo

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 (June 25th-26th in San Francisco), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format. Synacor Expands its Relationship with Verizon to Provide "TV Everywhere" to FiOS TV Subscribers from a Single Online Destination thePlatform Launches Web-Based Console for Live Event Publishing; Console Schedules and Manages Live Signal Acquisition and Encoding, Handles DAI and Metadata Creation, and Automatically Archives...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Xbox SmartGlass, Microsoft, Netflix, Music Choice, Nielsen, NBA, Turner Sports, NetRange, Roku, Screaming Velocity, Sky

Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on our upcoming TV of Tomorrow Show event, TVOT NYC Intensive (December 10th in New York City --Fall-Discount pricing ends midnight tonight, October 31st !), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format: Microsoft's Xbox SmartGlass Second-Screen Platform Now Available for Android Microsoft Rumored to Be Interested in Buying Netflix Mirror Image Internet Announces Commercial Availability of its "Publisher" Online Video Platform Music Choice Partners...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): ITV, Miniweb, Syabas, Vestel, MSNBC, NBA

--ITV to Revamp Commercial and Online Division for Multiplatform
--Miniweb in Connected-TV Deals with Syabas, Vestel
--MSNBC Launches Social TV-Enabled iPad App to Accompany "Rachel Maddow Show"
--NBA Game Time to Launch on Connected-TV Platforms from LG, Panasonic, Samsung
Due to the large volume of news generated by the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), which took place last week in Las Vegas, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up form. Our regular news coverage will return shortly. UK commercial terrestrial broadcaster, ITV , has announced that it is revamping its commercial and online division as part of a strategic plan to "create world-class content, delivered across multiple platforms." According to the company, the...

News Round-Up (IV)

--mDialog Hires Two Execs to Support Dynamic Video Ad-Insertion Platform for iPad/iPhone
--metaio Launches First-Person Augmented Reality Shooter Game
--Miniweb in Connected TV Partnership with Brightcove
--NBA Game Time Widget Launches on Vizio Connected TV's
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. Mobile video and in-stream ad management company, mDialog (note: the company recently launched in-stream interactive overlay ads for the new Apple iPad--see the article...

CBS Sports Taps NBA Star, Steve Nash, to File World Cup Web Video Reports, Interact with Viewers

--ESPN, Rogers Unveil Plans for Multiplatform World Cup Coverage
CBS Sports contacted [itvt] Wednesday to let us know that it has tapped South African-born two-time NBA MVP, Steve Nash , for a project that will see him traveling to South Africa and filing a series of video segments and reports on the 2010 World Cup, as well as interacting with viewers through social media. The reports will be produced in partnership with Nash's production company, Meathawk .

According to CBS Sports,...

News Round-Up: Broadband TV and OTT

--"Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who" Reviewed (Video)
--Hulu to Begin Testing Subscription-Based Service Next Month
--NCAA in 14-Year, $10.8 Billion "March Madness" Deal
--Revision3 Launches Interactive TV Cooking Show
--Roku Begins Offering NBA Game Time
--Vudu Offering "Avatar" with Extras, 28 Days before Netflix
--YouTube Quietly Expands its Movie Rental Line-Up
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. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the broadband TV/OTT space : Earlier this month (see the article published on...

Turner Sports Trumpets Success of its Multiplatform Coverage of NBA Regular Season

Turner Sports last week released viewership/usage statistics for its multiplatform coverage of the 2009-10 NBA regular season. According to the company (which jointly manages NBA Digital and the latter's line-up of broadband video and mobile offerings with the NBA): has streamed a record 1 billion videos worldwide since the end of last season, representing a 65% increase in video views for the site. also averaged a record of over 52 million global monthly...

News Round-Up

--Germany's 7P Developing Interactive TV Widgets for Yahoo! Widget Engine
--Accenture Launches OTT TV Solution
--Amino in IPTV Set-Top Deal with CDE Lightband
--Brightcove Releases Version 4.1 of its Platform
--bwin Launches Social TV System
--Edgeware Appoints New CMO, EVP of Sales
--Fox Networks Names Julie Simon SVP of Advanced Services
--New IneoQuest Social TV Service Will Also Gather Feedback on Pay-TV QoS
--iStreamPlanet Integrates Silverlight Rough Cut Editor into its Video Workflow Automation Platform
--China's JENA to Integrate Qtv's Internet Media Player into its Connected TV's, STB's
--Netflix on Wii Now Available to All US Consumers
--Nordija Partners with
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cologne-based Seven Principles (7P) has announced that it is developing interactive TV widgets as a development partner of Yahoo! Connected TV . The company says that it will launch a phone book widget later this quarter, which it says "allows a search by name and place as well as a reverse search using the phone...

Apple iPad TV and Video News Round-Up

--Brightcove, CBS, Discovery, Disney, Howcast, Jackson Fish Market, MTV, NBA, NBC, Netflix, The Weather Channel, Ustream, Yahoo!, and More
Here is a round-up of recent announcements and news related to the Apple iPad which [itvt] readers might find of interest: Apple has published a list of Web sites that offer iPad-compatible video. The sites include,,,, and, among others. Spin Media has announced that it will use Brightcove's new Brightcove Experience for HTML5 solution to deliver video to the iPad, as well as to the Apple iPhone and iPod...

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"...