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...

NBC.com to Use Video Recommendations Technology from Peter Gabriel-Backed The Filter

--Microsoft Files Patent for TV Recommendations System
The Filter , a white-label provider of video recommendation and relevance systems that is backed by rock musician, Peter Gabriel, announced last week that it has been tapped by NBC (which will be its biggest client to date) to power short-form video recommendations for the broadcast network's Web site. According to the company, its technology will bring to the fore relevant video selections from NBC's catalog (which includes clips from such shows as "Chuck," "30...

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 CNN.com, Reuters.com, Vimeo.com, TED.com, MLB.com and NHL.com, 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...

Bravo to Offer Weekly "Virtual Viewing Parties" around "Real Housewives of New York City"

--Channel's Social TV Offering Branded as "Bravo Talk Bubble"
NBC Universal -owned cable channel, Bravo , has announced plans to offer a live, social TV experience around each week's episode of its reality series, "The Real Housewives of New York City" (airs Thursdays at 10:00PM Eastern/Pacific). The social TV offering, which Bravo has branded as " Talk Bubble ," builds on the apparent success of one-off so-called "virtual viewing parties" that the channel previously offered in association with the May 5th finale of the...

New iTV Doctor Column Features NBCU's Michael Aaronson on Making Winter Olympics Interactive

--Plus Villalpando on STB vs. Cloud, Grant Hay on the Problem with TV, Vinson on the FCC
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column, " The iTV Doctor Is In! " This week, NBC Universal 's VP of digital distribution, Michael Aaronson , provides a detailed overview of how the broadcaster brought interactive TV coverage of the Winter Olympics to AT&T U-verse TV, Cablevision, Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Oceanic Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS TV.

In addition: [itvt] blogger, Edgar Villalpando ,...

News Round-Up: Regulatory and Government

--Comcast: Union with NBCU Will Help "TV Everywhere" and Broadband Market in General
--NCTA Urges FCC not to Rush to Mandate "Standardized Gateway"
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 regulatory/government news for the past few days: In a Public Interest Statement filed with the FCC last week, Comcast argues that its proposed union...

News Round-Up

--BT Vision Plans to Undercut Sky's Pricing of Premium Sports Programming
--CBS to Air Interactive Show Featuring Super Bowl Commercials
--DVPRemote v. 1.4 Released
--Google Seeks Patent for System that Would Enable Advertisers to Create Own Interactive Overlay Ads
--ITU Releases Three-Stage Roadmap for 3D TV, Sky Taps 3ality for its New 3D TV Service
--Kaltura Launches Video Extensions for Joomla
--Microsoft Said to Be in Talks to Offer ESPN on Xbox
--NBC Unveils Broadband Video Plans for Winter Olympics
--never.no to Showcase Enhancements to its Interactive TV Product Line at BVE 2010
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show (March 3rd-4th in San Francisco) and on our new, post-TVOT EBIF Intensive event (March 5th in San Francisco), we are covering a number of stories in this issue in summary form: In an interview with the UK newspaper, The Sunday Telegraph, BT Retail CEO, Gavin Patterson, states that BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered hybrid DTT/IPTV service, BT Vision , will offer premium sports...

Broadband Video/Live-Streaming News Round-Up

--Babelgum in Deal to Offer Cinelan's Library of Three-Minute Non-Fiction Films
--Bambuser's Live Streaming iPhone App Receives App Store Approval
--Conviva Names Former NBCU CTO, Darren Feher, President and CEO
--Episodic Powers Showtime Sports' "Strikeforce: All Access"
--Justin.tv Launches Unified Chat Option, Plans to Launch Pay-Per-View Service
--Livestream to Provide Live-Streaming Coverage of Times Square New Year Celebrations
--Netflix Web Site Updated to Push "Watch Instantly" Option
--Next New Networks Announces "Next New Creators" Program
--NHL Teams with NeuLion to Launch "NHL VideoCenter" Player
--VidZapper Integrated with Amazon CloudFront
--Chinese Broadband Video
A number of items of broadband-video and live-streaming news have come across [itvt]'s desk over the past few days. Here is a brief round-up: Broadband/mobile video content platform provider, Babelgum , has announced a partnership with Cinelan , a company which specializes in publishing three-minute non-fiction films--often from prominent filmmakers--and which was co-founded by filmmaker, Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"). Babelgum says it will make Cinelan's complete library of films available on a Cinelan-branded channel...

New NBC Social Media Game Rewards Viewers for Promoting "Chuck" on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace

NBC last week announced the launch of a new social media game, called " Mission: Chuck Me Out " ( http://www.chuckmeout.com ), that is designed to reward viewers who use popular social networking sites to promote the network's returning action-comedy series, "Chuck" (note: the series' third season premieres at 9:00PM Eastern, January 10th, before the series moves to its regular day and time--Mondays at 8:00PM Eastern--on January 11th). According to the broadcaster, the game's grand...

New iTV Doctor Column Features Canoe's Orduna, FourthWall's Dudar and PMA's Seely

--Plus New Blog Posts, Including ActiveVideo's Villalpando on Comcast-NBCU
[itvt] has just published the latest edition of Rick Howe 's regular column , The iTV Doctor Is In! This week, in the second part of a three-part series, Arthur Orduna , CTO of Canoe Ventures ; Bill Seely , principal of Practical Marketing Analytics ; and Ellen Dudar , chief product officer of FourthWall Media , project themselves into the future and attempt to answer the question: What was the single most significant factor...