Pandora Launches Comedy Channels

Internet radio site Pandora expanded into comedy, debuting six free comedy channels. In addition to letting listeners create personalized comedy stations based on their favorite comedians, Pandora has created comedy channels for genres such as political comedy, working class comedy and PG comedy. Pandora's comedy channels are also available on TV to Web surfers with connected devices such as Roku 's over-the-top video receiver and TiVo's Premiere DVR. More

Peel Eyes Retail Opportunities with $16.7 Million in Financing

-- Lightspeed Ventures Partners Leads Series B Funding
Peel said it is looking at retail opportunities for its wireless device and mobile app, after raising $16.7 million in its second round of funding. Lightspeed Venture Partners led the investment in Peel, which makes a free app and a $99 wireless device which allows viewers to control their TVs, cable set-tops and other devices by swiping an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch. Peel's app is personal TV recommendation system designed to help viewers find...

Interactive TV News Roundup

-- Epix Builds Apps for Google TV, Roku, Mobile Devices -- Image Entertainment Tracks VOD Usage with Rentrak Data -- Ruwido Unveils New Remote Control Platform -- Canoe Recruits Former Turner, Leap Media Executive
New premium movie channel Epix said it is developing apps for Android mobile phones and connected devices, including Roku 's over-the-top set-top and Samsung TVs and Blu-ray players. Google TV is the only connected device that currently offers Epix. The Viacom -owned network said it will be available on additional devices later in the second quarter. The apps allow Epix subscribers to watch access more than 3,000 movies. More VOD measurement firm Rentrak Corp. is...

YouTube Asks Roku to Remove Channel

Attorneys at YouTube have reportedly asked over-the-top video provider Roku to remove a an unlicensed channel from its service. According to Zatz Not Funny editor Dave Zatz , a Roku user built a channel that allowed owners of Roku boxes to surf YouTube videos. But Roku wasn't authorized by YouTube to add the channel to its content offering, which include channels for Hulu , Netflix and other Internet video providers. "We received a takedown notice...

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--ADB, Espial, Kudelski Release Financial Results
--Kudelski Provides an Update on its OpenTV "Turnaround Plan"
--ADB Says it Has Secured Deals with Two Tier-1 US Cable MSO's in 2011
--Reports: "American Idol" and "The X-Factor" to Support Voting via Facebook
--BBC to Offer "Waterloo Road" Spin-Off through the Red Button
--E! Entertainment Television Teams with Trailer Park on Red-Carpet App for iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
--Liveclicker Enables Interactive Video Shopping via Facebook Pages
--Connected-TV App Developer, MOVL, Appoints Director of Technology, Acquires Interactiva Colombia
--Rdio Social Music Service Launches on Roku
--Report: Samsung May Launch Google TV Devices Based
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related news we didn't have room for in this issue: ADB , Espial and the Kudelski Group have all released their latest financial results this week. Kudelski 's results announcement contains the following update on OpenTV , the interactive TV technology provider it acquired early last year: "With the full acquisition of OpenTV completed at the beginning of 2010, the Group launched a turnaround plan, with a...

VOD Content Provider, Sportskool, Launches Two Channels on Roku's OTT Platform

--Enters Asian Pay-TV Market via New Deals with StarHub and PCCW
Sportskool , a Grace Creek Media-owned VOD content provider that specializes in sports training/instruction videos (note: for more on Grace Creek's acquisition of the company from Rainbow Media, see the article published on, January 2nd, 2009), recently launched two new, original channels--Sportskool Yoga and Sportskool Fitness--on the Roku OTT platform.

Eyepartner Launches TikiLIVE Solution for Delivering HD Programming to Roku Set-Top Boxes

Interactive TV News Round-Up

--Report: Amazon in Talks with Studios about Acquiring Content for Netflix-Style Streaming Service
--"Security Requirements" Further Delay Launch of Boxee's Netflix App
--Brightcove Targets Federal Government
--HSN Names Jill Braff EVP of Digital Commerce
--Public Interest Groups File Amicus Brief Supporting ivi TV
--News Corp. Taps John McKinley to Head Development of New Digital Products
--Roku Launches Al Jazeera, USB Media Player
--Softel Announces Exhibit Plans for NAB 2011
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue.

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IV): Jivox, Mediafly, MoboVivo, Roku, Level 3, MIG, ITV

--Jivox Launches Solution to Enable Interactive Video Advertising across Platforms
--Mediafly, MoboVivo Team to Bring IMAX Documentaries to Roku, Android Smartphones and Tablets
--Level 3 Tapped to Support Live Streaming of WealthTV on Roku
--Mobile Interactive Group Launches New Mobile Voting Platform, Secures Exclusive Deal with ITV

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been busy this week working on the TV of Tomorrow Show 2011 , we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We anticipate that it will take us a few days to catch up with all the news we plan to cover: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your news covered in this issue, please bear with us. Our regular daily news coverage will return shortly.

mDialog to Bring its Real-Time In-Stream Video Advertising Solution to Roku OTT Platform

mDialog , a company best known for providing an in-stream advertising solution for iOS devices (i.e. iPad, iPhone and iPod touch), said Wednesday that it is extending its platform to the OTT market via support for the Roku platform. According to the company, its real-time in-stream video ad solution can deliver ad pods so "seamlessly" to the Roku player that they are "indistinguishable from a traditional linear commercial break that viewers are accustomed to watching...