Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up 8/19/14 (V): Xbox Studios, Warner Bros, BBC iPlayer, NCTA, NCTC, NFL, Netflix, Nielsen, Ofcom, Ooyala, Telstra, Otoy, Pace, Sarah Palin, Peel, Pinterest

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s news reporting was on hiatus for several weeks, because our editorial team was working on TVOT 2014 and then taking a post-event break. In order to catch up with the news we missed during that period, we are covering stories in headlines/round-up format (note: we have marked older stories with the date they originally broke). We expect it will take us a few weeks to catch up...

Charter CEO Touts X1, ActiveVideo Cloud Guide Options

By Steve Donohue, for [itvt]
Charter Communications is talking to Comcast about using its X1 operating system on its cable systems, CEO Tom Rutledge said Monday. “We have had preliminary discussions with Comcast about that [X1], and have a similar view with regard to cloud-based user interfaces. If we can find a way to efficiently work together on that, we’d be interested in doing so,” Rutledge said on a conference call Charter and Comcast held Monday morning.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (II): Boxee, NCTA, Invidi, ITV, Apple, "Emmerdale"

--Boxee, NCTA in Dispute over "Clear QAM"
--Invidi Secures Addressable Advertising Patent
--Report: UK Broadcaster ITV Warns Apple against Using "iTV" as its Connected-TV Brand
--ITV to Enhance "Emmerdale" via Multiplatform Interactive Storytelling
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2012 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. OTT TV specialist, Boxee , has submitted a filing with the FCC arguing against a proposed rule change that would allow operators to encrypt basic cable channels (i.e. eliminate "Clear QAM"). "If Clear QAM is eliminated, consumers who have little or no OTA antenna reception will not only be...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): MLB, NCTA, CEA, Victoria's Secret, Ooyala, Facebook

--MLB Again Offering Interactive Video Coverage of Baseball Postseason
--NCTA's Michael Powell and CEA's Gary Shapiro Cross Swords Online over "AllVid"
--Victoria's Secret Taps Ooyala to Power Live Social Video on Facebook
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been working on TVOT NYC Intensive 2011 , we are covering stories in this issue in round-up/summary format. Major League Baseball is once again offering interactive video coverage of baseball's postseason through its Postseason.TV service ($3.99 for either the American League Division Series or the National League Division Series; or $5.99 for both of those, plus the National League Championship Series). "Now in its third year, Postseason.TV delivers a...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): thePlatform, Alcatel-Lucent, TiVo, Zodiac Interactive

--thePlatform Teams with Alcatel-Lucent on Multiscreen Video Platform
--TiVo Unveils Two New Set-Tops to Power "Next Generation" of its Whole-Home Solution
--TiVo Revamps its iPad App with New Features Tailored for Cable Operators
--Zodiac Interactive to Demo New PowerUp Solutions at Cable Show
Due to the large volume of news being generated this week by the Cable Show, we are covering today's stories in abbreviated round-up/summary form: thePlatform and Alcatel-Lucent have announced that they have jointly developed a "multiscreen video platform that supports the delivery of live scheduled TV, video-on-demand (VOD) and 'TV Everywhere' services to a variety of screens, allowing pay-TV subscribers to access their video content in the home or on the go, on whichever device...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Apple May Bring Gaming to Apple TV
--Current TV's Will Wright-Created Interactive TV Series, "Bar Karma," Premieres Tonight
--Court Lifts Stay of EchoStar Patent-Infringement Lawsuit against TiVo
--Envivio: Sales Have Doubled Due to Demand for Multiscreen Video Technologies
--Report: Google "in Final-Stage Discussions" to Acquire Next New Networks
--NCTA Denounces Google-Sony Proposal in FCC's AllVid Inquiry
--Netflix to Redesign its API
--Skype iPhone App Adds H.264 Support to Enable Video Calls to Connected-TV Devices
--Time Warner Cable Launches Standalone Whole House DVR Service for East Coast Customers
--YouView Confirms Commercial Launch Delayed until 2012
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: "New code in the iOS 4.2 beta 3 firmware hints that Apple TV may soon support online gaming," Engadget reported Wednesday. According to the publication, the code contains several references to "ATVGames" and "ATV Thunder" that "point to a controller of some sort, leaderboards (think Game Center), a way to schedule games (multiplayer?), and a store front...

[itvt] Has Just Published New Videos from the Cable Show, and an Interview with Tim Hanlon

--Videos Feature ActiveVideo Networks, ADB, Arris, OpenTV, Synacor and Universal Remote Control
--Hanlon Discusses his New Role at Catalyst S+F, and Opportunities for Marketers on New ITV Platforms
ActiveVideo Networks has sent [itvt] a series of videos that it shot both in its own and in various other companies' booths at the recent NCTA Cable Show.

The videos include demo's of a new iPad app and a new social TV app (dubbed "Friends Mosaic") from ActiveVideo; an interview with Sangita Verma, co-founder of TAG Networks, the interactive TV games company that was recently acquired by ActiveVideo; and interviews with and...

News Round-Up (I)

--Cablevision Rolls Out Multiple Interactive TV Channels Based on ActiveVideo's CloudTV Technology
--Accedo Broadband Offering Paid Games on Philips Net TV
--ADB Unveils Cable Show Line-Up
--Alticast, Rovi Team on NCTA Cable Show tru2way/IPTV Demo
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, so we are covering today's stories in round-up/summary form. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience to our readers. ActiveVideo Networks and Cablevision have announced that Cablevision has deployed over two dozen new interactive TV channels to its entire digital subscriber base, based on ActiveVideo's flagship CloudTV platform. According to the companies, Cablevision is using CloudTV to "offer an expansive menu of personalized television content--including hyper-local...

News Round-Up (VI)

--Hillcrest Labs Launches Half-Price Promotion for its Loop Pointer
--Israeli Start-Up, Interlude, Demo's Interactive Video Platform
--Addressable Advertising Specialist, Invidi, Secures $23 Million+ in Google-Led Series D Round
--itaas Develops tru2way-Based Twitter App, Plans Extensive Interactive TV Showcase at Cable Show
--itaas Develops Three New Interactive TV Apps for iN Demand
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week, so we are 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. Hillcrest Labs has launched a $49 promotion for its Loop Pointer in-air mouse/remote control device. The device is usually priced at $99. An Israeli start-up called Interlude presented...

This Year's CableNET to Highlight EBIF- and tru2way-Based Interactive TV and Advanced Advertising

CableLabs and the NCTA on Tuesday unveiled the line-up of companies that will be participating in CableNET , their annual "hands-on" showcase of new cable technologies and products at the NCTA's Cable Show (takes place May 11th-13th in Los Angeles). This year's showcase will primarily highlight new EBIF- and tru2way-based interactive TV and advanced advertising solutions; however, it will also feature solutions for DOCSIS 3.0, backoffice management and 3D TV.

Companies that...