News Round-Up (VIII)

--OpenTV Now CEO-less
--RCN Launches "TiVo Premiere from RCN" in Washington, DC
--Roku Unveils New Netflix Channel
--Rovi Touts New Methodology for Measuring Ad Campaigns on EPG's
--The CW Holds "Watch and Tweet" Social TV Promotion
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. Ben Bennett has stepped down as CEO of OpenTV , but still remains on the company's board, following its acquisition by Kudelski , Light Reading Cable's Jeff Baumgartner...

News Round-Up: Broadband TV and OTT

--"Interactive Episodes" of "Doctor Who" Reviewed (Video)
--Hulu to Begin Testing Subscription-Based Service Next Month
--NCAA in 14-Year, $10.8 Billion "March Madness" Deal
--Revision3 Launches Interactive TV Cooking Show
--Roku Begins Offering NBA Game Time
--Vudu Offering "Avatar" with Extras, 28 Days before Netflix
--YouTube Quietly Expands its Movie Rental Line-Up
The [itvt] editorial team will be on the road this week and next, so we will be 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. Here is a round-up of interactive TV-related news pertaining primarily to the broadband TV/OTT space : Earlier this month (see the article published on...

Kyte Extends Its Social Video Platform to Living Room via Support for Boxee

--RawVoice Adds Support for Boxee, Roku
Kyte , a San Francisco-based company that offers a social-enabled broadband and mobile video platform for live and on-demand content (note: customers include ABC, Clear Channel, ESPN, Fox News, MTV, and NBA Digital, among others), announced last week that it has extended its platform to support the Boxee over-the-top-TV platform.

According to the company, which says that it is pursuing a strategy of rolling out native support for emerging video consumption platforms,...

Multiplatform/Interactive TV News Round-Up (VI)

--RCDb, Red Bee Media, Five, Revision3, Roku, Roundbox, Jacked, Rovi, FourthWall Media, Scripps Networks, SeaChange International, SeeSaw, Sezmi, Sonic Solutions, Strategy & Technology, Synacor, SysMedia
Since February 3rd, [itvt] Daily News has been on hiatus, while the [itvt] editorial team produced the TV of Tomorrow Show 2010 --and then took a few days off to recover. This is the sixth of eight round-up articles, in which we are covering some of the more significant developments in the multiplatform/interactive TV space that took place during our hiatus: At last month's CableLabs Winter Conference, RCDb demo'd the integration of its Web services...

News Round-Up: Broadband Video and OTT

--NBA Digital to Offer Extensive Cross-Platform Coverage of 2010 All-Star Weekend
--Netflix in Streaming Deals with Multiple Indie Film Distributors
--The Grammys Channel Launches on Vevo
--SmugMug Photos, DreamTV Launch on Roku
--Obama Stresses Support for Network Neutrality in YouTube Interview
--Sungale Redesigns its Kula TV OTT Device
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 the latest broadband video and over-the-top (OTT) news: NBA Digital , the new media arm of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has announced its...

CEO Wood: Content Subscriptions More Important to Roku's Business Plan than Hardware Sales

--Roku Claims to Have Sold 500k+ Units, Plans to Raise $30 Mil this Quarter, May Go Public Next Year
--48% of Netflix Subscribers Now Accessing its Content OTT
In an interview with Bloomberg News that was published Wednesday, Anthony Wood , CEO of over-the-top company, Roku , revealed that the company hopes to raise $30 million in private funding this quarter from Menlo Ventures and other sources, and that it may go public next year--though he added that it is not currently working with an investment bank and has yet to set a date for an IPO. He also stated that the company...

EroticVision.TV Launches OTT Adult Entertainment Service on Roku

An adult entertainment company called EroticVision.TV (EVTV) has announced the launch of an over-the-top-TV service for the Roku platform, and says that it is currently developing similar services for other connected TV devices and platforms. At launch, the service features SD and HD content from fetish/BDSM Web site,, though it is expected to offer access to other broadband video pornography sites over time.

According to EroticVision.TV's press materials, in order to...

MobileTribe Launches YouTube Support on Roku's OTT Platform

MobileTribe --a company which describes itself as an enabler of cloud-based converged services across multiple screens and which recently announced the launch of a service that it bills as bringing online social networking to the Roku over-the-top-TV platform ( see the article published on, December 7th )--on Tuesday announced that the service now supports YouTube . The company previously announced support for Facebook, MySpace, Orkut, Google, Flickr, Picasa and Yahoo.


Roku Launches Roku Channel Store, Bills it as Open Platform for Delivery of Programming to the TV

--Offers 10 Free Channels Including Blip.TV, Facebook Photos, Flickr, Pandora, Revision3, and TWiT
Over-the-top-TV company, Roku (note: the company recently launched two new set-top boxes-- see the article published on, October 28th ), on Sunday night announced the launch of the Roku Channel Store, together with 10 channels, all of which are offered free of charge to customers who want to add them to their Roku menu. According to the company, the Roku Channel Store will serve as an "open platform" for delivering quality content to the...

AnySource Media in Over-the-Top-TV Deals with Viddler, Graspr

--Roku Believed to Be Updating its Netflix Interface
AnySource Media , a company that has developed an over-the-top-TV solution, called the Connected HDTV Platform, which it says will be embedded in certain new HDTV sets later this year (note: the company has not yet announced any partnerships with TV manufacturers) and will allow viewers to access hundreds of "virtual" on-demand channels "out of the box," announced Thursday that it has signed up social TV-enabled broadband video sharing service, Viddler , and instructional broadband...