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Interactive TV News Round-Up (V): Plex, Redbox, Telescope, ThinkAnalytics, Sky

--Media Center Software Company, Plex, Launches App for Android Mobiles
--Redbox Confirms Plans to Launch Streaming Service
--Telescope Upgrades its SMS Connect Platform
--ThinkAnalytics Powers Recommendations for New Version of Sky+ iPhone App
Due to the large volume of news generated over the past two days, we are covering stories in this issue in summary/round-up format. Media center software company, Plex , has announced the availability of Plex for Android mobile devices. "Plex is the only truly comprehensive media solution that spans personal, commercial and online content, designed to simplify and improve the way people experience media across a range of connected devices," the company states in its...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (VII): S3 Group, Samsung, SeaChange, Sezmi, Sky

Because the [itvt] editorial team has been on the road the past few weeks, we are covering recent news in round-up/summary form. Due to the volume of news we are covering in this issue, our summaries are somewhat more abbreviated than usual (note: extensive background information on most of the companies and technologies covered in this issue can be found by using itvt.com's search functionality). We apologize for any inconvenience to our readers: our regular...

Interactive TV News Round-Up (IX): Sky, Sling Media, Smarter Broadcast, Talkwit.TV, Time Warner Cable, TiVo, Tunerfish, TVGuide.com, Tvinci

[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 the...

News Round-Up (I): CTAM EBIF App Contest, ANT, Humax, Ascent Media

--ALERT: Deadline for CTAM EBIF App Competition Is September 15th
--ANT Tapped to Deliver Sky Player on Humax Freeview HD Set-Tops
--Ascent Media Moves into Cable VOD
Due to the huge volume of interactive TV-related news generated over the past few days by the IBC, we are covering stories in this issue in round-up format. We anticipate that it will take a few more 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,...

Rovi Extends its EPG Patent License Agreement with Sky

Rovi (formerly Macrovision) said Wednesday that UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB (Sky), has extended the term of its existing licensing deal for Rovi's EPG patents. According to the company, the new multi-year agreement provides Sky with a license to the Rovi EPG patent portfolio for Sky's pay-TV platforms. Specific terms of the deal were not disclosed. "We are pleased that Sky, the leading pay-television service in the United Kingdom, sees the continued value of our IP...

News Round-Up (VII): Project Canvas, Orange, Five, Redbox, MP3tunes, Roku, S3 Group, BSkyB

--Reports: Orange May Join Project Canvas, Five May Re-Join
--Redbox Planning to Offer Video Streaming
--MP3tunes Support Lets Roku Customers Play their Personal Music Collections on the TV
--S3 Group Trumpeting its Work on Sky's New HD Set-Top Boxes
The [itvt] editorial team is on the road this week and next, 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. UK mobile phone company, Orange , is considering becoming a member of Project Canvas , according to a report in The Guardian (note: Project Canvas is...

News Round-Up

--Cox's tru2way-Powered Trio Guide Is Live
--Panasonic North America CTO to Answer Consumer Questions on 3D in Live Ustream Webcast
--Sky Sports Pack Subs Given "Bonus Access" to the Service via Sky Mobile TV and Sky Player
Here is a round-up of some other recent interactive TV-related stories that we didn't have room for in this issue: Cox Communications ' NDS-built, tru2way-powered Trio EPG (see the article published on itvt.com, May 11th) is live and "in front of real customers today," and will be deployed in all Cox's markets later this year, the company's executive director of video product development, Lisa Pickelsimer, told attendees of Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Video Strategies conference...

Sky Unveils Sky Anytime+ Broadband VOD Service, Accessible via Sky+ HD Set-Tops

--Netgem Powers Telstra's New Hybrid Broadcast/Broadband T-Box
--Report: Microsoft to Announce Launch of Subscription-Based Version of Hulu on Xbox Live at E3
--Report: Project Canvas to Be Branded as "YouView"
--Apple's Jobs: Subsidized Set-Top Boxes Undermine TV Innovation
UK satellite-TV provider, BSkyB , on Wednesday unveiled a new Internet-based VOD service, called Sky Anytime+ , that will be accessible in the living room via the Ethernet connection in the company's existing Sky+ HD set-top boxes--though the new service's content will initially only be available in SD. In order to access the service, which will be enabled by an over-the-air software download to Sky's HD set-tops later this year, Sky customers will also have...

Static 2358 Offers Free Access to PlayJam Interactive TV Games on Sky, Partners with Puzzler Media

Static 2358 , the company behind the pioneering interactive TV games service, PlayJam (note: Static 2358 and PlayJam were acquired by OpenTV in 2001; they were re-purchased in early 2008 by their founder, Jasper Smith), contacted [itvt] Tuesday to let us know that it will be providing free access to some of the most popular PlayJam titles on the Sky platform, and will also be introducing new PlayJam games from puzzle publisher, Puzzle Media. According...

News Round-Up

--BBC iPlayer, Sky Mobile TV, Livestation Now Available for Apple iPad
--BBC Announces Red-Button Interactive TV Programming Line-Up through June 18th
--CRTC Allows Advertising on VOD programs
--CJ HelloVision Launches Social TV-Enabled Broadband Video Service
--DMGT Fined £225,000 for Closing Teletext
--Fox Mobile Beta-Launches Bitbop Mobile TV Service
--Overlay TV Powers Interactive Video for Tory Burch
Here is a round-up of some other interactive TV-related stories we didn't have room for in this issue: In time for the Apple iPad's launch in the UK, 1) the BBC has announced the availability in beta of an iPad version of the BBC iPlayer, that is based on the so-called iPlayer "Bigscreen site"; 2) Sky has announced the availability in the Apple App Store of an iPad version of Sky Mobile TV; and 3)...

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