WealthTV Becomes First US Cable Network to Offer Linear Feed on Roku's OTT Platform

OTT specialist, Roku , said Monday that national "lifestyle and entertainment" cable network, WealthTV , has launched its 24/7 linear HD feed, as well as a range of VOD titles, on its Roku streaming player. While Roku has previously launched linear feeds from international partners such as YuppTV and ChannelLive, WealthTV--which will be offered for a monthly subscription of $2.99--is the first US cable network to be made available on its platform. "WealthTV fans that...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Rentrak, National Geographic, Roku, FlixFling, Rovi, Trident, RVU Alliance

--Rentrak Tapped by National Geographic Channel for VOD Advertising Measurement
--Roku in Deal with FlixFling
--Rovi Launches Cloud-Based Digital Entertainment Web Services Platform, Lands Deal with Trident
--RVU Alliance Grows its Membership Roster, Will Launch Independent Certification Program Shortly
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. Multiscreen media measurement company, Rentrak , has announced that National Geographic Channel has signed a contract to use its new AdEssentials service, which the company bills as "an ad reporting system that eliminates the time-consuming manual...

Roku Says It Has Served Over 1 Billion Streams of OTT Content

--Company Recently Announced that It Had Sold Over a Million of its Streaming Players
OTT specialist, Roku , said Tuesday that it has served its one billionth stream of content. The company recently announced that it had sold over a million of its streaming players, the entry-level model of which is priced at $59.99.

According to Roku, last month its players averaged over 11 hours of viewing time per week--a significant amount of time, the company says, when one takes into account that the average viewer...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VIII): Revision3, Roku, Rovi (FourthWall Media), S3 Group, Samsung, ScreenReach, SeaChange International (icueTV), On Demand Group, Showtime Networks

[itvt]'s daily news coverage went on hiatus October 18th in order to allow our editorial staff to work full time on TVOT NYC Intensive . This issue contains a round-up of some of the major interactive TV-related news stories that have broken since then. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries of each item are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of...

News Round-Up (VIII): Philo, Red Bee Media, ITV, Roku, Hulu, Ooyala, Sezmi, YTL, Sony, Google TV

--Philo in Social TV Marketing Partnership with Starcom USA
--Red Bee Media in VOD Deal with UK Broadcaster, ITV
--Roku Unveils New Product Line-Up
--Roku in Content Deals with Hulu, Ooyala
--Sezmi in Wireless Hybrid TV Partnership with Malaysia's YTL
--Sony Launches Line of Google TV Devices
Because the [itvt] editorial team is busy working on TVOT NYC Intensive (November 18th in New York City), our new show on the national interactive TV platform and the emerging ITV economy, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers. Social TV company, Philo , has announced "a first-of-its-kind partnership with media agency, Starcom USA," in support of the new Touchstone movie, "You Again." "Viewers tuning in...

Roku Slashes Prices of its OTT Set-Tops, Announces Plans to Support 1080p

OTT specialist, Roku , announced Monday that it has significantly reduced the prices of the three set-top boxes that make up its product line: the Roku SD is now priced at $59.99 (i.e. $20 less than before), while the Roku HD and HD-XR are now priced at $69.99 and $99.99 respectively (i.e. $30 less than before). All three models have integrated WiFi; the HD supports HD streaming via HDMI and component, while the HD-XR has...

Vimeo Launches Channel on Roku's OTT Platform

--Vimeo also Launches "Watch Later" and "Universal Player"
OTT specialist, Roku , and IAC-owned video-sharing company, Vimeo , on Tuesday announced the launch of a Vimeo channel on the Roku platform. Roku is Vimeo's first partner in the home entertainment space, the companies said.

According to the companies, the channel, which Roku users can find in the Roku Channel Store, will feature the most popular videos on Vimeo--in "up-to-HD quality"--as selected by Vimeo staff. Roku customers who are also Vimeo...

Dyyno Offers "Turnkey" Service to Facilitate Launch of Video Channels on Roku OTT Platform

--Says It Can Develop a Branded Channel for a Publisher within Two Weeks
Dyyno , a company that specializes in enabling businesses to launch custom video portals, last week announced the launch of a "live TV portal" service on the Roku OTT platform. According to the company, the Dyyno Live TV Portal on Roku, as the new offering is called, provides a turnkey solution for businesses to bring their live, VOD and linear-TV channels to the living room. It bills the launch as meaning that owners and distributors...

News Round-Up (III): Clikthrough, Autobytel, Deutsche Telekom, Flixster, Roku

--Clikthrough Powering Interactive Video for Autobytel
--Deutsche Telekom Launches Third Annual Interactive TV Award Contest
--Flixster Launches on Roku's OTT Platform
Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news stories in summary/round-up form. We anticipate that it will take a few days for us to catch up with all the recent news: 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. We apologize...

News Round-Up (VI): HSN, Project Canvas, Monsoon Media

--HSN Awarded Interactive TV Commerce Patent
--Kip Meek Named Project Canvas Chair
--Monsoon Multimedia Touts New Vulkano Platform as Replacing TiVo, Roku and Slingbox
The [itvt] editorial team is currently on the road, 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. It will likely take a short while for us to catch up with all the recent news: so if your company has sent us a press release or briefed us on an announcement, and you don't yet see your...