Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (VII): SeaChange, Com Hem, Sensio, Paramount, Shazam, Softel, Spotify, LG, Aspiro TV, Thomson Video Networks, GCI, TiVo, Facebook, "March Madness"

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy working on The TV of Tomorrow Show 2013 ( June 25th-26th in San Francisco--Early-Bird Registration ends midnight Sunday! ), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines/round-up format: Swedish Cable Operator, Com Hem, Selects SeaChange's Adrenalin Platform to Power its New TiVo-Based VOD Service Sensio in Deal to Make Select Paramount Pictures 3D Movies Available for Rental on its 3DGO! 3D Connected-TV VOD Service Second-Screen/ACR Company,...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Nielsen, CIMM, OIPF, Peel, Samsung, PlayJam, Marmalade, Paramount, Ptch, RAMP, StarVest Partners, Comcast Ventures, SeaChange, Showtime, 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), we are covering stories in this issue in headlines format: Nielsen Launches its Long-Awaited Cross-Platform Campaign Ratings; Launch Follows Trials with ESPN, Facebook, GroupM, Hulu and Unilever Nielsen, Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM) Form Innovation Committee to Collaborate on Nielsen's Mobile Television Audience Measurement (mTAM) Initiative Connected Home Academy...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (III): Rovi, Sky Italia, Columbus Communications, Panasonic, S3 Group, SeaChange International, Sky, Vevo, Ouya, You on Demand, Paramount

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting was on hiatus for a few weeks, because our editorial team was working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We are covering the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and will then resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a few more days to catch up with all recent developments, so...

Interactive TV Headlines Round-Up (I):, MGM, Lovefilm, NBCUniversal, Xbox 360, Paramount, Beenius, Broadcast International, TechnoTrend Goerler, Vestel

As most of you are probably aware, [itvt]'s daily news reporting has been on hiatus for the past few weeks, because our editorial team has been working on the TV of Tomorrow Show and then taking a post-event break. We plan to cover the news we have missed via a series of headline round-ups, and then to resume daily news production. We expect it will take us a couple of weeks to catch up with...

Fastweb Launches Broadband Movie Service in Italy

-- Chili TV Offers Free Movies, Rentals, and Option to Purchase Titles

Italian telephone company Fastweb launched Chili TV , a broadband video-on-demand service offering Web surfers a combination of free movies, rentals, and titles that can be purchased. Featuring movies from Italian producers and several major studios, including Warner Bros. and Paramount Pictures , MediaWeb said viewers can access Chili TV from any connected device. In addition to connected TVs from LG , Samsung and other CE manufacturers, the content can be viewed on...

Hollywood Studios Renew Cable VOD Marketing Push

-- $10 Million Campaign Touts Movies On Demand, Day-and-Date Releases
Ten Hollywood studios renewed a marketing campaign organized by major cable operators looking to tout their video-on-demand platform as best way for viewers watch new movies. The studios and cable MSOs are spending $10 million in cash and cable ad inventory on the campaign, which has the tag line "Push It," from the song by rap group Salt-N-Pepa. Last year, the cable MSOs and studios spent $30 million on a similar campaign called, "The Video...

Total Immersion Creates Interactive Augmented Reality Applications for Paramount, Fox, Universal

Augmented reality specialist, Total Immersion , recently contacted [itvt] to let us know about some of the interactive AR applications it has completed over the past few months. The apps are all triggered by holding up a movie or album's packaging in front of a Webcam, which allows a hidden visual code to launch the app: For the Blu-ray/DVD release of Paramount's "Transformers : Revenge of the Fallen," the company created an application that allows...

Paramount Digital Entertainment, Milchan/Van Eyssen Announce Plans for Interactive Thriller

--"Circle of 8" to Feature Mountain Dew Brand Integration
Paramount Digital Entertainment (PDE) has announced plans to distribute an original interactive thriller, entitled " Circle of 8 " and produced by Milchan/Van Eyssen (MVE), which will integrate branding from Pepsi-Cola's Mountain Dew product and which is slated to debut in October exclusively on MySpace. According to the company, "Circle of 8" is a studio-quality, episodic thriller that will invite audiences to "participate in the fate of its characters." It will center on a "supernatural...

ZapMyTV in VOD License Agreement with Paramount Digital Entertainment

--Company Offers Social Broadband Video Service, Currently in Early Beta
ZapMyTV --a company that is developing a "family-friendly" social broadband video portal that it says will broadcast live cable programming via the Internet across multiple social networking platforms and will also provide access to a range of theatrical motion picture content on an a la carte or subscription VOD basis (note: the company's "Interactive Content Environment"--or "ICE"--platform, which is currently in early beta, is slated to launch commercially later this year)--announced Wednesday that it has...

Major Studios Announce Plans for Premium VOD Service

Earlier this month, Viacom, its Paramount Pictures unit, MGM Studios
and Lionsgate announced that they have formed a joint venture that will
launch a premium VOD service and linear-TV channel in the fall of
2009. According to the companies, the venture will have access to
Paramount and Paramount Vantage titles released theatrically on or
after January 1st, 2008, and MGM, United Artists and Lionsgate titles
released theatrically on or after January 1st, 2009: it will have exclusive
access during the pay-television window to such recent and upcoming
films as "Iron Man," "Star Trek," "Cloverfield," "Shutter Island," "Love
Guru" and "Valkyrie" and various currently-in-production titles,
including new installments of the "Robocop" series, the companies say.